Season 14 of The Block will again see five teams of renovators, aka The Blockheads, face off as they renovate St Kilda’s historic Gatwick Hotel.
“The Block is the foremost Australian case study in the power of well-executed, cross-platform content integration. It is a consistent performer and always delivers real and tangible results for our clients,” said Lizzie Young, Nine’s group content strategy director.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Amazon, Suncorp, A2 Milk, Canstar and Clipsal as new partners and to see others such as Mitre 10, Domain, McCafé, Youfoodz, Volkswagen and Bluescope Steel returning because of what The Block achieves for them. The true power of The Block is that it delivers across a range of business metrics, from awareness and consideration through to sales conversion.”
Season 14 will include seven client partners returning, with highlights for this season:
• Mitre 10, The Block’s longest serving partner, is back for its 11th season. Along with its ambassador Scott Cam, Mitre 10 will be providing “Mighty Helpful” service and advice to contestants every step of the way.
• Domain returns as a major partner for the fourth time and will be showcased throughout the season as the experts in property. Alice Stolz will continue to make her weekly visits, imparting her invaluable guidance and professional considerations.
• McCafé, The Block’s official coffee partner, is back with an even larger pop-up café across the road from the construction site in St Kilda. The café will be serving contestants and crew delicious, barista-made coffee. Site foreman Dan Reilly will again be the McCafé ambassador, and along with in-show integration the partnership will be supported by TV commercials featuring him.
• Volkswagen returns as the official automotive partner, with a portfolio of vehicles that will be showcased across the series, as well as offering the chance to win the first Tiguan Allspace in Australia.
• Youfoodz will again be fuelling The Block contestants with its fresh, chef-prepared meals every week. It will also be running a consumer promotion to give away a lifetime supply of Youfoodz.
• Bluescope Steel, back with a partnership for this series, helps to shape the build of The Block with its products Colorbond and Truecore. It will also be engaging audiences at home with weekly viewer’s choice voting and promotion.
The Block also has six new major partners with highlights of these integrations, including:
• Amazon joins for its first Block series, showcasing Echo and Alexa – the brain behind Echo voice-controlled speakers realising the functionality of a voice-controlled home. The relationship between Echo, Alexa, and The Block will also be promoted in commercials featuring Block talent.
• Suncorp joins The Block family, helping bring The Block Shop to St Kilda, and supporting the contestants with the difficult task of budgeting. It is aligning with design expert and Block judge Shaynna Blaze to help viewers spend better and style better through dedicated 9Now content, and a Home Hacks series addressing Australia’s most searched styling tips.
• The a2 Milk Company will be providing The Blockheads with regular deliveries of natural, fresh a2 Milk™ and other fresh goodies, inspiring them to “Believe in better” along the competition journey.
• Canstar joins the show with a partnership with host Shelley Craft, creating bespoke TVCs.
• Clipsal by Schneider Electric joins The Block with a showcase of smart-home solutions and electrical accessories to create connected, comfortable and stylish homes.
• Blueprint Homes has taken a local sponsorship in WA, providing it with a unique opportunity to build a close association with Australia’s most popular renovation show.
In addition, The Block will have a number of major suppliers involved in the new season including Reece, Kennard’s Hire, Freedom Furniture, Freedom Kitchens, Carpet Court, Beacon Lighting, Beaumont Tiles, Samsung, Forty Winks, Kinsman, Steel Blue Boots and Apple.
The Block returns to Channel Nine and 9Now this Sunday August 5 at 7pm.
Top photo: The Block judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer