New Wellington shop weds creativity to technology

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A new player has emerged on the ad agency scene in Wellington – the result of a collaboration of BBDO suits, technologists and a digital design director.

“Alloy was born of a desire to combine strategy, empathy, creativity and technology to deliver customer-centric experiences and work more effectively in an increasingly fragmented digital world,” says ceo Rod Schofield (former managing partner at Clemenger BBDO|Touchcast Wellington).

Schofield’s partners are Mark Glenn (former head of experience at Clemenger BBDO|Touchcast), Clare Warne (former digital director at Ocean Design) and Andrew Joll (former technical director at Touchcast).

“Alloy focuses on making digital work for people, and ensuring it delivers real value for organisations,” Schofield said, in a release.

“Many of the current digital marketing models are broken and clients are calling for consultancies that embrace true collaboration and deliver better customer experiences.

“Alloy is founded on the belief that art and science must be equal and essential. Trying to bring modern digital thinking into a traditional brand agency, or attempting to get a development house to understand and embrace emotional drivers is often in conflict with their core purpose.

“We started Alloy because we’d seen clients struggling to keep pace with the constantly changing landscape, often using existing processes and systems that were counterproductive to what they wanted to achieve.

“Our approach is to seamlessly blend with our clients – understanding their context, enhancing their capabilities and introducing a fresh, customer-focused perspective.”

Choosing to be part of a team that he’s worked closely with over the past four years was a no brainer, Schofield said.

“Alloy is founded on the belief that art and science must be equal and essential.”

Mark Glenn
“Glenn and Joll have a proven track record together, between them having shaped digital transformation initiatives at Spark, produced global awareness campaigns in education and immigration sectors and created world-class websites and experience design for FlyBuys, Cigna, ACC, Worksafe, Save The Children and the Ministry of Business, and Innovation & Employment.

Alloy head of experience Mark Glenn says that championing customer needs and motivations is a key part of how they help their clients.

“We identify key moments – both pain points and highlights – where customers interact with a service or product, and then we resolve or amplify those moments, connecting them to create journeys that deliver better awareness, consideration, sales and loyalty.”

“Glenn’s unique ability is to see both the moments and the journey, knowing when and how to combine emotional and rational drivers to turn attention into action,” Schofield said.

Andrew Joll
Head of technology Andrew Joll, has over 12 years’ experience in top technology roles, with a background in creative technology and user-experience. He says technology is often seen as ‘overwhelming’ or ‘high risk’.

“The Alloy team simplify and mitigate perceived risk by creating working prototypes to test ideas before significant investment is made,” he says.

“The tech industry is frequently reinventing the wheel, opting to create things from scratch or pushing clients to buy monolithic digital platforms when more effective solutions already exist.

“Huge efficiencies can be made by identifying and combining already proven technologies in new ways.”

Clare Warne
Alloy head of business Clare Warne ran a digital agency in the UK for 17 years and says she welcomes a consultancy that concentrates on both the client and their audience.

“Digital has been over-complicated, but it doesn’t need to be,” she said. “We can bring simplicity to businesses looking for innovative digital solutions that are led by the customer. We also ensure clients realise return on investment from digital – something many have been struggling to achieve.”

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