The world’s wealthiest technology company is in the midst of pulling together the industry’s largest in-house advertising agency. Such a move is said to be motivated in part by a desire to reduce costs and in part by a need to be more agile and roll out creative more quickly. A plan to double the size of Apple’s internal ad team to some 600 staffers has been expanded according to Ad Age, with the target now being 1,000 employees. The group headed by creative director, Hiroki Asai, will constitute possibly the largest agency on earth.
Although reports have begun pitting the in house team against TBWA Media Arts Lab, Apple’s agency of record, and inviting a number of other agencies to pitch campaigns, Apple isn’t thought to be on the verge of parting ways with its longtime partners. Instead the buildup is believed to represent a new all-hands-on deck approach to Apple’s marketing as it shifts from primarily television spots and print placements to a new strategy that integrates far-reaching internet campaigns. This includes an increasingly visible presence on social media, a medium that Apple has traditionally held at arm’s length and which requires a more agile approach than conventional media.
An Ad Age advertising executive said the following sentiment which was echoed by another industry insider who said that each of Apple’s existing agencies were “max busy;”
They said they have so much going on from a marketing-communications standpoint that MAL is part of their plan, but their expectations for marketing are much greater than what MAL is built to do.
For those of you who didn’t know, Apple spent more than $1 billion on advertising last year and is believed to be worth as much as $150 million in yearly revenues for TBWAMAL, which serves no other clients.
Source: Ad Age, The Wall Street Journal