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Carat to scoop $3bn General Motors media account

A strong rumour suggests Carat has scooped the $3bn General Motors global media buying and discounted viagra planning account, which has been under review since August.

If true this amounts to a huge blow for Publicis Groupe which services the majority of the account through its media specialist Starcom MediaVest, and – by the same token – a big fillip for Aegis, owner of Carat, the publicly-listed company steered by Jerry Buhlmann.

The review, one of the biggest of its kind in the world, was instigated by GM marketing supremo Joel Ewanick (pictured) as part of a slew of measures designed to tighten up the automobile giant’s worldwide marketing performance.

Before the review, GM used up to 20 media specialists. However, the bulk of buy cheapest cialis the spend – two thirds in fact – is committed to North America (the Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac marques), and much of that has passed through Starcom since 2005. Carat, which has been on the GM roster for a daily cialis pill slightly shorter period but consolidated its hold during a 2010 review, handles the $500m European business (Opel and Vauxhall). Interpublic’s Universal McCann was responsible for much of the Latin American business.

Although the review was slated as “global”, it did not in fact include GM’s operations in nascent markets India and China. What it did include, according to viagra prescription nhs the briefing notes, was ‘digital, SEO and social media.’

If Ewanick has stuck to his word and included these in the consolidated Carat package, his decision will represent a double whammy for Publicis. Back in the summer, PG boss Maurice Lévy sought to shore up his position on buying viagra without a prescription the increasingly important GM digital account by taking a 51 per cent stake in Big Fuel, which holds the North American social media account. The acquisition was aligned under the Vivaki digital unit.

What we don’t know, of course, is how profitable the account will be for Aegis. In their desperation to win an account, viagra price india media men often allow their competitive negotiating instinct to overcome more rational arithmetical considerations, and pare the margins down to the bone in an all-out attempt to win. That said, a win will do Aegis’ share price no harm at all. And, being on a discount sildenafil generic viagra roll, Buhlmann can expect more clients to put him and his team at the top of their shortlists.

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  1. so what happened here Stuart? still sticking by this story?

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