Publicis Blames Weak Q2 On GDPR Confusion

Publicis Groupe’s performance dipped in Q2 as clients pulled programmatic spend in response to GDPR. Organic growth was down 2.1% for the quarter and 0.4% for the half-year. Net revenues for the first half of the year dropped 8.2% to $5 billion. In Europe, net revenues were down 3.6% YoY to $745 million. Overall, PublicisContinue reading »

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Publicis Sees Opportunity In Facebook SNAFUs And GDPR, Despite Unknowns

Despite consumer outrage aimed at Facebook, Publicis Groupe’s sentiment about the platform is status quo. “The impact is not material on our business in the short or medium term,” said Steve King, CEO of Publicis Media, on the holding company’s Q1 2018 earnings call Thursday. “Facebook is a very important partner to us. They haveContinue reading »

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Publicis Reveals Strategic Plan With Sapient, Aims For 4% Organic Growth By 2020

Holding companies are in a period of slow growth and organizational upheaval as clients cut spending while demanding new services and business models from their agencies. Of the big six holding companies, Publicis Groupe has undergone the biggest disruption since it purchased Sapient for a whopping $3.7 billion in 2014 and later wrote down theContinue reading »

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Publicis Groupe Trended Upward Through 2017, But Still Faces Headwinds

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Publicis Groupe’s massive transformation is starting to pay off – but the business still has a way to go before its new model is complete. The holding company reported earnings on Thursday with organic growth of 2.2%, reaching $3.2 billion for the quarter. Organic growth for all of 2017 was 0.8%, hitting roughly $12 billion.Continue reading »

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2017: The Year The Holding Companies Fell To Earth

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The past year was a tough one for agency holding companies. WPP, Omnicom, Publicis Groupe, IPG, Dentsu Aegis Network and Havas posted little to no growth in 2017. The agency business has been in flux for years, but 2017 offered the “perfect storm” of challenges that caused growth to stutter, said Greg Paull, principal analystContinue reading »

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How Four Agency Holding Companies Are Upping Their Consulting Skills

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One of the many pressures facing holding companies is increased competition from management and IT consultancies like Accenture, Deloitte, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers. While consulting firms may not be their biggest threat today, tomorrow could be another story. Holding companies tend to work from the bottom up, focusing on marketing initiatives like creative or media strategyContinue reading »

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Almost Three Years Later, Publicis Is Still Explaining Its Positioning With Sapient

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Publicis is still clearing up confusion among its employees, clients and investors about its offering and value prop since it acquired Sapient in early 2015. “We are currently making sure our model is clear for everyone,” CEO Arthur Sadoun said on the company’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday. “We have to start with our people soContinue reading »

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Publicis And Omnicom Preach Business Transformation In H1 Earnings

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Both Publicis Groupe and Omnicom focused on the need to transform their clients’ businesses and their own during their respective Q2/H1 earnings on Thursday. “We want to be the leader in marketing and business transformation,” Arthur Sadoun told investors on his first-ever earnings call as Publicis Groupe CEO. “Our clients need to transform.” Publicis sawContinue reading »

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