First main media evaluation within the firm’s historical past

Final 12 months, Fb enlisted a brand new chief advertising and marketing officer, longtime worker Alex Schultz, to assist craft a brand new picture for the corporate. 

As we speak’s information marks the completion of the first major media review within the firm’s historical past. It has labored with WPP and Dentsu as two main media shopping for businesses since 2014. In March, Facebook announced it might maintain a evaluation course of to usher in a brand new media company. Up to now few months, WPP dropped out of the operating to retain the enterprise, leaving Publicis, Dentsu and Havas because the remaining contenders.

“We’re deeply grateful for the partnership we’ve had with GroupM and Dentsu since 2014 and are happy with every little thing we’ve been in a position to accomplish collectively,” the Meta spokesperson mentioned in an announcement to Ad Age.

Final week, Ad Age reported that Facebook was favoring Publicis because the lead contender, but it surely was not but finalized. On Tuesday, Fb took the final step and named Spark Foundry the winner.

“We’ve got an extended legacy of main manufacturers by means of transformation and sit up for working with Meta on the subsequent evolution of their enterprise,” Sarah Kramer, CEO of Spark Foundry U.S., mentioned in an announcement.

Facebook also counts a number of agencies within multiple holding companies as creative agencies, together with Johannes Leonardo, Ogilvy, Wieden+Kennedy, TBWA, Leo Burnett and Droga5. Publicis counts Digitas, Leo Burnett and, Publicis Sapient amongst its household of inventive and data-based ad businesses.

By all accounts, the competitors to win Fb’s media enterprise was an intense course of, one by which the social community utilized strict phrases for the potential winners. Fb was asking for a few of the greatest charges in media and that the winner present as deep of reductions as they provide every other shoppers of their portfolio when shopping for media on-line and on TV.

Fb additionally ran simulations with the competing holdings corporations to check their programmatic promoting shopping for, assessing the transparency with which they place the media; vetting their relationships to on-line publishers that run their media; and at what costs they set for that media. Fb was additionally significantly involved with knowledge security, ensuring that any data it shares with its new companion stays safe and never open to being utilized to potential rivals’ media plans.

Publicis and TikTok

Publicis is thought for having a high-profile relationship with TikTok, the video app that is without doubt one of the largest threats to Fb in trendy social media. TikTok additionally used Publicis Groupe’s inventive company Le Truc for a recent ad campaign. “[It is] fairly bizarre contemplating the TikTok relationship,” mentioned one high ad company CEO, talking on situation of anonymity.

In an earnings name final week, Zuckerberg referred to as the Chinese language-owned TikTok “one of the efficient opponents we’ve ever confronted.”

Publicis can be identified for working with main model shoppers like Sephora, Kraft Heinz, Hulu and L’Oreal. Additionally this 12 months, Publicis won the Walmart media account, bringing the large retailer into its fold. Walmart additionally has labored intently with Fb on experimental purchasing know-how, with programs like livestream commerce.

The politics of media businesses might be difficult, and profitable Fb as a shopper is for certain to trigger some angst for every other manufacturers that work with Publicis. As a lot as Fb was involved about how any subsequent media company may share methods and proprietary knowledge about its advertising and marketing with others, there are manufacturers cautious that Fb would take precedence over their wants, based on promoting trade leaders.

In the long run, nonetheless, working with Fb, now Meta, was an alluring prospect. Fb introduced in practically $85 billion in ad income in 2020. It additionally has a difficult advertising and marketing technique forward, one that may embody inventing the metaverse, which may very properly turn into the type of know-how all manufacturers want to know to stay related.

Ad spending on the rise

Fb, now Meta Platforms, disclosed worldwide ad spending of $2.26 billion in 2020, up 44% from the earlier 12 months. Ad spending as a proportion of income final 12 months (2.6%) was the best on report for Fb. The corporate scored because the world’s 77th largest advertiser in Ad Age Datacenter’s most up-to-date rating.

Meta has not disclosed year-to-date 2021 ad spending. However advertising and marketing spending rose within the first 9 months of the 12 months, implying increased ad spending in 2021. (Ad spending final 12 months accounted for a few fifth of the corporate’s advertising and marketing and gross sales bills.) The corporate’s full-year ad spending has had a double or triple-digit proportion enhance in all however one 12 months since 2010, when Fb spent $8 million on promoting.

Paris-based Publicis Groupe is the third-largest company holding firm, with 2020 income of $12.3 billion, based on the Ad Age Datacenter.

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