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Publicis Groupe nabs Standard Chartered’s global creative mandate

Singapore – Global financial services company Standard Chartered has awarded to Publicis Groupe its global creative mandate, ending TBWA\’s 18-year streak of handling said account.

The global account will be led out of the Singapore office. Through the win, Publicis Groupe will be working on Standard Chartered’s wide-ranging communications mandate covering creative, digital and production services.

Claire Dixon, group head of corporate affairs, brand and marketing at Standard Chartered, said, “Following a rigorous pitch process, we have made the decision to award the mandate to Publicis Groupe. We are confident that they will be the right partner to take our narrative to the next level, by pushing our creative and digital boundaries.”

She also added, “We are thankful to TBWA\ for their support during the past 18 years to bring Standard Chartered’s brand to where it is today.”

Meanwhile, Amrita Randhawa, CEO for Publicis Groupe Singapore and Southeast Asia, commented, “It’s refreshing to be given the opportunity to work with a brand with such a purposeful belief, which was so clearly reflected in all the people that we met through this process.” 

She added, “It’s a privilege to be shaping a global brand of this stature and ambition out of Singapore and I could not be prouder of the team behind this win – they are absolute champions. We look forward to bringing the best of Publicis Groupe to bear on the business.”

The recent win comes after Publicis Groupe’s consolidation of the Singapore Tourism Board business in January 2022, and its spate of wins this year that includes Singtel in Singapore, L’Oréal in Southeast Asia and PepsiCo in APAC.

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Deliveroo SG names VCCP Singapore as new creative agency

Singapore – Food delivery company Deliveroo in Singapore has appointed integrated communications agency VCCP Singapore as its new creative agency. The remit will see VCCP reinforcing Deliveroo’s passion for food and the value that it brings to the lives of Singaporeans every day.

Moreover, this partnership highlights an alignment in cultural values and principles between the two companies, and a shared desire to be integral to a passion so close to the hearts of the nation.

Minjoo Lee, head of marketing at Deliveroo Singapore, commented, “Since entering the market six years ago, Deliveroo has successfully built a strong brand presence in Singapore. We chose VCCP Singapore for their passion and creativity and are excited to see how our partnership will drive Deliveroo to the next level of our journey.”

Meanwhile, Craig Mapleston, CEO at VCCP Singapore, said that Deliveroo, at just six years old, has a great synergy with VCCP in its fourth year in Singapore. 

“We are two ambitious companies, not afraid to take on bigger, more established players. Our challenge is to make Deliveroo the preferred choice by strengthening consumers’ affinity for Deliveroo, through a more culturally driven strategy and creativity,” added Mapleston.

Just recently, VCCP Singapore has been appointed by insurance company Sun Life Singapore to be its creative agency partner. The remit will see VCCP crafting a brand strategy and narrative that resonates with the targeted ‘High Net Worth’ and ‘Ultra High Net Worth’ client segments of the company in the country.

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Marketing Featured South Asia

Chimp&z Inc. bags Autocar India’s creative mandate

Mumbai, India – Digital advertising agency Chimp&z Inc. has recently been appointed as the creative and ideation agency of Autocar India, a car-centric magazine that is part of Haymarket SAC Publishing (India) Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture between Haymarket and Sorabjee Automotive Communications.

Through the mandate, the agency will be conceptualising and designing the brands’ digital creative strategies and communication. The scope also entails positioning, creating guidelines and assets, conceiving digital marketing and advertising campaigns for the brand. The account will be serviced from the agency’s Mumbai office.

On the association, Hormazd Sorabjee, editor of Autocar India and director at Haymarket SAC, said, “The team at Chimp&z are a passionate bunch, high on energy and bubbling with creativity. It’s a pleasure working with a company that shares our values for producing the best possible content, and has a ‘can do’ spirit.”

Meanwhile, Angad Manchanda, CEO and co-founder at Chimp&z Inc, commented, “We are thrilled to create unconventional digital content for a publication like Autocar India, acclaimed for its exceptional editorial content and production standards. Lavinn (co-founder) and I are both motorheads and have been ardent fans of the work Hormazd Sorabjee and his team pull off at Autocar India.”

He added, “We have aligned a dedicated team of motor enthusiasts who will be leading the brand here at Chimp&z Inc and we look forward to creating powerful pieces of work for the brands.”

All the three magazines from Haymarket SAC have over the years earned a reputation for a high level of editorial content, production standards, and meticulous testing. The brand’s partnership with the agency is based on a shared vision of crafting creative ideas that will articulate the vision, innovation, and offerings to retain its global reach.

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Marketing Featured Southeast Asia

FCB Malaysia nabs Spritzer’s creative mandate

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Natural bottled water brand, Spritzer, has appointed advertising agency FCB Malaysia to handle its creative duties.

Shiao Chan, Spritzer’s group marketing manager for Malaysia, believes that FCB is a masterful storyteller with an undeniable passion for building and enhancing the stature of local brands. 

“With their solid FMCG experience at our disposal, we’re confident that this partnership will bring to life the many tales that are waiting to be told for Spritzer,” said Chan.

Shaun Tay, FCB Malaysia’s co-owner and CEO, commented that winning over a major Malaysian brand like Spritzer has always been a dream. 

“What I personally appreciate is the clarity of vision that the Spritzer marketing team has for the brand, and we’re excited to be part of its continuous story of success,” said Tay.

FCB has already started work on several key 2022 campaigns for Spritzer.

Earlier this year, Spritzer has also announced the appointment of media company Trapper as its integrated media agency partner for all Spritzer brands.

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Marketing Featured Southeast Asia

FCB Bangkok bags Ovaltine’s creative, digital mandate across 4 SEA markets

Bangkok, Thailand – Marketing communications agency FCB Bangkok in Thailand has announced that it has bagged the creative and digital mandate account of nutritional malted drink Ovaltine across four markets in Southeast Asia, namely Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Cambodia.

Through the appointment, FCB Bangkok will lead the creative and digital mandate for the Brand, powered with 360- degree communication strategies aimed at defining the overall brand strategy and the portfolio strategy, as the brand charts its course for the next phase of growth.

For Tutiya Disphanurat, managing director at FCB Bangkok, this has been one of the agency’s toughest pitches in recent times, as it combines insights and understanding from four countries in order to increase engagement with the brand.

“Understanding the brand’s tone and business nuances in various markets was topped by the need to delve more deeply into the relationship of Moms & Kids and gain insights and cultural patterns. Over one and a half months of pitch preparation, we developed an integrated strategy to strengthen Ovaltine’s presence in these markets. The big win also showcases FCB’s strong network in SEA, with great minds coming together, across geographies, working with local and regional insights to make this win possible, together,” Disphanurat said.

Ovaltine, a rich Swiss heritage for over 100 years, features a strong brand awareness and enjoys a good reputation as a nutritional malt drink for kids and adults alike. Ovaltine is a nutritious and delicious drink brand enjoyed by millions of families around the world for its rich malt taste and nutritional value. 

For Pawika Tongtavee, marketing director of Ovaltine for the Southeast Asia market, they chose FCB Bangkok due to ‘their outstanding strategic capabilities and unique creative vision for Ovaltine’.

“FCB Bangkok’s strength lies with strategy, and they are the perfect partners who will help us take the brand to the next level. The passion of the team and the leadership towards the brand, coupled with high energy level and teamwork, is exactly the mix we were looking for,” Tongtavee stated.

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Emotive launches first campaign for Cetaphil after nabbing parent firm’s creative mandate

Australia – Galderma in Australia, the pharmaceutical company which specializes in dermatological products, has appointed creative agency Emotive as its strategic and creative partner. 

Galderma carries the portfolio of some of the most well-known cosmetic products such as Cetaphil, Benzac, and Loceryl, and the appointment will see Emotive handling all of the brand’s creative business. 

For its first campaign, it has launched an ad for Cetaphil. The campaign aims to amplify the brand’s status as a top-of-mind product among consumers. While Cetaphil has been a familiar fixture in Aussie bathrooms for decades, its current branding as a ‘medicinal’ product strips it off of the ‘excitement’ factor that is most appealing to younger consumers, hence, the campaign’s focus on the reinforcement of its efficacy and safety in treating skin problems on this consumer group.

With the campaign titled ‘Hype-Free Skincare’, Emotive takes a sarcastic spin on the trend of influencers that are strongest among beauty products. The ad presents a fictitious ‘tell-all’ with an unidentified influencer acting as a ‘Skincare whistleblower’, who reveals to a reporter that while she keeps luring followers to try different skincare products, the ‘truth’ is “all you need is Cetaphil.” 

The tongue in cheek ad is capped off with a comic “So why come forward now?” question from the reporter to which the whistleblower answers, “People deserve to know the truth. Cetaphil face has everything you need.” 

“But while some might think having moisturisers that moisturise, cleansers that cleanse and products that are safe and work for everyone makes Cetaphil boring, when it comes to skincare, boring is good,” said Emotive.

According to Leah Elder, the digital and e-commerce lead of Galderma, the world of social media has influenced what people share and when it comes to skincare if its ‘not ideal for a #shelfie’ or hyped up, netizens are less inclined to share it. 

“Our Hype-Free campaign is a hilarious dramatization of a fictitious influencer having to hide behind a pixel, voice warp, and a protection program to conceal that it’s the trusted, humble brands like Cetaphil that may not make the YouTube glam table but you always have in your actual cabinet or get recommended by your dermatologist. We hope to make people laugh, we hope our closet fans relate and we hope newbies get to know us a little more,” said Elder.

Meanwhile, James Pash, the creative director of Emotive, commented, “Cetaphil was created by a pharmacist decades before social media, and it shows. Luckily for us, the team at Cetaphil was brave enough to let us embrace this truth. ‘Hype-Free Skincare’ highlights just how unpretentiously effective Cetaphil is by parodying the world of ‘skinfluencer’ endorsements and ‘skintertainment’.”

The campaign is now live, and also includes an ‘Influencer Protection Program’ hotline for real skincare influencers who are in need of support.

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Marketing Featured South Asia

Infectious Advertising nabs Ebco’s creative mandate

Mumbai, India – Integrated creative agency Infectious Advertising has won the creative mandate for furniture manufacturing company Ebco.

Ebco is one of the leading manufacturers in the furniture hardware and fittings industry in India. The brand’s product range includes office furniture fittings, home furniture fittings, and retail display systems, as well as a range of window and door hardware, and LED furniture lights, among others.

The appointment will see Infectious Advertising handling Ebco’s above-the-line (ATL) and below-the-line (BTL) advertising, as well as leading the company’s digital creative services.

“We are happy to appoint Infectious Advertising as our creative agency for digital and non-digital brand communications of Ebco and its group brands. We are confident that their expertise in working with established brands across different industries will align with our growth plan for the brand,” said Rajesh Nair, the director of sales and marketing at Ebco.

Meanwhile, Nisha Singhania and Ramanuj Shastry, the founding partners of Infectious Advertising, commented, “Ebco has a fantastic range of innovative products. It’s an honor for us to be selected as their communications partner. We look forward to creating some fantastic work for them.”

Earlier this month, Infectious Advertising has also announced the appointment of Nitin Sharma as its new vice president of business. Sharma’s appointment aims to strengthen the existing businesses of the creative agency and develop organic growth.