“We are passionate about the opportunity technology gives us to help our clients navigate constant change and achieve their growth goals,” said Christian Juhl, global CEO of GroupM, in a statement. “The future of marketing is outcomes driven, supported by audience-first planning and continually improving, AI-enabled performance standards. Through GroupM Nexus and our agency powerhouses Mindshare, Wavemaker and EssenceMediacom, we are building a tech-enabled future, side by side with our clients, that is accountable to advertisers’ growth goals and to our vision for an advertising ecosystem that works for everyone.”
The moves were endorsed by key GroupM clients Google and Unilever in WPP’s statement.
Joshua Spanier, VP marketing at Google, said: "Our long-term partnership with Essence, complemented by Mediacom, is helping us deliver on our ambitious marketing goals. The combination of smart insights, analytical rigor, and expansive creative thinking, scaled around the world, has been unlocking new opportunities, and delivering stronger impact; we're excited about this next step forward in our work together."
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Luis Di Como, executive VP global media at Unilever, said in the statement: “We are encouraged by the changes announced today by GroupM which will see greater integration between data-driven marketing, multichannel audience planning, performance, and strategic media expertise.”
EssenceMediacom will launch with 10,000 employees across 125 offices in 2023, and shared global clients that also include Mars and NBCUniversal. COMvergence ranked MediaCom first in the industry for new business wins in 2021 with $2.87 billion in new billings, WPP said, while Essence continued to grow with Google and other key clients.
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GroupM Nexus will launch as a global organization with 9,000 digital and technology practitioners, uniting GroupM’s addressable content and TV, AI technology and omnichannel solutions from Finecast, Xaxis and GroupM Services into a single unit.
Mindshare will integrate Neo’s 1,200 performance marketing experts and consultants and its digital services into its global offering and 10,000 media specialists. Mindshare ranked third in global new business for 2021, per COMvergence data cited by WPP.