Havas Group consolidates its PR businesses under ‘micro agency network’ Red Havas

Havas Group Singapore has consolidated its social and PR functions under the Red Havas brand. Red Agency, a pre-existing PR agency brand which began in Australia and expanded to Singapore and the Philippines will be rebranded Red Havas, encompassing a whole gamut of services including earned, social, experiential and content capabilities. Havas PR offices in Vietnam and Jakarta will now be known as Red Havas.

The aim is to create a “transformational and unmatched micro agency network that will help redefine PR” according to Havas Group chairman and CEO Yannick Bollore.

The announcement:

In line with a global rebranding move, Havas Group Singapore has consolidated its social and PR functions under a new brand – Red Havas. Red Havas employs a strategic model called “Merged Media,” that replicates the convergence of media consumption – blending traditional and digital publishing, content, social media, and data in a way that defines the future of PR as a category. The rebranding is based on the success of this model and designed to drive the agencies’ shared merged media strategy to new heights and across new continents and markets.

Effective immediately, Asia Pacific-based Red Agency, with offices in Australia, Singapore and Philippines will carry the new brand – Red Havas – which encompasses earned, social, experiential and content capabilities.  In addition, Red Havas has rebranded its Havas PR offices in Vietnam and Jakarta, Manchester, Edinburgh and opened a new office in London. The new brand has expansion plans to Japan and South America within 18-24 months.

The rebranding coincides with global-led investments into data, content and bespoke insight tools, which will include listening and predictive analytics platforms that will layer in a foretelling media capability not seen before within the industry. Red Havas Singapore will continue to be led by General Manager Kenny Yap.  

“As creative and media agencies face a near-daily redefinition of their identity and scope of work, PR agencies face a complete reconstruction of the modern media landscape. In Singapore, our merged media model is driven by a team of 40 PR, Social and Performance Marketing specialists, focussed on tangible business outcomes. The rebranding under Red Havas will further reinforce our ambitious plans to redefine the industry as well as drive the network’s integrated Village model of working in sync with our Together strategy of collaboration,” said Yap.

“The guiding light of PR has always been to integrate brands or organisations stories into the daily conversations of the media ecosystem,” said James Wright, global chairman of the Havas PR Collective and global CEO of Red Havas. “PR is one of the most powerful tools that brands can use to connect to audiences, but it’s essential that it integrates seamlessly across content types and sources and operates at the pace, and in the ways, of today’s consumer. With content, social and predictive data at the core, we’ve built a model that merges all of the various media sources and essentially redefines the PR capability entirely.”

Commenting on the global rebranding, Yannick Bollore, CEO and chairman of Havas Group, said: “Red Havas is a new, transformational and unmatched micro agency network that will help redefine PR and its value to clients. Along with the power of Havas Group and the world-class entertainment capabilities we have within Vivendi, the proposition of merged media becomes very interesting. We have big ambitions to develop and invest in this further.”

Along with APAC, Havas PR North America, with offices in New York City, New England, Phoenix and Pittsburgh, will carry the new brand.

Red Havas is part of the Havas PR Global Collective, the PR and communications arm of the Havas Group that comprises approximately 40 agencies around the world and more than 1,300 employees. At this stage, there are no plans to rebrand other Havas-owned PR agencies.

Source: Havas Group press release


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