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  • Happy #InternationalBeerDay! 🍺

In honour of this fun global event, we’re very excited to share our most recent brew, Energi Rapsody!

What technically is a ‘Rhapsody’ you ask? It's a piece of music written without a formal structure, expressing powerful feelings and emotional excitement. In that note, our limited edition beersie is rich with highly contrasted tasting notes and colour!

This fresh brew is a Bohemian Pilsner with black pepper hops and spicy herbal undertones, that will take you on a journey.

Rhapsody comes along with a curated playlist of Rhapsodies to give you the full experience. 

Check out the playlist link in our bio!
  • July 2020 will be remembered as the month for social media going dark.

At Energi, we joined the global boycott initiative over the last 30 days in order to express our disappointment in key social media platforms allowing hate speech to fester unheeded. 

Read more about this, along with the other exciting things we and our clients have been up to during this period in our latest newsletter. Link in our bio. ✨

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  • Another year has rolled by and we are back to Matariki Festival and the new year. We recommend visiting Takutai Square at Britomart to get your hands some  delicious hangi by the @themaorikitchen and watch daily kapa haka performances

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  • A very happy belated birthday to our amazing account directors, Melissa and Pen. ✨ 

We are so grateful for both of your diligence and hard work over the years.

You both bring so much joy to our team and clientele, we appreciate all your contributions to making the magic happen.

Special thank you to @bluebellscakery and @flowersafterhours for helping us spoil our girls. 

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Staycation

In a couple of month’s time, we’ll be having lots of those conversations again. You know: “What are you up to for the summer break?” The culturally correct kiwi answer to this question is, of course, something along the lines of a chance to get away to a beach, or maybe a lake, to reconnect with the family and the dog, get out in the boat if you like …

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UnmetNeeds

Unmet Needs are like the Holy Grail in marketing. Those two little words spell green field opportunities and untapped potential. The realm of Unmet Needs is certainly desirable but is difficult and challenging. The reality is that most of us, most of the time live in a world of met needs, or even saturated needs in a flood of over-supply. Do we need another coconut water? Another premium milk? …

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SameSameDiff

For most of us, the supermarket is a natural part of everyday life. Sure, there is a minority who buy through modern alternatives like subscriptions services, or click and collect, or shop online with home delivery; but most of us still make regular trips to the supermarket for our shopping. Our relationship with our supermarket is like other long-term relationships in life. We like things to be steady and …

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ShoppingMall1

Retail giants worldwide have been hitting hard times, with the closing of stores and loss of shopper interest, victims to the so-called “Retail Apocalypse”.  Last month alone, Gap, J.C. Penney, and Victoria’s Secret all announced they would be closing more than 300 stores. These store closures followed after Sears had announced they would be filing for bankruptcy and closing roughly 140 Sears and Kmart stores. So, what does this …

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Homegrown

The other week we joined the kids at Homegrown in Wellington. The cream of local music on five stages in one long day. Epic. But why? What is it that makes festivals so appealing? Festivals have been a part of our human experience for countless generations. Nevus has been celebrated for 5,000 years and signifies the day Noah returned to the land. In Turkey, it is marked by people …

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SXSW

Founded in 1987, South by Southwest is the world’s largest gathering of creative professionals. The event includes both a conference on up-and-coming innovative tech and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music.  Emerging trends that can impact your Shopper Marketing Strategy: 1. Retro Trust  The world is rediscovering it’s love for all that is old, from analogue watches to record players, old arcade games, bygone …

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StoreFuture

Fast forward the last couple of decades to today, there have been many innovations that have transformed our shopping experience.  Thanks to the wonderful powers of technology, the way we interact not only online but in-store has been forever changed. We have found a few examples where this couldn’t be any truer. In each instance, we see how retailers are trying to leverage various “personal experience” touchpoints of the …

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Retrofuturism

Retrofuturism is a great word. It combines the blend of old-fashioned ‘retro’ style, with the future anticipation of technology. The term was first coined in a review of Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil by Pauline Kael (somewhat appropriately in 1984). At its heart, retrofuturism examines the tension between the past and the future, and the idea that technology has the power to either empower or alienate. Technological advancements bring the …

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Pichfrompast

In a world that seems to be evolving at lighting speed, to submerge yourself in nostalgia is like wrapping yourself in a comfortable blanket of “the good ol’days”, when life was simple and one didn’t care how many Instagram followers you had. Research shows that nostalgia gives our lives a sense of continuity and meaning. As we age, we all develop fond memories of our younger days, from the …

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LoveSuperMarkets

When you’re next in your local supermarket look around. Look at the people strolling up and down the aisles. Are they happy? Are they enjoying their shopping experience? Or are they unhappy? Do they resent being there, having to stock up and spend money? We asked a couple of hundred people in a nation-wide online survey what they love and hate about their supermarket and here are the highlights …

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WhatBusinessAreYouIn

This is a simple but revealing strategic question. If you ask most business-people, they will typically answer in terms of what they do. They’ll say they’re in banking, or they make cleaning products or flooring, or they make frozen desserts. No doubt you have your equivalent answer. There is nothing inherently wrong about describing your business in this way. But there is a better way. You see, looking at …

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Aldi

Over the past year or so we’ve seen some significant developments in the supermarket world. Countdown is taking on the guise of ANZ National Bank by looking more and more like a steady transition to one monolithic trans-Tasman Woolworths brand. The company name has changed, the brand logo is ready to go, and there is a lot of green paint splashing around.  The alignment of Woolworths Trans-Tasman internal agency …

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Foodstagramming

From an early age, I learned about the social value of food. My late mum (bless her), committed many horrific food crimes when I was growing up. The arrival of the enormous wood-grained National microwave in the 1970s sparked her culinary nadir; destroying everything that went inside like some sort of nuclear kitchen holocaust. I still glow a bit under a certain light. Pure Delish But she did also …

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ScanAI

Today’s customer is channel-agnostic, switching effortlessly between online and bricks-and-mortar buying and employing a blend of shopping techniques: patronizing physical stores for tactile and social experiences, conducting product/pricing research via smartphone, and taking advantage of super-convenient online ordering and delivery options. Customers value experiences, and the quicker retailers can reduce its points of friction, the better future proof they will be. Despite the rise in e-commerce, the physical retail …

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BlackFriday

Kiwis shelled out $442 million over the Black Friday weekend, that’s an 85% increase from 2017! Watch the Energi Shopper Vlog for the breakdown of the 4 key ingredients that make Black Friday the mega shopping festival that New Zealand has fully embraced.

Blockchain

Blockchain, one of the biggest buzzwords of 2018, has been tipped to impact a number of industries all across the world. In retail alone, the blockchain market size is expected to grow from USD 80.0 million in 2018 to USD 2,339.5 million by 2023, at a growth of 2,924%. This just shows that even though there is a lack of awareness and technical understanding coupled with an uncertain regulatory …

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Singlesday

Now the largest online shopping event in the world. 2019 will see a growth in global ‘shopping day’ events Singles’ Day originated from a Chinese university with the intent of breaking away from the monotony of being single. It was to be a day filled with events and celebrations in the honor of being single, a day that quickly took its place in the wider Chinese society which then …

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Superpremium

Superpremiumisation. Once you get over how to say it, you will start to see it all through the supermarket. It is the trend to very highly-priced products appearing where reasonably priced staples have traditionally dominated. In the humble milk category, you can buy a litre of Countdown milk for $2.35, or a litre of Lewis Road for $6.00. 2 litres of Tip Top ice cream will cost you $7.50, …

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YearOfTheVoice

According to a Wall Street Journal article, tech companies now have their eyes on the next billion internet users mostly from the developing world. But the new users are going to be different from the first billion in the sense they are more likely to favor voice and video rather than typing and text. Averaging around a billion searches a month as of Jan 2018, the future is going …

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Sensory

Stop, and think about the entrance to your local supermarket for a moment. What do you see? Are you in the fresh produce department? Do you see large mounds of brightly coloured fruit? Then, are you drawn into fresh, red meat, or maybe the aroma-rich bakery? These are powerful and deliberate sensory marketing triggers that encourage us to buy more. Why do they work? It seems that our brains …

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NewMum

Finding out you’re going to become a mother for the first time can be an extremely joyous if not overwhelming situation to find yourself in. So many things start to whiz through your mind like OMG is this really happening? What does this mean? What is going to change? What do I need to do? How am I going to do this? Can I do this? These are but …

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SameSame

Talk about eyes wide open! Moving here from South Africa a little over a year ago, I wanted to find ways to submerge myself into this ‘whole new world’. Subscribing to anything and everything `New Zealand’ was my go-to. I mean I literally had to start all over again. This took form in many ways, one of which was finding “my brands”.  Being in SA all my life, I …

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AlwaysOn

Another day starts and I see my in-box has its usual flood of 20-odd eDMs and texts desperately craving my attention. I’m barely awake and already I need to be on my game because apparently…  “Why am I waiting? I could be the winner of $10 million.” “How likely am I to recommend us to a friend or colleague?” I’ve been given “All these exclusive Akl travel offers”, even …

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pricing

I can’t believe that I bought a $600 backgammon set. But somehow I did. Sure, I enjoy playing backgammon, and they can be beautiful things. But $600! How did that happen? The clues sit within this overview of that vital organ of business success: pricing. How we’re supposed to think about pricing The default belief about pricing, thanks to the economist in us all, assumes that price is a …

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Groceraunts

I can tell you for sure that 2-day old pizza dough is better than 1-day old, which is way better than fresh dough. It’s definitely crispier, tastier and more ‘pizzarey’. I can’t speak for 3-day old, but 2-day is the bomb according to Tony, my pizza coach at Italian grocery specialist La Bella Italia. This was a key ‘learning’ I took out of my first foray into grocernaut dining …

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ARVR

Q&A with Alejandro Davila – AR/VR Producer @ Conical Studios The New Yorker posted that interactive storytelling would be the defining art form of the 21st century. I sat down for a chat with pal and AR/VR expert Alejandro Davila to discuss what makes an immersive experience less of a gimmick and more successful. What do you think is key to designing an immersive experience? AD: Whilst Virtual Reality …

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HeartofDemand

Notes from the retail front line. A few years ago the eminent Zoologist Dr Desmond Morris was asked why people relate to some advertisements and not to others. As an expert who has spent his career studying humans as an animal species, he put forward the insight that there is a set of seven deep, ancient, underlying drivers that shape our lives. These are core ingredients that we continually …

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FacebookChange

Q&A with Mel Lee – Strategic Director @ Backchat Media Facebook threw us all a curveball at the beginning of this year, rolling out a series of changes in how it presents and serves up content. Posts by friends and family are now placing higher in our news feed, resulting in fewer posts from the publishers and businesses we follow. Now I thought who better to discuss these changes …

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AppPersonalise

In the world of apps it’s a constant battle to grab the consumers undivided attention. With a market saturated with new apps daily, it’s difficult to stand out. The reality being consumers tend to stick with their go-to apps. So what chance do brands have to really attract consumers, push interaction and create revenue in the world of mobile apps? So what chance do brands have to really attract …

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Scrolling

We have all been here before, you’re scrolling through your Facebook feed and within seconds your knees deep in a block of ads. I like many, have produced plenty of these as part of any standard digital marketing campaign. But as both a consumer and creator of content, I have to be honest with myself that the collective has learnt to tune these out. Facebook recently addressed this issue, …

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Cans

I’m hopeless. As a foodie and a strategic planner for a shopper marketing agency a trip to the supermarket is never quick and always full of delight. I’m one of those people that gets lost in the aisles. I double-back. I triple-back. I rarely buy on price, although sometimes I do when I feel the need for a bargain. I love trying new things. I’m a sucker for tasty …

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Deliver

For the past two years, Energi has carried out research on the Christmas shopping habits of New Zealanders. We’ve found out that although Christmas is supposed to be a universal time of joy and happiness, in reality, Christmas is quite polarising. ‘Santas’ are the segment that see Christmas as a favourite time and a challenge to outdo last year’s festivities. ‘Grinches’ just want it to all go away. And …

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