World’s largest advertising company WPP is being disrupted by digital

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News that WPP, the world’s largest advertising group has issued a second sales warning requires some reflection.

The reason provided by CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is that fast-moving consumer companies are spending less with agencies, or more worrying for agencies in general – going direct to Facebook and Google.

Sorrell was quoted in an article in the Financial Times also admitting that digital disruption (of WPP and the industry generally) is a fundamental one.

Time for some fresh thinking! Perhaps agencies need to disrupt themselves faster than first thought – easier said than done.


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