Well -- this one is certainly going to be a creative challenge. How would you like to work on a brand that is the most hated airline in the world? Yes, Ryanair is seeking marketing partners
to help the brand develop creative, digital, media and CRM programs. Of the search, Ryanair CMO Kenny Jacobs said: “It’s great that we haven’t had to
advertise until now, it is great that we’re coming to it late, as you can do it in the right way and on your terms and not be like a lot of businesses that are stuck in advertising and afraid to
drop their spend but they know they need to do digital at the same time.” What did he just say? No matter -- he's confident agencies will line up for the account adding, complete with on-brand
pompous attitude, “Everyone is going to be interested. It is going to be one of the best transformations in the next few years and we’re really exciting clients to partner with, so
I’m expecting all of the agencies in the UK and beyond are going to want to work with us.”
Martin Sorrell, in his quest to unseat Publicis Omnicom as the world's largest holding company, continues his buying spree with no end in sight. His latest acquisition comes through the holding company's JWT group, which just acquired a majority stake in S0cial Wavelength, a social media agency in India. India accounts for $500 million of WPP revenue and the agency employs 13,000 in the country. Social Wavelength is WPP's fifth acquisition in India in the last four years.
As if agencies didn't already have enough competition with technology companies and content startups nipping at their ankles, now they have to contend with IBM, which has just announced it will invest $100 million in a newly launched division called IBM Interactive Experience. The entity combines IBM's digital marketing agency with its other marketing-related groups such as data analytics and design. The goal is to offer these as powerhouse services to brands. The Interactive Experience group will hire 1,000 people to fuel the entity. So...if you're looking to bail on your agency gig, IBM might have a spot for you. Of the launch, IBM Interactive Experience Global Leader Paul Papas said the group will “challenge the existing digital agency model, and target the CMO.” Watch out, agencies. The tides are shifting.
Really? Who would work with an agency that put out a press release which read, "Hype Media Marketing is on the scene, and their team of passionate and creative marketing consultants is ready to help businesses everywhere develop and promote their brand by improving their marketing strategies. The Los Angeles-based advertising firm is taking a new approach to marketing and advertising services by offering business owners everywhere the chance to team up with a one-stop shop invested in the growth of each business they serve. They’re not interested in making a quick buck, and Hype Media Marketing plans to stick with each client for the long run. They are able to offer better prices than the competition without sacrificing for quality. Hype Media Marketing is invested in increasing client's revenues and helping them develop a sustainable competitive edge. With many years of experience, they know that businesses must make money in order for their own worth to grow." Really. Who?
Oy! Another creative award event? Sadly, yes. This one's comes from The A-List Hollywood and they have announced the call for entries for the Moving Image
Advertising, Interactive & Branded Entertainment 2015 Award. The entry deadline set for January 30, 2015.
I'm told the A-List Hollywood is the first creative advertising competition of its kind in Hollywood and will focus on the intersection between advertising and entertainment across all platforms. The event will be judged by the usual collection of international creatives including Leo Burnett's Mark Tutsell, JWT's Matt Eastwood, 360i's Pierre Lipton, and DDB Germany's Eric Schoeffler, among others. And no, there's not one single woman on the jury.
Of the awards, The Martin Agency Chief Creative Director Joe Alexander said: "There are way too many award shows and way too many without a clear purpose. The A-List Hollywood is the rare exception. It rewards the brands -- and agencies -- that are behaving in the most creative and engaging ways. Now that's refreshing."
Right, Joe. That's vastly different from every single other award event on the planet.
There's been a lot going on with Nationwide and its relationship with its agencies over the past few months. While its relationship appears to be solid with McKinney, things are not going so well
regarding its relationship with Moxie.
Confirming this, a statement from Moxie CEO Suzy Deering reads: “While Moxie will continue to work with Nationwide, it will no longer be on a retainer basis. Given this shift, we’ve begun the process of closing our Columbus office. Accounts currently serviced out of that location will be handled by our Pittsburgh and Atlanta offices. We are very proud of the work our Columbus team has produced over the years. They are a group of truly talented, dedicated professionals, and we thank them for all they have done.”
It totally sucks when an office of an agency has to shut down due to client shifts or losses. It's not fun. I've been there and know firsthand what it's like. But life goes on. Mine did. And so will the lives of everyone involved here.