The news is in our hands

Julia Proverbs | Account Manager Social Media

There is a saying in the media – ‘if it bleeds it leads’.

On the face of it, it’s a grim statement that vilifies many people’s perception of ‘the media’ as harbingers of negative, violent news.

However, a first-of-its kind study of Twitter published this month, begs the question – just who is directing the news? Read More

Design trends for 2018

Christiaan Van Rooyen | Designer Design

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Braver colour design

The Dropbox rebrand design made strong use of vibrant colour.

“2017 has been a riot of colour, with graphic designers making big, bold choices,” says Shaun Bowen, creative partner at B&B studio. “Perhaps in an effort to inspire positivity after a difficult year in 2016, we’ve seen an influx of bright colours, often with flat graphics and only one or two colours used at any one time,” he adds.

“More and more brands are also using their core packaging hue as the backing colour in posters and supporting graphics.”

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Facebook News Feed Changes

Alison Brown | Group Account Director Marketing, Social Media, Technology

The social media marketing world has been abuzz this month with reaction to Facebook’s announcement that it’s making significant changes to its news feed algorithm. The social media giant is prioritising “meaningful” person-to-person interactions among friends and family over posts from Facebook pages. These updates will result in fewer posts from pages in the news feed. 

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Raw addiction – the rise of ephemeral content

Alison Brown | Group Account Director Marketing, Social Media

In the constant push by brands to win the attention of customers on social media, one of the most successful strategies this year has been to use ephemeral content.

Ephemeral content is fleeting, timely and relevant. It is often shot straight from the hip and, as such, tends to be raw but at the same time innately human. This lends a greater degree of authenticity, engages more and aids cut-through in a cluttered online environment. Read More

Marketing Renaissance

Alison Brown | Group Account Director Marketing

Out with the new, in with the old

A marketing renaissance has occurred for some ‘old’ means of communication and brands looking to refresh their marketing strategies could benefit from taking a new look at old ways of doing things.


The biggest comeback of them all must be pre-recorded audio. Whether it’s business, tech, or true crime topics, people are enjoying listening to podcasts while they drive to work, take a shower or even work out. Read More

Blockchain, the Future or a Fad?

Christiaan Van Rooyen | Designer Technology

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As we evolve into the digital age the recording of transactions becomes more complex – be it exchanging goods, transferring money or making contracts.

Blockchain is the underlying technology behind all cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, and has the potential to change the way we work and communicate, making it more secure, efficient, and trustworthy.

The growth of global trade has created a ledger system. Often each participant has their own ledger, and therefore their own version of the truth. Having multiple ledgers can create a system venerable to fraud, errors and misinterpretations. Read More

New Zealand Spelling Bee inspires

Ellen Irvine | Account Manager Lifestyle

Do you know what ‘pusillanimous’ means, let alone how to spell it?

I’d hazard a guess that 99 per cent of the New Zealand wouldn’t know that this word means ‘lacking in courage and resolution’.

Pusillanimous was the word that saw 14 year-old Lucy Jessep win the 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee at the weekend. Read More

The art of good grammar

Julia Proverbs | Account Manager Marketing, Social Media

Woman texting on mobile phone

Socrates feared that writing would create forgetfulness.

In the 1500s, Swiss scientist Conrad Gessner feared that the printing press would unleash an overload of information that would be harmful to the mind.

With the advent of television, video killed the radio star.

And when mobile phones and text messaging were unleashed on the world, it was widely predicted that mankind was destined for a future in which we would all communicate in acronyms and abbreviations. TBH IDK (To Be Honest I Don’t Know) if that’s the case. Read More