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Media agency MediaCom’s MBA takes on the creative mantle for new Babyliss Saturdays TV campaign

While the world is fretting about the power of WPP’s mighty GroupM media buying machine (and its knock-on effect on independent production companies, who need to get GroupM onside to make their films in some instances) maybe agencies should start worrying about its incursions into creative advertising.

There’ve been a few of these so far although they come via the constituent media agencies of GroupM, in this case MediaCom division MBA for Conair’s Babyliss Curl Secret hair teaser. First up is some product placement in The Saturdays’ new single Disco Love (“so sweet it will make your teeth rot” according to one curmudgeon) as the gals escape from some mild trouble with the help of what look suspiciously like toy boys.

0-11There are all the usual digital bells and whistles centred on the Babyliss YouTube channel and a full national TV campaign is promised before Christmas as part of the £1.3m budget.

This doesn’t buy you an awful lot of national TV, even with GroupM’s fearsome negotiating power. So it will be interesting to see what MediaCom MBA comes up with. It probably won’t include hiring a WPP creative agency though.

Media agencies have always helped out their less pecunious clients by roping in a couple of roving freelances to ‘provide the creative’ when required; an unstated acknowledgement that they regard most agency account people and planners as a waste of the money that could be spent on more media (and commission, of course).

So no difference there then. But the entrance of genuine biggies like GroupM/MediaCom into the market may signify something far more far-reaching.

 

 

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About Stephen Foster

Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.

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  1. A very interesting point about the incursion of media independents into creative output of TV campaigns and one we’ve predicted for some time. Some excellent work has been produced by Guerillascope, a UK media shop (they’ve even produced their own TV spot which is very good): http://www.guerillascope.co.uk
    We have worked with their MD David Yorath who takes a very creative approach to media planning so it would seem natural to carry on and produce the creative work under the right circumstances.

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