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  1. WPP’s Data Alliance Expands With Africa Launch

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    Data Alliance’s new presence in Africa is aligned to WPP’s strategic vision of helping clients better leverage data in fast growing markets. Based in Cape Town, the operation will bring expertise from WPP’s global network to Sub-Saharan Africa to harness unique data sets and mobile opportunities. The focus is to accelerate development and enhancement of data-driven solutions, plus activate a mobile-first data strategy.

    Local WPP companies Ogilvy, Smollan, Acceleration, Barrows, Wunderman’s Aqua and TMARC came together as sponsoring members to help bring Data Alliance to the region. Together, these companies will work closely on projects to enhance the usage of data across WPP solutions, in turn increasing speed, cross-fertilization and decreasing costs.

    This launch is part of a campaign in WPP for “data horizontality” – the ability to better leverage WPP’s people, data and technology across the globe.  This model works particularly well in the United States and United Kingdom where Data Alliance is supported by Kantar, GroupM, WPP Digital, Wunderman, KBM Group, JWT, Cohn & Wolfe and Geometry Global. To date, Data Alliance has had success in helping WPP companies better access and leverage data in ways that are more organized, efficient, effective and drive value for clients.

    “We are thrilled to help bring Data Alliance to Africa,” said Ben Evans, Managing Director Digital Portfolio of Ogilvy. “How we use data more effectively across marketing communications is becoming an increasingly critical part of the conversation with our clients – both in South Africa and across the rest of the continent.  We see Data Alliance as a powerful way to help us win competitive advantage for all our clients across a very broad range of data requirements.”

    “We look at Africa as a region in which we can do some very modern and progressive things with data, in particular with mobile data,” said Devon Tighe, Managing Director of Data Alliance Africa. “The launch of the Cape Town office is in response to client demand to grow data-driven capabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa. We know that by bringing together a strategic group of companies in Africa, we can help WPP’s agencies better serve clients through data connections that drive smarter decision making.”

    Devon Tighe, previously vice president of strategy and operations for Data Alliance, heads the new office as Managing Director. She brings more than 10 years of experience in the colliding worlds of media and analytics to the role. Prior to joining Data Alliance, Devon was a research director at The New York Times where she focused on business strategy and customer analytics. Before heading to the Times, Devon spent six years in research and product development at Dynamic Logic, now part of Millward Brown Digital, a company within WPP’s Kantar unit.

    In Africa, WPP companies (including associates) generate revenues of approximately US$650 million and employ over 28,000 people.

  2. WPP’s Data Alliance and Facebook Partner Globally to Activate Data

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    WPP’s Data Alliance and Facebook have deepened a global partnership giving marketers access to new data-driven solutions that deliver personalization at scale on Facebook. This multi-year partnership is centered on bringing new audience building and measurement tools to market.

    For the first time, marketers can activate WPP’s proprietary data assets within Facebook. Data assets from GroupM, Kantar and Wunderman’s KBM Group will be connected and activated on Facebook, in a way that respects consumer privacy. WPP’s marketers, planners and buyers will have access to unique combinations of WPP and Facebook data assets, enhanced insights, and new audience building solutions. 

    This will help WPP clients effectively create campaigns across all Facebook ad formats, including video, photo, and link ads on both mobile and desktop. Enabling tools that let marketers reach real people across all devices allows marketers to more effectively draw connections between online marketing and real business outcomes.

    WPP companies will also work with Facebook to pilot new data-driven solutions to better measure effectiveness with online and offline sales impact in multiple countries, enhance mix modeling and deepen Facebook Insights.

    Lastly, there will be joint research and thought leadership on new metrics, services and solutions that help brands better leverage Facebook to reach consumers.

    “We gather insights on millions of consumers each year on what people buy and why, including product assortment, retail strategy, brand health, copy testing, campaign effectiveness, media measurement, earned media monitoring and purchase data,” said Eric Salama, CEO of Kantar. “Now we can leverage those learnings for our clients and make them actionable on Facebook.”

    “Facebook and WPP companies work well together,” said Harvey Goldhersz, Chief Data Officer of GroupM. “It was only natural we would want to find more ways to work smarter together. As strategic partners, we want to bridge the measurement gap for brands and help clients develop more meaningful relationships with consumers. This partnership allows us to do that through collaboration, innovation and data activation.”

    “KBM Group cultivates data that allows marketers to paint rich pictures of consumers,” said Gary S. Laben, CEO of KBM Group and Global Chief Data Officer of Wunderman. “Of equal importance is helping brands interact with consumers in ways that will delight the consumer. This partnership with Facebook provides a very meaningful way to help clients connect with consumers in highly-relevant ways, even in emerging markets.”

    “We are committed to deepening our partnerships with the agency ecosystem across technology, media, and data,” said Patrick Harris, Director, Global Agency Development at Facebook. “This global data partnership lays the foundation to provide WPP clients choice in the data they use for media solutions and the proper tools to effectively measure tangible business results on Facebook.”