: MediaCom has been recognized as the world's leading media agency by RECMA, the independent research organization charged with the in-depth assessment of global media agency network performance.
The results were published this week in RECMA's authoritative Network Diagnostics report, with MediaCom ahead of Carat, OMD and Starcom across 19 key qualitative metrics designed to measure agency vitality and structural ability to address today's complex communications challenges.
MediaCom's top position is underpinned by its recent new business success across a number of networked clients, with marquee client wins including Mars worldwide planning, The Coca-Cola Company assignment in Mexico and the highly-coveted AB Inbev account in the US. Momentum in the US, the largest market for all players in the industry, has resulted in MediaCom being named 2015 U.S. Media Agency of the Year by both Advertising Age and Adweek.
The full RECMA qualitative assessment is based on MediaCom's performance across 40 markets in not only pitch competitiveness, but also client loyalty, top management, digital resources and awards, reflecting the agency's proven performance in delivering superior results for global clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble and SONY.
The no. 1 accolade comes at a time of unprecedented change in the industry, with a large number of major accounts currently in review. MediaCom's structural readiness, as detailed by RECMA's report, enables it to compete ongoing without destabilizing existing relationships.
"We've worked incredibly hard over the last few years to consistently build the global scale and expertise it takes to commit 100% to all our clients while still winning new business," said Stephen Allan, Worldwide Chairman and CEO of MediaCom. "With more brands looking to marketing to drive business growth, our Content + Connections positioning and systems thinking approach enables us to provide a unique level of guidance and maximize client shareholder return."
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MediaCom is the "The Content + Connections Agency", working on behalf of its clients to leverage their brands' entire system of communications across paid, owned and earned channels to step change their business outcomes. MediaCom delivers not just individual channel silo efficiencies but also connected communications system effectiveness, by developing and optimising all content â defined as any form of consumer messaging â as the fuel that drives high-performing systems. MediaCom measures and quantifies communications systems across paid, owned and earned through their unique Connected System Audit.
MediaCom is one of the world's leading media communications specialists, with billings exceeding US$29 billion (Source: RECMA 2013). It employs 6,000 people in 125 offices across 100 countries around the globe. Its client roster includes P&G, VW Group, Dell and Universal. MediaCom was named Network of the Year at the Global M&M Awards for an unprecedented fourth year 2013, 2011, 2010 and 2009.
MediaCom is a member of WPP, the world's largest marketing communications services group, and part of GroupM, WPP's consolidated media investment management arm.
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GroupM is the leading global media investment management operation. It serves as the parent company to WPP media agencies including Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom and Maxus, as well as Xaxis and Catalyst. Our primary purpose is to maximize the performance of WPP's media communications agencies on behalf of our clients, our stakeholders and our people by operating as a parent and collaborator in performance-enhancing activities such as trading, content creation, sports, digital, finance, proprietary tool development and other business-critical capabilities. The agencies that comprise GroupM are all global operations in their own right with leading market positions. The focus of GroupM is the intelligent application of physical and intellectual scale to benefit trading, innovation, and new communication services, to bring competitive advantage to our clients and our companies. Discover more about us online at www.groupm.com.
WPP is the world's largest communications services group with billings in 2013 of US$72.3 billion and revenues of US$17.3 billion. Through its operating companies, the Group provides a comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services including advertising & media investment management; data investment management; public relations & public affairs; branding & identity; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion & relationship marketing and specialist communications. The company employs over 179,000 people (including associates) in over 3,000 offices across 111 countries. For more information, visit www.wpp.com.
WPP was named Holding Company of the Year at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the fourth year running. WPP was also named, for the third consecutive year, the World's Most Effective Holding Company in the 2014 Effie Effectiveness Index, which recognizes the effectiveness of marketing communications.