Integration Disintegrates, At Least In One Account Pitch

From Ad Age:

WellPoint, the nation’s largest health insurer, has awarded its advertising account to Publicis Groupe’s Publicis & Hal Riney, San Francisco, two executives familiar with the review said.
Hal Riney won the pitch against three WPP Group agencies, each of which fielded an integrated “best of class” team from across network offices. Y&R Cos. and Grey Worldwide, both San Francisco, and Ogilvy & Mather, Culver City, Calif., headed up their respective teams’ efforts.

So how much money did WPP waste putting 3 of its divsions into a competition against each other, only to see all 3 lose? How many other companies in the world do this sort of thing?
You’ll keep seeing more inefficiency like this, as I’ve written about before. The holding company model, partly designed to increase shareholder value, doesn’t seem to be working so well right now.

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Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for TalentZoo.com. Dan published the best of his TalentZoo.com columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.