Former MediaCom strategy and innovation leads Mike Deane and Tim Russell have partnered to launch Saintsmiths, a communications consultancy that helps clients address the messiness of marketing.
Recognising that disparate elements of the marketing landscape don’t always sit comfortably together, the ex-MediaCom Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Innovation formed Saintsmiths to provide a strategic focus across data, creative and media planning to bridge the divide between agency disciplines.
“Through our long experience working with CEOs and CMOs, we focus on providing the three key things modern marketers are crying out for today: clarity, confidence and creativity.
“This is important because it’s a confusing world out there with contradictory planning philosophies and conflicting agency agendas – and in lieu of better guidance – clients are panic-buying ‘strategy’ from salespeople,” said co-founder Mike Deane.
Collectively Deane and Russell bring over 35 years of global media, digital and creative agency experience to the table. Deane has spent more than a decade working across the UK and ANZ, including more than two years as MediaCom’s Chief Strategy Officer across Australia and New Zealand, leading the planning, product and team for brands such as Uber, Mars and the Queensland Government.
Russell’s expertise comes from an extensive background in creative and media agencies across the UK and ANZ, specialising in strategy and digital innovation. Most recently he was consulting with Fonterra’s global team, reviewing and relaunching the company’s planning process across 12 APAC markets.
Sainstmiths is already working with agencies and clients across APAC and North America, most recently with Lion Nathan in New Zealand and Nestle in Australia. For Lion, Deane and Russell helped create a long-term strategic recovery program by drawing on their extensive experience in recovery planning, when working with major clients in the UK during the Global Financial Crisis.
Of Saintsmiths’ work for Lion Nathan, Rachel Ellerm, New Zealand National Marketing Director said: “At a time when most businesses, including our own, were focused on short-term stability and reactive work, the Saintsmiths team provided exceptional mid to long-term strategic, analytical and creative guidance, ensuring we never lost sight of what might come next. Their ability to conduct fast, yet insightful primary research also proved vital in shaping our next wave of communications.”
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