The Holmes Report names Social@Ogilvy as ‘Best Digital Consultancy in the World’

JOHANNESBURG, October 25, 2013 – Social@Ogilvy was named ‘Best Digital Consultancy in the World’ in The Holmes Report on 14 October. The global practice within Ogilvy & Mather has grown into one of the world’s premier social media marketing consultancies in just seven years.

During that time, the practice has steadily built a cohesive network of social media experts in Ogilvy PR around the world, Since inception, two things have helped Social@Ogilvy gain an edge in the market: The first is the unit’s cross-disciplinary status, which sees it work across Ogilvy’s existing units in public relations, digital, activation and advertising — a absolute must in an era of rapid convergence.

The second is its genuine global scale. Under the leadership of John Bell, Social@Ogilvy has developed a talented team with more than 550 employees across 35 markets, driving a wide range of thought leadership initiatives, all of which have added up to top-line growth of more than 35% and a host of award-winning campaigns.

Social@Ogilvy in South Africa

Social@Ogilvy in South Africa was launched in February 2012 and has grown by 122% year on year. Since its launch, the practise has acquired key business, including blue-chip clients such as Anglo American, KFC, Cell C, Peroni, DStv, Turkish Airlines, Audi South Africa, Mondelez (Stimorol, Halls and Chappies), Castrol and Pikitup amongst others. The staff compliment has also grown by over 100%. Some of Social@Ogilvy’s areas of expertise include strategy, conversation mapping, content strategy and development, community management, advanced reporting and insights.

Nick Bedford Business Director Social@Ogilvy, says the award is a result of the calibre of the team members and the level of trust that Ogilvy & Mather clients put in them. “In a time when there are so many questions being asked around the role of social media, awards like this make it easy to have those conversations and show the true value of meaningful interaction between brands and their customers”.

“The communication industry is constantly changing. We need to ensure that we never lose sight of what’s driving this change: technology and customer behaviour. The magic happens when these two worlds collide. We are a team of communication specialists, who have one common vision – to deliver great work and great business results,” adds Bedford.

Ogilvy Public Relations Johannesburg MD, Joanna Oosthuizen, says the PR industry is becoming more about content and conversations. “We are proud to be leading the way from a social and digital perspective as Ogilvy Public Relations as this is integral to the constant growth of our business”.


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About Ogilvy & Mather South Africa

Established in 1984, Ogilvy & Mather South Africa has been a leading advertising and communications group in South Africa for over 25 years. It currently employs over 700 staff across 14 specialised companies. In 2012, O&M SA was the most awarded South African agency at the Cannes Lions and dominated the Apex Awards for creative effectiveness for the fifth consecutive year. O&M SA has industry leading capability in the following disciplines: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; direct, digital, CRM, mobile, promotion and relationship marketing; consulting, research and analytics capabilities; branded content and specialist communications. It is at the forefront of integrated communication, with a mission to work with clients to develop breakthrough ideas that release the potential that exists in their brands, thereby creating measurable value. Clients include both global multinationals and local businesses.

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