BuzzFeed strikes global branded content and ad deal with WPP

BuzzFeed has secured its first global advertising deal with GroupM, the global media planning and buying arm of WPP.

WPP deal: The US homepage of BuzzFeed this morning
WPP deal: The US homepage of BuzzFeed this morning

The year-long deal – which does not involve any exchange of equity or investment – will see the two companies share their resources for mutual benefit in creative domains. It includes an ad spend commitment thought to be worth tens of millions of dollars.

The joint venture will see a specialist team focusing on creating branded content for clients of WPP installed at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.

In return, WPP agencies will receive preferential media pricing for advertising campaigns.

BuzzFeed, which currently has 200 million unique users per month across nine international website editions, will also allow access to its data sharing technology database, Pound.

Rob Norman, chief digital officer at GroupM, said: "We do not have a deal with other media companies that combines media, production and data all in one go. They're data-driven in terms of understanding data and applying it to media, but also in applying data to creativity and understanding how creativity performs."

Greg Coleman, president of BuzzFeed, added: "This is an exciting time for our company. Our audience is growing on- and off-platform. Our Motion Pictures studio is booming and now reaches 1.5 billion video views a month – from shorter than short-form on Snapchat, to original scripted series."

This story originally appeared on Campaign.

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