Starcom Unveils Industry-First Media Booking Bot That Speeds Up Booking Times By 50%

Starcom Unveils Industry-First Media Booking Bot That Speeds Up Booking Times By 50%

Publicis-owned Starcom in the UK has revealed it has developed and implemented an industry-first automated media booking bot.

Using  intelligent automation called Robotic Process Automation (RPA), this first iteration of the bot is able to book and edit digital and print media campaigns on a daily basis. Built in-house, ABACUS (Automated Bot for Amendments to Campaigns and Uploads) uses a bespoke technology platform that processes and verifies vital campaign details overnight, to ensure scheduled media plans are correct and efficient.

The bot’s process includes verifying media plan data, uploading to campaign booking platforms, trafficking to ad-servers and communicating campaign information to media owners.

Starcom is the first agency within Publicis Media to trial this as part of a pilot initiative.

In testing, the bot improved booking speed and accuracy by up to 50 per cent. The thousands of hours saved each year will allow Starcom’s buying teams more time to focus on higher value work such as developing breakthrough creative executions with media partners.

Nadine Young (main photo), CEO of Starcom in the UK commented: “Automation is a key part of our new intelligence-driven strategy, designed to leverage the best of human capability and pioneering technologies, such as this. ABACUS allows us to liberate our teams from the more repetitive administrative tasks andunleash further opportunity to focus on more strategic and creative growth opportunities for our clients. This is the future, and a brilliant example of automation being used to enhance, rather than dampen, creativity.”

 




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