Recap: Marketing In The New Normal (Retail) – Live Panel Discussion

Free Play Options in NZ Online Casinos

Online casinos have become increasingly popular in New Zealand, offering a convenient and exciting way to enjoy a wide range of casino games from the comfort of your own home. One of the biggest advantages of online casinos is the availability of free play options, which allow players to enjoy their favorite games without having to wager real money. This article will explore the benefits of free play options in NZ online casinos and how they can enhance your overall gaming experience.

What are Free Play Options?

Free play options, also known as demo or practice modes, are virtual versions of casino games that allow players to experience the gameplay without using real money. These free play options are available for a wide variety of games, including slots, blackjack, roulette, poker, and more. They provide players with the opportunity to try out different games, learn the rules, and develop strategies, all without any financial risk.

Many NZ online casinos offer free play options as a way to attract new players and provide them with a taste of the casino experience. These free play versions are often identical to the real money versions, with the same features, graphics, and sound effects. The only difference is that players are not required to make a deposit or place bets with real money.

The Benefits of Free Play Options

There are several benefits to taking advantage of free play options in NZ online casinos:

  • Practice and Learning: Free play options provide a risk-free environment for players to practice their skills and learn new games. Whether you’re a beginner looking to familiarize yourself with the rules or an experienced player wanting to try out a new strategy, free play options allow you to experiment without any financial consequences.
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  • No Financial Risk: One of the biggest advantages of free play options is that they eliminate the risk of losing money. You can enjoy the thrill of playing casino games without the worry of depleting your bankroll. This is particularly beneficial for players who are new to online gambling and want to gain confidence before playing with real money.
  • Strategy Development: Free play options allow players to develop and refine their strategies without any pressure. You can try different approaches, test out betting systems, and see what works best for you. This can be especially helpful for games like blackjack and poker, where strategy plays a crucial role in increasing your chances of winning.

How to Access Free Play Options

Accessing free play options in NZ online casinos is simple and straightforward. Most online casinos offer a “Play for Fun” or “Demo” mode, which allows you to play the games without wagering real money. To access these free play options, follow these steps:

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  2. Create an account if you don’t already have one. This usually involves providing some basic personal information and choosing a username and password.
  3. Once your account is set up, navigate to the game you wish to play and look for the “Play for Fun” or “Demo” button. Click on it to launch the free play version of the game.
  4. You can then enjoy the game without any financial risk. Take your time to explore the features, learn the rules, and experiment with different strategies.


Free play options in NZ online casinos provide an excellent opportunity for players to enjoy their favorite casino games without wagering real money. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the ropes or an experienced player wanting to try out new strategies, free play options offer a risk-free environment to enhance your gaming skills. Take advantage of these free play options and discover the excitement and entertainment of online casinos.

As part of Digital Influence Lab’s initiative to bring the spotlight to marketing and the specifics amidst COVID-19, worldwide lockdowns and a declining economy, we have prepared a series of live panel discussions focused on how marketing needs to adapt in the new normal. In the first installment of this series, we are focusing on retail marketing.  

“Unprecedented”, “the new normal”, “digitalization”, “pivoting”  – these buzzwords have been at the top of everyone’s minds. However, what do these mean for retail marketing?

On 19 May 2020, we brought together 3 marketing professionals from various industries to discuss the emerging trends and changing landscape of the retail marketing sector. 

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Our panelists include:

1. Yvonne Lim (Razer’s Global Ecommerce Director):

  • Currently the Director of Global eCommerce for Razer Inc – a renowned name among gamers, and a leader in the gaming hardware/software industry,
  • Over 10 years of experience accelerating business growth for the retail and consumer industry under her belt.
  • Started her eCommerce career helping startups and SMEs to kickstart their online presence before accelerating the online growth of global brands in international markets such as Uniqlo, Adidas and Asics.

2. Collette Miles (Yoga Movement’s Creative and Content Manager)

  • Creative and Content manager (traditionally Marketing Manager) at Yoga Movement, with prior experiences in SPH Magazines and lululemon.
  • Collette brings with her first-hand experience in the fitness industry and how Yoga Movement keeps themselves relevant this Circuit Breaker.

3. Colin Phua (Captive Media’s CEO and Founder): 

  • Captive Group is an integrated media & marketing agency group headquartered in Shanghai with operations in Beijing and Hong Kong. Clients range from MNCs like Adidas and Fila to mainland companies like Shimao Group, TRT 同仁堂, and even government organizations like Tourism Australia. 
  • Under Captive Media, Colin launched MallMax in 2014, creating China’s first and now the largest shopping mall integrated media resources platform, working with over 200 malls in over 60 cities across China. During 11.11, Captive Group has helped Adidas to sell over 25 million pairs of shoes through Taobao Live.
  • Launched in 2017, Captive was one of the earliest service vendors to offer New Retail marketing services, and has been appointed Joint Business Partner by TMall New Retail to offer interactive pop-ups, smart retail solutions and data-driven Online + Offline media promotion solutions for TMall brands.

Together, the panel, moderated by Sharon Neo, founder of Digital Influence Lab, delved into what marketing for retailers entails in this ‘new normal’.

Marketing In The New Normal (Retail) - A Live Panel Discussion

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What are emerging marketing trends that are relevant to your experiences? (8:10)


  • Need for consistent branding offline and online

Collette: With services increasingly being digitized, I noticed that it tends to be done on a large scale without much attention to detail, and as a result compromises on brand output and quality. With Yoga Movement, beyond providing online classes, we also seek to replicate the sense of community that our brand is built upon.

  • Live streaming

Colin: Increasingly, brands are turning to live streaming to sell products and services, and typical live streaming formats have changed to include more professional and interactive setups such as building a retail store within the studio. 

  • Importance of brand relevance

Yvonne: This boils down to identifying the relevance of your company in the particular circumstances, and how your services and products are aligned to what people care about. For example, although Sentosa is closed off the visitors, they have created a virtual Sentosa on Animal Crossing. 


What are some foreseeable mid-term changes you predict and what actions do you recommend retailers to take? (18:45)


  • Try new things 

Colin: Although it is too early to say what changes will occur given the uncertainty of the climate, retailers should take this opportunity to try new things and push their boundaries. 

  • Invest in word of mouth marketing 

Yvonne: This can include  reaching out to previous customers for reviews, and possibly venturing into affiliate marketing. After all, people continue to make purchases through friends recommendations. 

  • Opportunity to reach out to clients across the world 

Collette: For the fitness industry, it is likely that the hybrid offline/online model will stay in the near future, and going online may be the future of fitness. Companies no longer need a physical store or a large budget to expand overseas. 


What are some marketing strategies retailers can take to capture market share and stand out from global competitors? (27:45)


  • Content is king 

Colin: Retailers should always start with content and ask themselves essential questions such as: What content can be created from your product or service? How relevant is your content to consumers? How are you packaging and delivering the content? 

  • Brand positioning 

Collette: From the start, Yoga Movement positioned ourselves as a very global brand. By ensuring diversity in representation, we made sure their content was relatable to as many individuals worldwide. 

  • Customer service

Yvonne: How you stand out is how you treat your customers – you have to make sure that customers that buy from you will come back.


Compared to China, what does Singapore lack in live stream selling and what are recommended platforms for a predominantly American or European demographic? (40:35)


  • Complete and convenient ecosystem 

Colin: China has a more complete and convenient ecosystem that Singapore has yet to grow towards. For instance, in Singapore, the process of linking live streaming platforms like IG Live and Facebook Live to online marketplaces is not as seamless. 

  • Social selling 

Sharon: The aspect of social selling is more effective in China, where they better understand conversion from live stream to sales and there are stronger calls to action.

  • Livestreaming opportunities 

Colin: There also is the misconception that live streaming is only for people to sell discounted items, but companies can also look to live streaming as an opportunity to communicate new products and design concepts.

Yvonne: Although Razer has not sold items on live stream, we have launched a cloud clubbing party to engage our customers during quarantine, which goes to show how live streaming can also be used for brand building.

  • TikTok as a platform for the European and American demographic

Yvonne: For Europeans and Americans, TikTok is the fastest growing platform to reach out to a large user base across a wide demographic. People who have had a late start on Instagram can afford to go onto TikTok and grow their followers from there, especially since TikTok is currently less saturated.


How can smaller brands incorporate live streaming into their marketing strategy? (44:50)


  • Need for consistent effort 

Colin: Live streaming should not be seen as the be all and end all and brands should not go in with the mindset that follower numbers will jump instantaneously. It is important to create consistent content that showcases the product USP and engages the audience such that at the end of the livestream, viewers will (1) Know more about your brand or (2) Purchase the product. 

  • Experiment! 

Yvonne: Smaller brands can afford to experiment with multiple narratives and content formats, and tweak their strategy according to the response. 

Getting used to the ‘new normal’


Collette: With the ‘new normal’, people are gradually finding new routines and it is unlikely that the retail environment will return to what it was pre-COVID.

  • Online expansion efforts

Colin: For brands who consistently have had a strong online presence, the shift online meant renewed vigour, but for brands who just got online, they can just keep going since it is another means of earning revenue.

  • Relevance of in-person events

Colin: With respect to the relevance of in-person events, I believe they still remain relevant given humans’ innate need for interaction. Experiential marketing tactics incorporating technology and interaction that facilitates two-way interaction such as quizzes and QR codes are increasing in popularity. 

What is anything interesting you are working on and do you have any parting advice? (54:40)


Yvonne: We are actually working harder than before given that there are many more projects with the various changes, and we are ensuring that Razer staff does not feel isolated during this period. 

Collette: Within the YM Fam, we have been conducting internal classes for our staff and partners, as well as wine down sessions to keep everyone connected and not lose touch with their practice. We have also been busy doing up contingency plans and SOPs, and coming up with new creative campaigns and marketing their new hybrid way of practice. 

Colin: We are getting ready to launch Singapore’s first shopping mall live streaming shopping festival with Suntec City and it is exciting given that it is uncharted territory.