Marketing Featured APAC

Lenovo appoints dentsu international as paid media partner in APAC

Singapore – Dentsu International has been appointed by global technology company Lenovo to be its paid media partner in the Asia-Pacific region. Through the appointment, dentsu will work closely with Lenovo in the region to support its broader marketing transformation journey while helping the company grow its Global Media Strategy Center of Excellence.

The selection follows a competitive review that began last year and was led by Merkle B2B, a dentsu company. In addition, the partnership will also draw on dentsu’s talent and capabilities in the APAC region for full customer journey planning and activation across consumer, commercial, and small and medium-sized business (SMB) segments, while aiming to streamline today’s fragmented digital market and enhance performance measurement of its media investment.

Michael McLaren, EVP for high-tech/B2B at dentsu and global CEO of Merkle B2B, said, “Lenovo’s hybrid in-house model is a data and technology solution with a rich first-party data set that we envision will pair perfectly well with our adtech capabilities. We are proud to be entrusted with Lenovo’s paid media business and look forward to working collaboratively with them on their marketing acceleration journey.”

Lenovo’s in-house and agency partner teams will spearhead the company’s hybrid operating model to unlock the full potential of its strengths as a global organisation. With the appointment, dentsu and Merkle B2B will manage the strategy, planning and buying for Lenovo with a focus on data convergence, performance measurement and paid media. 

Meanwhile, Gina Qiao, senior vice president and chief strategy and marketing officer at Lenovo, commented, “As the technology and marketing industries undergo a profound transformation in an increasingly fragmented digital ecosystem, marketing needs to adapt and modernise as we navigate this new environment. We look forward to working with our new agency partners to continue innovating how and where we tell Lenovo’s vision of smarter technology for all, and to further advance the industry.”

Marketing Featured South Asia

‘We’ve got your back’ says Lenovo to India in new campaign

Mumbai, India – Notebook and tablet brand Lenovo has launched a new campaign to further strengthen its brand presence in India by highlighting the different ways its personal electronics are helping consumers, may it be in education, ensuring consumers’ security, and adding to the environment’s sustainability. 

Done in collaboration with creative agency The Womb, the campaign ‘We’ve Got Your Back’ features four different ads with a unique direction – literally, the films only show the backs of people in the ads. 

The campaign’s team said that through this, Lenovo aims to stand out from the other corporate campaigns in the country. Suyash Khabya, The Womb’s creative head, noted that it is easy to bring out emotions through the face, but in this campaign, they needed to land their idea “through the backs.” 

“It was quite a challenge, but I think we’ve done a great job of it. We wanted to keep the stories real. So we shot in the Puducherry Lenovo factory. We shot the teachers in Meghalaya. We shot kids in the jungles. And that’s why the films appear so authentic,” said Khabya. 

Titled, ‘Security’, ‘Make in India’, and ‘Education’, as well as ‘Environment’, each of the ads shows Lenovo’s commitment to consumers and the country such as in building a sustainable future, empowering teachers and students in the remotest of locations, and creating a community workforce that manufactures in the country, as well as the brand’s commitment towards security in processes and devices.

Navin Talreja, The Womb’s founding partner, said, “‘We got your back’ is a beautifully shot visual treat served in the form of four beautiful stories, that take the audience on a journey of Lenovo serving the community, environment, and its many stakeholders.”

Amit Doshi, Lenovo’s CMO for India, also commented, “The films have, of course, been shot wonderfully and hold a place of pride for us. However, the effort goes well beyond that and includes countless hours spent together in unearthing these stories and uncovering the human emotions central to each of them.”