Toby Hilless (1).jpgQassem Naim (1).jpgFCB New Zealand has today announced the arrival of two new staff members in the integrated strategy team. Toby Hilless (left) joins as customer relationship management (CRM) strategist, and Qassem Naim (right) as data strategist.
General manager of innovation and strategy Murray Streets is really excited about the expertise Hilless and Naim will bring to the team.

Says Streets: "Their skills in data analytics, CRM and loyalty best practice will help the agency solve more of the challenges our clients are facing in a digitally connected world. And as natural collaborators, they're a perfect fit for our culture."
Contiki Squad (1).jpgGlobal youth travel expert Contiki is on the hunt for the ultimate squad of 18 to 35-year-olds to travel Europe together through an exciting campaign developed with Westhaven indie agency Chemistry Interaction.
Contiki has identified five distinct millennial traveller archetypes: The Wanderer, a free spirit always opting for the scenic route; The Classic Kiwi, who wears jandals everywhere, regardless of the season; The Organiser, who always carries an itinerary and a bag of supplies; The Risk Taker, who jumps without looking and eats all sorts of quirky food; and The Entertainer, who has the power to persuade people to party no matter how long the day was.

o-IPHONE-6-PLUS-facebook (1).jpgMobile devices will account for 75% of global internet use next year, according to Zenith's new Mobile Advertising Forecasts, published today. The mobile proportion of internet use has increased rapidly, from 40% in 2012 to 68% in 2016, and the report forecasts it to reach 79% by 2018.

This first edition of the Mobile Advertising Forecasts looks at mobile advertising and mobile technology in 60 key countries around the world. It forecasts the rising amount of time consumers devote to mobile internet use, the spread of smartphones and tablets, and the growth of mobile adspend.
Richard Hale (1).jpgRichard Hale has been promoted to general manager of Vizeum NZ, a newly created role coming on the back of strong growth for the agency.

Hale joined the Dentsu Aegis Network as business director of Vizeum three years ago, before being promoted to agency director in August 2015.

Throughout that time, Hale has led Vizeum on a successful new business drive including the recent wins of H&M and Fletcher Building which has seen RECMA recognise Vizeum as the Fastest Growing Media Agency in New Zealand.

Other Vizeum NZ clients include Red Bull, Pernod Ricard, Shiseido, DKSH, and Nissan. Hale was also recognised recently as the 2016 Vizeum Asia-Pacific Leader of the Year.
001 (1).jpgVML and ASB Bank joined forces to reimagine ASB's digital product and service offerings through a new mobile-first customer experience - designing and engineering an all-new ASB website built on Adobe Experience Manager.
The launch is a major milestone for the bank and will affirm its position as a clear leader in digital marketing and customer experience in New Zealand. ASB undertook the digital transformation project to accommodate emerging device preferences and deliver on the digital experience expectations of today's customers while leveraging the benefits provided by advanced real-time data and personalisation capabilities.

FF11783_FreedomFarms_BB_6x3_Chicken__R01 (1).jpgFreedom Farms has launched a campaign to build awareness of its range of humanely farmed produce via Special Group NZ.

In a world full of luscious food photography, Freedom Farms has taken a typically different approach, showing the aftermath of some delicious Freedom Farms meals, with headlines that highlight Freedom Farms' cruelty-free philosophy.

The billboard and bus-back campaign also marks the addition of fresh, free-range chicken to the growing line-up.
Bobby.jpgEach week Bestads picks the very best advertising in the world, in every medium - which is reviewed by a top creative director or team to select their own personal favourites.

This week's guest judge is Bobby Pawar, managing director and chief creative officer at Publicis Worldwide, India.

Winner: National Centre for Domestic Violence - Break the routine. Domestic abuse ads don't show the beatings. Nobody wants to watch that. The genius of this idea is portraying the abuse in a form that had my eyeballs locked on the video. The moment where the woman still seeks love from her man is very insightful. The end is surprising. READ MORE...
Apron thumbnail.jpgMount Franklin has just released a new summer campaign, focusing on favourite summer moments Australians love - a dip at the beach or pool, the classic road trip or a BBQ get together. This builds on the brand platform released last year 'The Nation's Hydration' and continues the light-hearted, quirky tone - this time having a little fun with rhyme.
The campaign via Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand, aims to capture Aussies when they're out and about. At the centre of the campaign are three digital videos which all feature an unexpected and humorous twist. The activity also features in outdoor advertising, delivering contextual messages that will appear in classic summer spots and popular transport routes. Other touchpoints include radio, social and in-store.


Advertising is a science. It's called chemistry

2599963-thumb-200x200-216915.jpgAn older piece taken from the archives of damonsbrain - a blog written by Damon Stapleton, chief creative officer of DDB New Zealand

There is a prevailing belief at the moment. It is that we can turn advertising into a mathematical equation.

This way of thinking pushes forward this idea that the best way to reach people is to create millions of perfect frames and then simply fill them with the cheapest pictures we can find and call it an exhibition.

Another way of expressing this way of thinking is that if you are a restaurant you just need thousands of great, very fast waiters and you won't really need a chef of any ability. I don't believe that. And, if you go and look at what advertising consumers really loved watching this year (2015) you will see most pieces were between 2 and 3 minutes long and had the strong smell of quality about them.

Something doesn't add up. What we're being sold is not what we should be selling.

But I digress.
CL-LOGO-AZUR.jpgThe annual Cannes Lions Global Creativity Report has been announced and it shows a vastly improved performance of the Auckland industry ~ up to #4 in the world ~ while Colenso BBDO has been ranked in #7 agency in the world and Y&R New Zealand's Tom Paine has been ranked #3 creative director in the world.

The Global Creativity Report showcases the award-winning work, highlights the world's most creative countries and cities, agencies and networks, and identifies the trends and themes at the heart of branded communications. Results from Cannes Lions, Lions Health, Lions Innovation and the new Lions Entertainment are incorporated.

Asia Pacific's rise through the city ranks has seen Auckland secure a staggering fourth place, increasing from 19th position in 2015. Tokyo takes sixth place, Melbourne 16th, Bangkok 17th and Mumbai 20th, while Sydney has seen a steady decline, dropping to 13th in 2016, from ninth in 2015 and eighth in 2014. New York has remained the top performing city, London in second place and São Paulo held third position.
2-thumb-400x400-205011-thumb-400x400-225229-thumb-400x400-230992.jpg"Showcasing your science" was the theme of the evening enjoyed by 500 advertising and marketing industry professionals last night's at the CAANZ New Zealand Effie Awards, in association with TVNZ.  The Effie awards were MC'ed by Tim Wilson (TVNZ) and held at The Langham Hotel in Auckland where the industry was out in force to celebrate those awarded as NZ's most effective marketing campaigns.

DB Breweries and Colenso BBDO took the show this year with the Brewtroleum campaign that won metal across many categories, including Gold in the Most Progressive Campaign and Gold in the Most Effective PR and Experiential Campaign categories. The Executive panel went on to award this the Grand Effie, DB Breweries the Most Effective Client of the Year and Colenso BBDO the Most Effective Agency of the year with a swag of bronze, silver and gold across all categories.
Says Merry Baskin the International guest judge from Baskin Shark, UK who attended and presented at the gala dinner: "Brewtroleum was a really strong idea.  An "out of the boundary" piece of creative work that has become globally famous. In a declining category and a changing market, this campaign managed to turn sales and they even got another company to come on board and help with this task."
Deck of Brilliance.jpgTwo of Asia's most awarded creative directors have released a website aimed at providing guidance, training tools and inspiration to ad industry creatives. The 'Deck of Brilliance' is the brainchild of Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai ECD, Juggi Ramakrishnan, and Commonwealth// McCann Regional Chief Creative Officer, Todd McCracken.

The duo came up with the idea as colleagues and friends working over their long careers Asia.

'Deck of Brilliance' is a completely free online resource comprising 52 idea-generation tools. These tools are aimed at creative professionals in the ad industry. And each comes with instructions and world-class examples. "Glorify and Celebrate", "Dramatize the Problem", "Make the Product Precious", "Make the Familiar Unfamiliar" and "Crash Someone Else's Party" are just 5 of the 52 cards in the Deck of Brilliance.

CB-HOT-COLD-CHART-NZ-LOW-RES.jpgIt's soon time to pick CB New Zealand Agency of the Year and Australian Agency of the Year -- and also to work out the 2017 CB Creativity/Billings Index (or Hot+Cold Chart). Last year's NZ chart is pictured here.

As far as most agency creative directors (and increasingly, more CEOs and CMOs) on both sides of the Tasman are concerned, CB Agency of the Year is the most coveted of all trade mag titles to win - and where an agency is placed on our annual chart is critical to many agency's new business performance in the coming year (that's the bit of most interest to CEOs and CMO's!).

You'll be pleased to know it's FREE TO ENTER.
Provide all your best work on a USB stick. Please list highlights of the year, including all awards won in 2016, new people, plus accounts won and lost, plus number of staff (or billings if you can) in a separate doco.
events2.112504.jpgMedia Design School is the first tertiary provider in New Zealand to offer a qualification with a dedicated stream focusing on two of the world's biggest emerging technologies: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

Currently, students of Media Design School's Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies (GDCT) are able to select from streams such as 3D Animation and VFX, Graphic Design or Web Development.

However, with the addition of New Zealand's first AR/VR stream, GDCT students are able to refine their respective crafts in the fields of VR or AR with the support of award-winning lecturers from a diverse array of digital disciplines.
TimHuse.jpgY&R NZ has today announced the appointment of Tim Huse to its award winning creative department.

Huse joins the agency to bolster its Wellington offer, bringing greater strategic and creative thinking to Wellington clients.

Huse has over 16 years of experience including stints at Colenso BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi and served as dreative director at Sugar and TBWA. He has been recognised multiple times at Cannes Lions, One Show, D&AD, AWARD and Axis.

Y&R Wellington's managing director, Tim Ellis, says he is delighted to have Huse partner him in growing the Wellington arm of the agency.
Lonely Label. New Zealand. Photography by Zara Mirkin and Harry Were : Courtesy of Lonely.jpgWitchcraft and Black beauty. Sex after 70 and female ganjapreneurs. Ethical lingerie and solo travel. These are among the shifts highlighted in "Women, Next," the latest project from J. Walter Thompson's Innovation Group that anticipates the needs, aspirations and motivations of the female consumer of the future.

The report confronts a popular critique from female consumers who say brands have not adjusted their messaging to accommodate the more modern and diverse experiences of women today. Aiming to solve this disconnect between brand and consumer, the 200-page "Women, Next" is twice as long as the typical report from the Innovation Group and offers a roadmap for brands that want to be clued in. It examines female consumers through nine lenses, including "Women & Sex," "Women, The Body & Beauty," "The Next Billion" and more.
ANDY-FACKRELL-WEB-thumb-300x300-138586.jpgKiwi expat Andy Fackrell, former regional creative director for Asia Pacific, has moved to R/GA Hustle LA to fill the role of executive creative director.

Prior to his role as regional CD at DDB APAC, Fackrell held the position of executive creative director at DDB New Zealand.

Fackrell joined DDB in January 2012 after a stellar career in Europe and the US. Renowned for his work on two of the world's greatest sports brands, adidas and Nike, Fackrell has collected an extraordinary number of awards for his campaigns.  Educated in New Zealand, he spent nine years at 180 Amsterdam and prior to that worked on Nike at Weiden + Kennedy Portland where he won the Cannes Grand Prix for Nike ad 'Tag'.
Brewtroleum (1)-thumb-400x148-190227.jpgLondon International Awards (LIA) has today announced the shortlist for Integration.

There are a total of 30 entries shortlisted in Integration. New Zealand has scored two finalists; Colenso BBDO Auckland for DB Export "Brewtroleum" in Multi-platform Campaign and Y&R New Zealand for Burger King "McWhopper" also in Mutli-platform Campaign.

The United States fared well with seven shortlisted entries, followed by the United Kingdom with five entries shortlisted.
McWhopper Packaging Proposal BirdsEyeView 2-SMALL-thumb-400x263-207423.jpgLondon International Awards (LIA) has today announced the shortlist for Non-Traditional.

New Zealand has scored four finalists led by Y&R New Zealand with its "McWhopper" campaign for Burger King receiving shortlist status in Experiential, Branded Content and Guerrilla Marketing. Colenso BBDO Auckland has scored one finalist for DB Export "Brewtroleum" in Experiential.

There are 53 shortlisted entries in the medium. The United States leads the way with 23 entries featured on the final shortlist, followed by the Sweden (6), New Zealand (4) and the United Kingdom (4).
McWhopper Packaging Proposal BirdsEyeView 2-SMALL-thumb-400x263-207423.jpgLondon International Awards (LIA) has today announced the shortlist for the The NEW.

Y&R has scored New Zealand's only finalist with the agency shortlisted once in the Media Innovation category for Burger King "McWhopper".

A total of 35 entries were shortlisted in the medium.  The United States picked up 14 shortlisted entries, whilst Australia and the United Kingdom fared well with 4 each.

The shortlisted entries were those that delivered a freshness that makes its impact ever more potent; work that attempts to be category defining in and of itself.
dvandevenCMYK (1).jpgEach week Bestads picks the very best advertising in the world, in every medium - which is reviewed by a top creative director or team to select their own personal favourites.

This week's guest judge is Debbi Vandeven, global chief creative officer, VML, based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Winner: Ikea: My Way. For me it was a tough choice between the winner and the runner-up this week. Both feature authentic storytelling that holds a mirror up to real life. I love this work because the human truth is that most people live their real life in their own home. So it's a modern and fun way to say "be who you want to be." This is a great position for Ikea and the soundtrack is perfect! READ MORE...
NB17 (1).jpgThis year's brief line up for New Blood Awards 2017 has just been released. What does this mean? It means that the next generation of creative disruptors can now sharpen their pencils, roll up their sleeves and start tackling the real-world briefs to showcase their talent.

For 2017, D&AD's partners are a mix of returning favourites like John Lewis, Nationwide and BBC as well as some exciting new faces with Amazon, The National Autistic Society and Squarespace signing up this year. Collaborating with the Arjowigginsbrief will be Facebook, Instagram and Sony Music, whilst board game fans can cut their teeth on the Hasbro brief in collaboration with Big Potato Games. (See the full list of briefs here).

The full briefs are available for download from New creatives will have until 22 March 2017 to submit their entries, with the winners announced at the Awards Ceremony in early July 2017. Winning work will be selected by a panel of judges and awarded a Wood, Graphite, Yellow, White or Black pencil.

Tim Pashen's Creative LIAisons Diary: Day 3 - 4

CreativeLiaisons_1.jpgTim Pashen, senior copywriter, The Monkeys, Sydney is representing Australia at the 5th annual Creative LIAisons at LIA in Las Vegas. Here Tim (pictured on far left) reports on day three and day four of the program.

'Turd down for Watt'. If that doesn't immediately sound like a ground-breaking innovative business idea, it's because you weren't part of the Creative LIAisons 'Innervation Lab'.

After 2 days of passive listening, and aggressive note-taking, Day 3 was all about getting our hands dirty with a crash-course in creating entrepreneurial ideas. After being armed with the tools to think like an entrepreneur by Saras Sarsvathy, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia, we had to put this into practice and pitch a business idea to Daymond John (Founder & CEO of FUBU), and star of the US Reality TV Show 'Shark Tank'.
Creative Liaisons1.jpgCreative Liaiasons party 11.jpgJudging has just concluded at the Encore hotel in Las Vegas for this year's London International Awards. Once again LIA put together an amazing judging line-up of around 110 across their 12 juries who judged over a 10 day period. Jury presidents this year included Mark Tutssel (Leo Burnett Global CCO), Rob Reilly (McCann Global Creative Chairman), Susan Credle (FCB Global CCO), and Malcolm Poynton (Cheil Worldwide Global CCO) amongst others.

This year was also the fifth year of the highly regarded Creative LIAisons mentoring program - by far the best young creative learning experience that exists globally.

Creative LIAisons is fully funded by LIA and runs concurrently with the LIA Awards judging. Not only do the 85 attendees have the opportunity to listen to some of the industry's biggest names, but they're also invited to sit in with the Juries on statue discussions. This represents a unique opportunity for the creatives to experience the judging process and the healthy judging debates.

Dave King's LIA Diary from Las Vegas: Day 5

IMG_2035 (1).jpgDave King, ECD, Innocean Australia is Australia's representative on the LIA TV/Cinema/Online Film jury where judging has been taking place in Las Vegas. Here King gives us a rundown of his last day in Las Vegas.

The last day here in Vegas was the best by far. It was long with lots of debate. But unlike panels I've been on before, it didn't feel like there were any network or regional agendas here. And when there was the expected disagreement between judges, it was always objective, never personal. It was a bit weird having the 25 LIAison people behind us watching but when we got to the stage of moving work up and down the rankings, the talking really amped up. It was tough because after filtering the dross, there was tons of exceptional work. We each brought pieces back that had originally missed out on the Shortlist with some moving up as high as Silver. The smarts of the jury and the desire to explain why they thought certain pieces deserved to be considered was very impressive and effective.

Mobius Awards extends late deadline to Oct 31

2016-deadline-extended.jpgMobius Awards international advertising competition has extended its entry deadline to Monday, October 31. Entries will have a late fee.

New entry areas include:
  • Expanded Media Types in Branded Content/Entertainment, including User-Generated Content
  • Immersive Media Marketing, including VR & AR Marketing
  • Expanded Media types in Point-of-Purchase, including Counter Displays, Signage and Window Displays
  • New categories, including: 360º Video, Production Design
  • New category for Package Design: Smart Packaging


Brewtroleum (1)-thumb-400x148-190227.jpgColenso BBDO Auckland has been awarded the Diamond ECHO for DB Breweries 'Brewtroleum' at the 2016 International ECHO Awards, held last night in Los Angeles.

Fuji Xerox Solomon (1).jpgColenso leads the Kiwi winners pack with three Gold, five Silver and the prestigious Diamon ECHO.

Republik's campaign for Fuji Xerox NZ, 'A Golden Opportunity' has taken home Gold for the Best use of Direct Mail, a Silver for Copy Writing and the agency has scored another Silver for Small Agency of the Year. In addition 'Haus of Versant' also produced for Fuji Xerox, received a Gold for Copy writing. This same campaign has already been highly awarded and was ranked the 29th most effective campaign in the world for 2016, according to the WARC Index.

Affinity ID scored a Gold and a Silver and .99 won a Bronze.
maxresdefault (1).jpgAfter a competitive pitch, Fletcher Building has appointed Vizeum New Zealand to manage its media strategy, planning and buying globally.

Headquartered in Auckland, Fletcher Building is a publicly listed manufacturer and distributor of infrastructure and building products, and a construction company.

This is the first time the company has consolidated its media into a single agency and Vizeum's scope of work includes management of Fletcher Building's full suite of brands across New Zealand, Australia, USA, Europe and Asia.

Dave King's LIA Diary from Las Vegas: Day 4

Thumbnail image for IMG_1987 (1).jpgDave King, ECD, Innocean Australia is Australia's representative on the LIA TV/Cinema/Online Film jury where judging is currently taking place in Las Vegas. Here King gives us a rundown of day 4 in Las Vegas.

Today was rather pleasant. And not too tough. Although not having a coffee until 11 wasn't overly nice.

So Herr Dr Vogel, our jury president, was very kind today. We rocked up to find there were 189 entries to review on the long list. 189 out of 882 entries. So the morning was spent going through rating them from 1-10. There's some really good work there with a few Grand Prix winners from other shows in the mix. There was also some work I really don't rate so I dished out a few ones and twos. I gave one 10 which I'd obviously like to be the Grand Prix but I suspect I'll be pushing to get it past other more famous contenders. We'll see.
Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 8.44.50 AM.jpgA year on from the launch of Lotto NZ's hugely successful 'Pop's Gift' campaign, DDB and Lotto NZ have unveiled its spiritual successor; Mum's Wish'.

This new Lotto Powerball story revolves around a close-knit family of four siblings who come together at their childhood home to fulfill a strange last request from their late mother. What looks like a get-your-hands-dirty job to get the house ready for sale, turns out to be something entirely unexpected.

DDB chief creative officer, Damon Stapleton, says the 90-second film is a continuation of Lotto NZ's  'Imagine' brand platform launched in July 2015, which is once again directed by the award-winning Steve Ayson from The Sweet Shop.

TRACEY ROWE (1).jpgPhotoplay has announced the signing of award-winning Sydney director Tracey Rowe for representation in Australia and New Zealand.

With an eye for capturing beautiful design and emotive narratives, Rowe's background as a photographer has helped to steer her unique visual style and astute attention to detail.

The director behind the beautiful Moccona 'Sleeping Beauty' campaign; Rowe has established a reputation as a visual and performance driven storyteller, eliciting genuine emotion from her subjects. This recognition has seen her travel far from her hometown of Broken Hill to shoot around the world. She is equally comfortable with large, art directed shoots to smaller documentary work, with her background in photography informing her approach.

In defence of the often maligned creative

img_0052-2 (1).jpgA regular blog by Damon Stapleton, chief creative officer of DDB New Zealand

"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W.C. Fields

When I got into this business 20 years ago creatives and creative departments were always called the crazy ones. We were portrayed as necessary yet unpredictable. We were those long haired, leather jacket types. Apparently, we all had raucous parties, did lots of drugs and were always only seconds away from saying something inappropriate. This B Grade rock star description has stuck and has become the accepted view of Creatives. In fact, it has become something many creatives live up to because they think that is their role.

That is one description.
Ian-Howard.jpgLittle Giant has announced the appointment of Ian Howard as chief strategy officer.

Howard has held strategic leadership roles at TVNZ, digital agency Young&Shand and most recently as head of strategy at Interbrand. He brings to the team extensive experience in creating growth-focussed brand, marketing and digital strategies for some of the biggest companies in New Zealand.

Says Howard: "From the time I first encountered Little Giant I thought there was something very special happening there and I'm absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to work with such an amazingly talented team.

"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the quality of work coming out of the agency is world-class. My focus will be on continuing to build our strategic capabilities in order to deliver outstanding growth for our clients."
mar0057-300x250-fireflys.jpgThe NZ Direct Marketing (NZDM) Awards has received an exceptionally positive response for its cleverly executed, 'Natural born communicators' call for entries campaign, developed by 1-1 experts, justONE. 

Brought to life across email and digital, the animal related theme of 'Natural-born communicators' draws parallels between the innate abilities of animals to behaviours in the direct marketing world today, by celebrating the natural born communicator in all of us.

justONE's clever creative executions play on the unique ways in which different animal species utilise targeted communication - from fireflies using their glow, to wolves howling in chorus to call their pack together, and elephants communicating in frequencies too low for humans to hear.
Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 7.01.58 AM.jpgANZ has launched a new campaign via TBWA, to welcome Apple Pay to New Zealand.
The campaign was co-created by TBWA\ ANZ Australia and TBWA\ ANZ New Zealand and depicts the new epic way to pay. Produced and shot by Plaza Film's Paul Middleditch.
Apple Pay is now available to all ANZ customers who have a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch and an ANZ Visa Debit or personal ANZ Visa credit card. It can be used anywhere you can tap and pay.


Malcolm Poynton: We're living in a Golden Age

POYNTON-LIA.jpgThe advertising industry isn't in crisis and the current transition period is as exciting and significant as the Industrial Revolution - that was the upbeat and positive message from Kiwi expat Malcolm Poynton, the global CCO of Cheil, speaking at the London International Awards Creative LIAisons event in Las Vegas.

"The thing I would say about an industry in crisis, is that if it's true that it is in crisis, that's the most fricking interesting time to be in it and that's true throughout history. On the flip side crisis is one way people choose to describe the situation and when you look at it from another point of view it's completely opposite. This is an exciting moment of development, an exciting time for evolution in this industry," Poynton told the audience of 85 young creatives.


Tim Pashen's Creative LIAisons Diary: Day 1 - 2

IMG_5273 (1).jpgTim Pashen, senior copywriter, The Monkeys, Sydney is representing Australia at the 5th annual Creative LIAisons at LIA in Las Vegas. Here Tim reports on day one and day two of the program.

Creative LIAisons Diary, Day 1 & 2 - The Power Of Unexpected

I'd been to Vegas before, so I knew what to expect. Bright neon lights, ticket-smackers on every corner promoting strip clubs, entourages of badly dressed people walking down the strip drinking yard glasses, and hearing the term "what happens in Vegas" used way too many times.

And coming to an advertising conference, predominantly consisting of Creative Directors speaking, I also knew what to expect. A bunch of case studies, and plenty of words like 'engagement, game changing, and disruption'. Or so I thought...
Mike Amour (1).jpgHavas Creative Group has today announced the appointment of Mike Amour (left) to the position of chairman and CEO of Asia Pacific, effective October 17.

In this new role, Amour will be responsible for leading and driving continued collaboration and growth in one of the most dynamic regions for Havas Group. The appointment is a key milestone in the group's ongoing efforts to build agile teams and integrated structures to deliver the most impact for clients. Amour will report to Andrew Benett, global CEO of Havas Creative Group, and will be based in Singapore.

Says Benett: "Mike is a visionary leader with a track record of driving transformation, and I'm confident his leadership will further accelerate the Group's performance in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a true internationalist with unique experience across different communications disciplines and developing markets."

Says Amour: "I am excited to be joining a company where clients can access a truly integrated service offering. The network's Village model is a significant competitive advantage, and I look forward to leveraging it fully to make Havas an indispensable partner to brands in the region."
Lucy Galbraith_Gigi Lee_Ryan Hobbs (1).jpgGigi Lee (centre) has been awarded Top of Class at New Zealand's 2016 AWARD School graduation ceremony, which took place at Mexico Restaurant in Auckland on Wednesday night.

Lee was among nine students who were tutored by representatives of Colenso BBDO and DDB. Second place winner was Ryan Hobbs (right) with third place going to Lucy Galbraith (left).

Before a crowd of industry professionals and supporters, AWARD School head Brett Colliver, creative director of DDB: "Congratulations to all of this year's graduates. AWARD School is a gruelling 12 weeks, but I think the results were worth the pain. Particular congratulations go to our winner, Gigi, and a huge thanks also go to our tutors and lecturers who volunteered their time throughout the course."
Screen Shot 2016-10-14 at 8.37.48 AM.jpgEx-New Zealand advertising creatives Ben Polkinghorne and Scott Kelly, former-Colenso BBDO creative team who now work at Wieden+Kennedy London, have launched an ambitious Indiegogo campaign Dear America, raising money to run a TV ad in America paid for by the world. The message will be completely free from political bias and just serve as a simple reminder that on the 8th of November they should head out and vote.

Whoever becomes the 45th President of the United States of America will become the most powerful person in the world. Yet the world doesn't get a say. And in the last election, nearly half of Americans didn't even get off the couch and vote.

The world is watching from the sidelines but can't tell America what to do. All the world can do is send a message reminding Americans how powerful their vote is. The hope is this will serve as a timely reminder the world is watching. The campaign can be found at




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