VML and Y&R fused as one agency

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VMLY & R logoWPP agencies VML and Y&R will become a single entity called VMLY&R.

Slated for official commencement of business in early 2019, the new agency is being touted as a company that will offer clients a unified service for brand experience and advertising.

The merger was based on both agencies’ individual successes. VML has built a reputation for developing highly creative campaigns with a strong digital marketing component. Y&R is known for long-term approaches when working with client brands, some of them being Fortune 500 listers.

Current VML global CEO Jon Cook will assume the same role for VMLY&R. Former Y&R global CEO David Sable will be a non-executive chairman; he is also preparing for a new role in the WPP structure itself.

“This is incredibly exciting news. We have a stated ambition of fewer, bigger, better companies and to my mind VML Y&R has been an opportunity waiting to happen. Bringing together the Brand building and strategic prowess of Y&R with the creative, tech and brand experience driven VML is a match made in heaven,” said WPP AUNZ CEO Mike Connaghan.  

“VML and Y&R have partnered in this market for a long time, formalizing that partnership will allow us to accelerate growth for our people, help us build on the relative strengths and scale of each business and offer a fantastic option for clients across Australia and New Zealand.”

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InsideOutPR earns new three new accounts

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Crows Nest PR agency Inside Out PR has won representation for three new clients.

Inside Out PR announced two of the clients on its Instagram as popular restaurant search and review website Zomato and skincare company Tan Tootie. InsideOut PR will handle PR work for Zomato’s consumer and trade sections, while the work for Tan Tootie involves engaging key media outlets to build awareness for the brand by sending them a full Tan Tootie self-tanning kit.

The Australian arm of Thai milk tea company Chapayom is the third new client. InsideoutPR’s assignment is to handle PR work for Chapayom’s first Australian outlet in the Sydney CBD.

“It’s been a busy end to the year for the agency and we are looking forward to creating valuable opportunities for our new and existing clients. The wins are a testament to the teams proven media publicity capability, influencer arm and strong client relationships,” said InsideOut founder and director Nicole Reaney.

WPP AUNZ activates new analytics body

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Marketing communications conglomerate WPP AUNZ has opened a new data analysis department called WPP AUNZ Analytics.

WPP AUNZ chief data scientist Rob Pardini has been appointed as Analytics’ managing partner. He will be in charge of pooling datasets from various sources and studying them to aid clients in making the right business moves.  

WPP AUNZ Consulting, WPP AUNZ’s member agencies, and data partners will assist in Analytics’ workload.

“By connecting the consumer research, digital, media and transactions data at our disposal, we have unparalleled visibility on the purchase decision-making process, and how to get people to open their wallets. This is invaluable for our clients and all the agencies within our group, who can now access this information more easily than ever before,” said Pardini.

Firth takes up MD role at whiteGREY

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Communications agency whiteGREY has hired Katie Firth to assume the position of national managing editor, effective 14 January 2019.

Stationed at whiteGREY’s Melbourne office, Firth will oversee the development of the local operation while coordinating important work with colleagues at the agency’s Sydney branch.

The new position was borne out of the recent exit of whiteGREY Melbourne MD Claudia McInerney, who stepped down for personal reasons.

Firth comes into whiteGREY with 15 years of experience in marketing, PR and advertising. These include account directorships at four agencies and most recently as executive partner with TBWA Melbourne, with her clients comprising two state tourism agencies, a major utility provider, and two foreign automobile brands, among others.

“whiteGREY has a distinct positioning backed by a breadth of capability in creativity and tech, both in the agency and more broadly across the WPP AUNZ Group. It’s always a hard decision to l

Bulmer signs out from Bauer Media

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Gerard “Ged” Bulmer is bowing out of his GM for motoring position at Bauer Media.

Bauer Media GM for publishing Terry King said Bulmer will step down on December 20, 2018.

Bulmer is credited for shepherding the growth of Bauer’s motoring titles, digitising Wheels magazine’s 65-year archives, and advocating new industry moves such as the establishment of the Australian Motoring Awards.

He first entered the motoring publishing circuit in 2002 as editor of Wheels magazine under the old ACP Publishing banner, and later moved to editing the Motor and Overlander magazines, plus managing editor for CarsGuide.

One of his last projects with Bauer is the development of WhichCar TV, which premieres in January 2019 on Network 10.

“It’s been a great ride but I’m now looking forward to spending some quality time with my wife and kids over Christmas and New Year, before embarking on my next venture,” said Bulmer.

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Reeton Media introduces PR service

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Sydney content creation agency Reeton Media has introduced PR into its arsenal of services.

Agency founder/director Sheree Mutton told B and T that the addition of PR work, along with a new events business, marked a ”natural” change for the company.

The firm, which has been in business for the past eight years, currently offers online marketing and SEO services, as well as script writing for videos and speeches.

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Herd MSL bolsters management circle

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PR consortium Herd MSL has welcomed new managers to its satellite agencies N2N Communications and Touch Creative.

For N2N, Skye Lambley comes in as the agency’s new managing director. She spent the past 17 years in directorial roles at Howorth Communications, with her last assignment being deputy MD.

Karen Dunnicliff is N2N’s new group account director. Her service record goes back 11 years, which include press assignments at the 2010 Winter Paralympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics, in addition to spending the last four years at Sefiani Communications.

Katy Daniells has signed on with Touch Creative AU as senior account director. She comes equipped with experience running social media for companies such as Match Media and the former Ogilvy PR Australia, and also worked as a digital communications adviser for job site I Work for NSW.

“We are ecstatic to welcome Skye, Karen, and Katy to our agency group. Their specialist skills and experience with both internationa

Daylight Agency signs up with Worldwide Partners bloc

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Integrated communications outfit Daylight Agency has become a member of the Worldwide Partners Inc (WPI) independent agency network this week.

The membership enables Daylight to develop partnerships with at least 70 agencies around the world, enabling its own clients to expand their market reach.

Both of the agency’s offices in Sydney and Jakarta, Indonesia will be included in the membership.

At the same time, Daylight will also use its experience in PR, advertising, marketing, and reputation management to promote WPI in the Australian independent communications scene.

Daylight managing director Chris Gray said joining WPI came at the right time because the communications industry is attending to more clients who want fast results from the most versatile agencies they can find.

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