Publicis has created a new bespoke agency model, Le Pub, together with its Heineken client, that will integrate creativity, data and brand experience.
Le Pub will be based in a bar in Amsterdam and will draw on the capabilities of data business Epsilon and digital specialist Publicis Sapient. Bruno Bertelli, global creative director at Publicis, will take on the additional role of CEO of Le Pub, which Publicis claims will deliver “greater agility, localization and personalization at scale,” initially for the brewer. But while Heineken will be the founding client of Le Pub, Publicis also plans to expand the agency to other clients.
Client and agency say Le Pub's creation came together in the pandemic, as they understood the need to create campaigns “at speed” and implement them locally. "The global pandemic meant we had to pivot and work differently, which is what inspired us to design this new model,” says Bram Westenbrink, global senior director at Heineken. "Because of the way the pandemic spread over the world, every country was different, so for us to be able to localize and adjust to the local situation was crucial.”