Celebrating Show TV's 17th Birthday!

17 years ago, three Kiwi legends, Phil, Darryl and Bridget met each other in England and travelled the UK together, selling and demonstrating products at live events. After 4 years of experiencing the lifestyle that encompasses live events, the trio fell in love with the personal, face to face connections that they made with consumers through this method of selling and wanted to bring this unique style back to New Zealand. Heading home to the sunny Bay of Plenty, the group rented out a humble flat in Papamoa, where they got to work, creating the foundations of what would become Show TV. After years of hard work, determination and positive attitudes, Show TV grew to become a household name seen at trade shows, on television screens and on social media pages across New Zealand. Phil, Darryl and Bridget have created a small family of hard working Kiwis from across the country that have helped them create an innovative new concept called ‘Social Shopping.’ With years of experience and experts from all
walks of life, Show TV is spreading its wings to bring the future of shopping
to New Zealand.

Here we go!

Co-founder Phil at his first ever show in New Zealand with the Spray Mop. As you can see it was a sell out! A sign of things to come.

If you didn’t know us it would be easy to mistake Show TV for a large faceless corporation, sitting in a big concrete office overseas, snarling at interns and lying in bathtubs of money. Although, like most people, we don’t hate the idea of bathing in money, these assumptions couldn’t be further from the truth! And with our most common misconception being “this is just another offshore company” our answer is yeah… nah. As a Kiwi born and bred company, Show TV is a small group of people who not only work together, but treat each other like family, in fact, like a lot of people in New Zealand, some of us really are family! Being Kiwi through and through is something we are incredibly proud of but one thing we don’t have in common with our much loved icon, the Kiwi bird, is that we can fly! Here at Show TV we dream big, take chances and put our heart and soul into the products we sell and content we produce.

Hitting the road

Co-founder Darryl with the very first Show TV vehicle. This trusty Bedford faithfully got us from A-B up and down New Zealand. Thank you for your service old friend!

From its infancy, Show TV has been based out of the sunny Bay of Plenty and has travelled all over New Zealand selling and demonstrating innovative products to consumers at home shows, live events and even displaying their products at various well-known stores throughout New Zealand. In 2020, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, a massive shift to online sales was incorporated into the company and now, with things returning back to normal, Show TV is forming a new multi-faceted way for their consumers to purchase their products, called ‘Social Shopping’. Whether consumers are at a show, online, or at a physical shop, they experience a fun, entertaining and interactive way to shop, with the friendly, local, Kiwi service that is Show TV.

Lights, camera.....

Co-founder Bridget filming on location for Show TV. Technology has come a long way in 17 years!

One thing we really pride ourselves on at Show TV is resilience and the ability to adapt and overcome, and so once the news hit that a lockdown due to Covid-19 was imminent, our small team gathered in our boardroom and made a plan. We took one last glance at each other around the table, accepting the grim reality that this may be the last time we all sit in this room together, then strapped our gumboots on and got to work. We loaded our vehicles up with every single Show TV product we had, locked our front doors, and did not re-emerge for three months. We knew if we didn’t have events to demonstrate our products at, or even the ability to go outside, one thing we did still have was a talented bunch of people who truly care about Show TV and have years of experience demonstrating products and showing people how things work. And of course, we had the internet! And so, delving into a world unknown to us, we began to create videos, tutorials and articles for our online social platforms. Our team worked tirelessly to create engaging content as children ran in and out of our videos, partners interrupted us and pets decided to make special guest appearances. Throughout the chaos, online audiences from across the nation began to tune into our videos. We’d found a way to connect with our fellow kiwis and our efforts to stay afloat during the most challenging time in Show TV history worked! Having successfully ridden the wave of Covid we are now around the boardroom once again, and our small family is beginning to grow. Thanks to the efforts from our fellow Kiwis in combating the virus, we are now able to continue with our much loved live events, as well as our new venture into the online world. We are refocusing, rebuilding and creating something that we like to call ‘Social Shopping’. As we grow, we want to take you with us, so stay tuned for more exciting news and updates as we transform New Zealand with leading edge products, friendly local service and of course, our good old Kiwi sense of humour!

  • Bridget in our first Christmas mall

  • The original eftpos machines!

  • The Show TV fleet now

  • Darryl with our TV mates

  • The next generation of pitch people

  • Here's to 17 more years!

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