The UK Advertising Export Group (UKAEG), a partnership of more than 50 companies and the UK government, has launched a campaign to profile the country’s leading advertising and marketing service companies.
The campaign, “Made global”, is produced by The Mill with strategy by Adam & Eve/DDB, led by a two-minute film featuring work created by UK agencies and production companies for global brands. It will feature across international industry events this autumn and winter, including Advertising Week 2020 and the British Council Virtual Festival, which will run in both the UK and China.
The film will be supported by a B2B social media campaign, co-ordinated with the Department for International Trade, targeting international buyers of advertising and marketing services.
UKAEG said its summer showcase programme had created almost 150,000 opportunities for potential buyers to meet and hear from UK advertising companies.
According to ONS figures, advertising became the second-biggest UK export sector in 2018, behind computer services, with export sales up 15% to £7.9bn. With about half of these going to countries in the European Union, however, the outcome of negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and EU could have a huge impact on the industry’s prospects.
As well as the two shops behind the campaign, UKAEG members include MullenLowe Group, Engine, VCCP, Pulse Films, The Beyond Collective, St. Luke’s and The Specialists Works, along with trade bodies the Advertising Association, Advertising Producers Association, DMA, IPA, London & Partners and the Creative Industries Council,
Alex Hesz, chief strategy officer at A&E/DDB, said: “The UK has a rich history and strong global reputation for creativity. Our strategic positioning ‘UK Advertising. Made Global’ celebrates this – showing the world what we can do and how we do it.
“We are in the perfect time zone for working globally, able to service businesses in the USA and Asia and everywhere in-between. We speak many languages and attract creative talent from all over the world. It’s this genetic make-up that makes the UK advertising industry rich in cultural perspectives and innovative ideas.”