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Dentsu Aegis Network has appointed Shaffia Correa new LatAm Chief Investment Officer.

 

 

 

 

 

Alejandro Blanc is Ogilvy Argentina new Executive Creative Director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivaldi, a leading global strategy firm, announces the expansion of its presence in Latin America with the appointment as Partners of Luis Gérardin and Alberto Velasco, former senior executives of multinational companies, with broad experience in strategy and brand building at the local, regional and global scale.

 

 

 

WPP has hired Walmart executive Jacqui Canney as its new global chief people officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution company CD Baby has made various new appointments in Latin America. Johanna Rivera will join CD Baby representative Juan Peña in Colombia. Based in Bogota, her work will support artists from other South American and Spanish-speaking countries as well as Colombia, including parts of the Caribbean like the Dominican Republic.

 

 

What: WPP and Waze have announced a collaboration that will make it easier for retail brands to run campaigns on Waze.
Why it matters: This partnership will allow WPP’s clients to directly reach and target drivers via the in-car platform, driving store footfall and product sales.

WPP and Waze just announced they are partnering to make it simpler for retail brands to run campaigns on Waze, the social navigation app owned by Google, which has over 100 million monthly active drivers globally.

This collaboration will direct drivers to retail locations via in-route messaging and will launch in Canada, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States this year.

“We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate closely with WPP and its global client base, sharing best practice and creating optimal solutions to drive in-store foot traffic for WPP’s many consumer product clients,” said Samuel Keret, Global Director of Waze Ads.

“WPP already brings the most creative, technology-led ideas to our clients to generate growth. Through our innovative partnership with Google, we’re now able to give clients exclusive access to Waze software that puts them in the driving seat to influence the shopping habits of the future,” added Stephan Pretorius, Chief Technology Officer at WPP.

 

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  • Petco

Petco announced it has selected New York-based Horizon Media as its strategic media agency of record in support of the company’s ongoing retail and marketing transformation efforts.The selection follows just weeks after Anomaly was named the company’s creative agency of record, and was the result of a review process initiated in the Fall of 2018 and managed by MediaLink.Horizon will begin working with Petco immediately to deliver fully-integrated media planning and buying across paid channels and strategic integration with both Anomaly and Edelman, Petco’s PR agency of record. Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer with more than 50 years of service to pet parents. The brand operates more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.  

 

  • Avocados From Mexico

Avocados From Mexico (AFM), is taking shoppers’ party spreads to the next level with its Guac Nation program. The No. 1 selling avocado brand in the U.S. is teaming up with RITAS and TABASCO® Brand to help consumers savor winning flavors during the Big Game. The program runs through February 3, 2019, and will offer 360 support to inspire avocado consumption and lift sales. Avocados From Mexico will also be returning with its fifth annual Big Game commercial on February 3. Guac Nation seamlessly ties-in to support AFM’s established shopper communications platform, Savor Every Moment. During the week of the Big Game last year, increased avocado consumption helped retailers reach a 4-year sales high of US$58 million2 of all commodities. With millions of consumers hosting Big Game parties, this serves as an opportunity for high avocado consumption. Guac Nation is leaning into that excitement and engaging shoppers as they prepare for game day, making avocados the star player on their shopping lists.

 

  • Chevron

Chevron, the second-largest integrated energy company in the United States, has put its global media planning and buying business in review. WPP has been the brand´s incumbent for 16 years.  Two unnamed competitors will be pitching against the incumbent, aacording to a party close to the review . WPP currently handles global media for three of the world’s four largest fossil fuel companies, according to Adweek. The latter review resulted in the formation of dedicated unit Team Energy, which consists of Ogilvy, Grey, VML, Mindshare, Essence, SocialLabs and Landor.>

 

 

 

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  • Procter & Gamble

P&G is bringing more of its media planning and buying in-house in an effort to cut costs and improve profit margins, as well as bringing its marketers closer to the consumers they serve. There was not a formal review but an internal bid process, in which Incumbent media shops Hearts & Science and Carat and P&G’s own in-house team participated, according to Adweek. Procter & Gamble’s in-house agency has taken over a larger share of its media business in the US. P&G categories at stake included fabric care, oral care, feminine care, personal healthcare, home care, skincare and baby care. P&G spent US$2.75 billion on paid media in the U.S. in 2017 and just over US$2 billion from January to September 2018, according to Kantar Media.

 

 

  • Electronic Arts

American video game company Electronic Arts — which develops and publishes games like FIFA, Madden NFL and The Sims —has placed a big part of its´media business in-house while launching a media agency review to find a strategic external media agency partner.The marketer will handle digital, including search, social, programmatic and digital out-of-home; while its outside media agency will handle linear, broadcast and out-of-home media. All strategy and planning will continue to be led in-house.Incumbent Publicis Groupe’s Starcom will participate in the review.

 

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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has appointed Ramiro Cavazos as its next president and CEO. Cavazos is currently President and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 

 

Kristen O’Hara has joined Snapchat as vice president of US Global Business Solutions. She joins from WarnerMedia where she held the role of  chief marketing officer for over seven years.

 

 

Mark Read has been appointed  chief executive officer by WPP. Prior to this, he held the role of global chief executive of Wunderman.

 

 

 

 

Robyn Tombacher has been named chief operations officer for the region by Wunderman. Tombacher’s previous role was head of operations for North America for the agency.

 

 

 

 

Netflix has hired Vernā Myers as vice president of inclusion strategy. Myers  will help devise and implement strategies that integrate cultural diversity, inclusion and equity into all aspects of Netflix’s operations worldwide.

 

 

 

Shawn O’Neal has joined Gain Theory to lead its North American operations. Prior to this, he was serving  as vp of global data marketing and analytics at CPG giant Unilever.

 

 

 

 

 

Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners has hired Matthew Curry as its new chief creative officer. He joins from 72andSunny where he was group creative director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

André Fernandez has joined the executive leadership team of tech company NCR as chief financial officer. He previously worked at CBS Radio where he led the effort to prepare the company for a potential IPO.

 

 

 

 

Latino Food Industry Association (LFIA) has a new President,  Lilly Rocha, founder of the Sabor Latino Food Industry Trade show. Her mission will be to lead the nation’s first national association representing Latinos involved in every aspect of the food industry.

 

 

 

 

 

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WPP’s Wunderman announced today the appointment of Ian Sohn to president of the Chicago office. Sohn, who hails from SapientRazorfish, where he was most recently managing director of Chicago, is set to assume his new role on June 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verizon announced on Friday that its current chief technology officer, Hans Vestberg, will succeed CEO Lowell McAdam in August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than two years after a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Gustavo Martinez upended the ad industry and two months following the settlement of said suit, WPP and the former JWT CEO have announced that they will go their separate ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch Fix has brought Deirdre Findlay on board as the company’s chief marketing officer. Findlay joins from Google, where she served as senior director of global hardware marketing.

 

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline Hernandez, formerly of NBCUniversal, has been named President of Combate Americas. Hernandez will work with CEO Campbell McLaren on overseeing Combate Americas’s entire business as the company plans its expansion with the Hispanic fan base at its core.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heineken USA appointed Maggie Timoney as Chief Executive Officer. Timoney is joining Heineken USA from Heineken Ireland where she’s served as the CEO for the last five years.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Creighton is leaving Dentsu Aegis Network as chief operating officer.  There are currently no plans to replace him. Creighton said he will be taking a break “and then determining what the next exciting new chapter will be for me”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trefor ‘Tom’ Thomas has departed his post of chief creative officer at direct agency Lida to join Tug as its global chief creative officer. Thomas’  remit will be to expand creative output across the digital agency’s network of worldwide offices.

 

 

 

 

Independent media agency Medialab has announced that Stewart Easterbrook will be joining its board as chairman this month. Medialab has also made a number of other senior hires this year, including Steven Venes from John Ayling as broadcast director and Tony Oakley from MC&C becomes head of digital.

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Toms has joined Pilgrim, the agency launched by former Britvic marketing director Andrew Marsden last year. Kat Mitchell and Jason Vrakas, previously executive creative directors at You agency, have joined Pilgrim as well as executive creative director and head of art respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

In-house specialist OLIVER has appointed Lisa Bonney as its global chief marketing officer. Bonney’s remit is to develop and execute strategies that further cement OLIVER as the go-to in-house practitioner, while also supporting further international and organic growth.

 

 

 

 

 

Berlin Cameron, a WPP creative agency,  appointed Karen Flanagan as managing director.  Karen will be the primary point of contact for senior clients across the agency, as well as serving as the executive lead on Berlin Cameron’s premier account, Capital One.

 

 

 

 

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AIRE Radio Networks, the Spanish Broadcasting System’s official radio, has named Blanca Nava as VP of affiliated sales. She’ll be in charge of unionization strategies, affiliated relations, and she will expand AIRE’s reach.

 

 

 

 

Gizmodo Media Group CEO Raju Narisetti announced he’s leaving the company with no immediate plans for his future. His exit comes a month after CEO Randy Falco announced an early retirement.

 

 

 

 

 

Barton F. Graf announced the appointment of Caroline Winterton as the agency’s next chief executive. Meanwhile, founding partner and chief executive Barney Robinson and partner, chief strategist Laura Janness have decided to leave the agency for separate new business ventures.

 

 

 

 

WPP has announced that Martin Sorrell has resigned as CEO after 33 years in the role.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volkswagen has promoted brand chief Herbert Diess to chief executive officer, replacing Matthias Mueller. Diess will rebuild the brand’s reputation following a number of scandals in recent years.

 

 

 

 

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  • Telemundo & NBC Universo

Publicis Groupe-owned Spark Foundry has been appointed Agency of Record for NBC’s Universal’s Telemundo and NBC Universo following a formal review. Horizon Media was the incumbent for 11 years.Spark Foundry will handle strategic planning, activation and analytics responsibilities across all communications channels for both networks. The account will be handled out of Spark Foundry NYC office and will be led by Stephen Paez, senior VP, multicultural lead. In addition, Spark Foundry will be responsible for promoting Telemundo’s telenovela, super series, and reality programming formats. The shop will handle similar chores for NBC Universo.

 

  • Avocados from Mexico

Avocados from Mexico has placed its creative advertising business in review, according to Adweek. Avocados From Mexico media agency Havas Media will not be affected by this review.Avocados from Mexico spends US$20 million on paid media last year and US$12.6 million during the first 9 months of 2017, according to Kantar Media.

 

 

 

 

  • Toyota Motor North America

Toyota is returning to the 2018 Super Bowl like never before. For the first time in the company’s history, Toyota will have three primetime commercials from two different campaigns leading the first quarter, post-halftime and fourth quarter. Two spots will air from its first-ever global campaign, “Start Your Impossible,” which communicates the company’s shift to a mobility company and aims to inspire consumers to take their first step to unleash their potential. The third spot will air from its domestic U.S., longtime campaign “Let’s Go Places,” empowering viewers to see what they’re capable of when unity is embraced.View the :60-second “Good Odds” and “Mobility Anthem” :30-second spot  or full-length version from Toyota’s “Start Your Impossible” Campaign or visit YouTube.com/Toyota. Toyota’s “One Team” spot from the “Let’s Go Places” campaign will first premiere the morning of Saturday, February 3.

 

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  • Ford 

Global auto giant Ford is said to be reviewing its future marketing plans and evaluating its relationship with agency holding company WPP, Ad Age reports. WPP’s dedicated unit Global Team Blue handles most of the automaker’s global advertising. Ad Age interviewed new Ford Motor global chief marketing officer Kumar Galhotra, who says he wants the brand to build up its trust with the consumer. It is still uncertain whether WPP will remain as Ford’s agency or the firm is planning to work with other agency holding companies.

 

 

 

  • Goya Foods

Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, launches its Real-Life Chefs Sweepstakes for a chance to win a five-day chef boot camp experience at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Napa Valley, California.Two grand prize winners, each with a guest, will receive a seven-day/six-night trip, including five days of boot camp cooking classes with professional chef instructors at the CIA, round-trip travel, hotel accommodations, a dinner for two at a CIA restaurant, an official CIA chef’s uniform, a chef’s kitchen tools and knives kit and $1,000 to cover additional costs, all provided by Goya Foods. In addition, Goya will roll out a series of 24 short cooking videos featuring tips, tricks and hacks, and delicious recipe ideas, from professional chefs at the CIA.Users must visit goya.com/procheftips from January 22 through March 31, 2018. Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world.

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A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here. 

  • Mars

Mars Inc., an American global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products and a provider of animal care services, has kicked off a global media agency review. Mars Inc. spends an estimated US$1.5 billion on measured media annually. Currently, Mars Inc.’s media planning is handled globally by MediaCom. Media buying is locally contracted, with Publicis Media’s Starcom, handling the majority of local markets, and Mediacom and OMD handling the rest. The three agencies will continue to be contracted to Mars throughout the period of the review and have been invited to participate in it. Mars review is aimed at integrating planning and buying with a single global partner. Media and marketing consultant ID Comms will assist the company with the review process.

  • Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut has appointed McCann Worldgroup as its’ new creative agency for Latin America and the Caribbean, following a formal review among seven agencies. McCann will develop integrated regional campaigns and will help deploy a new brand identity across the region, working with Pizza Hut Latin America Headquarters in Dallas. In 2017, Initiative won Pizza Hut media account.

 

  • Air Canada

The arrival of flight AC1942 at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport marked the successful launch of Air Canada’s non-stop service between Montreal and Lima, Peru. The twice-weekly flights will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with 282-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Premium Rouge and Economy class service.Over the past five years Air Canada has increased capacity from Montreal by 83% and added 29 new destinations.This new route also leverages Montreal as a pivotal connection point for cargo. This new route will facilitate the flow of air freight between Lima and other key markets in Air Canada’s network, including Shanghai, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and other major trade points.  The schedule provides for one of the best transit times available.Flights are time timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada’s Montreal hub to and from the airline’s extensive network across North America and globally.

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  • Bose

Bose has appointed WPP as its global agency to handle creative, media, localization, production and digital marketing, following a review. The business will be handled by a “custom-built team” of WPP shops, which were not identified by the company or agency.  The WPP team consists of creative shop Grey Group, digital agency Wunderman, marketing implementation unit Hogarth Worldwide and media agency MediaCom, Adweek has reported. Bose Corporation is a privately held American corporation, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, that designs, develops and sells audio equipment.

 

 

  • Mitsubishi Electric Corp

Ingersoll-Rand plc, a world leader in creating sustainable and efficient environments, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, a leading manufacturer of technologically advanced ductless and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heating and air conditioning systems, are pleased to announce they have entered into an agreement to establish a 50 percent-50 percent joint venture (JV) pending global antitrust review.The new joint venture will include marketing, sales and distribution of ductless and VRF heating and air conditioning systems through Ingersoll Rand’s Trane and American Standard commercial and residential channels, and existing Mitsubishi Electric distributors and representatives in the United States and select countries in Latin America.The joint venture will be a leading provider of ductless and VRF systems in the United States and select countries in Latin America. Pending favorable global antitrust reviews and customary closing conditions, the new joint venture is expected to be operational in the first half of 2018. A chief executive officer will be named from Mitsubishi Electric, a chief financial officer will be named from Ingersoll Rand, and the business will operate from headquarters in Suwanee, Georgia. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and are not material.

  • Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. announced that 2017 represented its most successful year for signing development contracts outside North America.Globally, at year end 2017, the company operated or franchised more than 6,500 hotels and over 1.25 million rooms, with a third of the rooms located outside North America. Marriott International and its franchisees opened more than 470 hotels with over 76,000 rooms around the world during the year, amplifying the company’s brand recognition among guests, owners and franchisees.In 2017, the company signed more than 750 contracts for new hotels representing nearly 125,000 rooms under long‐term management and franchise agreements. Its global pipeline grew to a record 460,000 rooms, with over half located outside of North America.Interest grew in the Caribbean and Latin American region with 19 hotel openings with a record 37 signed deals in 2017.

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What: Ford & WPP’s global partnership is being reviewed and may be extended in 2018. However, a final decision has not been made yet. Separately, Adage reported that Ford has moved outside of WPP for help on a new campaign for its Lincoln brand, tapping Laundry Service, a Wasserman Media Group-owned New York-based shop. The shop’s content studio, called Cycle, was hired to handle social media for a new campaign for the redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator SUV, a Lincoln spokesman confirmed.
Why it matters: Ford is WPP’s biggest global client for both creative and media services. Last February, WPP acquired U.S Hispanic shop Zubi Advertising to handle Ford’s multicultural account.

Ford Motor Company verbally informed WPP that they are considering their future internal and external marketing model and want to enter into a further agreement with WPP for a period to be agreed in 2018.

According to a brief statement, WPP is considering the proposal and is in discussion with Ford on next steps.

GTB (Global Team Blue) is the result of agencies Team Detroit, Blue Hive (the WPP units that serve Ford outside the U.S.) and Retail First merger under a single global identity. Currently, GTB operates on six continents and has 49 offices. It is integrated across most communications disciplines and is WPP’s largest agency team. It’s one of 48 WPP global client teams.GTB also services other clients including Purina and Johnson Controls.

Ford told Reuters in a statement that WPP’s staff were “trusted partners and curators of the Ford brand”, and added: “As we are across the Ford business, we are exploring options to improve the fitness of our marketing and advertising operations. No decisions have been made.”

In separate but related news, Adage reported that Ford has moved outside of WPP for help on a new campaign for its Lincoln brand, tapping Laundry Service, a Wasserman Media Group-owned New York-based shop. The shop’s content studio, called Cycle, was hired to handle social media for a new campaign for the redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator SUV, a Lincoln spokesman confirmed to Adage.

Hispanic Shop Zubi

Last February, WPP’s GTB, it’s wholly owned full-service agency dedicated to the Ford Motor Company account, acquired Zubi Advertising Services, Inc. (“Zubi”), a full-service advertising agency that focuses on the Hispanic market in the US. The acquisition continued WPP’s strategy of investing to strengthen its “horizontality” offer to clients by enhancing the capabilities of its global account teams, such as GTB, and in important markets such as the US.

 

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  • Hilton 

Hilton is committed to expand in Latin America. The hotel chain has grown its porfolio surpassing 100 hotels in the region. During the 12 months ended June 30, 2017, Hilton signed approximately 30 new deals, maintaining a robust pipeline of more than 70 properties in Latin America; and opened 15 new hotels, including six, which debuted this year in Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. As one of the top tourist destinations in the region, Argentina remains a key market for the company. Hilton currently has three hotels open, including Hilton Buenos Aires, Hilton Garden Inn Tucuman and Anselmo Buenos Aires, Curio Collection by Hilton. Across the region, approximately 60 percent of Hilton’s projects are driven by focused-service brands, such as Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton. The company’s current portfolio in Latin America includes nine brands, while its expansion plans in the region span seven of the company’s existing brands: Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton. Hilton maintains a strong pipeline of more than 70 projects and 11,300 rooms across Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. By the end of 2017, Hilton is planning to open approximately 20 hotels, including the six already added to the portfolio this year.

  • AT&T

AT&T is said to be considering  selling its’ Latam assets, according to reports. Specifically, it will be sellling the Latin American pay TV arm of its business in an attempt to reduce debt. . The sale, if it goes ahead, could be worth anywhere in the region of US$8 billion. AT&T may decide to sell its Latin American operations which include satellite and cable television services in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina but has made it clear that no matter what happens it will retain its assets in Mexico, where it has already invested in wireless services, beginning with its acquisition of DirecTV in 2015.  As of the second quarter of 2017, AT&T has roughly 13 million subscribers in the Latam region, excluding Mexico. The company generated US$1.4 billion in revenue in the region.

  • Havas Group Colombia

As part of its 20th anniversary in Colombia, multinational Havas Group announced during the celebration event a series of initiatives that it will be implementing in the coming months. According to Ignacio Iglesias, CEO & Country Manager Havas Colombia & Central Latam (Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela), the group will enter the Colombian market with a model that radically changed media planning and buying by carrying out various initiatives with the different industry ‘actors’ like companies, universities and executives, to help growing communications in Colombia. Havas Group opened its offices in Colombia under the name MPG (Media Planning Group) with 17 employees. To date, Havas Group has a team of more than 350 people and is planning creative, traditional & digital media planning and buying solutions based on innovation and intelligent use of data.

 

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  • WPP

Holding company WPP has combined five of its brand consultancies and design agencies — Brand Union, The Partners, Lambie-Nairn, Addison Group and VBAT — to form one large global brand agency that will launch in January 2018. The new agency, which does not have a name yet, will have a combined staff of 750 people in over 20 countries, with client billings of more than US$100 million worldwide. The entity will be led by Jim Prior as global CEO and Simon Bolton as executive chairman. Back in June, WPP announced it was combining MEC and Maxus into a new entity called Wavemaker. On the same month, Mindshare absorbed Ogilvy’s Neo and in July, the holding company merged Possible into Wunderman.

 

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Download the Database: Download the full Database in Excel Format.
Search Database: You can search through a user-friendly interactive Interface: Search Fields include: Name, Company/Agency, Job – Title, Address, Zip, E-mail, Accounts (Agency), Phone, Related News.

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  • Sprint

Telecom giant Sprint has built its own ad agency by putting together its own marketing unit that will handle digital ad buying and advertising creative, as well as ‘programmatic’ ad buying, search advertising and even traditional media buying – all in house. Many if not all of these functions have traditionally been handled by outside ad agencies. Sprint follows other brands’ steps including Allstate, StubHub, Unilever and Netflix among others, who have all taken programmatic in-house in recent years. Last year, Sprint launched Yellow Fan Studios, an in-house creative studio. In the past year, it has also ended its relationship with ad agencies including Deutsch and DigitasLBi Chicago. The company continues to work with ad agency Droga5 for strategy and Horizon Media for buying ads on TV and other mediums, however.

 

 

  • Buchanan’s

Buchanan’s and global Latin superstar J Balvin launched the search for Los Imparables (the Unstoppables). During J Balvin’s ENERGÍA tour, which kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month, Buchanan’s and J Balvin will be spotlighting Los Imparables (The Unstoppables) – the new generation of Latinos who are positively influencing and shaping mainstream culture – in cities around the country to bring these catalysts of Latino culture into the spotlight and celebrate their greatness. Those 21+ with a thirst to move forward, including creators, artists, musicians, and fashionistas, will be invited by Balvin to showcase their work for the opportunity to be featured on the artist’s Facebook page. Balvin is inviting those 21+ to join Los Imparables by sharing their work on Instagram for a chance to be spotlighted by him on his Facebook, including #Imparables and #EsNuestroMomento, and tag @BuchanansWhisky when posting the photo. Balvin will choose and highlight the winners on his social media channels throughout his tour. Carat is Buchanan’s media buying agency.

 

 

 

  • Univision & Rosetta Stone 

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the media company serving Hispanic America, has entered into a new partnership with language education powerhouse Rosetta Stone Inc., a world leader in technology-based learning solutions to debut Univision Aprender con Rosetta Stone, a new language learning program to help the Hispanic audience gain English-language proficiency. Conversely, those looking to gain proficiency in Spanish will also be able to benefit from the co-branded program. Several subscription options starting as low as US$79 for three months of access are available now on www.univisionaprender.com as well as through the Google Play and iOS app stores.Univision Aprender con Rosetta Stone is a mobile-first digital language learning solution tailored to Hispanic learners looking to learn English or Spanish. The program includes the immersive curriculum developed by language and education experts at Rosetta Stone, as well as its TruAccent™ speech recognition technology to help learners get speaking accurately right from the very first lesson.  Learners have access to a personalized skills-based learning platform, as well as numerous features including Phrasebook, Stories and Audio Companion. Various subscription options are available starting at US$79 for a three-month subscription, US$119 for a six-month subscription, US$179 for a 12-month subscription and US$249 for a 24-month subscription at launch.

 

 

  • Rakuten Group & Golden State Warrior

On September 12th, the Golden State Warrior announced they came to terms on a three-year jersey sponsorship deal with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. The jersey patch deal is reportedly worth US $20 million a year. During the 2017 Sports Marketing Forum in New York, Rahul Kadavakolu, Executive Director of Global Marketing & Branding, Rakuten Group, was the first person to talk about the deal, on behalf of the e-commerce giant. The brand is not only going global, but it is also making changes to its products so that each of them includes the name Rakuten, for example, Rakuten Viber, instead of just Viber. The sponsorship represents the biggest NBA jersey sponsorship contract to date.

 

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  • Hennessy

Hennessy, one of the world’s best-selling Cognac, and Golden Boy Promotions, the first national Hispanic-owned boxing promotional company, announced a formal partnership that brings to life the spirit of Hennessy’s “Never stop. Never settle” mantra, with content that tells the remarkable story of Saul “Canelo” Álvarez. Like Hennessy, the Mexican boxer epitomizes the importance of family and the pursuit of excellence. The integrated partnership features original content, in addition to digital micro-videos, special events, and cross-channel promotions intended to inspire others to “Never stop. Never settle.” In recognition of the millions of boxing fans that will be cheering across the globe this weekend, Hennessy recommends enjoying this Canelo-inspired cocktail while viewing at home. Hennessy is imported and distributed in the U.S. by Moët Hennessy USA. Hennessy distills, ages and blends spanning a full range: Hennessy V.S, Hennessy Black, V.S.O.P Privilège, X.O, Paradis, Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy.

 

 

  • Chili’s

Chili’s Grill & Bar has appointed 360i as its integrated media agency of record, Adage has reported. Chili’s has previously hired 360i as its digital marketing agency in 2016, including creative and media, following a competitive review. The Dentsu Aegis Network-owned agency will continue to handle that part of the business, but will now also field integrated planning, communications planning and broadcast planning, buying and execution for the casual-dining chain. Chili’s spent US$119 million on measured media in the U.S. in 2016, up from US$114 million in 2015, according to Kantar Media.

 

 

 

  • WPP

Holding company WPP has combined five of its brand consultancies and design agencies — Brand Union, The Partners, Lambie-Nairn, Addison Group and VBAT — to form one large global brand agency that will launch in January 2018. The new agency, which does not have a name yet, will have a combined staff of 750 people in over 20 countries, with client billings of more than US$100 million worldwide. The entity will be led by Jim Prior as global CEO and Simon Bolton as executive chairman. Back in June, WPP announced it was combining MEC and Maxus into a new entity called Wavemaker. On the same month, Mindshare absorbed Ogilvy’s Neo and in July, the holding company merged Possible into Wunderman.

 

 

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A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

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  • Barclays

Barclays, a financial services company, has moved its global media account to Omnicom Group following a review that began earlier this year, according to sources.WPP’s Maxus, now in the process of merging with sibling agency MEC into a new entity called Wavemaker, was the incumbent.Barclays spends around US$80 million on measured media annually according to Campaign.

 

 

 

 

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  • Radisson Red

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the entrance of its lifestyle select brand, Radisson Red, into Latin America.Radisson Red Campinas has opened just outside of São Paulo, Brazil in partnership with Atlantica Hotels International.  Radisson Red Campinas joins Radisson Red Brussels and Radisson Red Minneapolis and Radisson Red Cape Town will open on September 12.

 

 

  • Wavemaker

WPP new media agency, formed by the in-house merger of existing shops MEC and Maxus, has been dubbed Wavemaker. The merger was announced back in June. With US$38 billion in billings, the resulting entity is being positioned as a “media, content and technology agency.” The merged agency network comprises 8,500 people serving clients in 90 countries via 139 offices around the world. According to the agency, the staff includes a mix of digital, data, content and platform/technology experts. Major global clients include L’Oréal, Vodafone, Marriott, Colgate-Palmolive and Paramount. Tim Castree will be the global CEO of MEC and Wavemaker Publicis Media veteran Amanda Richman would be joining in October as CEO of Wavemaker’s U.S. operations. The full rollout is expected to be completed by January 2018.

  • Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain has decided to take luxury to the seas by launching its own cruise business. Marriott International Group’s Ritz-Carlton brand is embarking on a new venture offering high-end cruises on luxury yachts. It has called this new business, which will start with three yachts, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.The yachts will provide the same standard of personalised service as the Ritz-Carlton hotels on terra firma. Capacity has been deliberately kept down to 298 passengers so as to give each guest full attention. Accommodation includes 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. Two sizable duplex penthouses will accommodate the most fortunate passengers.The food onboard will be of the same high standard as served in Ritz-Carlton restaurants around the world. Other amenities include a spa, a wine bar and a Panorama Lounge.The yachts will sail for seven to 10 days in a variety of locations including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, northern Europe and Latin America.Reservations open in May 2018. The first yacht is expected to set sail in the fourth quarter of 2019.

  • Despegar

LatAm leading online travel company Despegar.com has registered an amended F-1 form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in regards with its initial public offering (IPO). The company intends to price its 12.77 million shares in the range of US$23 to US$26 per share, with an overallotment option for an additional 1.92 million shares. At the maximum price, the entire offering is valued up to US$381.82 million. The Latin American company is known by its two brands, Despegar, the global brand, and Decolar, the Brazilian brand. The company has a comprehensive product offering, including airline tickets, packages, hotels and other travel-related products, which enables consumers to find, compare, plan and purchase travel products easily through its marketplace.

 

 

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  • Mediavest | Spark

Mediavest | Spark, a full-service media agency under Publicis Media, announced that it is rebranding as Spark Foundry. Separately, Publicis Media recently integrated its Tapestry and MV42 multicultural agencies into their general market agencies.  Since coming together as Mediavest | Spark in March 2016, the agency has welcomed numerous new clients including BEL Groupe (Global), MTV, KFC, Mattel, H&R Block (USA), Expedia (SEA), EuroLoan (Poland), Virgin Mobile (MENA), OnePlus (UK) and Diageo (Australia). It also recently lost Sprint. Spark Foundry aims to aggressively roll out its winning proposition to its 3,500 employees across the world, while amplifying its best-in-class capabilities for clients.

  • Toyota

Univision Deportes announced Toyota has signed on as the first official sponsor of juanfutbol, the social-first soccer channel recently launched on Facebook focused on creating socially-native content for Hispanic millennials. Toyota’s launch sponsorship with juanfutbol, combined with their overall Univision CONCACAF Gold Cup partnership, will provide an exceptional multi-platform experience for passionate soccer fans. Fans can watch all the Gold Cup matches across Univision’s portfolio of networks including Univision, UniMás and UDN, as well as the Univision Deportes App (iOSAndroid), Univisiondeportes.com and Univision Now. Juanfutbol will engage fans even deeper with interactive content featuring players that “gave it their all,” bringing fanáticos closer to the action.Together with Toyota, juanfutbol will create interactive branded posts throughout the three-week Gold Cup tournament, pitting North American, Central American and Caribbean neighbors and rivals against each other. Gold Cup includes a total of 25 matches and 12 teams vying for a spot in the playoffs and qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. Juanfutbol will announce the player who “gives it their all” integrating Toyota’s brand messaging and enticing fans to engage with content.As a sponsor of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Toyota will ignite soccer passions through its “Dale Duro” multichannel communications campaign featuring the Toyota Tundra.

  • PODS Enterprises

MullenLowe Mediahub, part of Interpublic Group, has been appointed  media agency-of-record for Florida-based PODS Enterprises, a storage and moving services, Mediapost has reported.The win follows a review.

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  • WPP

WPP continues consolidating its’ agencies. Now, the conglomerate is folding  shopper specialist POSSIBLE into digital and crm agency Wunderman.Some months ago the network also merged media agency Maxus into its larger sibling MEC, whereas Mindshare absorbed Ogilvy’s Neo. POSSIBLE will continue to operate as a stand-alone brand with POSSIBLE Global CEO Shane Atchison reporting to Wunderman Global CEO Mark Read. The combined agencies have more than 9,200 people in 200 offices in 70 countriesThe combination offers clients experience in building and maintaining marketing automation platforms, offshore production, performance media, mobile and CRM, with specializations in customer experience, content, commerce, data and health.  Among the clients the two agencies share is software giant Microsoft.

  • Budweiser

Beginning today, 11 states will see their namesake on Budweiser bottles and cans as part of the brand’s latest evolution of its iconic summer packaging. Available as from July till the end of September, Budweiser’s newest look celebrates the local states Budweiser and its breweries call home.Since 1876, Budweiser has been brewed across America and its new state packaging pays tribute to the 12 breweries that relentlessly produce America’s No. 1 full-flavored classic lager. The packaging will be specific to California (featuring two Budweiser breweries), Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.To continue the celebration of its local breweries throughout the summer, Budweiser will also host brewery open houses, air unique radio spots in each market, featuring local Budweiser brew masters and/or the brewery’s general managers and present its first-ever “Budland” festival bringing together the best of LA’s local music artists, fashion and food.

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  • Alaska Tourism Industry Association 

Anchorage-based Spawn Ideas agency has won the Alaska Tourism Industry Association account including strategy, media buying and planning. The business had previously been held by Brilliant Media Strategies for 30 years.

 

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What: WPP’S agencies POSSIBLE and Mindshare have partnered to help brands leverage their media and ecommerce investments across the Amazon ecosystem.
Why it matters: It’s a first-of-its-kind combination of the media planning and buying, data analysis and strategy expertise of Mindshare with the ecommerce, data analysis and creative expertise of Possible.

WPP’S agencies POSSIBLE and Mindshare are launching a new offering to help brands leverage their media and ecommerce investments across the Amazon ecosystem. To continue to meet the needs of clients on such a vast platform, POSSIBLE and Mindshare have teamed up to create the first comprehensive solution for brands across Amazon.

This combined offering will leverage the full media and ecommerce capabilities of both agencies and the wider WPP ecosystem. Pairing the media planning and buying, data analysis, and strategy expertise from Mindshare with the ecommerce, data analysis, and creative expertise of POSSIBLE, both agencies will unify sales, brand marketing, and shopper and ecommerce efforts for greater efficiency and impact.

55 percent of US consumers now begin an online product search on Amazon, and 64 percent of US households are now Amazon Prime members

Together the companies  will offer:

  • Channel strategy, assortment optimization, content development and optimization, and shelf management
  • Media planning, buying, and optimization on Amazon
  • Innovation services focused on building new brand experiences (Dash, Alexa, etc.)
  • Measurement, reporting and analytics that provide a holistic understanding of a brand’s presence and performance within the Amazon ecosystem
  • A centralized source of knowledge and insight focused on Amazon Prime members

“Our clients consistently ask POSSIBLE to be their one-stop-shop for Amazon,” says Frank Kochenash, global SVP of commerce at POSSIBLE. “This partnership allows us to bring brands the deepest expertise across all the levers they need to pull. Mindshare are media experts and we are thrilled to partner with Joe Migliozzi and his Shop+ team.”

Further bolstering this offering, POSSIBLE’s recent acquisition of Marketplace Ignition deepens POSSIBLE’s expertise and experience in all aspects of the Amazon ecosystem, from supply chain and operations, to assortment planning, operational marketing, content optimization, and search management.

Mindshare will bring its Shop+ media and commerce capability, which is already an established Amazon Media Group (AMG) partner and which includes: SEO/SEM, content development, analytics and reporting as well as its status as one of a handful of approved Amazon Alexa developers – allowing Mindshare to create Skills for Amazon’s voice activated AI assistant. Mindshare will also leverage GroupM’s mPlatform capability for programmatic services and will bring this full-service solution to GroupM clients globally.

The offering will be available through POSSIBLE and Mindshare in Seattle, New York, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, London and Singapore.

Amazon has become central to the lives of both consumers and brands. In fact, 55 percent of US consumers now begin an online product search on Amazon, and 64 percent of US households are now Amazon Prime members. This makes Amazon not just a retail giant, but one of the world’s largest media owners.

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  • Baristas

Baristas Coffee Company has expanded its advertising to target US Hispanic-Americans with Spanish TV spots on Telemundo, Galavision, Fox Deportes, CNN Espanol, ESPN Deportes, and Spanish speaking radio stations. The Spanish speaking advertisements focus on Baristas White Coffee single serve cups compatible with the Keurig 2.0 brewing system. Baristas recently kicked off a national multi-faceted advertising campaign which combines digital display advertising, Television, and Radio driving traffic directly to Amazon on Fox News, CNN, ESPN, Food Network, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Also, Baristas has included a broad reaching terrestrial (over the air) radio campaign on over 120 stations nationally utilizing the top radio platform in the country. In addition, Baristas added Spotify to its campaign currently underway. A media plan has been developed extending out over the next 6 months focusing on the expanding Baristas White Coffee product line as well as other Baristas products soon to be announced. Baristas has also partnered with Amazon to offer the only White Coffee single serve cups compatible with the Keurig® K-Cup® Brewing System 2.0.Based on research from the National Coffee Association (NCA), coffee consumption is stronger among Hispanic Americans than non-Hispanics. Hispanic-Americans help drive growth in U.S. coffee consumption, leading the way in growing coffee consumption in the United States. Baristas’ CEO Barry Henthorn told Portada the company handles media placements in-house along with long term relationships.

  • Chrysler

The Chrysler brand is launching a new campaign to share key features of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica with Hispanic customers.Hero” is a 30-second commercial featuring Pablo, a young boy attempting to impress the girl next door. Pablo utilizes Pacifica’s functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling to make the ride to school with his neighbor much more special. “Hero” will run across television, digital and social channels and will be also available on the Chrysler brand’s official YouTube channel.The campaign will air in top Hispanic markets including Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Fort Myers, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa and West Palm Beach.Chrysler’s “Hero” campaign was made in conjunction with Alma DDB. UM/Identity is Chrysler’s Media Buying Agency.

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  • Nestlé

This summer Nestlé is inviting fans to the fascinating world of NERDS® ¡Lucha Grande!, filled with new bold and intense flavor combinations inspired by the classic Dulcerías, Spanish for ‘candy store,’ of your childhood. Alongside new flavors of beloved brands LAFFY TAFFY®, FUN DIP® and PIXY STIX®, NERDS® ¡Lucha Grande! hits store shelves this summer, offering fans a variety of tangy new flavors like the tongue-twisting pucker of Mango Chile and mouthwatering cool of Cucumber Watermelon. NEW items include: NERDS® Guava and Mango Chile & NERDS® Lime and, LAFFY TAFFY® Guava & LAFFY TAFFY® Pineapple , FUN DIP® Mango Lime & FUN DIP® Cucumber Watermelon and PIXY STIX® Cucumber Watermelon, PIXY STIX® Mango Lime & PIXY STIX® Pineapple.With 2016 sales of US$9.7 billion, Nestlé USA is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland. In 2013, GroupM won Nestlé ‘s U.S. media planning and buying business.

  • Mindshare absorbs Ogily-Neo

Mindshare, both a WPP and GroupM agency, will absorb Ogilvy’s digital media agency Neo, as part of a continuing consolidation of agencies, MediaPost reports. Ogilvy is also under the WPP umbrella. A few weeks ago, GroupM media agency Maxus was folded into its other media agency MEC. Founded in 2006, agency Neo will now be part of Mindshare’s newly-formed Performance Group. Neo’s management will become part of the Mindshare Performance Group. Nasreen Madhany, Neo’s global CEO, and Bradley Rogers, global COO, will hold the same roles in the Performance Group and will also join the Mindshare leadership team.

 

  • Chevrolet LMAs

The Chevrolet Local Marketing Associations around the country have shifted their media buying business to Carat, part of Dentsu Aegis. U.S. International Media was the incumbent on the business.The Chevy LMAs spent around US$238 million on ads in 2016 according to Kantar Media.

 

  • Casamigos

George Clooney is selling his  tequila brand Casamigos  to Diageo for a US$1bn. The takeover is expected to close during the second half of the year. Casamigos ‘translated as House of Friends’ was initially formed as a private collection of tequila’s for the friends and family of Clooney and Gerber but sales boomed in 2013 when the pair made the label public.Clooney will remain in place along with co-owners Rande Gerber and Michael Meldman. Diageo ows other well-known tequila brands such as Johnnie Walker, Cuervo, Crown Royal, J&B, Captain Morgan, José Cuervo, Buchanan’s, among others.

 

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What: WPP has made a strategic investment in 88rising, a US-based producer of digital content catering to the Asian millennial market.
Why it matters: The investment completes WPP’s other multicultural investment in companies such as Woven Digital, which creates content for the millennial male market in the US, and Mitú, the digital media company focused on developing content for Latino youth.

WPP announced that it has made a strategic investment in 88rising, Inc. (“88rising”), a US-based producer of digital content catering to the Asian millennial market.  Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

88rising has branded and sponsored content deals with companies such as adidas, Maybelline and Revolve, an online fashion and cosmetics retailer. It employs approximately 15 people. It is based in New York with an office in Los Angeles, with plans to open an office in Shanghai. It was founded in 2015.

88rising is a multi-platform digital media company that focuses on content about Asia and Asian culture. To date, 88rising has produced over 500 hours of original content that has generated over 80 million total video views on Facebook and YouTube. More than half of 88rising’s 16-34-year-old viewers are in the Asia Pacific region.

The investment continues WPP’s strategy of focusing on three key areas that differentiate the Group’s offering to clients: technology, data and content. The Group has invested in multiple specialized digital content companies like Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital, a leader in producing and distributing music and digital content for the important-to-reach, urban-centric youth culture, and Refinery29, a fashion and lifestyle media company that provides content, shopping solutions and social networking opportunities in the fashion, shopping and beauty categories targeted towards millennial women.

WPP has also invested in Woven Digital, which creates content for the millennial male market in the US, and Mitú, the digital media company focused on developing content for Latino youth in the US and worldwide. The Group has also strategic investments in Fullscreen, Indigenous Media, Imagina (a content rights and media company based in Spain), MRC and VICE.

WPP’s digital assets also include companies such as Acceleration (marketing technology consultancy), Cognifide (content management technology), Conexance (data cooperative), Salmon (e-commerce), and Hogarth (digital production technology). WPP also has investments in innovative technology services companies such as Globant and Mutual Mobile, as well as ad technology companies such as AppNexus, comScore (data investment management), Domo, mySupermarket, Percolate and ScrollMotion.

WPP’s roster of wholly owned digital agencies include AKQA, Blue State Digital, Essence, F.biz, Mirum, POSSIBLE, Triad Retail Media, VML and Wunderman.

WPP’s digital revenues were over US$7.5 billion in 2016, representing 39% of the Group’s total revenues of US$19.4 billion. WPP has set a target of 40-45% of revenue to be derived from digital in the next four to five years. In North America, WPP companies (including associates) collectively generate revenues of US$7.5 billion and employ almost 29,000 people.

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What:Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s largest brewers, has kicked off a global media planning and buying agency review for its US $2 billion global media assignment.
Why It Matters: The company owns eight agencies spanning all major holding companies to handle media operations in more than 50 countries. The number of agencies that the company aims to globally consolidate has not been determined.

descarga (4)Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s largest brewers, has kicked off a global media planning and buying agency review for its’ US$2 billion global media assignment.

WPP’s MediaCom, the current US incumbent, has held the account since late 2014. Globally, the company has eight agencies from the six major groups — Mediacom, WPP, Publicis, Omnicom, Interpublic, Havas and Dentsu — spanning all major holding companies to handle media operations in more than 50 countries. AB InBev is inviting the six major holding companies to put together teams to pitch the assignment.

Media Link is the company’s search consultant, while Media Path will handle auditing.The review will be led by the brewer’s global marketing team, which is based in New York. The process, beginning in April, is expected to close by the second half of this year.

The review comes several months after AB InBev acquired SABMiller for US$103 billion. AB Inbev is the 20th-largest U.S. advertiser. The brewer spends an estimated US $624 million on ads in 2015 and about US $695 million from January through November 2016 in the US, according to Kantar Media. Globally, the company spends upwards of US $2 billion a year annually on ads in more than 50 countries around the world.

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What: WPP’s GTB is acquiring Hispanic-focused advertising agency Zubi Advertising Services. The transaction had been rumored in the market for many years and only came to fruition now.
Why it matters: Zubi was one of the very few still independent Hispanic advertising agencies as most have been acquired by global agency conglomerates. Zubi is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida with offices in Los Angeles and Detroit and its’ client roster includes Ford Motor Company, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., and Dunkin’ Donuts.

descarga-2 xm7ecfes_400x400GTB announced the acquisition of Zubi Advertising Services, Inc. (“Zubi”), a full-service advertising agency that focuses on the Hispanic market in the US.

The acquisition and integration of Zubi into GTB‘s offering represents a strategic move for the agency as its clients are increasingly aiming to connect effectively with the Hispanic consumer.  The U.S. Census expects the Latin population to more than double with the next two generations.

Founded in 1976 by Tere Zubizarreta —  to service her first client, Banco Popular — Zubi is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida with offices in Los Angeles and Detroit. Zubi employs approximately 120 people and has a blue chip client roster that includes the likes of Ford Motor Company, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., and Dunkin’ Donuts.

“This affiliation is part of our evolution to provide our clients with best-in-class resources and to work together to grow through new business opportunities.  Michelle and I are confident that the legacy of Tere Zubi will continue for decades to come,” said Joe Zubi, Chief Operating Officer, whose sister, Michelle Zubi, currently serves as the firm’s Chief Administrative Officer.

“We’re delighted to welcome Zubi into the GTB family,” said Satish Korde, GTB’s Global Chief Executive Officer.  “Zubi does outstanding work and exhibits an authentic culture of extraordinarily talented people.  For GTB, this acquisition exemplifies our approach to bring the best to bear for our client.”

Now a key part of an agency team that spans across six continents, Zubi will benefit from the diverse resources of the WPP group of companies.  The acquisition continues WPP’s strategy of investing to strengthen its “horizontality” offer to clients by enhancing the capabilities of its global client teams, such as GTB, and in important markets such as the US.

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What:Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.  has awarded WPP  its US$600 million global retail, wholesale, health and beauty product brands businesses after a 1 year review.
Why it matters:‘Team WBA’ will provide services including traditional and digital advertising, media investment management, promotion & relationship marketing, public affairs, media relations and communications.

descargaPharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.  has partnered with WPP  and selected a team of WPP agencies to operate and develop multiple marketing and communications channels for its US $600 million global retail and wholesale, health and beauty product brands businesses.

‘Team WBA’, the bespoke WPP team, will provide services including traditional and digital advertising, media investment management, promotion & relationship marketing, public affairs, media relations and communications for the enterprise, realizing significant benefits globally.

Hub office locations for ‘Team WBA’ will be created by WPP in Chicago, London and New York to support Walgreens Boots Alliance and businesses including Walgreens, Boots and Alliance Healthcare businesses.

Team WBA becomes only the latest of WPP’s dedicated agency teams for clients, which also include Global Team Blue for Ford and Team Arrow Partners, the holding company’s GroupM agency for Target. In 2015, Walgreens spent more than $557 million on advertising, according to Ad Age’s Datacenter.

Stefano Pessina, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, commented: “We are very pleased to confirm this new partnership with WPP and the creation of Team WBA. We have grown rapidly, so too have our marketing and communications needs, and this multi dimensional model and new way of working will better support our vision for the company and future growth plans. This more integrated way of working will help us to strengthen brand recognition, while unlocking potential synergies, creating increased efficiencies and helping streamline our activities globally.”

Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive, WPP, said: “We look forward to partnering with Walgreens Boots Alliance to help further enhance what are already iconic brands in the health and wellbeing category. Team WBA will be a custom solution that draws together the talent and resources from across WPP to develop effective communications that will differentiate WBA and drive results.”

The decision culminates a thorough review process which began in early 2016.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014.Walgreens Boots Alliance is pne the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the USA and Europe. It has over 13,200* stores in 11* countries.

Hot agency M&A scene in Latin America as major global ad agencies WPP (Wunderman), Dentsu-Aegis and Havas just bought agencies in Brazil, Chile and Argentina.

Brazil: Wunderman buys Digital Marketing Agency Pmweb

WPP wholly-owned operating company Wunderman acquired a majority stake of Pmweb Comunicação, a digital marketing specialist in Brazil. Pmweb is specialized in cross-channel campaigns management. It has offices in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre. Clients include beverage giant Ambev, cosmetic company Avon Brazil, airline company Azul, and fashion business Animale.
The acquisition deal establishes that Pmweb will still operate independently. Pmweb’s founder, Tárik Potthoff, remains as the CEO and leader of the operations. According to Wunderman Brasil, the objective of the deal is to focus operations on accuracy and results in the retail sector.

Chile: Dentsu Aegis Network Acquires Chilean Veriplan

Dentsu Aegis Network also started the year with acquisitions in Latin America by buying the Chilean agency Veriplan. The company is now part of Vizeum, which will soon be launched in Chile, expanding Dentsu’s solutions in the country and neighbouring markets. Veriplan was founded in 2012 as part of the Veritas creative group, which has been operating in Chile since 2005 focused on media planning, digital communication, and outdoor media. The agency has big multinationals in their portfolio, such as Toyota Chile. Veriplan senior executive Patricio Cerda will now act as digital manager, Vizeum Chile. Claudia Colaferro, president, Dentsu Aegis Network Latin America, said in a statement that the purchase is a “natural choice”, given the good performance of Veriplan locally. She also emphasized that the deal is part of Vizeum’s strategies to grow in the region.

Argentina: Havas Group expands DBi in Latin America with Intellignos Acquisition

Havas Group announced the acquisition of Intellignos, an Argentinian big data analytics agency. The relationship between Havas and Intellignos started in 2012, when Havas Group purchased a 20% of Intellignos. Intellignos will now be part of Havas Group DBi, the consulting data intelligence unit of the group.  DBi was founded in Europe in 2006 and also offers services in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico — with goals to start operating in Brazil until the end of the year. Rob Jackson, one of DBi’s founders, steps in as global general manager. Juan Manuel Damia, founder and CEO, Intellignos, will be in charge of Havas Group DBi in Latin America.