Welcome to The Drum's Business on the Move section, where we collate agency account wins, reviews, agency launches, rebrands and acquisitions.
Lowe's has named EP+Co as the newest agency on its roster, following a marketing realignment at the retail chain. The firm joins Via Agency and Conill, to complete the trio of agencies working for Lowe's.
GE Appliances has named FCB its agency of record. FCB will handle creative direction for GE Appliances, including advertising, digital, social and shopper marketing. The agency will also be tasked with creating individual identities for all GE Appliances brands.
Helzberg Diamonds has appointed Carmichael Lynch as its agency of record, following a competitive agency review. The agency will take on creative, social, design, influencer engagement and analytics for the 100-year old company.
The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) has announced a new partnership with WPP-owned sports marketing agency Two Circles.
The firm intends to use a data-driven approach to support the AVP and increase engagement and commercial growth of the sport of beach volleyball.
Rolls-Royce has made creative shop Daughter responsible for its official brand films and campaign photography. Previously, the agency worked on campaigns for the luxury car brand's Phantom and Black Badge models.
The agency has been tasked with launching Triumph's new campaign for its Modern Classics range, which will run across all channels and platforms.
Associated British Foods has appointed The7Stars to its roster after the media agency won the group's UK media planning and buying account from incumbent Wavemaker. The agency will work for a range of brands, including Kingsmill, Silver Spoon and Ryvita.
Cornish brewer and pub company St Austell Brewery has hired TMW Unlimited as its lead creative agency after a competitive pitch that kicked-off in January. The agency will be responsible for above-the-line, digital and trade campaigns for St Austell’s portfolio.
Proximity has been appointed as the BBC's TV Licensing marketing partner after a year-long pitch process.
Proximity will be responsible for managing TV Licensing’s full CRM programme, leading both the strategic direction and implementation of marketing services.
Axiata Group Berhad, a Malaysian telecommunications company, has chosen Entropia Noir as its agency of record for all things digital.
Entropia Noir’s scope includes digital creatives, websites, apps, and social media, across Axiata corporate, digital businesses as well as its enterprise businesses. In this role, Noir & M&C Saatchi will collaborate, with the latter recently being re-confirmed as the company’s creative agency.
The agency’s focus is to increase brand affinity and customers’ emotional connection with the Hotels.com brand as it continues to grow its presence and awareness in Asia Pacific.
In the US, Hotels.com has selected MiNT Advertising to develop the branding and messaging for its gift card programme. The agency will assist with branding and creative direction for the booking website's gift card products.
Vegemite has announced a new partnership with creative agency Thinkerbell. Headquartered in Melbourne, Thinkerbell, will take over from J. Walter Thompson, will work on Vegemite and Bega brands.
AdParlor Asia Pacific has been appointed by TGV Cinemas as their media agency for Malaysia. AdParlor Malaysia will handle communication planning, media strategy, media planning and buying for TGV Cinemas in Malaysia.
VOICE Brand Agency (Melbourne, Auckland) and Chamber Music New Zealand have announced a new creative partnership as part of CMNZ’s focus on audience development.
VOICE has offered a part-sponsorship for its services to CMNZ to provide a programme of music for audiences in New Zealand to enjoy.
Malaysia Airports (Niaga) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad has announced that MullenLowe Malaysia has won the pitch which will see the agency responsible for its creative, communications and digital assignments.
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, the body charged with promoting the emirate to the world, has hired Rooster PR as its retained UK PR agency.
The Rooster team will promote the emirate through creative campaigns, activations and a combination of media and influencer relations.
Luxury crystal maker Moser has appointed Mason Williams as its retained integrated communications agency. The firm will manage the brand's engagement with specialist and consumer media, influencers and retailers.
Social media agency Protocol has announced five new business wins in the first quarter of 2018, adding Starhub, Raffles City and F&N Seasons for the Singapore market, as well as Canon and Club Med for the Asia region to its clients list.
For Club Med, the agency will oversee social media strategy and content creation for three resorts - Club Med Tomamu in Hokkaido, Club Med Kani in the Maldives, and Club Med Bali.
For Canon, the agency is tasked with social media content creation across nine regional markets including Thailand, Vietnam and India.
The company, which owns brands such as Huggies and Kleenex, has a long-standing relationship with WPP, though it has used independent shops such as VSA Partners in recent years.
Independent agencies Roast and Kitty have joined forces to launch TIPi Group, with a third agency expected to join later this year. The move is intended to enhance the capabilities of both agencies by reaching across silos to establish an independent network.
Mpire, an adtech company, has announced the opening of its first Asia Pacific office. From their new hub in Singapore, Mpire will continue to deliver mobile app user acquisition for its regional client base.
Qualtrics has announced the opening of a Japan office, based in Tokyo. The establishment of the Japan office will allow Qualtrics to address the important Japanese market and provide high quality, local service to its Japanese clients.
Gravity Road will become a content and innovation hub for You & Mr Jones, further enhancing the 'brandtech' group’s capabilities worldwide
Freelance creative network Working Not Working has acquired The Backscratchers as part of its expansion in the UK. The Backscratchers, which connects brands and marketers with a network of freelances and creatives on a project-by-project basis, will be absorbed into the Working Not Working team.
MMGY Global has announced a merger with tourism and travel marketing specialist Hills Balfour to create a new business in the integrated marketing sector.
Hills Balfour will continue to trade under the same name, in tandem with MMGY branding and services, due to be added to its offices under the MMGY London and MMGY Dubai banners.