Ogilvy 360 Digital Influence appoints seven new specialists on the back of strong and continued growth
Ogilvy’s social media practice 360 Digital Influence, part of STW Group, has added another seven employees to its team on the back of significant growth and demand for social media expertise. Ogilvy will also unveil a further two appointments in August.
Since the April 2009 arrival of Brian Giesen, Regional Director of Ogilvy 360? Digital Influence, the practice has grown to 14 specialist practitioners. In that short time, the practice has seen revenue growth of 440%.
Graham White, Managing Director of Ogilvy 360? Digital Influence Australia, said the practice has experienced rapid growth from day one. “Our growth, both in people and financial performance, reflects the ongoing demand from clients across the Ogilvy Group for strategic counsel and the creation and execution of powerful social media strategies – integrated with other marketing and communications disciplines.
“We’re seeing clients continuing to push more funds into ongoing social media activity. As such, we are also adding two more hires in August to ensure we can fulfil that demand and continue to be at the forefront of social media and digital engagement in Australia.”
Ogilvy 360? Digital Influence also became the most awarded social media team in the region after winning ‘Digital Agency of the Year’ by the region’s highly coveted Holmes Report Specialist Agencies of the Year Awards in April.
Giesen said the practice was extremely proud to receive this award as it recognised the consistent and disciplined delivery of outstanding work by the team.
“This is an excellent achievement which is particularly rewarding given the challenges of growing demand as digital influence skills and successful execution become increasingly important to all of our clients,” said Giesen.
“We’re thrilled to have another new wave of experienced talent joining us. They bring with them an array of knowledge and expertise in strategic digital planning, video content creation, analysis and analytics and community management.”
The seven new hires include two Digital Strategists and five Digital Analysts. They are:
- Lachlan Hibbert-Wells, joining as a Digital Strategist from Daemon Group where he was a Digital Planning Director;
- Megan Anhalt, joining as a Digital Strategist from US-based DoSomething.org, where she was Director of Media and Talent Relations;
- Mitch Phillips, joining from OMD as a Digital Analyst to work across a number of the practice’s consumer and natural resources sector clients;
- Gregory Tan, joining as a Digital Analyst from an online retail start-up in Melbourne;
- Mark Redshaw, joining as a Digital Analyst after three years as a researcher and sub-editor at online business information service, IRD Group;
- Melanie Vaz, joining as a Digital Analyst after working in Ogilvy PR since 2009. She is currently completing Award School through the Communications Council;
- Nathalie Bulsing, joining as a Digital Analyst following four years as a microbiological analyst in The Netherlands.
Ogilvy 360? Digital Influence is Ogilvy’s industry-leading social media and word of mouth marketing practice designed to help brands in an era of changing sources of influence. It is part of Ogilvy PR Australia, a joint venture between Ogilvy PR Worldwide and STW Group, Australia’s leading marketing content and communications services group.
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Ogilvy Public Relations Australia (Ogilvy PR) announced today that Brian Giesen, current vice-president and senior strategist with Ogilvy PR’s 360° Digital Influence Group in Washington, DC, has joined Ogilvy PR Australia in the position of Digital Strategist.
An award-winning global expert, Giesen brings more than ten years of experience developing, managing and executing a range of digital marketing and social media campaigns for brands such as Lenovo, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, DuPont, Yum!, National Institutes of Health and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Working from Ogilvy PR Australia’s Sydney office for the next 12 months, he will provide senior counsel on crisis and issues management from a digital perspective, educate employees on the fundamental parts of digital influence strategy and educate on a range of digital tools to help build further understanding on the power of digital influence among both existing and new clients.
“This is a well timed appointment and provides all the Ogilvy PR companies in Australia the opportunity to further grow our digital influence skills as they become increasingly important to our client’s communications campaigns,” Ogilvy PR’s Managing Director John Studdert said. “Brian will also boost our leadership position in the Australian market across each of the areas of specialisation, while maintaining a high-level global role based out of Sydney.”
Giesen will also work with other Australian-based STW Group and Ogilvy Group companies, including Singleton Ogilvy & Mather, OgilvyOne, OgilvyInteractive, and Neo@Ogilvy.
“The Australian Ogilvy PR companies have already established themselves as leaders, having executed a number of digital campaigns for their clients,” Giesen said. “I’m excited at the prospect of now working alongside them in person, to merge our international experience from our overseas campaigns, with local and regional clients.
“With the explosive growth of online media, consumer word of mouth and new technologies springing up every day, we now have to create comprehensive digital strategies for clients who want to engage customers or constituents in direct conversation. We’ve spent several years developing our methodology for identifying and engaging these new influencers in a way they find valuable, and it is this discipline we call digital influence.”
Prior to joining Ogilvy PR, Giesen worked as a legislative assistant for US Congressman Jay W. Johnson, where he lead an effort to promote the federal E-Rate program, connecting Wisconsin schools and libraries to the Internet. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is an active member of the Social Media Club of Washington, DC.
Brian’s arrival in Australia follows the appointment last month of Thomas Crampton. Thomas is a veteran, award-winning journalist and digital media specialist and was named Asia Pacific Regional Director of 360° Digital Influence at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. In addition to his Australian responsibilities, Brian will support Thomas and the region.
Brian will be speaking at The Insight Exchange’s launch event, The Power of Influence, on 19 May 2009, where he will give an overview of how influence impacts the success of businesses.
Visit www.theinsightexchange.com for more information.