Category: Agency Group

ALL ABOUT THAT DATA: Havas and Universal Music work together to build big spreadsheets

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Welcome to 2015 the year in which music and brands will finally work out who wears the trousers in this relationship. To begin the year we have the news that Havas and Universal Music have agreed to have one leg each.

This one has been bubbling under for a while, since Vincent Bolloré, head of the Bolloré family, the largest Havas shareholder, became chairman of Vivendi, owners of Universal, it seemed like a logical move for both businesses. Whether this was all worked out over dinner at Chez Bolloré, Havas’ chairman happens to be Yannick Bolloré, son of Vincent, or through some in-depth analysis of the music and brand market and a realisation that it lacked a super power, I will never know but it is probably the biggest commitment to cooperation we have seen so far.

So what is it all about? On the face of it and if you read the various press releases the whole thing is about data, lots and lots of data, I’m not going to say BIG DATA (doh!) as that is so 2014. They have even managed to sneak the word data into the collaboration’s name – THE GLOBAL MUSIC DATA ALLIANCE – which I think should be shortened to GLOMUDA for no real reason. There is loads of talk about combining all the numbers that both sides gather on their audiences and using them to work out better ways of combining music and brand to everyone’s benefit. At this stage then the focus is very much on building some really enormous databases and working out some spectacularly complicated algorithms to make sense of them. This kind of analysis will help prove the case for music and brand relationships of all shapes and sizes and I guess it will not be too long before GLOMUDA (trademark pending) becomes self-aware and Ed Sheeran is being hunted down by a cyborg from the future.

For music and brand geeks the GLOMUDA is an exciting project between two real powerhouses in their industries with the very highest level of executive backing. Where I think the real potential for this relationship will be is in a year or two’s time, once they have enough data to create accurate insight into music and consumer trends. If they take this insight and use it as a starting point for some outstanding and innovative creative work then Universal and Havas could be building a market leading platform. But it is just the starting point, both sides will also need to invest heavily in creative talent as translating insight into inspiration is the true key to success.

In the past partnerships like this have not worked as one side saw it as a bit of fun while the other considered it a way to get someone else to pay the bill. This partnership, however, could change that simply because of its scale, the board level support should ensure that the Havas agencies function collectively rather than competitively when it comes to music projects while Universal has a pretty progressive view of brand relationships. Plus if all else fails Mrs Bolloré can always step in and sort things out.

So to start 2015 we have a biggie and one that we will need to observe throughout the year, if anything so we can see what impact GLOMUDA has on Music Dealers (Havas) and Globe (Universal).

Here are links to the Havas press release and coverage in AdAge:

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Adage: Bands and Brands: Universal Music Partners With Havas

UPDATE: Well it didn’t take long for someone to ruin my BIG DATA avoiding 2015. This article on gives a more cash focused reason for why HAVAS + UNIVERSAL = DATA, DATA = CASH.

Mindshare and Shazam do deal to deliver more reasons for you to use music

I just cannot get away from data at the moment. Every day for the last couple of weeks there has been something on how “Big Data” is changing the way brands and music work together. Today we have the announcement that Shazam and media agency Mindshare have done a deal to create a new platform called “Audio +”. The new partnership will provide brands with a whole raft of media planning style services and information for brands using music as part of their marketing or as they put it: “ auditing, mapping, and the leverage of audio assets from advertisements.”

This is a very solid step for music in its development as a part of brand communications. Media agencies are probably the most significant part of the marketing infrastructure due to the huge budgets they control and their ability to influence creative output at source. The bringing together of Shazam and Mindshare should provide the kind of audio branding analytics that CMOs, CFOs and, of course, CEOs will feel comfortable building strategies and campaigns on.

Read more about it in the New York Times.

LOVELIVE gets hold of some serious funding


Music and brand content specialists LoveLive have just locked down £1.7m of investment from a group of media investors. Founder and CEO Richard Cohen must have be chuffed when speaking to MusicWeek “In the last five years our approach to bringing together artists, labels and brands to create and commercialise high-quality music content has been incredibly successful.” Read the whole report in MusicWeek.

Music Dealers make music with Havas Sports & Entertainment

So it looks like the agencies are securing their positions in music. Music Dealers who have worked with a number of agencies over the years have tied a knot with Havas Sports and Entertainment giving their clients better opportunities in music. Click on this link to see the news as reported by MusicWeek

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