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Viaduct Harbour-based branded content agency BrandWorld has appointed seasoned advertising sales professional Frances Quirk as business manager: “We’re delighted to welcome Frances to the team,” says Richard Stevens, BrandWorld’s managing director. “We’ve known her for a long time, as have many others in the industry. She’s a consummate professional with an enviable list of contacts and clients who trust her to offer them the best opportunities for their marketing dollar.”

Quirk has worked across all media platforms, including television and radio and, more recently, digital. At BrandWorld, she will be looking after all BrandWorld’s titles and bespoke opportunities, but will particularly focus on BrandWorld’s successful Discover platform, Stevens says.

Quirk says she’s been watching BrandWorld for a long time. “I love the idea that I can now be part of it all. Even though lots of organisations say they do content marketing, in my opinion nobody does it as well as BrandWorld. They really understand clients and know how to produce material that resonates with their target consumers.”

Discover is a “brilliant” platform for clients as it’s so immediately recognisable, familiar and credible, she says.

“If there’s one piece of advice I could give clients or anyone in marketing, it’s whatever you do, make it count. Make sure the client’s till rings at the end of the campaign. That’s what’s always driven me in this world of marketing – tell the town and make the till ring. I will only ever represent a brand I respect and I know will work for the client.”


About BrandWorld 

BrandWorld has become a world leader in content marketing and advertising through its masthead formats Family Health Diary, Eating Well and Discover as well as a multitude of bespoke offerings including The Mix, Made-to-Match and Food in a Minute. Many of BrandWorld’s products, which are designed to showcase a multitude of different brands, have boosted products sales for clients by more than 200%. BrandWorld prides itself on being innovative and offering truly effective solutions to clients by combining programme-making skills with real research showing what clients’ consumers want. The company was the first New Zealand advertising company to offer clients cost effective, fixed cost packages; the first to aggregate multiple clients in a common advertising format; and the first company to retain ownership of its own advertising “brands.” Its offerings have won countless marketing awards for clients. For more information visit

Jo Jalfon has departed from her role as project manager of World Cups Media at Tourism New Zealand to join TVNZ as brand marketing manager: Her replacement at Tourism New Zealand is Rebecca Ingram, who’s been appointed general manager – PR & major events.

“I would like to thank Jo Jalfon who has been acting GM – PR & major events,” said ceo Kevin Bowler. “Jo will continue on in her role leading our 2015 World Cup leverage programme.”

Ingram has over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications, including leading and developing successful public relations campaigns and large scale events during her time at both Telecom and the Chartered Accountants Institute of Australia and NZ.

Ingram joins Tourism NZ in July next year, and will be based in Wellington.

Jalfon starts at TVNZ on December 1. Her role is a newly created position, where she will lead b2b strategy & communications, including developing trade and channel public relations. TVNZ publicists, and the network’s trade, events and brand managers will now report to her.

Jalfon’s CV includes Foodstuffs (a short-term contract as group communications manager, providing maternity leave cover), Telecom (head of media), and DB Breweries communications manager.

Video hosting service Vevo has appointed adman Brendan Muller as it country manager in New Zealand, a role that will see him represent platform exclusively in Australia and New Zealand: Acting for Vevo on behalf of Authentic Entertainment, Muller will oversee Vevo’s growth in the market and drive innovation across its client base.

He’s previously worked as country manager for digital advertising company Exponential Interactive, and has held senior positions at Yahoo!Xtra and APN NZ.

Vevo is a global partner with Youtube, and is responsible for up to 8 billion video views per month.

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