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DDB Group appointed by Gumtree

DDB Group Sydney has been appointed creative agency for classifieds site Gumtree following a competitive pitch, managed by The Clinic.
It's the first time Gumtree has appointed a full service agency in Australia, previously working with local production houses. DDB and group companies RAPP and Tribal will manage multi-channel communications for the online trader.

Sara McConkey, head of marketing at Gumtree said the firm was really excited about our new partnership with DDB Sydney. The team demonstrated an obvious passion for our brand throughout the pitch process, as well as an impressive level of strategic thinking and creativity. We know the team will be a great fit as we look to further establish and grow the Gumtree brand in Australia."

David Jones makes The Clinic central to 2013's largest creative and production agency review

The DJ's team was a pleasure to work with. We followed a meticulously thorough process over a six month period which led to the appointment of Whybin TBWA, who were outstanding from initial contact through to appointment. The creative review followed The Clinic's process and it ran very smoothly thanks to the collaboration between marketing, procurement and pitch consultant. What was unusual was the parallel review of production agencies for print and on-line. David Jones has huge requirements for production, which could have been managed by the creative agency or independent suppliers. Mondo was retained as photographic partner, also with responsibility for the on-line retail site, while Whybin TBWA opted to align with Wellcom for agency print production. Michael Billington, DJ's procurement manager, did a great job analyzing the technical and cost implications of the production options.

The Clinic helped CUA review creative, media and digital agencies in preparation for a brand relaunch.

The competitive review led to the appointment of the Brisbane offices of Clemenger BBDO and Mitchells. Although Sydney agencies were considered, it was good to see local agencies beat off the interstate opposition for CUA, which is one of only a handful of large national advertisers in Queensland.


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