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Our 5-Year Rollcall of ARA Winners

14 Jul 2020 by Mike Tisdall

Every year when the ARA Awards (Australasian Reporting Awards) are announced, we quietly congratulate each other, knock together a social media post and move on to the pressing projects of the day. But this year,...

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our 5-year rollcall of ara winners mike tisdall

every year when the ara awards (australasian reporting awards) are announced, we quietly congratulate each other, knock together a social media post and move on to the pressing projects of the day.

but this year, having won the communication award for both private and public sectors, the sustainability report of the year, and being finalists for the report of the year and the best integrated report, we decided we should actually take a closer look at our track record over the last 5 years. and even we were impressed with ourselves!

but of course, we can’t take all the credit. it takes a village. and our clients have to have the right intent, headspace, passion, and develop the right content for us to work with. so we take joint pleasure in compiling the following list of ara achievements – and being the common denominator.

2020

 

winner
special award – communication – private sector     

 
sanford

winner
special award – communication – public sector                   

 
watercare

winner
sustainability report of the year


sanford

finalist
integrated report                                                                   


sanford

finalist
2020 ara report of the year


sanford

 

 

2019

 

winner
2019 ara report of the year             


sanford

winner
sustainability reporting award – other 


watercare

finalist
2019 ara report of the year

                        

nz super fund

finalist
sustainability reporting award – private sector                   


sanford

finalist
sustainability reporting award – other         


nz super fund

finalist
communication – private sector                                            


ravensdown

finalist
communication – public sector


watercare

finalist
integrated reporting                                                              


sanford

 

 

2018

 

winner
communication – private sector


sanford

winner
sustainability reporting award – other                                 


watercare

winner
best cover design


nz super fund

winner
online reporting – private sector                                          


ravensdown

finalist
2018 ara report of the year


nz super fund

finalist
sustainability reporting award – other


nz super fund

finalist
communication – private sector        


sanford

finalist
integrated reporting                                                              


sanford

finalist
best cover design


sanford

 

 

2017

 

winner
integrated reporting                                                              


sanford

finalist
2017 ara report of the year

                        
sanford

finalist
sustainability reporting award – private sector                   


sanford

finalist
online reporting – public sector        


nz super fund

 

            

2016

 

winner
integrated reporting award                                                   


sanford

winner
online reporting award – public sector        


nz super fund

winner
sustainability reporting award – private sector                   


sanford

 

if nothing else, the list is testament to the faith these clients have put in us over so many years. we are so grateful for your continuing loyalty. 

 

 

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5 Secret Sauce ingredients for an authentic annual report

01 Sep 2017 by Mike Tisdall

Telling your story powerfully is central to brand strategy, and when Mercury rebranded last year, their annual report was one of the first vehicles off the rank. Now winning the accolade of ‘Best International Annual...

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5 secret sauce ingredients for an authentic annual report mike tisdall

telling your story powerfully is central to brand strategy, and when mercury rebranded last year, their annual report was one of the first vehicles off the rank. now winning the accolade of ‘best international annual report’ in 2017’s global arc awards, the report reinforces our assertion that annual reports are one of a company’s most powerful brand positioning assets.

it is now the key lens we look through when discussing investor communications with clients - because the annual report has become so much more than an investor communication. one ceo briefed me last reporting season that he wanted his annual report to be his new 'international calling card' because he had such a new and different story to tell. we delivered that in august.

when this 'corporate repositioning' trickle trend started to turn into a rapidly flowing river lat year, i asked myself whether the annual report was the right vehicle for this task - wondering whether a corporate profile and website upgrade wasn't the more appropriate approach. and then i realised that the annual report is being seen as the 'ultimate corporate profile' - because it has the gravitas, the stamp of corporate authority, signed by the board itself to send the strongest possible signal that this is who we are.

in august we launched two other reports with perception-shifting goals. the first was for vector - a report that signficantly changes the game in terms of what business they're in. and the second was ravensdown's first integrated annual report - taking a highly authentic approach by lifting the shrouds and exposing their soul. another report that will shift people's perceptions of the company.

we first saw the power of this 'brand soul' expression in the first integrated report we produced for sanford in 2014. the respect for sanford accelerated rapidly over the weeks and months following publication. the perception needle shifted demonstrably and people looked once again at the company and saw it with fresh eyes that matched its fresh leadership. this report too went on to win many awards, locally and internationally.

so what's the secret sauce here that has made these reports really 'work' for the companies behind them?

  • first, it's leadership. like all such things, it starts right at the top.
  • second, it's authenticity. these companies don't try to pull any wool. they embrace the notions of corporate citizenship, shared value creation and 'doing the right thing' and have embedded these values deepy within their company cultures. it ain't ever lip service. it's genuine behaviours, their core belief systems, the way they naturally think. and more and more, it's about transparency - believing that honesty and openness will win out over any concerns about feeding strategies to competitors. they've come to realise that a competitor might be able to copy a strategy, but they can't copy the 'package' of authenticity that gives it true differentiation. the companies are simply organised this way, from the top down. and they hire the right people who think incredibly responsibly. at the end of the day, it's about 'trust'.
  • third, the companies' strategies and visions are exceptionally well conceived and thoroughly thought through. they're elegant in their cohesion, with no hint of hedging bets, commercial dilution or dissonance.
  • fourth, the visions, values and implementation strategies have utter clarity and are very simply articulated - internally (critically important) as well as externally.
  • fifth, they work with us to clarify and amplify that articulation and adopt powerful storytelling techniques - both visual and voice.

we've shared our stories about vector, ravensdown and this year's mercury reports elsewhere on this website, but by way of explaining the above theories in practice, here's a little background about how we went about last year's mercury report that has just been judged last year's best international annual report by arc. 

the 2016 annual report was the first major publication following their rebrand from mighty river power, expressing everything the new brand stands for. it set the tone for how they wanted to be perceived from that day forward.

because the brand shift from mighty river power to mercury was so visually striking, our challenge was to not spook investors about the change but to clearly show continuity while boldly illustrating everything had changed under the new brand. no easy ask.

we made the new brand the hero, unfolding the brand story over the opening three spreads. showcasing the visual identity and positioning the brand as a new expression of their ongoing customer-led business strategy was key. 

a new strategy spread and business model diagram were introduced to tell the continuing investor story in a fresh way, more aligned with a more dynamic retail-led brand. magazine style case studies were used to showcase the brand story in action, highlighting how the core aspects of the brand manifest themselves every day in 'what matter most.' 

see our full case study in our work section

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More international awards

22 Jun 2017 by Mike Tisdall

At the Australasian Reporting Awards held in Melbourne on 21 June, two of Insight's clients were recognised for their successes. Sanford The  2016 Sanford Annual Report  won the Integrated Reporting...

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more international awards mike tisdall

at the australasian reporting awards held in melbourne on 21 june, two of insight's clients were recognised for their successes.

sanford

the 2016 sanford annual report won the integrated reporting category and a gold award. it was also a finalist for both the sustainability reporting award, and the supreme report of the year.

here are a few of the judges’ comments:

“an excellent, well rounded application of the integrated reporting framework, with a good balance of narrative, tables, graphs and stories making the content reader friendly.” integrated report award

“for such a large complex organisation organisation, this report presents a picture of simplicity.  the coverage of areas of material interest to sanford stakeholders is exemplary.” gold award

 

nz super fund

the 2016 nz superannuation fund annual report won a gold award and the public sector governance category. the supporting annual review microsite was also a finalist in the online reporting category. this repeats their success at the 2016 awards.

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Massive success on the world stage

18 Jan 2017 by Mike Tisdall

When Graphis recognises your work as world class and publishes it in their respected biennial book, you know you're doing quality work. And we've been there a few times before over our 40 years. But to see six of...

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massive success on the world stage mike tisdall

when graphis recognises your work as world class and publishes it in their respected biennial book, you know you're doing quality work. and we've been there a few times before over our 40 years.

but to see six of our projects in one book, with five golds and one silver - well, even we were feeling pretty good about what we come to work every day to do!

(with thanks to sanford, ebos, stand children's services and vital healthcare property trust for entrusting us with you communications).

 

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Silver for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

18 Oct 2016 by Mike Tisdall

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei's 2015 Annual Report suite has been awarded Silver in the 2016 Best Awards among an elite field in the Ngā Aho category. Ngā Aho is the Network fo Maori Design professionals who partner with...

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silver for ngāti whātua Ōrākei mike tisdall

ngāti whātua Ōrākei's 2015 annual report suite has been awarded silver in the 2016 best awards among an elite field in the ngā aho category.

ngā aho is the network fo maori design professionals who partner with the designers institute of new zealand to award design that reflects a clear understanding of who we are and where we are in our unique corner of moana nui a kiwa, the pacific ocean, and that results from meaningful collaboration. 

a full case study tracing the communication strategy and creative solution for this project can be viewed here.

overall, insight creative achieved four finalists in this year's best awards.

 

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And we win again, and again, and again and again

11 Aug 2016 by Mike Tisdall

NZ may not be doing too well in the Rio Olympics, but Insight is winning golds, slivers and bronzes where it really matters: the New York based international Annual Report Competition (ARC Awards). Gold: ...

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and we win again, and again, and again and again mike tisdall

nz may not be doing too well in the rio olympics, but insight is winning golds, slivers and bronzes where it really matters: the new york based international annual report competition (arc awards).

gold: sanford. the best combined annual and sustainability report in the world (they don’t have an integrated report category yet):

 

silver: nz super fund. with no gold awarded, it's still the best pension fund annual report in the world:

 

silver: stand children's services. the second best charitable organisation annual report in the world:

 

bronze: auckland international airport. the third best airport management annual report in the world:

this is effective design that is driven by the collective collaboration of our strategists and creative talents. you can read in depth case studies on the gold and silver winners here on this website. to help you find them easily, we've collected them together for you right here.

 

 

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Awards, awards and more awards

22 Jun 2016 by Mike Tisdall

Last week's Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) resulted in massive success for every one of our clients who entered (all two of them!) But 100% success is still 100% success. And as Insight is the common denominator,...

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awards, awards and more awards mike tisdall

last week's australasian reporting awards (ara) resulted in massive success for every one of our clients who entered (all two of them!) but 100% success is still 100% success. and as insight is the common denominator, let's draw this achievement to your attention.

 

nz super fund

not only did the 2015 nz super fund annual report receive a gold award (one of only four new zealand companies to receive a gold), it also won best of two categories in the special awards:

winner, governance reporting - public sector, and

winner, online reporting - public sector

and all this on top of last month's win as best annual report in the 2016 asia-pacific excellence awards

view the printed report case study here, and the online version here.

 

sanford limited

our sanford integrated report also made a big impact at the awards, also winning a gold award, and also taking out a total of three categories in the special awards:

winner, sustainability reporting award - private sector

winner, integrated reporting

winner, ara hong kong sustainability award

view our case study on this integrated report here.

 

congratulations too, to the only other new zealand company to win a special award: watercare services (sustainability reporting award - other).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's raining Gold!

27 Aug 2015 by Mike Tisdall

Insight has been awarded two Golds in the New-York based ARC Awards – considered the Oscars of the annual report world. World’s Best Airport Management annual report for 2014: Auckland International Airport (...

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it's raining gold! mike tisdall

insight has been awarded two golds in the new-york based arc awards – considered the oscars of the annual report world.

world’s best airport management annual report for 2014:
auckland international airport (click for case study)

world’s best pension fund annual report for 2014:
nz super fund (click for case study)

the nz super fund report also won gold in the australasian reporting awards (ara awards).

naturally we're proud as punch of the respective teams that worked on these two projects, including our clients who enabled us to do such winning work!

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Insight scores five of the Best

19 Aug 2015 by Mike Tisdall

The 2015 Best Awards finalists have been announced and we’re thrilled to have scored five finalists in five different categories: Business Communication: 2014 Stand Children’s Services Annual Report Small...

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insight scores five of the best mike tisdall

the 2015 best awards finalists have been announced and we’re thrilled to have scored five finalists in five different categories:

business communication: 2014 stand children’s services annual report

small brand identity: ibby 2016 international congress

design communication: new zealand symphony orchestra 2015 season marketing collateral

colour award: new zealand symphony orchestra 2015 season marketing collateral

self-promotion: ‘pause’ christmas video

 

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