Ben Bold
Apr 26, 2022

Accenture Interactive merges agencies and rebrands as Accenture Song

Agency brands such as The Monkeys and Entropia will be dropped. Only Droga5 to continue.

Accenture Interactive merges agencies and rebrands as Accenture Song

Consulting giant Accenture has renamed Accenture Interactive, its advertising and marketing services arm, as Accenture Song, and will merge all of its agency subsidiaries with the exception of flagship creative shop Droga5.

The rebrand as Accenture Song reflects the agency's "post-pandemic world-class services", the parent company said.

“Building on Accenture’s longstanding culture of change, the name Accenture Song conveys an enduring and universal form of human craft, connection, inspiration, technical prowess and experience—unleashing the imagination and ideas of its people to deliver tangible results,” Accenture said.

Droga5 founder David Droga, who stepped up to be CEO of Accenture Interactive last year, now becomes CEO of Accenture Song.

Droga said: "Accenture Song symbolises the post-pandemic growth journey we're on with our clients.

"Since its infancy, Accenture Interactive has helped clients build and grow their business by being experience-led. Today's needs are strikingly different. To capture the next waves of growth, businesses now need to operate at the speed of life, perpetually demonstrating their relevance to their customers, their people and the world at large."

Accenture has acquired more than 40 agencies, including The Monkeys in Australia, Entropia in Malaysia, Ho Communications in China, Fjord and Karmarama in the UK, Rothco in Ireland and SinnerSchrader in Germany over the last decade to build Accenture Interactive into a major player in the agency sector. Now, they will all be named Accenture Song.

“Our more than 40 acquisitions from over the past decade will begin to go to market as Accenture Song to strengthen our synergies in product innovation, experience design, marketing and commerce. Droga5 will continue to operate under its own brand name,” the company said.

With most of Accenture's talent now coming together under the same brand, the new structure is meant to both encourage collaboration while retaining some differentiation among teams.

“Accenture Song reflects the unique alchemy of our talents and capabilities, and represents a strong collective power," notes Flaviano Faleiro, president of Accenture Song for growth markets, including APAC. “Our people have done incredible work. We’ve brought to life a digital bank, used data and design to protect coral reefs, and are charting the way forward in the metaverse. These cannot happen if our talents are not empowered to author their journeys and in turn the success of the company. While we come together as one under Accenture Song, we still offer unique attributes that our clients have known us for.”

Accenture Song is projected to hit $14 billion in revenues by the end of its full year, ending 31 August, and the group returned to growth in December 2020 after a six-month decline.

Accenture launched Accenture Interactive in 2009 and made its first major foray into advertising in November 2016, when it bought independent agency Karmarama and then acquired Droga5 in 2019 in its biggest deal to date.

There has been recent speculation that Accenture was poised to consolidated its agency brands. 

Droga5 London chief executive Bill Scott became managing director for Accenture Interactive in the UK and Ireland earlier this month, with the agency boss taking broader responsibility for Karmarama and Rothco. Ben Bilboul, chief executive of Karmarama, announced at the end of March that he was leaving the business.

This article was originally published in Campaign UK, with editing and information added from Campaign Asia-Pacific staff.

Source:
Campaign UK

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