9 new WPP acquisitions: Aug 27, 2015 to November 16, 2015

wppAugust 27, 2015 – Webling Interactive: WPP’s wholly owned subsidiary J. Walter Thompson Australia has acquired a majority stake in Webling Interactive, an independent digital agency based in Sydney.

Webling offers an end-to-end service covering strategy, ideation, design and development across web, mobile, social, digital OOH and experiential channels. The agency has delivered milestone projects winning major awards including IABs, AIMIA and the Festival of Media.

Founded in 2004 by Deniz Nalbantoglu and Darren Clark, the agency’s clients include Acer, Amex, Coca-Cola, Coles, CommSec, Fuji Xerox, Google, Mirvac, QIC Shopping Centres, and Australian gardening supplies company, Yates.

For the year ending 30 June 2015, Webling’s revenues were A$4.4 million, with gross assets of A$1.3 million, as at the same date.

August 28, 2015 – Rapid Media Services Pty Ltd: WPP’s MediaCom, part of its global media investment management arm GroupM, has acquired a minority stake in Rapid Media Services Pty Ltd, a media communications agency in Australia with offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Founded in 2001 as part of full service advertising and communications agency, Rapid Media, Rapid Media Services specialises in media planning, strategy and buying across all traditional, digital and emerging channels.

Rapid Media Services has been affiliated with MediaCom in Australia since 2001. The company will continue to operate as an independent and stand-alone business led by Managing Director Vaughan O’Connor.

September 1, 2015 – nudeJEH: WPP’s wholly owned operating company Grey Group, the global communications network, has agreed to acquire nudeJEH, an advertising and digital agency in Thailand. Following the acquisition, nudeJEH will join Grey Group Thailand and be known as GREYnJ United.

Founded in 2011 through the merger of Nude Communication and JEH United, nudeJEH provides creative, branding, strategy consultation, web design and production services. The company also owns digital agency Nine Dotz.

Combined revenues for nudeJEH and Nine Dotz for the year ending 31 December 2014 were THB 239 million with gross assets of THB 123 million, as at the same date. nudeJEH employs more than 60 people.

Key clients include Ananda Development, Bangkok Airways, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, Bio Consumer, Tesco Lotus and Puriku.

September 10, 2015 – Ideal Group: WPP has acquired a majority stake in Ideal Group, a digital branded content creator and public relations and public affairs firm comprising Agência Ideal Comunicação Ltda. and Concept Agência de Comunicação Ltda. in Brazil.

Ideal Group collectively employs 200 people and is based in São Paulo with an office in Rio de Janeiro. It was founded in 2007.

Ideal’s clients include Facebook, GE, Nike, Monsanto, Diageo, Dell, Goodyear, Spotify, AstraZeneca, 3M, Rio2016 and Whirlpool. Ideal will merge with H+K Strategies, WPP’s wholly-owned international communications consultancy, in Brazil. The new company will be known as Ideal H+K Strategies.

ConceptPR’s clients include top Brazilian and global brands such as Mondelez, Oakley, Itaú, JBS, Ultragaz and Metrô São Paulo. Following the investment, ConceptPR will merge with Ogilvy Public Relations, WPP’s wholly-owned operating company, in Brazil. The merged entity will operate as Ogilvy PR in the market.

September 14, 2015 – Jüssi Intention Marketing Ltda.: WPP’s wholly-owned operating company Ogilvy, the global marketing communications agency, has acquired a majority stake of Jüssi Intention Marketing Ltda., an online performance, programmatic and conversion marketing agency in Brazil.

Jüssi’s clients include Allianz Global Assistance & Corporate, Amazon, Decathlon, FNAC, Google, LinkedIn and Terra. Founded in 2010, the company employs 120 people and is based in São Paulo. Jüssi will be part of the Ogilvy Group in Brazil (Ogilvy & Mather, David Agency, Nine, Etco and Foster) and will continue to operate under the Jüssi name.

September 29, 2015: WPP’s wholly owned operating company Cohn & Wolfe, a brand communications agency, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Six Degrees PR, a full-service public relations agency, and its content and integrated marketing subsidiary Alphabet Consulting.

Founded in 2009 and with offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, Six Degrees has extensive public relations, public affairs, crisis management and digital media experience. The agency also delivers content and integrated marketing campaigns through Alphabet Consulting. Clients include regional and multinational companies such as Amadeus, Cushman & Wakefield, Dalmia Bharat Group, Hughes, Ingersoll Rand and Nokia.

November 4, 2015 – Essence Digital Limited: WPP has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Essence Digital Limited, the global digital agency and the world’s largest independent buyer of digital media.

Essence blends data science, objective media and captivating experiences to build valuable connections between brands and consumers. Clients include Financial Times, Google, HP, Viber and Tesco Mobile. Essence will continue to operate as an independent brand within WPP and GroupM, WPP’s global media investment management division.

Founded in 2005 in London, with offices in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore and Tokyo, Essence employs 500 people and deploys campaigns in more than 70 markets, managing media spend of over US$700 million.

November 11, 2015 – Yonder Media: WPP’s GroupM, the media investment management group, has acquired a majority stake in mobile marketing agency Yonder Media in South Africa.

Established in 2005, Yonder Media is a mobile-first digital and social media agency. Yonder Media’s proprietary technology framework supports a broad range of services covering mobile and social media strategy, media planning, buying and management and application development. Based in Johannesburg, the agency employs around 30 people.

Yonder Media’s unaudited consolidated revenues for the year ended 28 February 2015 were approximately ZAR 20 million, with gross assets at the same date of approximately ZAR 18 million.

November 16, 2015 – Helder Marketing & Communicatie B.V.: Maxus, WPP’s media investment management agency that is part of GroupM, WPP’s global media investment management division, has agreed to acquire Helder Marketing & Communicatie B.V., a media buying agency based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Founded in 2006, Helder is a value-added media agency with a focus on direct response and ROI evaluation services. Helder specialises in DRTV but also offers marketing consultancy, creative services and print management services to its clients in the Benelux. Helder’s revenues for the year ended 31 December 2014 were approximately €1.13 million with gross assets of approximately €1.14 million as at the same date.

From 1 January 2016 Maxus will legally merge with Helder to create Maxus + Helder. Current clients will continue to work with their familiar teams but will benefit from a broader base and a substantial expansion of in-house knowledge and services.

 

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