J. Walter Thompson Retains STC’s Ad Biz; Bags Additional Mandate

J. Walter Thompson Saudi Arabia has retained the Consumer Business Unit (CBU) account for Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and additionally been awarded the operator’s Corporate Account, after a selection process across multiple international agencies.

STC launched a communication pitch process in order to identify a communications partner that would support the telecom operator on its journey from the number one brand in Saudi Arabia to a future ready telecommunications company in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

“JWT’s deep knowledge of the CBU, passion for and understanding of the market, elevated their proposed strategic direction for STC and the transformational journey ahead of us,” said Ahmed Alsahhaf, General Manager, Consumer Marketing Communication at STC, commenting on the CBU contract award.

The consolidation of STC business with JWT that will serve the CBU and Corporate Communications is a three year contract.

“We believe that our approach in having a unified agency, especially with JWT with whom we have had an extensive relationship, will allow consolidation of our communications efforts and hence maximize our return on communications investments. This will enable us to build on proper messages that would help on consistency, serving both the brand and clarity to our consumers,” added Mohammed Abaalkheil, General Manager, Corporate Communications at STC.

J. Walter Thompson KSA’s relationship with STC dates back to 2007 when the agency won the contract for the Al Jawal mobile brand under the STC umbrella. Over the course of the 11-year partnership, STC has been named the most valuable brand in Saudi Arabia (BrandZ ranking 2017).

“Our initial partnership with STC began in 2007 and we love the brand. Together over the last 11 years, we’ve changed the brandscape for telcos in the region. Coming into the tender process, we didn’t view ourselves as incumbents. We fought this defensive pitch with determination, rigor and vigor, reimagining the future of the STC brand from every angle to arrive at a strategy that will keep STC in pole position and of utmost relevance and loyalty to existing and new stakeholders. We are extremely proud to be continuing our partnership on this brave, iconic, made-in-Saudi brand,” commented Camille Haddad, CEO of J.Walter Thompson KSA and Levant.

With JWT, the operator established LaYwagif, a content hub on YouTube. The partnership also saw the development of the Unveil Saudi platform, which has since grown to be a modern-day ambassador of the Kingdom.

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