Pandora launches artist marketing data platform in Australia

pandora logoMusic streaming service Pandora has rolled out its Artist Marketing Platform in Australia and New Zealand, allowing performers with tracks on the radio service to access a range of data about their performance.

The free service allows artists to see details like where their tracks are most popular, which have been liked the most and demographic information about who is listening to their songs on the site. Pandora claims to have 1,100 artists from ANZ on the site.

In the US the service has used the data to put on brand funded shows in cities where artists are most popular, inviting fans along for free.

In a hangout with Mumbrella in September Pandora’s global music operations boss Steve Hogan said the function had allowed artists to plan tours and target the marketing of them to their fans as it was a “rich treasure trove of data”.  Read more »

Morning Update: FCKH8’s F-bombs for feminism pulled from YouTube; Hendo produces working hoverboard prototype

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

Mashable: FCKH8’s F-Bombs for Feminism Ad Pulled From YouTube, Vimeo

“These powerful little girls aren’t f*cking around.

For the latest ad campaign from t-shirt company FCKH8, the brand enlisted five girls between the ages of 6 and 13 to spread the word about issues regarding gender, race and sexuality.

One by one, these princess costume-clad girls address pay inequality, gender expectations and sexual assault with unexpected frankness. The clip features cursing aplenty (“Fuck that sexist shit!”) amidst statistics about the pay gap, rape and violence against women.”

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Endemol Australia head of development Nathan Gibbs departs for Zodiak Media

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Gibbs

Endemol Australia head of development Nathan Gibbs will be joining London’s Zodiak Media, an independent production company overseeing 45 brands in 15 countries, as the newly-created role of group head of format acquisitions and the production and distribution group.

Mumbrella reported in August of Gibbs’ imminent departure from Endemol.

In a statement Gibbs said: “I’m delighted to be joining Zodiak Media in this exciting new era of the company’s development. Zodiak has attracted some of the very best talent in order to create and detect hot new shows going forward, and I’m thrilled to be contributing to this. Read more »

McDonald’s launches steak products with ‘Big Lunchbox’ activation and campaign

McDonald’s is promoting the arrival of rump steak on its Real Choices menu with a campaign created by DDB Sydney which sees the fast food chain create its own ‘big thing’, the Big Lunchbox.

Like Australia’s other famous ‘big things’, such as the Big Pineapple, the Big Banana, the Big Ram or the Big Rocking Horse, the Big Lunchbox is a giant red lunchbox. The Big Lunchbox is featured in McDonald’s TV campaign and also will travel around Australia where it turns into a pop-up restaurant that serves the new Mini Steak Taster Wrap.

McDonald’s chief marketing officer Mark Lollback said: “To celebrate the arrival of 100 per cent Aussie rump steak to our Real Choices menu, we’ve added to Australia’s world famous list of ‘big things’  with the Big Lunchbox. But this is no ordinary lunchbox; as well as taking centre stage in our TVC, over the next month it’s also travelling around Australia and transforming into an extraordinary pop-up restaurant that serves our delicious Mini Steak Taster Wrap.

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CMOs overlooked for top job as boards favour executives with finance background

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 1.06.00 PMCompanies are continuing to bypass chief marketers when they look for a new leader with board directors preferring executives with a finance background to run the company, according to a career mentor.

Sherilyn Shackell, founder and chief executive of UK-based mentoring business The Marketing Academy, said only “a handful” of CEO’s among the UK’s FTSE 100 companies have risen through the marketing ranks.

In an even more damning statistic on how chief marketers are regarded, only five CMOs sit on the board of FTSE 100 firms, she told the Australian Association of National Advertisers conference in Sydney yesterday.

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Mumbrella hangout with Outbrain CEO

Mumbrella held a video hangout with one of the founders of Outbrain today to discuss the nature of content marketing, what works and what doesn’t and the ROI of content discovery platforms.

Co-founder of the content discovery platform Yaron Galai and Australia and New Zealand managing director Ayal Steiner tspoke about how the platform came about, the rise of content marketing, and how publishers and marketers need to show their audiences respect in their content and resist clickbait in order to hold readers’ trust and make the practice sustainable.

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Lack of video inventory and concerns about quality the main constraints as video growth surges

L:R Adapt.TV's Mitch Waters, GroupM's John Miskelly, News's Cameron King, Cadreon's Jessica White and IAB's Alice Manners.

L:R Adapt.TV’s Mitch Waters, GroupM’s John Miskelly, News’s Cameron King, Cadreon’s Jessica White and IAB’s Alice Manners.

The ongoing lack of premium inventory and concerns about issues like ad fraud and verification are major factors constraining the growth of video in Australia, the industry has been warned.

Speaking at today’s launch of the second annual State of the Video Industry Report, John Miskelly GroupM’s head of digital, told the audience: “We have to be singularly focused on increasing the number of streams that is the absolute number one constraint on our market.”

The declaration comes at the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) report found that there were still major shortages on video inventory, particularly with Australian content and long form content, while two third of media buyers surveyed also expressed concerns about quality control on video around the issues of viewability, ad verification and fraud. Read more »

Crowne Plaza Hotels likens business travellers to athletes in push for corporate market

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 12.38.48 PMCrowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts is attempting to increase its number of business travellers with a campaign which uses sporting analogies to promote its services.

The hotel chain, part of InterContinental Hotels, will compare business travellers to athletes by stressing how Crowne supports them during the day – “from starting the game to recharging after the game”.

The marketing drive, called ‘Business is a game. Play to win’ , features digital and out of home channels and will run until December.

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Vice cashes in on ‘total lack of trust’ in traditional media, global GM claims

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 2.02.19 PMThe rise of online independent publishers has coincided with a loss of trust in traditional media companies who the public feel are either owned or bullied by Governments, according to the global general manager of youth media brand Vice.

Hosi Simon, who at the weekend confirmed the launch of Vice News in Australia and the expansion of its local team from 40 to 70 by the end of next year, described the media crisis as “acute”, with their future further complicated by the “liberation of information”.

“Out of this liberation a lot of media alternatives have shown up,” he said.

Simon also told marketers they have huge opportunities as everything in the media landscape is “broken down and reinvented”.

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Australian man convicted following Lemz and Terre Des Homes ‘Sweetie’ sting

An Australian man has ben convicted of sex offences as a result of the awarding winning ‘Sweetie’ campaign which saw an avatar of a ten-year old Filipino girl created in the hope of catching sex offenders.

The avatar was created by Dutch advertising agency Lemz and children’s aid organisation Terre Des Hommes Netherlands, which captured details of 1,000 men from around the world who requested that Sweetie perform sex acts in front of a webcam for cash. Their details, including 50 men from Australia and New Zealand were then passed onto Interpol.

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JuniorCru most awarded but GPY&R named Best in Show at BADC awards

BADC logoThree agencies dominated the Brisbane Advertising and Design Club (BADC) Awards, with GPY&R Brisbane taking out the Best in Show award.

GPY&R and Publicis Mojo each took home a haul of 14 gongs, including two golds each, while JuniorCru snagged 16 awards, including two golds, six silvers and six bronze.

JuniorCru MD Russ Vine said the haul was “proof the merger of the two separate agencies has been a success”. Read more »

PRIA survey finds average monthly retainer has grown, but agencies more reliant on top clients

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Australia’s PR agencies increasing reliance on a few larger clients for the bulk of their revenue should be seen as a “warning sign” for the industry to diversify risk, with a new report showing monthly agency retainers are also on the rise.

While the annual Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) consulting sector benchmark survey has reported a 14.6 per cent increase in the monthly agency retainer, with the average rising for the second year running, up from $10,873 last year to $12,461 in 2014, it showed 34 per cent of agencies rely on their top five clients for more than three-quarters of their revenue.

“(The dependency figures) are always a warning sign and businesses need to make sure they don’t concentrate revenue too much. Our business are no different to anyone else’s — diversify risk, and keeping an eye on not being caught out by having one or two very large clients,” said Adam Benson national chair of the PRIA Registered Consultancies Group (RCG). Read more »

St George Bank encourage customers to ‘start something’ in new spots promoting business banking and home loan products

St George Bank is continuing with its ‘Start Something’ positioningcreated by Saatchi & Saatchi, with spots focusing on business banking and home loans which aims to encourage customers “to start something for themselves”.

Saatchi & Saatchi ECD Mike Spirkovski said: “As a brand positioning Start Something has the strength to inspire customers of all ages and with just a little help anything is possible. We simply dramatise how St George can help get you started.”

The first spot, focusing on the bank’s home loan rates, sees a young boy telling audiences about his passion for drumming and how he’s learnt from his dad, but according to mum it all started when they were house hunting and coming across a perfect music room.

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Agencies can never know a business as well as client says Jeff Goodby

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Goodby

Agencies should aim to ‘unknow’ their prior knowledge of a client in order to take a fresh approach to the work and senior marketers need to take more of a role in encouraging a fresh approach to ideas, acclaimed adman Jeff Goodby has said.

Speaking at an Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) conference in Sydney yesterday, the co-chairman and partner at Goodby Silverstein & Partners also took a swing at what he deemed “dithering” lengthy pitch processes, urging marketers to put tighter timelines on their processes.

On the issue of agencies taking a new approach to their clients he said:”My obsession with unknowing is a reaction to seeing too many presentations where planners and creative directors and so on told the client they were going to take ‘deep dives’ into their business and learn so much about them and use the drill down and unpack kind of language we’ve all caught ourselves using.

“First of all, there’s no way an agency is going to know more about your business then you do. They’ll say they’ll know as much as you do but they’re not going to. They have other things to work on, they have sneaker and beer and stuff that are more fun than your account.” Read more »

The Conversation launches in the US with 10-strong team

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 9.42.05 AMAcademia-meets-journalism website The Conversation has expanded into the US with a 10-strong team working out of Boston University.

They will work with academics across the US to produce content, starting with 62 members of the American Association of Universities and the US Science Coalition universities.

The US launch, described by The Conversation as a pilot, is the third market for the not-for-profit publisher which launched in Australia in 2011 and expanded to the UK last year. Around 20 per cent of traffic to The Conversation, which claims a monthly audience of two million, already comes from the US.

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Recipe to Riches debuts up on season one finale as audiences down across the board

The second season of Ten’s Woolworths funded series Recipe to Riches debuted to an audience of 561,000 last night, down from last year’s season launch of 616,000, beaten by Nine’s Big Brother, Seven’s Dancing with the Stars and ABC’s 7.30 in its 7.30pm timeslot.

However, it was up on season one’s finale, which was watched by 504,000 metro viewers, according OzTam’s overnight metro ratings.

It was a night where audiences were down across the board, with Nine News at 6pm the only show to crack the 1m audience mark.

Ten did grab an audience share of 15.6 per cent, ahead of the ABC’s share of 15.1 per cent, but was beaten by a dominant Seven which had a share of 20.3 per cent while Nine sat on a share of 17.2 per cent.

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Morning Update: If ‘The Shining’ took place in Ikea; YouTube and Lionsgate created branded series to promote The Hunger Games

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

Mashable: If ‘The Shining’ Took Place in IKEA

“By day, IKEA is the cheery backdrop for two lovebirds in 500 Days of Summer. By night, it’s a desolate maze for Stanley Kubrick’sThe Shining.

Just in time for Halloween, IKEA Singapore has released its very own homage to the classic horror film. The ad serves as part of Ikea’s holiday “Spot & Win” contest.

“Come and pay with us, Danny… Come pay with us.””

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Fear of failure holding back innovation, TBWA global chairman warns

Jean-Marie DruInnovation is being hampered by a fear of failure as brands, and employees with an eye on their career, look to protect their reputation, the chairman of TBWA Worldwide has said.

Jean-Marie Dru warned that unless marketers and creative staff approach their work in a bolder fashion, and are prepared to see ideas flop, companies will struggle to truly innovate.

Speaking at an Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) conference in Sydney today, Dru said 10 or even 20 initiatives may have to fail before one succeeds.

Asked to identify some of the major barriers to innovation, Dru said: “The first one is a fear of failure. You might have to fail many times before you get it right but companies are afraid of failure.”

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