Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Friday Envy – The week’s best ads (#5)

Last week Wellington kept up the winning streak with tourism promotion “Wellington’s Got Things” taking out the top spot. This means kiwi ads have won every Friday Envy so far! But this week there’s some tough international competition including smart technology that keeps kids safe at the beach and a print ad that reveals Iggy Pop’s love for Justin Bieber.
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The Friday Envy – The week’s best ads (#3)

Last week was a very close battle between the Kiwi telecom brands with a late burst of votes nudging Vodafone’s “Bowl Cuts” into the number one spot. This week some ‘bloody’ brilliant viral marketing for a vampire film takes on some clever experiential mobile marketing. It’s going to be tough to decide the winner! Vote for your favourite at the end of the post

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A Lesson In “Bloody” Brilliant Viral Marketing

Vellington (formerly known as Wellington) has been overrun with vampires and the locals have welcomed them with open veins. The viral promotion for the upcoming Kiwi film “What We Do In The Shadows” is 100% envy worthy. It’s a textbook example of how viral marketing should be done. The vampire mocumentary was filmed in Wellington making it the perfect place to unleash some creative marketing.

Vellington Sign

The Wellington sign has had a fair amount of attention, the original plan to erect a “Wellywood” sign was met with negativity. Eventually a public vote lead to the choice of the current windswept Wellington sign. Now the sign has undergone another change – this time a blood red “V” has turned the sign into “Vellington”. A brilliant stunt that had the Twitterverse enthralled. @DeliciousNecks is brilliantly amusing and a host of Wellington companies have gotten into the “sving” of things too.

Also worth a mention is the collaboration with Absolutely Positively Wellington (folks in charge of Wellington tourism marketing) to create the Vampires Guide to Vellington.

What Wo Do In The Shadows follows a flat of three vampires just trying to lead a normal life in Wellington. It look hilarious and I cant wait to see it (check out the trailer). Other activities have included a fan art competition to design the movie’s unofficial poster, a Delicious Necks beer created, a TradeMe account selling their ‘personal belongings’ and fake dating profiles on an online dating site.

A brilliantly co-ordinated campaign that no doubt took a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Well done to all involved!

The Friday Envy – The week’s best ads (#2)

For Friday Envy #2 I’ve focused on the telecommunications industry. You may have also noticed that most of the major NZ brands Telecom, Vodafone and Skinny have all released large budget, long form ads that are certainly unique!

In the first ever Friday Ad Envy Lotto took out the favourite ad with “High Five to Robyn Malcolm”.  Will a NZ brand will reign supreme again this week? Vote for your favourite ad this week at the end of the post. Read more

Five Ways to Use Google Trends for Marketing

Google Trends is an addictive tool that shows search trends over time. Searches are shown as a percentage using the most popular search date as 100% and all other dates/trends as a percentage of that. You see the popularity of a search term not how many people search it.

What Google Trends can show you:

  • Search trends by location
  • Search trends by genre
  • Search trends by date
  • Searches trends by site eg. Google images or YouTube
  • Key news headlines related search spikes
  • Top and related keywords searched
  • A real time visualisation of searches

Google Trends have been used to study flu outbreaks and link forward thinking to a countries wealth. Here’s some ways you can use Google Trends for marketing: Read more