- Kantar and Twitter extend their worldwide strategic alliance
- Raft of new deals in digital and fast-growth markets
- Wunderman in new partnership with Adobe
- Y&R unveils new creative lab
- Lightspeed puts social media interactions in Context
- Millward Brown launches new advertising effectiveness tool
- The digital habits of Asia’s CEOs revealed
- Twitter’s impact analysed by Mindshare
- JWT’s ten key themes from SXSW 2014
- MediaCom Worldwide extends its 16-year relationship with Volkswagen
- Graham Lang named Chief Creative Officer of Y&R Africa
- MediaCom Worldwide boosts its digital and data leadership
- JWT promotes Michiel Hofstee to CEO for the Gulf region
- MediaCom named the Most Competitive Global Media Agency
- Y&R China caps a stellar year
Kantar and Twitter extend their worldwide strategic alliance
An enhanced five-year global partnership has been agreed between Kantar and Twitter, which will involve collaboration on new research products in the areas of advertising effectiveness, consumer insight, brand equity, customer satisfaction and media measurement. Kantar CEO Eric Salama said: “We are very pleased to be extending this relationship and to build on the learning and successes of our initial collaboration in the area of social TV. Incorporating Twitter as the ‘data of now’ will allow us to make real-time predictive research a reality for our clients across a range of our services.”
Raft of new deals in digital and fast-growth markets
In the last month WPP and its operating companies have made a series of acquisitions and investments that further strengthen the Group’s leadership in new markets and new media:
Wunderman in new partnership with Adobe
- Kantar Media acquires Spanish social media data analytics agency The Data Republic
- JWT purchases X-PRIME, a digital agency founded in 2002 with offices in Paris and Toulouse
- Hill+Knowlton Strategies agrees to acquire Rice5, a full-service digital creative agency with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai
- JWT agrees to acquire a majority stake in Social Wavelength, one of India’s leading social media agencies
- Wunderman buys FusePump, a company based in London specialising in product data and content for digital marketing
- WPP agrees to purchase XMKT Group, a Shanghai-based marketing services agency specialising in customer experience management
- Ogilvy takes a majority interest in Memac Ogilvy, a marketing services company operating throughout the Middle East and North Africa
- JWT agrees to acquire Shanghai Egift Design and Production, one of China’s leading premium and gift specialists
- WPP Digital, the digital investment arm of WPP, and Wunderman, the world’s largest digital agency network, agree to purchase a majority stake in UK digital technology consultancy, Cognifide
Wunderman has formed a global partnership with Adobe that integrates the former’s IMPACT 360 consumer engagement platform with the latter’s Marketing Cloud.
Y&R has launched Y&R Moonshop, a new lab to foster entrepreneurialism, technology experimentation and creativity throughout the Y&R network in North America. Based in Nashville, the lab will provide clients with additional creative resources for advertising and marketing challenges requiring innovation, and will be led by Matt Colangelo, with Dave Pittman serving as Creative Director.
Lightspeed GMI, a leading provider of technology-enabled market research solutions, has launched Context, a tool that enables clients to better understand consumers’ interactions, motivations and preferences on social networks such as Facebook.
Leading research agency Millward Brown has launched a self-service version of eStatic, its copy-testing solution that helps marketers quickly gauge the creative effectiveness of a print or outdoor advertisement.
Lightspeed GMI, a leading provider of technology-enabled market research solutions, has launched its Honesty Detector Service, a new tool to ensure online sample quality by using a statistical approach to eliminate respondents that are providing less than honest answers to questions. The Honesty Detector is designed to catch poor responders not identified by traditional validation techniques.
Spafax, a London-based leader in the creation of branded content, has opened new offices in Madrid, Miami and New York.
The digital habits of Asia’s CEOs revealed
For the second consecutive year MEC and CNBC have conducted research into how Asia’s CEOs consume content on digital devices. The Connected CEO 2.0
study found that most CEOs now use tablets rather than traditional laptops for work meetings and travel, but adoption of social networking in a personal capacity is still low.
Twitter’s impact analysed by Mindshare
Mindshare Worldwide has released a study showing the significant changes to the media and business landscape since the first tweet was sent eight years ago, revealing differences in the way that news and information are shared, driven by social media and the internet.
JWT has released a report highlighting ten themes from the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) which took place in March in Austin, Texas.
Ahead of the European Parliament elections in May, H+K Strategies Brussels has launched EUelects 2014
, a series of articles that analyse the European election process both from a pan-EU and member state perspective.
Research carried out by Burson-Marsteller into the influence and demographics of people using Twitter has shown that individuals who follow Fortune Global 100 companies are more connected and more influential than the average user.
TNS has analysed Chinese New Year advertising campaigns by some of Asia’s biggest brands and identified those that most successfully connected with their audiences.
Millward Brown has released its annual AdReaction Study
, which provides insights on consumer perceptions of digital advertising. The 2014 report takes a look at multiscreen use and receptivity to advertising across devices (TVs, smartphones, laptops and tablets).
TNS UK has released a new report assessing how brands are perceived by consumers as a result of their efforts to be environmentally friendly.
Smartphone adoption in Canada analysed by GroupM Next and Catalyst
GroupM Next and search marketing agency Catalyst have conducted research into Smartphone adoption in Canada, providing brands with a deeper understanding of consumer behaviours, activities by location, and perceptions across both English- and French-speaking users.
MediaCom selects Celtra to boost mobile display advertising capabilities
MediaCom has partnered with Celtra, a leading mobile display and analytics provider, to deliver more effective advertising opportunities for its clients. The agreement will make it simpler and more cost-effective to produce, manage and monitor delivery of mobile advertising.
New research from TNS identifies what it takes to become an irresistible brand: one that evokes a powerful desire that makes choosing it inevitable and competing with it impossible.
– CHI&Partners Philippines
– Geometry Global
ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014
– Maxus India
– MediaCom Worldwide
– MediaCom Sport
The Smith Family
– JWT Sydney
Lifebuoy; Pepsodent; Ponds Men; Clear
– XM Gravity
YOUNG & RUBICAM GROUP
CPG Building Products
– Y&R Midwest
– Wunderman Czech Republic
– Wunderman Russia
– Wunderman London
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
– VML Qais
has appointed Masaki Hamura
as Managing Director of its Tokyo office.
has joined Bates CHI&Partners Singapore
as Managing Director.
COHN & WOLFE
Cohn & Wolfe
has named Helena Roberts
as Director of Consumer Marketing, EMEA, and Anders Dalenius
as Brand Development Director, Sweden.
has been promoted to Head of Strategy for Procter & Gamble by Grey Asia Pacific
, while Lynn Chow
has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Global Account Director, and will lead the GlaxoSmithKline team in Grey Singapore
has appointed Josh Berman
as Head of Digital Product Development.
has named Deirdre McGlashan
as its first Chief Digital Officer.
has been appointed as Head of Interaction, MediaCom China
has promoted Michiel Hofstee
to CEO for the Gulf region.
has hired Joseph Chua
as Business Director and Jude Foo
as Group Account Director, while JWT Hong Kong
has appointed Craig Howie
as Chief Creative Officer.
has named Jacqueline Wang
as Planning Director and Kellie Lennon
as Client Services Director, while JWT Sydney
has appointed Simon Langley
as Executive Creative Director.
has named Darrell Hurst
as Executive Vice President, Managing Director, and Scott Miskie
as Senior Vice President, Business Director.
has appointed Bo Zou
as Head of User Experience Design, Asia, and Kaisen Wang
as Senior User Experience Designer, Asia.
OGILVY & MATHER
Ogilvy Public Relations
has named Michele Anderson
as Managing Director of its Chicago office and Michelle Ang
as its new Talent Director in Singapore.
YOUNG & RUBICAM GROUP
has been named Chief Creative Officer of Y&R Africa
has become a Non-Executive Chairman of Y&R Vienna
after stepping down as CEO. He has been replaced as CEO by Sebastian Bayer
has appointed Dom Hickey
as Head of Planning, Wunderman Singapore
has named Steven Power
as General Manager and Wunderman International Tokyo
has hired Yoshie Toriya
as Director, Data and CRM Strategy.
has joined Burson-Marsteller
as Managing Director of Public Affairs and Government Communications for Asia Pacific.
has hired Clark Wooten
as Senior Vice President, Vertical Practice Lead, and Tom Edwards
as Vice President, Business Development.
has promoted Larson Banilower
to Vice President, Client Development, and Red Fuse Communications
has named Charlie Newbery
as Head of Media, Asia.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
COHN & WOLFE
Cohn & Wolfe
won the Consumer Launch Campaign of the Year award for its work for Nokia at the PRWeek
DTC Perspectives, a conference, training and publishing company for the consumer marketing of pharmaceutical and healthcare products, has inducted Jim Joseph
, Cohn & Wolfe
North American President, into its Hall of Fame.
won Modern Consumer Magazine
’s Excellence in Client Services award at the Brazilian Client Service Awards 2014.
Grey Group India
won a Gold Press Lotus, a Silver Press Lotus and a Silver Print Craft Lotus at Adfest 2014, while Grey Group Singapore
brought home a Silver Design Lotus and a Silver Print Craft Lotus from the awards ceremony held in Thailand.
and Maxus Singapore
clinched the Best Tech Prototype award at the Chinatown coLAB 2014 Hackathon, an event sponsored by the Singapore Tourism Board.
was named the Most Competitive Global Media Agency in The 2013 Compitches Report
, the latest study from RECMA.
won two Golds and four Silvers, and JWT Dubai
won four Golds at the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity.
was awarded a Grand Prix at the Singapore Creative CSR Awards.
The Core Company
’s Linus Larsson
and Sebastian Roos
were awarded a Red Dot Design Award in the Industrial Devices category.
has been named by CIO Review
as one of the Top 20 Most Promising Automotive Technology Solution Providers of 2014.
Brand creation group VBAT
’s packaging design for GAMMA Tools was awarded a Silver ADCN Award by the Art Directors Club Netherlands.
won four Silver ADDY Awards at the American Advertising Federation’s regional awards ceremony in Seattle.
YOUNG & RUBICAM GROUP
was recognised as the Leading Influential Ad Agency by the China Brand Owners Association.
won a Gold and two Silvers at AdFest 2014 and Y&R Prague
won a Gold at the Zlata Pecka Awards.
was named Agency of the Year at the Chicago American Advertising Awards, while VML Australia
was honoured with a South by Southwest Interactive Award.
Y&R New Zealand
picked up four Silvers at The Communication Agencies Association of New Zealand (CAANZ) Axis Awards, and These Days Belgium
was awarded a Silver in the Brand Impact category at the 2014 TV Awards.
won two Silver Louskáceks at the Art Directors Club Creative Awards and a Grand Prix, two Golds and two Silvers at the Internet Effectiveness Awards.
Wunderman International Japan
won a Grand Prix, a Gold and two Silvers at the Nikkei Advertising Awards 2014.
, Wunderman Data & Insights EMEA
Managing Director, was named on DataIQ’s Big Data 50 list as one of the most influential people in data-driven marketing for 2014.