Telecoms giant Vodacom handpicks VMLY&R as agency of choice

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VMLY&R South Africa has been successful in landing the full Vodacom advertising account. The pitch – for one of the largest accounts on the continent – took less than two months to complete and saw VMLY&R triumph against stiff competition from over 20 agencies.  
 
Jarred Cinman, VMLY&R CEO said “The word ‘monumental’ isn’t one I use lightly but this win certainly fits the bill. Not only is this a very large account but Vodacom has the unique ability to improve people’s lives and reshape our country and continent. These are the foundations on which VMLY&R (nee NATIVE) was founded and is mirrored in all of our offices around the world”. 
 
The remit includes through the line advertising for all business units within Vodacom as well as the master brand. Partners to VMLY&R in this pitch included consultancy DY/DX, Black female owned Think Creative Africa and the Oxford Nelson, a part of the Demographica group to handle B2B skills. Moreover VMLY&R global telco experts will be working as part of the retained team. 
 
VMLY&R will forge a strong partnership with the brand based on fresh insights, collaborative business and creative efforts and a local understanding of consumer needs and behaviours. 
 
Ryan McManus, VMLY&R Chief Creative Officer who led the creative work said “We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership with Vodacom. It is one that will combine the best of technology, creativity and culture to really drive and effect change to both business and society. Working with such a purpose led brand, is going to change the way we build out brand and customer experience… and we can’t wait to get started”. 
 
“This is arguably an inflection point for the whole industry in that VMLY&R has deep digital roots and is an unashamedly digitally led” said Diane Wilson, Deputy CEO of VMLY&R. “It was always going to take one big, brave brand to back our kind of agency to change the face of advertising forever. We are proud to be that agency and we are thrilled that Vodacom is the client”. 
 
This win caps a year of strong local wins for the agency including ABSA CIB, Environ, Ozow and the first big project for adidas. Globally VMLY&R has been on a major roll starting with the global Intel account early in the year and recently adding Zespri and Walgreens Boots Alliance to the list. This makes VMLY&R even apart from WPP one of the best performing agencies in the world despite the numerous challenges posed by COVID-19. Sharing his enthusiasm for the partnership ahead, VMLY&R Global CEO Jon Cook shared the following: “We are thrilled to start our journey with Vodacom. We share a passion for creating a connected society and believe that strong brands are at the center of making that a reality. We are committed to driving digital transformation and delivering upon business outcomes for Vodacom in our partnership starting today.” 

 
VMLY&R was founded in 2010 and rapidly became South Africa’s leading digital agency. After being purchased by WPP it was the first VML in the world to merge with Y&R. Since then it has been on a steady trajectory to offer the mix of brand advertising, customer experience and eCommerce strategy and development to the market. To create, if you will, connected brands. 
 
 
Distributed on behalf of VMLY&R South Africa
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