November 11, 2014
Last night Maxus were awarded 'Best campaign for a small employer' at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards for our 'Join the Charity Stars and become a wish maker' campaign.
The awards showcase excellence, recognise achievement and dedication and are a celebration of the success in Payroll Giving over the past year.
Our People & Culture Advisor, Zahra Loosley collected the award on our behalf which was presented by David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
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October 09, 2014
Maxus creates partnership between Air France and the Mayor of London for ‘Visit Friends and Relatives’ campaign
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September 12, 2014
Maxus today announces the appointments of Jonathan Wilson and Clare Chapman as managing partners.
As cliient director at Havas media for almost 3 years, Chapman worked with clients including Pernod Ricard, Penguin/Random House and East Coast Trains. At Maxus she will lead on the L'Oreal media planning and buying business in the UK and Ireland worth £135 million.,
Wilson, also formerly a client director at Havas, joins Maxus to lead the BT account.
Both Wilson and Chapman will report to Maxus MD Nick Baughan.
Nick Baughan, managing director, Maxus said : "We are delighted to welcome Jon and Clare on board as Maxus continues to grow. I was struck by their fantastic record of excellence in client services, and am confident that they are a perfect fit for Maxus culture and values.
Jonathan Wilson said "I have watched Maxus with interest as it has grown since its inception. I'm looking forward now to working with what is clearly an ambitious and dedicated team as it continues to develop and flourish".
Clare Chapman said "I am excitied to be joining Maxus. I've enjoyed an incredible journey with Havas Media, and am now looking forward to a new chapter with Maxus, working on the exciting innovative L'Oreal account.
August 28, 2014
A lot of what is discussed at SXSW is how technology (in media) is becoming more ‘human’ in what it is capable of doing and learning
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How To Be Human In A Digital World
Our customers have always been driven and motivated by ‘human’ behaviours : emotionally driven to fulfil, needs, problems, desires and stimulation.
A lot of what is discussed at SXSW is how technology (in media) is becoming more ‘human’ in what it is capable of doing and learning.
In this short session Jen is going to suggest that maybe the most successful way to navigate an increasingly digital world is via brands equally becoming more human in the way they build relationships with their customers through the opportunities digital media & technology gives us.
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July 24, 2014
Maxus UK has established itself (July 2014) as the agency with the most sustained growth of the top 10 media agencies last year, by media agency evaluators RECMA.
In 2013 the agency grew 20% with overall activity rising to £758m (2013) from £632m (2012). RECMA considers Maxus UK to be the 8th largest media agency in the UK (source: Recma).
Retaining and winning new business
The past year has been highly successful for Maxus both in terms retaining existing clients and winning new business. It won the largest media account in the country for the last five years, L’Oréal, along with Avis Budget, BT Sport, and the online and offline business for npower.
Lindsay Pattison, UK CEO, Global CSO, Maxus said: “Our strategy has always been ‘fewer, bigger, better’ in how we approach to new business. This means we step-change our growth, but in a managed way; once we ‘win big’ we close our doors and focus on bedding in the new client and not letting our service slip to our existing, loyal clients. The latest RECMA results show the success of this strategy with 5 years of sustained growth and I am extremely proud of the entire agency and appreciative of the support of our parent companies, GroupM & WPP.”
*Source: RECMA 2013, July 2014
June 10, 2014
Budget, the car hire company is launching ‘Budget and Go Because’, an integrated summer campaign with Time Out, targeting an audience of fun-loving adventure-seekers with quick turnaround competitions for ‘drive off’ holidays.
The campaign was created, planned and negotiated by Maxus Partnerships, with creative from VCCP.
The ‘Budget and Go Because’ campaign kicked off on 27 May and runs until 29 September. It launched with a cover-wrap in Time Out magazine and a Budget brand hub on timeout.com, live for the duration of the campaign.
Budget is targeting an audience of 25 to 44 year olds, who use car rental as a cost efficient way to enable them to do more of the things they love, whether those are hobbies, sports, festivals or visiting landmarks, along with looking for the best deal with the least stress. Time Out – as the guide to the best city activities and attractions – is a key platform for target audiences to enjoy this content.
Budget is offering audiences four chances to ‘drive off’ on holiday. Various display formats across the timeout.com will direct audiences to the Budget hub where they will have 48 hours to register their names in a competition to ‘drive off’ that weekend to an exciting destination. A countdown clock running across all Time Out hub pages will ignite during the four ‘Drive offs’ offered throughout the campaign. Winners will get a weekend trip to destinations including Amalfi, Helsinki, Barcelona and Dubrovnik, along with flights, accommodation, spending money and a Budget rental car.
Less stress, more transparency
Along with the competition, Time Out, with Budget has created an interactive widget to help plan holidays, housed on the Budget brand hub on timeout.com. The widget asks visitors to select a destination or interest and offers a selection of activities – including entertainment, food and drink and hotels at a number of destinations including Barcelona and Helsinki.
The campaign is further supported through social media, with Time Out driving conversations towards the Budget hub page.
Darren Peacock, brand director, Budget EMEA, said: “The opportunity to work in partnership with Time Out to create this inspirational campaign was one that we could not turn down. We saw the opportunity very early and the idea grew and expanded. Time Out has provided us with a target audience of consumers who are spontaneous and looking to create new experiences. It allows us to position Budget as an enabler of creating memories and experiences, allowing customers to benefit from a great value mode of transport so they can spend more on the things they love to do.”
Laura Wade, head of Maxus Partnerships, said: “Budget strongly believes that car-hire across the industry needs to be a better experience for the consumer – a straightforward and simple addition to any trip at home or abroad. And for our first campaign together they asked us to communicate its less stress and more transparency message. In addition, they wanted to reach adventure-seekers looking for a simple process for their holiday experience. Without doubt, Time Out is the ideal partner for this campaign, as it’s where our target audience gets inspiration for the best places to see and do things in cities the world over.”
June 06, 2014
Fiat is offering fashionistas a chance to experience the new interiors and colours of its 500 model through a unique mobile-activated, geo-targeting campaign at selected OOH locations in three major cities across England.
The campaign was created by Maxus, Weve and Ocean Outdoor, with planning and buying from Maxus and creative by Krow and Doner.
The Fiat 500 ‘Cult Couture’ campaign kicked off on 2 June, focusing on high footfall billboards at Westfield in London’s White City, The Screen at New Street in Birmingham and the Liverpool Media Wall, and runs for two weeks.
Virtual test drive experience
Fiat is targeting an audience of fashion-conscious drivers in key pedestrian mall and fashion-led environments, to deliver the message that the Fiat 500 is a fashionable car icon.
The campaign uses Weve’s geo-locating service to engage with consumers with contract smartphones, who have opted in to receive third party communications. During the campaign, when those participating audiences come within a half-mile radius of the three Fiat 500 billboards, they will receive an SMS inviting them to ‘Sit in the chic new Fiat 500’ via their web browsers. Once the user clicks the link, an interactive creative appears allowing the user to move the phone through gyroscopic technology and view the new Fiat 500 interiors in 360 degrees. The creative also invites users to change the interior colours, demonstrating the new range of ‘cult’ trims on offer. Users can also access further information and book test drives through Fiat.
Claudio Annicchiarico, head of digital, Fiat Group Automobiles UK, said: “The campaign is an exciting integration of traditional outdoor advertising and mobile technology, to highlight the stylish new interiors of the Fiat 500. Using geo-location technology and audience’s mobile phones, we are able to provide users who have seen our outdoor advertising with an immersive virtual experience. They can experience a 360˚ driver’s eye view of our new interiors, images of the new body colours and make enquiries.”
Pierre Paoli, digital account director, Maxus, said: “This latest campaign for Fiat builds on the success of our previous campaigns for the 500. To introduce the new interiors, Fiat and Maxus developed a cross-media approach, aimed essentially at finding the target audience of fashion-conscious, tech-savvy drivers in the environment where they are most likely to engage.”
“We wanted to offer them something different, so we teamed-up with Weve and Ocean outdoor to provide an engaging, immersive experience that offers a unique, virtual experience. As people are evolving into media omnivores, Maxus is pushing to integrate technology that complements their interests.”
May 26, 2014
Maxus is launching Ubisoft’s latest action adventure video game, Watch Dogs, through a media campaign which includes Europe’s first Shazam-enabled radio ad. The campaign also includes TV, VOD, cinema and outdoor advertising, with media planning and buying by Maxus.
Watch Dogs, tells the story of Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt his family, players will be able to monitor and hack their enemies by manipulating everything connected to the city’s Central Operating System (ctOS). Watch Dogs lets the player use Chicago as their ultimate weapon and exact their own style of revenge.
In a European first, the Shazam app gives radio listeners across Kiss, Kerrang!, XFM and the Capital Network the chance to access promotional content for the game via their smartphones and tablets from the 24th May. A 10 second ad will invite listeners to use Shazam in a 20 second ad to be played a few spots later, in order to gain access to the full length launch trailer.
Across the IGN, CVG and Sky Sports desktop homepages, users can interact with the digital ads via their handheld devices. Using a QR code reader, users will be able to ‘hack’ the ads via their mobile in the vein of Aiden Pearce, altering the layout of the webpage and bringing the concept of the game to life.
A week long partnership with Spotify will give consumers the chance to win Spotify premium memberships, again using a QR code reader or by entering a URL on your mobile device. Once connected, you will be prompted to draw a series of shapes on your phone to be entered in to an instant prize draw.
Wayne Greenwell, Brand Manager for Watch Dogs at Ubisoft, said: “Watch Dogs is a brand new IP for Ubisoft and is set to be one of the biggest titles in our history. The themes of the game have allowed us to be creative and innovative with our approach to reaching our audience. By including the use of a second screen to interact with our advertising, we have given users the opportunity to experience a fraction of the power that Aiden Pearce enjoys throughout the game.”
Chris Collins, account manager, Maxus, said: “Young gaming audiences demand surprising and innovative ways to capture their imagination. Our media strategy allowed us to bring the game to life through original and innovative use of a multi-platform approach allowing consumers to interact with the campaign on several levels.”
“As part of Maxus’ lean in to change strategy, we secured a European first with the radio-enabled Shazam campaign – an important element that brings the game positioning alive.”
April 25, 2014
We're proud to announce that we were awarded 2 awards at The Drum's Digital Trading Awards.
Both awards were for our Fiat Motherhood campaign, which was awarded 'Best Video Ad Campaign' and was also awarded the 'Chairman's award', chosen by the chair of the judging panel Julia Smith as her favourite campaign.
Well done once again to the Fiat team!
April 24, 2014
Maxus are delighted to announce that npower has appointed them as their offline media agency in the UK.
Maxus were also appointed to their UK digital media planning and buying account last year following a separate pitch.
GroupM will assume responsibility for all RWE companies in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, the Czech Republic and Poland.
The decision was made following a multi-stage international agency pitch process. From the three candidates remaining in the final round, RWE chose GroupM.
"For the first time, we looked for a media agency on an international level in order to maximise synergies for the Group. GroupM provides us with cutting-edge expertise on excellent terms", explained Sabine Schmittwilken, Head of Group Brand Communications at RWE AG. The marketing heads for the various RWE subsidiaries as well as RWE Group procurement jointly decided on GroupM.
Jürgen Blomenkamp, Global Investment Chairman at GroupM: "The GroupM agencies Maxus and MediaCom impressed RWE at a pan-European level and will advise this blue chip customer on innovative communication solutions in the future. We are very much looking forward to working together.