Omnicom Media Group begins work on Sony Ericsson in India

The move comes in the wake of a multi-agency global pitch. Sony Ericsson’s media spends in India are estimated to be in the vicinity of Rs 40-42 crore

Omnicom Media Group begins work on Sony Ericsson in India

Handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson has parked its media mandate with Omnicom Media Group India. The development comes in the wake of a multi-agency global pitch. Sony Ericsson’s media spends in India are estimated to be in the vicinity of Rs 40-42 crore.

The incumbent on the business is MEC. While MEC has been Sony Ericsson’s global agency for 10 years now, in India the business had moved to the agency in 2005.

While Jasmin Sohrabji, CEO, Omnicom Media Group India did not respond to exchange4media’s queries on the subject, sources close to the development informed that the agency has already begun work on the business in India. It is understood that the agreement with the agency comprises all Sony Ericsson’s media investments globally for an initial period of two years.

In a press statement, Steve Walker, Chief Marketing Officer, Sony Ericsson, had cited comprehensive strategic thinking, insight and a “strong cultural and structural connection between the two teams” as the reasons that worked in favour of Omnicom Media Group.

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Honda Cars scouts for media agency

Honda Cars which is currently with GroupM has called for a media review. The account size is expected to be around Rs 200-250 crore

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Honda Cars, one of the leading automobile clients, has called for a media review. The account size is expected to be between Rs 200 to Rs 250 crore. 

Media duties of Honda Cars has been with Group M since 2015.  As per industry sources, the client has reached out to several leading agencies, including incumbent GroupM, IPG Mediabrands and Dentsu Ageis Network. The first and second round of presentation is believed to be over and the final outcome is expected sometime next month. 

“The pitch is part of their regular process of calling a review every three years,” a senior industry source added. 
GroupM’s erstwhile agency Motivator had won the media mandate for Honda Cars from ZeinthOptimedia in March 2015.

exchange4media reached out to Honda Cars and GroupM for a response, but none replied until the filing of this story. 

Currently, Honda Car’s creative mandate is with Dentsu. 

 

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Orienta Cine Advertising launches digital signage with 63 OLED panels

The signage has been installed at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, Delhi.

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Orienta Cine Advertising Pvt. Ltd has launched one of India’s biggest digital signages at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, Delhi. The signage is made up of 63 OLED panels from LG.

Ketan Lakhani, Director, Orienta Cine Advertising, said, “HS Ad is our partner for this signage. It is the most advanced digital signage with all modern features such as augmented reality, 360-degree visibility, Wi-Fi, sound and camera below the units that will help us capture eyeballs.”

Talking about 'indoor vs outdoor' screens, Lakhani said, “We cannot compare outdoor screens with indoor ones. But I feel digital always looks better in a closed environment and indoor gives better visibility to the advertisers.”

Digital signage has come up as an innovative technology in the OOH market. It is gaining popularity as it engages with the audience in a much more effective manner than static signages. Until some years ago, digital OOH was plagued by several challenges, including lack of technology advancement, lack of government permission to install screens in public places and slow growth of infrastructure, but the scenario has changed now.

Though the cost of LED and OLED is high, their demand is growing at a very fast pace of around 30 per cent. The number of DOOH screens has grown five-fold to 60,000 over the past three years. Industry estimates suggest that the DOOH market could grow 20-25 per cent over the next five years, or more than double the rate of the total OOH market.

Reckitt Benckiser calls for media pitch worth Rs 450 crore

Flashed on Friday: The pitch process reportedly kicked off a couple of weeks ago and leading agencies including incumbent IPG Mediabrands and Publicis are believed to be contesting it fiercely

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Reckitt Benckiser (RB), one of the leading advertisers, has initiated a media pitch estimated to be around Rs 400-450 crore. The pitch process reportedly kicked off a couple of weeks ago and leading agencies including incumbent IPG Mediabrands and Publicis are believed to be contesting it fiercely.

One of the leading global FMCG companies, RB had appointed Initiative from the IPG Mediabrands umbrella as its media partner in December 2013 on the back of a global media review.  Since then IPG has successfully retained the account despite annual pitches. Prior to IPG, the media duties were handled by Zenith Optimedia.

Meanwhile, the FMCG major that has a presence across 60 markets globally, in a recent development, gave part of its digital duties to Zenith Optimedia. As per industry sources, RB has divided its digital portfolio into two parts—Health, and Home & Hygiene. While Initiative will continue to manage Home & Hygiene, the first portfolio will be handled by Zenith Optimedia from January 2019. The move was an outcome of a global decision without any pitch being called. 

exchange4media reached out to all the stakeholders but did not get a response from any of them at the time of filing this story.

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MediaCom bags Vivo's media mandate worth Rs 350-400 cr

The account will be managed and supervised from the MediaCom Gurgaon office.

Following a competitive multi-agency pitch, GroupM’s media agency MediaCom has been awarded the media mandate for Vivo. The size of the account is estimated to be Rs 350-400 crore

As the agency on record for Vivo in India, MediaCom will be responsible for the media strategy, planning, buying and implementation for all mass media. This big win follows MediaCom’s stellar showing at the Cannes Lions 2018.

Commenting on the partnership, Jerome Chen, CMO, Vivo India, said, “We understand that being creative is as important for a brand as its product innovation. MediaCom’s creative ideas and approach resonate with Vivo’s ethos as an innovation-driven brand. As we continue to grow stronger in India, we believe this partnership will enable us to step up our engagement with the consumers even more. We look forward to a long and mutually successful partnership with MediaCom.”

Commenting on the win, Navin Khemka, CEO, MediaCom South Asia, added, “The growth of the telecom industry in India is unprecedented and the smartphone adoption brings exciting opportunities. Vivo is one of the leading and innovative players in this space. We are delighted to partner with Vivo and looking forward to creating unmatched brand value and innovative solutions for our consumers."

The account will be managed and supervised from the MediaCom Gurgaon office.

Initiative wins Anchor Electricals' media mandate worth Rs 100 Crore

Initiative's Mumbai office will manage the account. The account was earlier held by OMD India.

Initiative, the global full service media agency of IPG Mediabrands, has won the media mandate of Anchor by Panasonic, one of India’s largest domestic manufacturers of electrical construction materials. The size of the account is Rs 100 core. It was earlier held by OMD India.

Initiative will be responsible for the media strategy, planning, buying and implementation for all brands under Anchor Electricals for both mass media and out-of-home. The account will be managed by the agency’s Mumbai office.

Vivek Sharma, Managing Director, Anchor Electricals Private Limited (AEPL), the Electricals arm of Panasonic Corporation, said, "Anchor by Panasonic is a leading electrical brand in the Indian market with sales of Rs 3550 Cr in the current financial year, through a diverse product portfolio spanning seven product verticals. As a company, we are strategically aligning ourselves to substantially improve consumer connect. AEPL would aggressively use mass media in building saliency and creating awareness for its businesses in the months to come. We, at AEPL, are happy to partner with Initiative in this exciting phase of growth".

"We are confident of Initiative's domain knowledge and media buying clout. Their considerable experience in the South Asian markets will help us deliver enhanced brand communication and drive media efficiencies for AEPL", he further added.

Vaishali Verma, CEO, Initiative, said, “This is one more prestigious addition to our esteemed portfolio of clients. We look forward to working with Anchor and create cutting-edge, strategic media solutions. Working with an ambitious company like Anchor is a great challenge and we look forward to creating impactful business solutions through our proprietary global tools.”

JWT India confirms the Quaker Oats win

Varun Channa, Sr. VP and Managing Partner for JWT's business unit PO1 confirmed this development with exchange4media.

J Walter Thompson India has bagged the creative mandate for global food and beverages giant PepsiCo India's brand Quaker Oats, according to industry sources. The business was awarded after a highly contested multi-agency pitch. 

The account will be handled out of the agency’s Delhi office. The agency lead the creative campaigns for Quaker Oats in India.

The brand's creative mandate was earlier with BBDO India ever since the agency announced its launch in 2007. Varun Channa, Sr. VP and Managing Partner for JWT's business unit PO1 confirmed this development with exchange4media. "Quaker saw our work being presented and considering our experience in building nutrition brands, it was an easy decision. Since the Quaker Dairy account was already with us, this was like consolidation of the Quaker portfolio," shared Channa. 

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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.

Eureka Forbes appoints Taproot Dentsu as its creative agency

Taproot Dentsu will be responsible for Eureka Forbes’ brands across the categories of water purifiers, air purifiers, vacuum cleaners and security and surveillance solutions

Eureka Forbes has roped in Taproot Dentsu to handle its creative duties. The agency, from the house of Dentsu Aegis Network, won the account following a multi-agency pitch.

Under this new partnership, Taproot Dentsu will be responsible for Eureka Forbes’ brands across the categories of water purifiers, air purifiers, vacuum cleaners and security and surveillance solutions.

Commenting on the association, Marzin R Shroff, MD and CEO at Eureka Forbes, said, “Taproot Dentsu’s creative ideas and holistic approach resonates with our ideology and strategy. We are confident that the agency’s understanding of our business and categories will help us in making our brands more engaging, intriguing and relevant to all our stakeholders. We wish the team success and look forward to an exciting journey together.”

“I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Triton Communications that has helped us create and build our iconic brands over the last three decades,” Shroff added.

Talking about the new partnership, Umesh Shrikhande, CEO of Taproot Dentsu, said, “Aquaguard from Eureka Forbes is a brand that has been a leader and pioneer in the water purification space. For most Indian consumers, the name is synonymous with the category. The work they have done spanning visionary R&D, specialist selling and social initiatives is staggering. It is our privilege to get this opportunity to help the brand strengthen its leadership position. Equally, we are excited to work on their other important brands like Euroclean Vacuum Cleaners, Aeroguard Air Purifiers and EuroVigil Security Solutions, which are leaders in their own right."

Santosh Padhi, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Taproot Dentsu, said, “It is always challenging to create sharp and memorable communication for a rational/scientific category. More so when you are dealing with a respected leader brand like Aquaguard. We will pull out all stops to make sure that we create winning communication that’s differentiated.”

Logicserve Digital bags digital mandate for Mankind Pharma’s Unwanted-21 Days

Logicserve Digital won the account following a multi-agency pitch and will manage the creative strategy, social media, SEO and paid media for the brand

Logicserve Digital, the Indian media agency arm of Logicserve Group, has been assigned the digital mandate for Mankind Pharma’s Unwanted-21 Days. The agency won this account following a multi-agency pitch.

The agency will be responsible for managing the social media channels, SEO, paid media services and creative strategy to help the brand grow their digital presence & build better engagement with the audiences.

Commenting on the account win, Prasad Shejale, CEO & Co-Founder, Logicserve Digital, said, “We are extremely happy to have this opportunity to work with a brand like Mankind Pharma who are one of the leading pharma brands in India. We look forward to work closely with their marketing team and help them amplify their vision and achievements by designing robust strategies for connecting with the right audiences via the right channels. Logicserve Digital aspires to further uplift the brand’s presence in the dynamic digital universe and help them achieve the desired results.”

Speaking about the announcement, Joy Chatterjee, Assistant General Manager-Marketing, Mankind Pharma, said, “We are glad to appoint Logicserve Digital as our AOR (Agency On Record) for our brand Unwanted-21 Days. The agency will help us in ideating and managing the brand’s digital marketing plan in line with the predefined objectives and goals. We were looking for an agency who will support us in our journey with their insightful solutions and help us differentiate our brands in this domain. In Logicserve Digital, we found the perfect partner to carry forward the digital duties and we strongly believe that they will be able to deliver and live up to the brand’s expectations.”

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Wavemaker India bags Mondelez media duties worth Rs 450 cr

The account size is estimated to be Rs 400- 450 crore. The development was confirmed by highly placed sources in the industry.

After a five month long pitch, Wavemaker India has bagged media duties for Mondelez India. The account size is estimated to be Rs 400- 450 crore. The development was confirmed by highly placed sources in the industry.

The chocolate major's media and digital duties are currently with Carat Media Services. Sources hinted that the new agency will begin work only in 2019, after the process is complete.

In 2015, in one of the biggest account moves of the year, Carat had won the Mondelez media business in India as part of a global pitch. Prior to Carat, the business was with Madison.

For creative, Mondelez India works with a bunch of agencies, including Ogilvy and Mather, Interface Communications and Contract Advertising. Sources claim that the agency is expected to call a pitch for creative agency too by end of the year.

At the time of announcing the pitch, a Mondelēz International spokesperson had said, “We’re taking a new look at our media buying in order to address key changes such as programmatic, transparency and eCommerce and better equip our company for the future. We recently finalized the review in North America and are now in the process of conducting one in AMEA, LA and MEU. We intend to finalize that effort sometime in Q3."
 
Mondelez India Foods is a part of Mondelēz International and operates in categories such as chocolate, beverages, biscuits and gum & candy. It has been a chocolate category leader since its inception in India for over six decades. Cadbury Dairy Milk, CDM Silk, Celebrations, Bournville, 5Star, Perk, Gems, Glow and Toblerone are brands available in India under the chocolate category. The beverage portfolio consists of Bournvita and Tang. Oreo is a part of its biscuit portfolio, while gum & candy consists of Halls and Choclairs.
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