A story 25 years in the making.
Let’s celebrate the milestones.
Join us on our journey
A lot can happen in 25 years.
For us, it’s been everything.
This year we turn 25. It's a long time for anyone in this business. We’ve experienced a lot over those years, and we've been proud to share the journey with a lot of great people.
We've been reflecting a little on all that's happened since 1994—both here at TZO, and in the world around us. Take a trip down memory lane with our timeline. Think about where you were at each stop. And maybe share your memories with us—tag them with #TZO25 so we can all enjoy them.
Our Journey So Far...
Three crazy kiwis, one big dream
Three New Zealand lads thought it might be fun to open an agency. The first office opens in Christchurch, above a retail store that sells bags.
Couches, thermals & pies
Our bread’n’butter clients include Hunter Furniture, Everwarm Thermals and KB Bakery. Mmm…pies.
A sound future insured
AMI Insurance become our first National client.
Kiwis can fly
Recognising an opportunity for work in London, we spread our wings and set forth with a can-do attitude!
IU Global, a new world production agency
After changing our name to IU Global, we start chasing the sun and our dreams. A key point of difference: “I can brief creatives at 5 p.m. and get a draft back by 8 a.m. the following day.”
TimeZoneOne name is launched
A new millennium and a new name. We officially launch the name TimeZoneOne — a nod to the fact that New Zealand is in the first time zone and that our time difference is the key to our great service.
New Zealand firm lands £500,000 transport account
TimeZoneOne turns a few heads by winning the contract for Scotland’s only publicly funded transport authority.
TimeZoneOne opens an office in Chicago
More opportunities in the U.S. inspires us to open a new headquarters in Chicago.
Cool Kiwis – why it’s suddenly HOT on the edge of the World
It seems like the world is suddenly paying attention to our island nation. No surprise here — the geographical isolation of New Zealand has always created a culture of making things happen. It’s in our DNA.
TimeZoneFUN, the ultimate in team-building…
In an effort to bring the global teams together, our company introduces the ultimate team-building exercise: TimeZoneFun! This annual event brings the whole staff together in one location for a week of adventure.
Down Under agency looking at top
TimeZoneOne publishes an upside-down promotional map with New Zealand on the top this time. The reason behind the stunt: "We think it’s time to break with tradition.”
TimeZoneOne wins three big contracts in the US
We start to make traction in the American market, winning the rebrands for the American Medical Association and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as well as the US Army Sport Recruitment campaign.
TimeZoneOne wins contract for a little rubber shoe
We win the contact for all Crocs marketing material.
Boxed ’n’ Beautiful
In 2007 we created an award-winning suite of recruitment material for SAIC. The beautifully boxed brochures produced excellent results for the school, increasing the number of student applications.
and the winner is….
TimeZoneOne/Zimmerman win an Effie Award for Crocs' “Take a Closer Look” campaign.
We build our first website
We enter the world of development, building our first website for the Magnificent Mile.
22 Feb, Christchurch earthquake
Devastation hits. The Christchurch team loses its office to the infamous earthquake, requiring relocation.
Daniel Thomas joins TimeZoneOne
Daniel feels on top of the world when he joins the team as President and CEO.
TimeZoneOne expands its capabilities
Some post-quake collaboration sees TimeZoneOne acquire Fountaine Design and Cabbage Tree Creative to expand its capabilities and provide further development expertise.
Public relations & trade marketing, and we move into Canada
TimeZoneOne begins its work with the Illinois Office of Tourism, adding Public Relations and Tourism Trade Marketing to our services. We open a new office in Toronto, Canada.
New office on the Mag Mile
We open a new office in Chicago's historic Wrigley Building. TimeZoneOne: A global agency with an un-agency approach.
25 years of storytelling
We celebrate 25 years of delivering great results for our partners. Our Christchurch office moves to its brand new location.