WPP Group's branding and identity, healthcare and specialist communications division reported full-year 2011 like-for-like revenue growth of 6.9% to $10 billion, the holding company said Mar. 1. The unit, which includes direct, digital and interactive marketing agencies, also reported a slight like-for-like revenue decline in the fourth quarter. Havas, which also reported 2011 financials on Mar. 1, said revenue increased 5.6% organically to $2.1 billion, compared with the prior year.
As tablets and smartphones evolve into the de facto "remote control" of our lives, the kinds of services that clients are demanding from their agencies is also changing.
Chief creative officer Mat Zucker resigned his position with OgilvyOne New York, a source at the agency said on Jan. 13.
Levi Strauss & Co. named Wunderman its global digital marketing agency for the Levi's brand after a review, Wunderman confirmed Jan. 5. The account was previously split between multiple agencies.
For a peek at the future of holding company Publicis Groupe's VivaKi unit, one need only look to its launch of CRM agency CRM365. Not only did it launch without a single client, but managing director Alec Bokman pointed out that CRM365 isn't even really an agency, but rather a software-as-a-service company.
After more than a six-month long agency review process, Best Buy announced it has added CHI & Partners and Wunderman to its lineup of lead agencies, said Best Buy public relations representative Lisa Hawks.
After four years with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Sprint Nextel Corp. has tapped Publicis Groupe-owned agency Digitas Chicago to handle all digital advertising, brand strategy, offline media, digital buying and analytics, both companies said Dec. 7.
WPP-owned digital marketing firm 24/7 Real Media acquired digital video advertising firm Panache, said David Moore, founder, chairman and CEO of 24/7 Real Media on Dec. 6. Moore declined to disclose terms of the acquisition.
WPP Group's third-quarter revenue hit $3.95 billion, a 13% increase compared with the prior year, the Dublin-based holding company reported on Oct. 28.
Direct Marketing News talked with Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of holding company WPP Group, on Sept. 20 after he spoke at the "Brasil Inc. 2011" event in New York.
Latin American consumers, business and media are critical to marketers' long-term growth, said Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of holding company WPP Group, on September 20 at the "Brasil Inc 2011" event in New York.
WPP Group reported $7.62 billion in first-half 2011 revenue, a 12.8% increase compared with the prior year. The Dublin-based holding company's branding and identity, healthcare and specialty communications business grew by 5.7% year-over-year in the quarter to $1.93 billion.
WPP Digital has agreed to acquire digital marketing agency Rockfish Interactive. The deal is expected to close within the next 15 business days, said Kenny Tomlin, Rockfish Interactive CEO and founder.
Media agency GroupM has issued privacy guidelines for mobile marketing vendors aimed at preventing the need for government regulation, the firm said June 22. WPP Group-owned Group M developed the guidelines with its mobile marketing agency Joule.
WPP interactive agency Possible Worldwide has acquired a majority stake in Brazilian digital shop Gringo, the holding company said June 3. The day before, WPP said it had acquired a majority stake in Brazilian digital agency F.biz.
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