Bentley Announces Global Agency Overhaul with Fully Electric Portfolio
Bentley Motors has announced plans to transform its agency partners across the marketing mix, which will help the brand evolve and transform its entire marketing communications strategy as it prepares for full electrification across its product range by 2030.
Bentley Motors announced its Beyond100 strategy in 2020 – a reinvention of every aspect of its business, to become an end-to-end carbon neutral organisation and one of the world’s leading luxury lifestyle brands.
While Performance Communications continues to be Bentley’s retained Middle East, Africa and India PR agency, the appointment of a new lead global agency partner for strategic marketing includes the evolution of its digital-first strategy, paving the way for Web 3.0.
Steven de Ploey, Director of Strategy, Product and Marketing said: “This announcement marks an exciting new phase in our Beyond100 strategy, which will transform every aspect of the Bentley Motors business as we enter our second century as a global luxury brand.
“Our approach to marketing is central to our transformation; and we are delighted to have new partners on board to galvanise our progress. Our plans go far beyond our products, to innovative brand extensions and exciting partnerships."
As Bentley’s lead creative and strategic agency partner, Interpublic Group, with McCann Worldwide, will be responsible for delivering strategic communications planning, creative development, as well as asset production, brand storytelling, social and digital marketing activation.
Christoph Hohmann, Head of Brand Communications said: “Their open architecture approach, wide range of best-in-class disciplines and geographical spread creates a compelling offer and meets our modern, multi-faceted marketing requirements.”
This follows fast on the heels of the appointment of Set Creative, the new experiential partner who will drive the development of Bentley’s global strategy for luxury brand experiences.
SIMON+SIMON, a global PR agency specialising in luxury lifestyle, communications will be working with Bentley’s Communications team to deliver strategic and creative relationships with non-automotive media, influencers and affluent communities.
Their solid expertise in the luxury sector will support Bentley’s increased emphasis on reaching new audiences through earned media.
“The agency teams have all demonstrated a deep understanding of the automotive industry as well as luxury brand and customer behaviour – not to mention impressive experience in delivering innovative and creative marketing programmes," added de Ploey.