Ogilvy | July 04, 2022
WPP (NYSE: WPP) today announces it has agreed to acquire the business of Bower House Digital, a leading marketing technology services agency located in Australia.
Bower House Digital will join Ogilvy’s global network, further strengthening its ability to deliver technology-driven marketing solutions for clients. Founded in 2017 by Bryan Dobson and Meg Quinn, it employs approximately 80 people across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
The agency designs, builds and deploys digital experiences for clients including Aesop, Bunnings, Bupa, Target and Myer. It specialises in implementing Salesforce Marketing Cloud solutions and was awarded Salesforce’s APAC Growth Partner of the Year in 2021.
The acquisition is aligned with WPP’s accelerated growth strategy and focused M&A approach to build on existing digital experience capabilities. Over the past decade, WPP has grown into a global Platinum Salesforce partner with more than 7,000 practitioners across Marketing, Commerce, Experience, Loyalty, Analytics, Service and Sales Clouds.
“Companies are seeking one integrated communications solution that combines creativity, technology and data. Bower House Digital’s knowledge in marketing technology will further strengthen our digital expertise in Australia and New Zealand. I’m excited to welcome the Bower House Digital team and clients to WPP.”
-Rose Herceg, WPP President, Australia and New Zealand.
Andy Main, Global Chief Executive Officer at Ogilvy, added: Bower House Digital has a dynamic team of experts with a track record of delivering truly personalised digital experiences for some of the world’s most recognisable brands. We look forward to driving impact and fueling growth for our clients by scaling Bower House Digital’s capabilities at the intersection of creativity, consultancy, production and operational services across our global network.
Bryan Dobson and Meg Quinn, Bower House Digital Co-founders, said: Joining WPP and Ogilvy’s global network represents the next stage in our growth. We are so proud of what our company has achieved, the culture we have created and the team we have assembled over the past five years. Fusing our digital marketing knowledge with the creative powers of Ogilvy will build even bigger and better opportunities for our people and clients.
WPP is the creative transformation company. We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, planet, clients and communities.
Ogilvy inspires brands and people to impact the world. We have been creating iconic, culture-changing, value-driving ideas for clients since David Ogilvy founded the company in 1948. We continue building on that rich legacy through our borderless creativity—operating, innovating, and creating at the intersection of talent and capabilities. Our experts in Advertising, Experience, Public Relations, Health, and Consulting work fluidly across 131 offices in 93 countries to bring forth world-class creative solutions for our clients. Ogilvy is a WPP company (NYSE: WPP).
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Phonexa | July 12, 2022
Marketing automation platform Phonexa has garnered additional prestigious honors in recognition of its digital ad series "The Unofficial History of Innovation" by winning two Gold Telly Awards. One award is a People's Telly for Online Commercials, and the other is for Business-to-Business, Online Commercials.
Phonexa's award-winning ad series consists of three episodes – "The Startup," "The Telephone," and "The Internet" – with each episode reenacting groundbreaking moments in technological advancement with humorous reactions from people of yesteryear.
The Gold Telly Awards comes on the heels of Phonexa winning a 2022 Communicator Award of Distinction for Video Commercials, in addition to winning an NYX Marcom Award, three TITAN Business Awards, nine Vega Digital Awards, and a Silver Davey Award for the "Campaign & Series: Comedy" category.
Phonexa's ad campaign has also been recognized by winning a trio of w3 awards across the Branded Entertainment categories of B2B, Commercials, and Comedy.
"Being recognized with two Gold Telly Awards reflects the comradery and determination that drives the Phonexa team to create content that appeals to viewers from all walks of life, We always strive to hone our craft, and every award we earn from well-respected organizations within our industry serves as validation for our digital marketing efforts."
-Armen Karaoghlanian, Chief Marketing Officer of Phonexa.
The Telly Awards honor excellence in local, regional, and cable television commercials, in addition to recognizing non-broadcast video and television programming. This recognition acknowledges work from world-renowned advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, and publishers created on the behalf of a client, for a specific brand and/or company, or self-directed as a creative endeavor.
Phonexa is an all-in-one marketing automation solution for calls, leads, clicks, email, SMS, accounting, and more. The software company powers direct advertisers and lead generators alike across all businesses and industries by optimizing inbound web and call campaigns, and outbound call, email, and SMS campaigns — all while having the ability to enhance the consumer journey along every step of the way. Complete with a suite of turnkey marketing products and solutions, Phonexa's customizable tools are uniquely designed to maximize workflow efficiency and revenue. Phonexa has the scalability, tools, and partnerships to serve clients across industries, especially those with high consumer demand products and services. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles with additional offices in the United Kingdom and Ukraine.
MiQ | May 19, 2022
MiQ, the leading global programmatic media partner, has launched its ground-breaking analytics and measurement capability for cross-channel YouTube and TV campaigns in the UK. The innovative solution bridges the gap between the two channels. By connecting these often-disparate datasets, brands are empowered to reach nearly 100% of their target viewers on YouTube and measure reach deterministically across these channels – all in a cost-efficient and privacy compliant way.
As TV consumption makes its dramatic shift towards digital, traditional peak time has been redefined, and brands are struggling to both determine and reach their audience. With MiQ, they can now unlock a previously untapped portion of their audience. Whether it is delivered via linear, broadcast, or connected devices like games consoles, this first-of-its-kind solution gives customers better visibility over demographic and geographic representation of UK TV viewers and helps marketers bring together traditional and digital media.
Instead of market level or panel data sets, MiQ provides data at an impression- and household level that complements any digital properties clients are working with. This offers vital insights, helping marketers determine what the media plan should be as well as how to reach underexposed audiences among TV viewers.
The solution leverages smart television and automatic content recognition data from Samba TV, and YouTube analytics data from Pixability. Samba TV's delivery-agnostic TV viewership data combines with MiQ's experience to connect vast, unconnected datasets and apply data science for media planning, programmatic activation and measurement. This follows the launch of successful partnerships between the two firms in Australia, Canada and the US.
Already, a major UK pizza delivery chain gained a 20% incremental household reach on YouTube using MiQ's cross-channel planning capability. And, of the campaigns to date, MiQ's UK clients have seen a 2-5% uplift in their campaigns with this solution.
"Peak time, as we know it, is over, As UK viewers continue to shift towards new formats and channels, marketers and advertisers need solutions that will help them connect campaigns and bring linear TV into the programmatic future."
Pierre de Lannoy, UK Strategy Director, MiQ
"This capability gives an amazing opportunity to achieve incremental reach to TV campaigns on other channels, including YouTube," added Dave Carpenter, Head of Digital, Goodstuff Communications, and one of MiQ's product focus group members. "Ultimately, we are breaking the silos between traditional channels and digital, bringing them together with amazing results."
We're MiQ, a programmatic media partner for marketers and agencies. We connect data from multiple sources to do interesting, exciting, business problem-solving things for our clients. We're experts in data science, analytics and programmatic trading, and our team of people are always ready to react and solve challenges quickly, to make sure you're always spending your media investments on the right things in the right places.
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NCS | June 07, 2022
A newly enriched, machine learning-driven version of NCSolutions' (NCS) next-generation advertising campaign measurement solution will help consumer packaged goods (CPG) advertisers be more agile in dynamic markets and have greater insight into the elements of their campaigns that are driving sales lift and return on ad spend (ROAS).
Called Next Gen Sales Effect, the new release leverages machine learning and advancements in NCS intellectual property and methodologies. The new methods support the demands for faster delivery, early reads and greater precision. This sales lift measurement solution is available immediately for all current NCS clients.
"In recent years, CPG marketers have been navigating turbulent waters. The confluence of inflation, increased competition, consumer behavior changes and supply chain stalls - on top of the usual demands of creating effective marketing strategies - have made moving the incremental sales needle significantly more challenging," said Lance Brothers, chief revenue officer, NCSolutions.
"In recent years, CPG marketers have been navigating turbulent waters. The confluence of inflation, increased competition, consumer behavior changes and supply chain stalls - on top of the usual demands of creating effective marketing strategies - have made moving the incremental sales needle significantly more challenging," said Lance Brothers, chief revenue officer, NCSolutions. "In pre-pandemic times, outcome measurement was always a key input. Today, it's fundamental. Fundamental for measuring and optimizing your campaigns to make every dollar count."
More than 70% of CPG marketers rely on incremental sales or sales lift to measure campaign outcomes, according to a 2022 Brand Innovators/NCS CPG brand marketers survey*. Additionally, 55% of CPG brand marketers are placing a greater emphasis on measuring return on advertising spend due to recent privacy changes by Google and Apple*.
In its latest release, NCS Sales Effect offers more granular, precise and actionable intelligence about the advertising effectiveness of campaigns and the factors driving incremental sales. CPG marketers can leverage Next Gen Sales Effect study insights to optimize media, creative, audience and other elements of their ad campaigns.
"Measuring campaign outcomes for CPG advertisers is at the heart of what we do. Next Gen Sales Effect opens up unparalleled campaign measurement opportunities for CPG brands, agencies, publishers and TV platforms," said Jeff Doherty, chief product enrichment officer and COO at NCSolutions. "Marketers can do more than just look back to see what happened in a campaign. They can discover what is next, create what-if scenarios and best determine how they should alter their advertising approach to meet their marketing goals."
Originally launched in 2010, the same year NCS was founded, the Sales Effect solution evolved continuously to help marketers stay ahead of CPG industry trends. The Next Gen release is a significant upgrade, making the most of machine learning technology for faster study delivery, with the notable inclusion of early effectiveness reads. These early reads demonstrate if the advertising meets sales goals during the crucial window while the campaign is in flight. Marketers can use this intelligence to optimize and achieve a higher ROAS.
"What was initially a revolutionary idea—the ability to connect the dots from an ad campaign's exposure to the resulting in-store sales—has become much more of an industry-standard today," said Linda Dupree, chief executive officer NCSolutions. "CPG marketers are increasingly turning to sales lift research as they plan their campaign. Forty-four percent say it's more vital in a post-cookie world. We expect that percentage to grow in the near future, and it's why we continue to put innovating our solutions to reflect the market needs at the center of our priorities. This next generation measurement solution is just one example."
Like CPG marketers, publishers also leverage NCS Sales Effect studies as third-party confirmation that advertising on their platform provides a sales lift. Credible sales lift reports drive advertising decisions, and 41%* of CPG marketers say they are a 'very important factor' in determining whether to advertise with a specific publisher.
In January 2019, NCS became a Google measurement partner and launched Next Gen Sales Effect specifically for Google's YouTube platform. Building on that success, today's Next Gen Sales Effect launch from NCSolutions, represents a full market release of the solution providing a parallel campaign measurement service across publisher platforms. CPG advertisers need to evaluate return on ad spend and effectiveness across publishers using a common measurement service and the full-market release of Next Gen solves that need. The next generation of Sales Effect continues to be available for CPG advertisers on YouTube.
NCS has more than a decade of unrivaled experience helping the CPG ecosystem target, optimize and measure their advertising sales while driving the growth of their brands. To learn more about NCS Sales Effect, visit the website.
*ABOUT THE 2022 BRAND INNOVATORS/NCS CPG BRAND MARKETERS SURVEY
The survey, conducted in Q4 of 2021 by Brand Innovators, Inc. in collaboration with NCS, set out to examine CPG marketers' advertising spending plans and attitudes towards a range of next-generation marketing and advertising effectiveness tools and the various issues impacting their efficiency and the effectiveness of their ad campaigns. There were 69 CPG marketers surveyed. To read more about the findings, you can download the full report.
NCSolutions (NCS) makes advertising work better. Our unrivaled data resources powered by leading providers combine with scientific rigor and leading-edge technology to empower the CPG ecosystem to create and deliver more effective advertising. With NCS's proven approach, brands achieve continuous optimization everywhere ads appear, through purchase-based audience targeting and sales measurement solutions that have impacted over $25 billion in media spend for our customers. NCS has offices in NYC, Chicago, Tampa, and Cincinnati. Visit us at ncsolutions.com to learn more.