Isuzu Ute Australia withdraws competition after campaign describes it as an ‘X-rated Thailand sex tour’

xrunner-isuzu 2Isuzu Ute Australia is withdrawing a campaign and complementary promotion for its new D-Max ute following a petition started by The Collective Shout which called for the company to withdraw what it described as a “‘X-rated’ Thailand sex tour competition”.

Isuzu Ute Australia was promoting its new D-Max ute with the positioning of it being ‘X-rated’ as it sought to attract a younger buyer, and offering the chance for a member of the public to win “five hot nights” for “you and three mates” in Bangkok, Thailand.

Assistant general manager for marketing & PR Dave Harding told Mumbrella the ad is being withdrawn.

The car maker has released an official statement which said: ”It has been brought to our attention that recent advertising promoting The X-Runner has caused concern and offence to some viewers. We chose Thailand as the destination of the X-Runner competition prize as it is the ‘home’ of the D-MAX and for no other reason.

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Buzzfeed questions Nielsen’s decision not to classify it as a news site

Buzzfeed JonahViral content site Buzzfeed is questioning the decision of audience measurement company Nielsen to exclude it from the official top ten most read Australian news websites, because it is not currently classed as a news site.

Under the Nielsen system Buzzfeed sits under the “search engines, portals, and communities” category. However, Buzzfeed insists it is a news site, and says it would have been tenth in yesterday’s Nielsen Online Rankings with an audience of  1.683m Australians, ahead of the BBC which had a unique audience of 1.681m.

Simon Crerar editor of Buzzfeed Australia said he would be speaking to Nielsen about the issue, adding: ”We consider ourselves a news and entertainment company in the same way that NineMSN, and the Mail Online have a mix between hard news and what people call entertainment content.

“That is very much what we do too.”

Buzzfeed is one of a number of overseas websites to enter the Australian online space in the last 12 months with the US viral website, which generates much of its traffic through social media, formally launching in a joint event with journalism body The Walkley Foundation in January. Read more »

Mumbrella live blog: Thursday, April 17

This is Mumbrella’s live blog, a rolling diary of all you need to know in media and marketing. Refresh the page for the latest updates.

1.10pm – Changes over a Fairfax with AFR editor Paul Bailey taking charge of the SMH and Age business section. Story here.

12.30pm - Got to love Father Bob. Check out his new fundraising campaign where he sings for money. Read about it here.

12:10pm - There’s an innovative radio campaign coming out of GPY&R Brisbane and Nova there ahead of the long weekend, using a low-frequency sound to test whether people are fit to be driving or if they are over the drink drive limit. There’s a lot of science behind it apparently.

11:36am - Interesting developments for the ABC overnight with the announcement of a new broadcasting deal in China, allowing them to post content directly into the country. It follows last week’s episode of Q&A which came live from Shanghai, although it is unclear whether politically-themed shows will get away uncensored. See more here.

10:45am – TV ratings are in, and Home and Away and Puberty Blues were the big winners in the absence of the major reality franchises last night. Ten’s homespun 70s drama picked up a decent number of viewers last week in the 8:30pm timeslot.

10:08am - Some interesting news coming out of Clemenger and OMD Tasmania, which appear to be pushing back towards a full-service offering by promoting Matt Fishburn and standing down managing director of Clems there for 25 years Tony Hart. Read more »

Paul Bailey promoted to editor-in-chief as Fairfax reshuffles business again


Paul Bailey

The editor of the Australian Financial Review (AFR) Paul Bailey has been promoted to the role of editor-in-chief of business at Fairfax Media, with oversight over the business sections of The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) and The Age.

Bailey’s new position sees him replace James Chessell, a former deputy editor of the AFR who was last year promoted to the role of Fairfax’s editor – business and charged with bringing together greater cooperation and copy sharing between the BusinessDay business section of the SMH and Age with their sister publication the AFR. Chessell is moving overseas to establish a London bureau for the AFR.

Sean Aylmer group director, business media at Fairfax’s Australian Publishing Media announced the promotion to staff in an email this week: “Paul Bailey will take on the job as Editor-in-Chief, Business, effectively replacing James Chessell. Paul has been a mainstay of the AFR for several years, and has had stints at the Sydney Morning Herald, the Bulletin and Channel Nine. Read more »

Southern Cross Austereo looks to digital to boost revenues

Clive Dickens DIGITAL CHIEF SCADigital and in particular mobile have been a boom area for Southern Cross Austereo in the past 12 months, with the company now reaping the rewards of social media and data investment according to its head of innovation Clive Dickens.

In the past year the company, which owns national radio assets including the Today Network and Triple M as well as regional TV stations, has more than doubled its digital audiences and is now the 16th largest online publisher in Australia with 151,234 unique daily browsers, according to the latest Nielsen Online report for March.

“Digital is the fastest growing part of SCA’s business,” said Dickens. “Is it big enough to be spun off as a stand-alone business yet? Probably not. But in terms of where new revenues are coming from it’s definitely where the future lies.

“There’s work to be done because people see us as a TV and radio business, and it’s a surprise to them we’re such a big digital publisher. We’ve worked hard on it as a focus. In the year I’ve been here we’ve moved from outside the top 100 publishers to 16th, and we are growing each month.” Read more »

Commercial Radio Australia encourages audiences to buy their mum a digital radio this Mother’s Day

Mothers Day Image 2Commercial Radio Australia has partnered up with digital radio manufacturer Pure and retailers Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Dick Smith to encourage audiences to purchase a digital radio for their mums for Mother’s Day.

Created by radio specialist agency Eardrum, the campaign aims to help out those who don’t “speak mother” and translates what mum really means when she says “darling just make me something for Mother’s Day”.

The four 30 second radio ads promote digital radios as the perfect gift and the retailer’s special offer of a free Dr Lewinn skincare pack when one of three selected Pure digital radios are purchased.

Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer Joan Warner said: “Digital radio uptake continues to rise and Mother’s Day has proved a popular period for purchase. Support from stations, manufacturers, retailers and listeners have seen digital radio sales defy retail trends in the last four years.”

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Father Bob launches crowd-funding campaign for the homeless in which he promises to sing in return for donations

Priest Father Bob Maguire has launched a crowd-funding campaign via Pozible to help raise funds over Easter to feed the homeless with ‘Father Bob Sings for a Million’ campaign.

The Catholic Priest is asking people to make a donation in return for a number of ‘rewards’, with people able to suggest a song for Bob to sing via social media by tweeting or posting on Instagram or Facebook the choice of song along with the hashtag #songs4bob.

At the end of the month long campaign, the best suggestions will be selected and Bob will record and release an album with those who donate $25 to receive one of the first copies upon its release.

“At this time of year, we normally surround ourselves with family. My foundation is the family for the unloved and unlovely and we leave no one behind,” said Father Bob.

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Nova FM targets drink driving in radio campaign created by GPY&R Brisbane

radio breathalyserNova FM in Brisbane is targeting drink driving with a new radio campaign using low frequency sounds to alert those who cannot hear them that they are probably over the legal alcohol limit and probably should not be driving.

Created by GPY&R Brisbane, the ‘Radio Breathalyser’ draws on UK research which shows that when a person is over the legal limit, they find it harder to hear lower frequencies. The station hopes it will help reduce the death toll on the roads over the Easter weekend.

GPY&R Brisbane creative director, Brendan Greaney said: “People are switching off to traditional anti-drink driving messages. Radio Breathalyser is a fresh, tangible way to directly influence behaviour while people are driving. Anything that gets people who’ve had a few drinks to question whether they should be behind the wheel is a good thing. Well done to Nova for taking on the cause with us.”

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ABC secures broadcasting rights in China which could see political shows broadcast live

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.20.27 AMABC International and its Australia Network have announced a long-term partnership with China’s second biggest broadcaster Shanghai Media Group that will see the public broadcaster sell programming into the world’s biggest ­television market.

The ABC is one of the first Western networks to secure such a deal which, according to the statement, comes with the support of media authorities of the Chinese Government in Shanghai.

“This historic agreement opens up a whole new world of television and online cooperation between Australia and China,” said Mark Scott managing director of the ABC. “It provides a truly unique window for all Australian media to build a friendly and mutually cooperative relationship with China.” Read more »

Absolut Vodka celebrates limited edition Absolut Oz with street art

Absolut Vodka is promoting its limited edition Absolut Oz, created in collaboration with director Baz Luhrmann, with “eco-friendly street art installations” in Sydney and Melbourne.

The vodka brand approached street artists Adriana Picker and Tim De Haan to create their own interpretation of the Absolut Oz emblem which was designed by Luhrmann in partnership with his creative director and wife, Catherine Martin, to be featured in locations around Chippendale, Sydney and the Melbourne CBD.

Anne Martin, marketing director, Pernod Ricard Australia said: “Luhrmann is known for taking the classics and transforming them into modern masterpieces, so it’s a fitting evolution that these two emerging artists have used Absolut Oz as created by him and reinterpreted the work into their own unique piece. The all-important subtitle of Absolut Oz – “we are all equal under the sun” – also becomes much more relevant with this next creative phase being realised in the truly egalitarian medium that is street art.”

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Puberty Blues lifts as news dominates another non-ratings night

The final of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell on ABC1 was the second most-watched non-news program last night, delivering the channel an audience of 760,000 metro viewers while Seven’s Home and Away was again the most watched entertainment show, preliminary overnight ratings from OzTam show.

Home and Away delivered Seven an audience of 895,000 metro viewers at 7pm.

Ten’s Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club, which airs for an hour from 7.30pm, saw a boost in its audience from the night before up to 582,000 viewers, from 531,000 on Tuesday night. However it was beaten by Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, which ran from 8pm until 8.30pm, and was also beaten by a repeat of Nine’s RBT, which also airs in the 7.30 to 8.30pm timeslot, which managed to attract a metro audience of 694,000.

However it did manage to beat Seven’s Highway Patrol, also airing in the 7.30pm timeslot, which only managed to attract a metro audience of 477,000.

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Clemenger and OMD signal return to full service in Tasmania with new joint state leader

Creative director Marcus Murphy, Matt Fishburn and Libby Walker

Creative director Marcus Murphy, Matt Fishburn and Libby Walker

Matt Fishburn has been stepped up to be the managing director for Clemenger BBDO in Tasmania, signalling a move back towards a full service model integrating with the recently-formed OMD media agency unit in the state.

The OMD business director replaces Tony Hart as managing director of the 30-strong creative agency, who has been with the agency for the last 25 years and is set to take on a research role in the operation.

OMD launched a unit, situated with Clems in its Hobart office, last January to target the Tasmanian Government media buying account led by Fishburn, who had been with Clemenger for five years as business development and innovation director.

Previously Clemenger there had serviced both creative and media needs for clients. Read more »

Microsoft promotes Adam Anger to lead Asia Pac ad sales



Adam Anger has taken over the newly consolidated regional advertising operations of Microsoft as the company continues its overhaul of operations in the region.

Anger, who previously ran Microsoft Advertising for Greater China, has now been handed the role of GM, Asia-Pacific, running advertising operations across the MSN, Xbox, Skype, Bing, Windows 8, Windows Phone and brands, Mumbrella Asia has reported.

His new role covers Greater China, Southeast Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand, and means that Bruno Fiorentini, who formerly ran all of Asia except for China, moves into a new role running global accounts and agencies based in Redmond. Read more »

Morning Update: Ad for music school taps into music’s ability to evoke emotions; Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart social media push for production racked up 600 million impressions

This is our Morning Update, rounding up international media and marketing news from while you were sleeping.

Creativity-Online: This Japanese Ad for a Music School Will Make You Cry

“This ad is entirely in Japanese, but even if you don’t know a word of the language, it won’t matter. Set at a beautiful wedding, the spot shows a father getting up to perform a beautiful melody for the happy couple. At first, both bride and groom are confused. But through flashback sequences, it’s made clear that the melody is one that the bride’s mother, now deceased, used to play on the piano. Her father, wanting to do something special on his daughter’s big day, decided to learn the music. It’s a beautiful way to show both the power of a song to evoke memories, and ties in nicely to the product — a music school, Tosando.”

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Mumbrella live blog: Wednesday, April 16

This is Mumbrella’s live blog, a rolling diary of all you need to know in media and marketing. Refresh the page for the latest updates.

Top stories:

4:36pm – There’s a report in Campaign Brief today saying Russel Howcroft (formerly GPY&R boss, now Network Ten GM and sometime Gruen regular) is stepping up to fill the void left after David Nobay’s decision to leave Recipes to Riches, and is already filming auditions. We asked Ten if this was the case, and they said to us:

The Campaign Brief report is wrong. Russel is not filming auditions for Recipe to Riches. In fact, he’s on holiday.

We are finalising the panel of experts for the second season of Recipe To Riches and will make an announcement in due course.

3:39pm - Whilst one first-time Royal tour may be taking the limelight there’s another going on of a lot of significance for some agencies in this market. This morning Yannick Bollore, the head of Havas since the departure of David Jones, jetted into Sydney for a tour of some of his up-and-coming local shops. Here’s what he tweeted this morning:

Yannick Bollore twiitter

3:02pm -If nothing else Grangegate is producing the usual round of memes and spoof ads. Dr Mumbo has some – what’s your favourite?

A Rational Fear o'Farrell piece

2:32pm – Modern Family recently filmed in Australia, and the network has already turned around the episode which will b shown on April 23 in the US, although no airdate has been given for Australia yet. From the looks of the trailer they’ve left no cliches untouched either. See the full story, and sizzle reel, her. Read more »

McDonald’s pokes fun at Facebook fans to celebrate a million likes

McDonald’s Australia has created a video based on some of the content and comments from its Facebook page to celebrate cracking the million likes mark on the social network.

The playful online video, which features some of the whackier pronouncements made by brand fans on the page, and also pokes fun at some of its more obsessive fans.

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SMI: Ten revenue share falls back to earth after Sochi boost

Ten logoThe latest revenue figures from Standard Media Index (SMI) show Network Ten’s revenue has fallen from its February highs, amid declining audience shares for major franchises such as The Biggest Loser, So You Think You Can Dance and Secret and Lies.

According to the March figures Ten had a revenue share of just 21.24 per cent, down from 25.1 per cent this time last year with revenue of just $37.4m compared with $42.5m, a 13.2 per cent fall. Last month on the back of the Sochi Winter Olympics the network was trumpeting a 24.2 per cent revenue share. 

The drop in revenue had been predicted by the market and by Ten, with the network’s chief sales officer saying: “The March revenue share number was in line with our expectations and reflected our ratings results. We are committed to improve our ratings performance by fixing our general entertainment program schedule.”

Meanwhile commercial rivals Nine and Seven both posted strong results with Nine up 13.4 per cent for March, while Seven was up 4.5 per cent, in the metro markets. Nine had a 37.7 per cent share of agency bookings last month while Seven was a 41.39 per cent share. Read more »

M.J. Bale sews contactless payment technology into ‘Power Suit’

M.J. Bale has created a suit with a built-in contactless payment chip and antenna in the sleeve allowing wearers to pay for anything “with the effortless swagger of a celebrity, tycoon or double agent”, in partnership with Heritage Bank and Visa.

Created by Whybin\TBWA and ElevenPR, the M.J. Bale Power Suit’s contactless technology is linked to an online online Heritage Bank Prepaid account, allowing the wearer to check the balance and top up their suit on-the-go.

Dave Bowman, executive creative director Whybin\TBWA Group Sydney said: “Have you ever seen Bono, Obama or Bond pay for anything with a wallet?  No.  There’s a reason for that.  The most powerful men in the world don’t need to carry a wallet.  And now, thanks to Heritage Bank and Visa nor does anyone with an M.J.Bale power suit.”

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