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MBIE's Small Business Showcase Makes the Internet Work for All

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Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment New Zealand and Motion Sickness encourage businesses to upgrade their online presence

MBIE's Small Business Showcase Makes the Internet Work for All

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Digital Boost initiative has released its new integrated campaign that encourages small businesses to upgrade their digital literacy and online presence. 

Digital Boost has over 30,000 New Zealand small businesses using the platform and is looking to grow users exponentially by the end of September 2022.

“As small business owners ourselves, we wanted to acknowledge you don’t need to be taking over the world with hundreds of employees to be a success in your own right. In the same way, Digital Boost isn’t about trying to mould businesses into a cookie cutter one-size-fits-all solution. The beauty of Digital Boost is that they meet you where you are, and will help you achieve what you actually want to achieve as a small business - even if that means just making life a little easier.”, Hilary Ngan Kee - head of strategy / partner - Motion Sickness  

The campaign features real small business owners who are on their own digital journey. The cast of real small business owners are from around Aotearoa; each offering unique products and services. From Alpaca breeders in the far north, to custom casket builders in Tamaki Makaurau and LARPing (Live action role play) costume specialists in the Bay of Plenty. 

Make the internet work for you aims to help business owners make the most out of the digital economy. No two small businesses are the same, therefore each business requires different digital solutions to the multifaceted challenges of the online experience. 

In addition to the TV and digital rollout, a series of bespoke OOH and print took the message directly to ‘digitally reclusive’ small businesses. With small business owners often being time poor, and hard to get hold of it was important to grab their attention in an overtly direct manner; this took shape by activating outdoor placements with a message directly for them, right outside their place of work, morning commute and existing ads. 

“Beyond attention, we’re quickly moving into the nitty gritty of motivating small businesses to sign-up. The economic conditions of an industry, relevant digital tools, their perceived barriers, and what their life and business goals may be, are just a few variables to consider when framing and delivering our messages.” - Josh Hawke, head of media, Motion Sickness 

The ABL campaign is live across TV, radio, outdoor, print and digital/social over the next eight weeks with a supporting digital campaign running over the next 12 months. 

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Client: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Principal Marketing and Communications Advisor: Amanda Wayman

Communications and Stakeholder Advisor: Tessa Mckegg


Agency: Motion Sickness

Executive Creative Director: Sam Stuchbury

Creative Director: Jordan Stent

Head Of Strategy: Hilary Ngan Kee

Business Director: Alex McManus

Senior Creative: Will Macdonald

Production Assistant: Freddy Riddiford

Graphic Designer: Josh Hart-vrijkotte

Account Manager: Priya Marshall

Head Of Media: Josh Hawke


Production Company: Motion Sickness

Director: Sam Stuchbury

Producer: Joseph McAlpine

DOP: Crighton Bone

Art Director: Dion Boothby

Wardrobe Stylist: Miranda Raman

Editor: Jolin Lee

Colourist: Billy Wychgel

Music: Danny Fairley

Sound Design: Bigpop Studios

Genres: People

Categories: Government, Corporate, Social and PSAs

Motion Sickness, Thu, 14 Jul 2022 08:09:44 GMT