What: Procter & Gamble has shifted most of its media business from Publicis Groupe’s Starcom MediaVest Group to Dentsu Aegis Network’s Carat (a planning incumbent) and Omnicom Media Group.
Why it matters: OMD will be the primary agency supporting the majority of P&G’s product categories, with Carat supporting the others. P&G is the largest U.S. advertiser.
The packaged-goods giant Procter & Gamble has completed the North American media agency review it began in May, shifting most of its business from Publicis Groupe’s Starcom MediaVest Group to two other agencies — Dentsu Aegis Network’s Carat (a planning incumbent) and Omnicom Media Group. Of the two, Omnicom Media received the bigger share of business.
The company said in a statement that “OMD will be the primary agency supporting the majority of P&G’s categories, with Carat supporting the others.”
Publicis lost all of the P&G business in North America with the exception of its divestiture brands, while Starcom Mediavest Group will remain P&G’s primary media buyer/planner outside the United States, retaining only a portion of the P&G brand portfolio within the U.S.–and those pieces of business will soon leave the P&G family altogether.
Starcom will continue to work on Duracell, cosmetics, fragrances, and some hair products in the US and Canada. It will continue to handle media for P&G outside of the US, which makes up about 40 per cent of the global business.
P&G spent about US$2.66 billion (£1.77 billion) on measured media in the US last year, according to WPP’s Kantar Media.
MediaCom, part of WPP, also participated in the review.