After two leadership departures in Tokyo, a new market remit for Greater China lead Sam Sterling, and a merger for the Australia team, AKQA has had to deal with a few changes.
Plus, China tripled the size of its experience strategy team as well as launch MVP Studio, a ‘rapid-sprint prototyping methodology’ as a way to diversify and speed up work processes. While Sterling holds a strong grip on the region, the Australia team too continues to put out solid work for the clients such as New Zealand Coastguard and Levi’s.
Overall, how did AKQA respond to the challenges it faced in APAC in 2019?
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The agency's overall grade for 2019
Grades and detailed discussion of performance across five categories:
- Leadership: A qualitative assessment of leadership performance, key regional decisions, management stability and contributions to industry by agency leaders.
- Creativity: Compelling and effective campaign work, judged qualitatively. Regional and global awards recognition is included, with higher weighting given to wins at major shows. Work demonstrative of high effectiveness for clients is also considered.
- Innovation: A qualitative assessment of Asia-based initiatives and innovations based on their improvements to the agency, people, clients and industry.
- Business growth: Assessed by the value of accounts won and lost in 2019, as calculated by the agencies and R3’s New Business League, published in Campaign Asia-Pacific, along with recognition of new project work and organic growth through retained clients.
People and diversity: Agency efforts to attract, retain and develop a high calibre of talent with a commitment to staff diversity and wellbeing are examined qualitatively.
The grade the agency gave itself, and why
How the agency performed versus its 2018 scores
- The agency's self-declared areas of specialisation.