BMW and Starcom have confirmed the pitch result to Campaign Asia-Pacific. The remit includes media planning and buying, as well as digital duties, for both BMW and the Mini brand. Starcom will run the account out of its Beijing office beginning in September.
The pitch also involved OMD and the incumbent, Carat, in the late stages, and the final decision came down to Starcom and Carat, according to sources close to the proceedings.
“We are extremely honoured to have been appointed by BMW China in one of the largest automotive markets in the world”, said Bertilla Teo, CEO, Starcom MediaVest Group, North Asia.
She cited Starcom's enthusiasm, commitment, experience planning, proprietary consumer insights and solid understanding of the auto industry as reasons for the win. "BMW is one of the world’s most innovative brands, and we’re looking forward in helping them maintaining their pole position in the Chinese market," she added.
Campaign Asia-Pacific reached out to Carat and OMD to confirm their involvement in the pitch. A Carat spokesperson said the company would have no comment.