J. Walter Thompson Middle East and North Africa and Google MENA have entered into a partnership that will debut with a global first, the technology company’s ‘Google All-Stars Academy’ – a program that aims to propel the region’s leading marketing communications brand into the next level of digital engagement with consumers.
The four-day intensive program will be held this August with sessions from Contagious, the Zoo, YouTube and MediaMonks and hands-on workshops. The ‘Google All-Stars Academy’ is built around the data giant’s collaborative model and the evolution of the consumers’ relationship with brands, as they define ‘online’ as being the most memorable channel for brand advertising (Google’s Consumer Barometer Survey, MENA).
Commenting on the Academy, Alex Brunori, Head of Creative Agencies MENA, said, “The Google All-Stars Academy is a transformational program that we are happy to launch with J. Walter Thompson and its senior key players and “rockstars” across disciplines and offices in the region. It’s an exclusive workshop, and a global first for Google. The Academy will cover the whole industry process from an innovation point of view, aligning stakeholders on the principles of the collaborative model. It will be a blueprint for future-proof solutions in a modern, integrated, digitally savvy communications agency, facilitating ground-breaking thinking and ways of operating.”
Vatche Keverian, CEO, J. Walter Thompson MENA said, “The digital revolution has fundamentally changed the way consumers interact with, and choose, brands. As a result, the entire strategy around effective brand communications needs to evolve at a pace that matches the changes in consumer behavior. At J. Walter Thompson MENA we have leveraged digital technology for more than 16 years, most recently establishing our new offering, NewsLab, which focuses on online communities and content. The Google All-Stars Academy is the next exciting step on our road to fulfilling peoples’ needs and expectations of brands in the region.”
The Academy will complement further trainings that J. Walter Thompson, as a selected partner, will receive throughout the year, based on Google’s products, platforms and tools.