NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Weber Shandwick today was named to Advertising Age's Agency A-List, the annual ranking of the nation's best advertising and marketing firms. For the second year in a row, Weber Shandwick is the only public relations firm to be recognized on the Agency A-List. Advertising Age affirmed, "Public relations agencies don't typically take the lead on digital or creative services or come up with risky ideas. But Weber Shandwick…isn't just any PR agency."
Advertising Age pointed to Weber Shandwick's leadership in driving the transformation of the industry, highlighting the firm's award-winning content publishing offering, Mediaco, as a strong digital growth driver, as well as successful investments in data and analytics, and the debut of the firm's full-service advertising boutique, Sawmill. The firm was also recognized for its double-digit growth in 2014, on top of double-digit growth the previous year, in addition to the firm's success in maintaining 100 percent of its top 30 clients, winning new assignments from more than half of those top clients, and being named advertising, digital and social agency of record for major clients in 2014.
"The Advertising Age A-List represents the industry's most innovative and successful ad agencies, the shops that are moving the industry forward," said Matt Quinn, executive editor of Advertising Age. "That was especially true this year, when many honorees transformed themselves by broadening their capabilities and becoming more strategic partners to their clients."
"We've ventured beyond traditional lines to integrate social, digital, content, publishing, advertising, PR and public affairs into solutions that drive business results for our clients," said Andy Polansky, Chief Executive Officer, Weber Shandwick. "We are so proud of our exceptionally collaborative team around the world who bring our "engaging, always." vision to life every day in the work we do and the way we work with each other. This is a tribute to them and our incredible client partners."
The A-List recognition comes on the heels of several industry honors earned by Weber Shandwick, including being named The Holmes Report's 2014 Global Agency of the Year, as well as being named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014.
The firm continues to deepen its capabilities in public relations and across the marketing services industry, adding to its strong legacy of innovation in the digital era. This includes Mediaco, the firm's award-winning content publishing and distribution offering that delivers a comprehensive and consultative approach to brands as media; Mediaco Publish, a custom content management system (CMS) developed by the firm's content technology unit specifically for brand content operations; GoLive, the firm's real-time production and live-streaming capability that incorporates live storytelling, broadcast quality-production and social distribution; and firebell, the firm's award-winning, proprietary application that allows clients to participate in real-time online crisis simulation drills in a secure, off the-internet environment.
The Advertising Age Agency A-List has been celebrating the best agencies in the advertising and marketing business since the mid-1970s. Ad Age editors make their selections based on elements including creativity, financial performance, innovation and the ability to build clients' businesses. The franchise expanded in recent years to honor a broader range of shops and reflect changes in the marketing and media business.
About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations firm with offices in 81 countries. The firm's diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work, including being honored as an Ad Age A-List Agency in 2014 and 2015, and The Holmes Report's 2014 Global Agency of the Year. Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 23 Cannes Lions since 2009. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com.
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