Cisco Systems selects Octopus Communications to handle European brief

Worldwide technology giant Cisco Systems has handed a massive six-figure brief to Octopus Communications.

Cisco: Selects Octpus for Pan-Europe brief
Cisco: Selects Octpus for Pan-Europe brief

The American-based multinational selected Octopus for the Europe-wide brief following a four-way pitch.

As previously reported in PRWeek (1 October), Cisco put the account out to pitch after taking the decision to combine the UK, Ireland and pan-European work into one account. The combined business is believed to be worth about £600,000.

The news is a blow to Brands2Life, which previously held the pan-European account and pitched for the wider account. Also understood to be involved in the pitch were Text 100, Cisco’s Australian consumer account holder, and Nelson Bostock.

Octopus previously worked on the UK and Ireland brief.

Jon Lonsdale, MD of Octopus, said: ‘This is a really exciting win for us. The integrated approach we plan to take with this account will be a reflection of the PR and comms industry’s move along these lines.’

Brands2Life co-founder Giles Fraser put on a brave face, saying: ‘We worked with Cisco for six years and it was a great client. I wish Cisco luck.’

Octopus currently works with major tech brands Sony PlayStation, Meltwater, Mimecast and FileMaker.

Cisco is a US-based consumer electronics, networking and comms technology firm. The company, which was founded in 1984 by former Stanford University computer operations staff members Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, has its HQ in San Jose, California.

Heather Dickinson, Cisco head of PR for European markets, said the firm was constantly reviewing ways to ‘streamline the efficiency of its operations’. She added: ‘As such, we have taken the decision to consolidate our UK & Ireland and pan-European, and video conferencing brands Tandberg and Webex under one vendor.’

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