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Today, Publicis Groupe UK announces the acquisition of B2B marketing specialist agency Octopus Group. Octopus Group will join Publicis Groupe UK’s existing B2B specialists to bring strategic, creative and commercial acumen and experience to clients and B2B brands.
From commerce and communications to supply chains and distribution, the B2B market is experiencing a massive transformation as a result of the pandemic. Clients traditionally operating in a B2C space are increasingly looking at alternative ways of protecting revenue and reaching new audiences.
This trend combined with a massive spike in demand for online sales, means brands are looking for more creative and innovative approaches and partners to connect the dots across their entire sales funnel, reach new audiences, build stronger ecommerce functionality and access the tools and technology to grow and protect their brands online.
Annette King, CEO of Publicis Groupe UK: “We’ve been looking to acquire the right B2B partner to supercharge our skillset in this area for some time. Octopus has a proven track record of solving client challenges in ways that transform categories. Bringing them in to Publicis Groupe UK as part of our Power of One model, presents a great opportunity for client and agency growth.”
Magnus Djaba, CEO of the creative practice, Publicis Groupe UK: “The disruption caused by the pandemic means some B2C brands are increasingly adopting a B2B2C approach. Brands are also facing a time of huge technological transformation and disruption, and one of the things that attracted us to Octopus Group, is their technology background. We need to understand all the challenges our clients face, from marketing to distribution to commerce to product innovation, to deliver the right creativity at every point in their sales funnel.”
Jon Lonsdale, CEO of Octopus Group: “Key B2B industries are being transformed and disrupted by technology at warp speed and this signposts an exciting time for B2B brands and their marketing teams. They are relying on agency partners to combine deep commercial insight and creativity to help drive performance. We are looking forward to being part of a network that understands the importance of creativity in the B2B space, and will allow us to offer our clients even greater access to expertise and scale, to build brands and drive sales internationally.”
Founded in 2001, Octopus Group has won a number of industry awards, including the B2B Marketing Awards Grand Prix, and today its 60-strong team works with clients including Siemens, Adobe, Logitech, Smartsheet and ACI Worldwide. Over the past 12 months, despite the pandemic, the agency has grown revenue from 2019 and seen a 30% uplift in average project size.
The Farringdon-based agency will move to Publicis Groupe UK’s Chancery Lane offices, and will sit alongside agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett and Digitas.
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] est un leader mondial de la communication. Le Groupe est présent sur l’ensemble de la chaîne de valeur, du conseil à l’exécution, en combinant la transformation marketing et la transformation digitale des entreprises. Publicis Groupe se positionne comme le partenaire privilégié dans la transformation de ses clients pour leur permettre de créer une expérience personnalisée à grande échelle. Le Groupe repose sur dix expertises regroupées au sein de quatre activités principales : la Communication, les Medias, la Data, et la Technologie. Il propose à ses clients une organisation unifiée et fluide leur facilitant l’accès à l’ensemble de ses expertises dans chacun de ses marchés. Le Groupe est présent dans plus de 100 pays et compte environ 98 000 collaborateurs.
Octopus Group is an award-winning independent B2B marketing agency based in London. We take a different approach to B2B and technology marketing, built on the understanding that brands thrive when awareness and sales work together. Our guiding Brand to Sales™ philosophy brings together multiple expert-led disciplines to get B2B CMOs achieving their goals, building pipeline and brand at once. And the approach works. In 2019 Octopus won the Grand Prix in the B2B Marketing Awards, Drum B2B Awards and 3 PR Week Awards for its work and regularly features as an industry Best Place to Work. Find out more at www.octopusgrp.com
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