Marketing Featured Southeast Asia

VMLY&R appointed by Vietnamese mattress brand Everon as strategic brand partner

Vietnam – Global brand and customer experience agency VMLY&R has been appointed by Vietnam-based fabrics manufacturer Everpia Joint Stock Company, as its strategic brand partner for its flagship mattress and bedding brand, Everon, in Vietnam.

Working with VMLY&R, Everon hopes to relinquish its status as a leader in the market – maintaining the brand’s core values that consumers already know and trust, whilst introducing new values to enhance its connection and appeal to Millennial consumers. 

In addition, VMLY&R will also be tasked with helping the brand to expand its product portfolio, creating product differentiation and improving market competitiveness, whilst also helping Everon to become a home fashion brand, using its textile experience to develop its own range of home textile products.

The announcement follows a six-month process by Everpia to find the right fit in brand experience (BX), customer experience (CX), creativity and reputation to reposition the Everon brand and provide the company with guidance and counsel around the overall direction and long-term vision of the business.

Lee Jae Eun, CEO at Everpia Joint Stock Company, said, “We are excited to be working with VMLY&R, who stood out to us due to their experience in building truly connected brands. We were keen to work with a partner who can help us to understand the market, consumers and new industries as the basis for building a robust and comprehensive brand strategy for Everon.” 

He added, “This will involve every aspect of our business from product R&D and distribution, through to marketing, communications and point-of-sale, and we are confident that we have chosen the right partner to help us do this effectively.”

Meanwhile, Ha Nguyen, CEO at VMLY&R Vietnam, commented, “Everon is an exciting brand with a lot of potential. Their ambition to reform their brand and expand the business beyond their current product portfolio is inspiring and we are committed to helping them to realise their vision – every step of the way.” 

She added, “At VMLY&R we believe in harnessing creativity, technology, and culture to create truly connected brands that resonate with consumers in real and authentic ways. This means bringing together brand experience, customer experience and commerce to create brands that stand the test of time by continuing to meet the demands of today’s ever evolving consumer.”

Marketing Featured Global

Manulife appoints dentsu as global brand, creative partner

Toronto, Canada – Global insurance company Manulife has appointed global media and digital marketing communications network dentsu to be the company’s global brand and creative partner to amplify and evolve its brand across global markets.

This follows after Manulife had announced the next phase of their corporate strategy, with an emphasis on their Asia and global wealth and asset Management businesses, as well as putting digital transformation in their business journey to become a digital, customer-centric global company in the industry.

In addition, the partnership marks the first time that Manulife has selected a single global agency. The partnership will leverage the strength of dentsu’s innovative and creative capabilities. 

For Karen Leggett, global chief marketing officer at Manulife, by selecting dentsu as their global brand and creative partner means helping them build on their success in all the segments and markets where they operate. She also added that dentsu is an organization that not only shares their global footprint, but also their passion for customer obsession and values.

“We’ve made significant strides in our transformation journey by bringing together our global brand, launching our sustainability strategy and building on the next evolution of our brand promise, ‘Decisions Made Easier. Lives Made Better’,” Leggett said.

She added, “Manulife’s transformation is rooted in listening to our customers and creating experiences that exceed their expectations. Selecting dentsu as our partner on this journey will continue to integrate our global brand strategy while tailoring our approach to the unique markets in which we operate.”

Meanwhile, Jeff Greenspoon, president of global solutions at dentsu international, commented that they are proud to expand their more than 7-year relationship with Manulife to help elevate the brand globally. He added that they are inspired by Manulife’s mission to make decisions easier and lives better, and they too believe in putting people at the center of everything they do.

“With Manulife we share a spirit of collaboration and innovation to drive thinking that is ‘Ideas Led, Data Driven and Technology Enabled’. Our integrated team is excited to unlock unique opportunities, sustainable value and lasting change for Manulife and the communities it serves. We are excited for our integrated team to partner with the Manulife team to achieve meaningful progress as a force for both growth and good,” said Greenspoon.

Dentsu International has also recently retained the global media remit of financial services Standard Chartered.