MediaCom wins Mars’ global media account
Mars Inc. chose MediaCom following a competitive pitch launched after the brand reviewed its media account in January.
Mars Inc. has appointed GroupM's MediaCom as its global media agency, according to media reports. Mediacom will now handle the media planning and buying for Mars’ brands which includes M&Ms, Snickers, Whiskas, Smackos, Masterfoods and Wrigley.
The selection was reportedly made following a competitive pitch launched after the brand reviewed its media account in January. Earlier, Mars had reportedly said that MediaCom, Starcom and OMD were invited to participate in the review.
Media reports quoted the Chief Marketing and Customer Officer of the company Andrew Clarke as saying in an email statement that “the partnership will be a crucial accelerator in our ambition to be quicker, bolder and even more innovative when it comes to meeting our consumer needs."
Rob Rakowitz, Global Media Director at Mars, was quoted as saying that all three agencies showed fresh, challenging approaches.
“GroupM created a custom operating model for us which enables us to put data at the heart of our decision making, drive speed at a global, local and campaign level, and use our resources efficiently," he reportedly said.
Media reports mention that the US confectionery and food giant previously separated planning and buying, and split those duties in different regions. WPP’s MediaCom held the global planning account, while Publicis Groupe’s Starcom and Omnicom’s OMD shared buying duties with MediaCom.
The new media assignment will go into effect in the beginning of 2019.
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