US behind global NZ honey ads

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CHICAGO, Today: US agency VSA Partners* is launching a new integrated global campaign for Mānuka Health New Zealand. The campaign aims to raise the awareness for the many natural benefits of Manuka Health’s “rare Mānuka honey line”.

A release out of VSA says: “The brand is looking to educate consumers on the complex differences and natural potency of Mānuka honey, and position Mānuka Health NZ as a supportive partner of those on the lookout for ways to improve their health and wellbeing.

“The campaign, featuring bold typography and an optimistic palette of highly saturated warms and cools, will deploy in cross-device display ads, leveraging custom data segments, mobile interstitials, social media, online video and digital out-of-home to communicate how Mānuka Heath NZ’s natural Mānuka honey line offers more than just a way to sweeten tea and toast. 

“Inspirational copy lines such as “A Spoonful of Seize the Day”, “Nature Up, Game On”, “A Honey As Potent as Your Potential”, “Stack Your Wellness Bench with New Zealand’s finest”, and “A Daily Dose of Get It Done” and “Meet Your New Wellness Wingman” convey motivating, confident yet relatable messaging on how the brand’s natural Mānuka honey can help consumers as part of their daily health and wellness regimen.

“This isn’t just any honey, so we wanted the creative to have a look and tone that reflects how great it makes you feel.”

“This isn’t just any honey, so we wanted the creative to have a look and tone that reflects how great this product makes you feel,” said Evan Thompson, Creative Director, Writer, VSA Partners, based in Chicago.  “The bright colors, layering and bold type all help to give Mānuka Health NZ an ownable point of view in the crowded health and wellness space.”

Mānuka Health NZ global marketing manager Anya Saikkonen said: “The power of Mānuka Health NZ honey is in its natural potency, and this campaign is about giving people the confidence to embrace their true nature and live to their full potential.

“We are delighted to work with VSA Partners to help educate consumers on the benefits of our special natural product in a vibrant and approachable way.

“The special honey is made from the nectar of the native Mānuka plant, and highly valued for its distinctive natural properties. It’s also rare, originating only from New Zealand and produced just a few weeks a year — weather permitting — when the Mānuka plant is in.

“The campaign is the first global work for the brand by VSA Partners since the agency won the account in January.”

“Mānuka honey is a delicate resource that requires careful handling and processing to ensure its special natural properties are retained during the extraction and packing process.

“Unlike most suppliers, Mānuka Health NZ owns the full process from the hive to jar, from its 20,000 beehives to its own extraction and processing facility and in-house quality testing laboratory.

The campaign is the first global work for the brand by VSA Partners since the agency won the account in January. Additional strategic design and communications initiatives are in the works for roll out later this year.

NZ agency?

At press time, all the PR was coming out of the US, and M+AD had been unable to identify a NZ domestic agency. We’re working on it!

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Agency: VSA Partners, Chicago, New York, San Francisco
Partner, Client Engagement: John Sheehan
Senior Project Manager: Kim George
Strategy Director: Joe Nio, Associate Partner
Associate Strategy Director: Marisa Rondinelli
Strategy Director, Media: Chandni Shah
Strategist, Media & Analytics: Linda Vo
Associate Partner, Creative Director: Josh Witherspoon
Associate Partner, Creative Director: Chrystine Witherspoon
Creative Director, Writer: Evan Thompson
Designer: Gustavo Delgado
Associate Partner, Creative Services Director: Tarek El-Mofty
Motion Editor, Director: Thomas Horne
Art Producer: Melanie Trombley
Production: The Voorhes, Motion Photographers, Austin
Director, photographer: Adam Voorhes
Stylist: Robin Finlay

About Mānuka Health
Mānuka Health’s purpose is to ‘re-nature people’, for the betterment of health, communities and the planet. Inspired by the knowledge that New Zealand bee products hold special and unique health properties, we are driven by a desire to use science to understand and harness these unique natural products, share their potential and help re-nature our world.  Today Mānuka Health is made up of a growing team of dedicated specialists (about 1.5 billion bees and 140 humans), who carefully craft and nurture our Mānuka honey, Propolis, Royal Jelly and New Zealand Gourmet honey to capture the living energy of New Zealand nature.

About VSA Partners
VSA Partners is a hybrid brand strategy and design agency. We combine strategic consulting with design-driven experiences to solve business problems and realize the future of a brand. With offices in Chicago, New York and San Francisco, VSA offers a full range of fully integrated capabilities — branding, advertising, data science and technology — all under one roof. For more than 30 years, we have delivered solutions for business and creative leaders at some of the world’s most respected brands and forward-thinking organizations, including Google, Nike, IBM, Molson, and PepsiCo.

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