Partnership with Stagwell deepens Serviceplan Groups footprint in North America
Munich/ New York, NY, 13.10.2021 — Serviceplan Group and Stagwell (NASDAQ: STGW) have formed a strategic alliance to serve international clients. Stagwell is now working hand in hand with Serviceplan’s media arm, Mediaplus Group. The two independent holdings will use their respective regional roots and strengths to cover and expand the market in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region and offer their complementary services to a more diverse group of clients. The focus is on mutual support in the conception, planning and implementation of media strategies for global clients.
“This strategic alliance creates a solid alternative to the legacy holding companies that until now have been a marketer’s only option when they want global scale,” said Stagwell Chairman and CEO, Mark Penn. “Collaborating with Serviceplan enhances our ability to deliver integrated customer experiences and targeted media strategies tailored to local markets in Europe and Asia-Pacific.”
“Stagwell’s technology-first approach and deep expertise in media, creative and digital transformation are well-matched to our capabilities and pave the way for rapid growth, scaled solutions and deeper local market expertise,” said Serviceplan Group CEO, Florian Haller. “This strategic alliance positions both companies to deliver unmatched business results for our clients.”
This strategic alliance meaningfully expands both holding companies’ traditional media capabilities across Europe and NAM, and digital media capabilities globally:
Together, Stagwell and Serviceplan Group will oversee $10 billion in media and provide clients a wide range of scaled complimentary services across global media, content, and digital transformation solutions. As part of the partnership, Serviceplan Group and its clients will be able to leverage Stagwell’s impressive portfolio of cutting-edge SaaS digital marketing products, including Koalifyed, CUE, PRophet, and Harris Brand Platform. Stagwell's cooperation with Mediaplus provides access to the largest independent buying network in Europe and a unique portfolio of AI-based media planning tools and instruments.
“With Serviceplan’s strong capabilities in local markets and the cross-border approach we both take, our globally combined 15,000 team members have exactly the right mix of digital and traditional media capabilities to drive greater results for our clients,” said Deirdre McGlashan, Chief Media Officer, Stagwell. “Intentionally architected as a strengths-based partnership, we remain autonomous entities yet still have a ‘1+1=3’ effect.”
“Today, companies operate transcontinental, so we also have to set up the strategy, planning and buying of media across all borders. With Stagwell, we have found our counterpart as an independent yet internationally active agency network on the other side of the Atlantic. Through the cooperation, we use the synergies from the cultural, geographical and service competencies of our organizations to build a strategic alliance for the benefit of our teams, our industry and our clients," adds Matthias Brüll, Chief Executive Officer, Mediaplus International.
To ring in the partnership, Stagwell and Serviceplan Group will launch a global thought leadership series with programming covering global market expansion, global media strategies, the trend towards the union of media and creativity and more. Additional details will be announced soon.