Campbell Arnott's appoints Publicis Groupe as agency partner; ends relationship with Clemenger

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 6.28.11 am.jpgCampbell Arnott's has today announced the appointment of Publicis Groupe as the key agency partner for Asia Pacific (APAC) - Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia - across creative, media planning and buying, digital, public relations and shopper marketing.

Publicis Groupe will service Campbell Arnott's team under its Power of One model, providing an operational backbone whilst accessing expertise from across its agency group.
Says Michael Rebelo, CEO, Publicis Communications: "We're proud to be given such a strong vote of confidence by such an iconic company such as Campbell Arnott's in our Power of One philosophy and platform. We're looking forward to seamlessly assembling our talent from across all of our marketing transformation disciplines to help Campbells Arnott's in their ambitious mission across APAC."

The majority of Campbell Arnott's Australian agency business was previously held by Clemenger Group under The Kitchen Table for creative and Wavemaker (formally MEC) for media planning and buying. In New Zealand, these roles were held by Y&R and Y&R Media respectively.

Says David McNeil, vice president of marketing, Campbell Arnott's APAC: "Together with Clemenger and Wavemaker, Australia and Y&R New Zealand, we have delivered many successful campaigns. We thank these agency partners for their outstanding commitment to building our brands in ANZ."
 
This announcement supports Campbell Soup Company's simultaneous statement which also sees Publicis Groupe appointed as the lead agency network for U.S. retail and Canada - across creative, media planning and buying, digital, technology and consumer promotion business.
 
The appointment of Publicis as the sole holding agency across Campbell Arnott's APAC roster is driven by the demand for a channel-agnostic, regionally led approach, supported by a horizontal P&L. This simplified partnership builds on the integrated agency model implemented locally in 2015, ensuring Campbell Arnott's continues to deliver world class marketing solutions.
 
Publicis Groupe, the third largest communications company in the world, will leverage its unique assets in creativity, media, public relations, data and technology to deliver high-level campaigns that will directly impact how Campbell Arnott's brands engage with their consumers. Publicis will provide integrated experiences and through-the-line marketing to increase both relevancy and engagement with consumers throughout their purchasing journey.
 
This leading model will allow Campbell Arnott's to leverage Publicis' entire suite of marketing services and increase agency accountability, whilst entrusting an agile, results-driven approach versus a more traditional marketing model.
 
Says McNeil: "We're excited to partner with Publicis to help us take the next step toward building APAC's most innovative and truly integrated agency model. In today's fast paced, highly connected environment, having all our consumer conversations housed under one roof will ensure we receive seamless, integrated solutions that bring valuable, tangible commercial benefits to the organisation.
 
"Over the past three years, we have revolutionised our approach to creative marketing by taking several steps towards a comprehensive agency roster. A consolidated partnership with Publicis will deliver multiple efficiencies and maximise our communications channels to increase engagement amongst current consumers whilst recruiting new brand advocates."
 
Says Loris Nold, Publicis CEO of Publicis Groupe APAC: "Publicis is extremely excited to be joining Campbell Arnott's as their holding agency partner, both here in APAC and in North America. For a long time, we have believed in our model to deliver integrated communications solutions, tailored to individual regions, housed under one roof. The Campbell Arnott's brands in APAC are powerful, unique brands full of equity and heritage. They have a rich, abundant past and we are thrilled to be a part of their future."
 
Publicis Groupe was awarded the Campbell Arnott's APAC business following a local, intensive three-month Request for Proposal process. A parallel pitch process was undertaken in North America. The transition to the new model will begin immediately in all markets.

8 Comments

Clemenger BBDO said:

Ouch!!!

WPP Employee said:

But we made hats for christ's sake! Didn't they see our hats?

TKT TKT BOOM said:

So which agency will handle creative duties locally - or are they consolidating that?

Confused said:

If they want to do what they say they want to do. Why publicis?

The Full Monte Carlo said:

Some rancid icing on top of a very stale vo-vo for Clemenger. I think I know a place that takes unwanted kitchen tables for recycling if anyone wants to know.

Everyone at clems said:


Thank fucking god for that!

Clems5 said:

Clems will surely do a Droga5 and close the Sydney office soon. It has lost all its major clients (Foxtel, Virgin, Pepsi, Campbell Arnott's) yet not won any new business.

it was a global alignment said:

Am fairly confident the APAC responsibility wasn't 'won' on just local merit.

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