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IPG Mediabrands inks deal with TikTok to create custom content training programme for clients

IPG Mediabrands inks deal with TikTok to create custom content training programme for clients

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TikTok has partnered with IPG's Mediabrands to curate a creator and content accelerator initiative "Creator Collective" for brands. Under the partnership, the two companies will co-create a series of custom programmes for Mediabrands’ clients that aims to help them build an authentic presence on TikTok by tapping into the platform's community of creators. The initiative is said to bring together a select group of "forward-thinking and diverse creators" who will provide hands-on guidance to Mediabrands’ clients, ensuring that their content is culturally connected, inclusive and resonates with the TikTok community. It will be kickstarted with the “Creator Camps" programme, which is a quarterly session where creators will provide Mediabrands clients strategic counsel and feedback on their upcoming campaigns.

The Creator Collective forms the central pillar of a three-year, global endeavour between Mediabrands and TikTok that focuses on providing Mediabrands’ agencies and clients with access to TikTok insight and training, first-to-market opportunities, resources and best practices, and research and media trial opportunities. With this working relationship, Mediabrands clients will now also get access to the content and entertainment capabilities of TikTok, according to Daryl Lee, global CEO, IPG Mediabrands. Additionally, to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion, the two companies will collaborate to develop innovative, creative strategies to benefit non-profit organisations and elevate under-represented communities on the platform.

In a conversation with MARKETING-INTERACTIVE, a TikTok spokesperson said its Creator Camps will first launch in North America, and it has plans to scale globally in every market where Mediabrands operates over the course of the partnership. As the partnership progresses, TikTok aims to evolve its programming based on the feedback and objectives of Mediabrands' agencies and brands to ensure it is meeting their needs and helping them leverage trends on-platform. 

"Through this partnership, we hope to continue to enable brands worldwide to express themselves creatively and connect meaningfully with the TikTok community. Brands play an important role in the TikTok experience, and our community enjoys engaging with brands that make an authentic connection with them," TikTok's spokesperson added. 

Dani Benowitz, president of IPG Mediabrands’ MAGNA, said: “As audience reach declines in traditional formats, it is critical that client budgets fund new ways to connect with audiences. This partnership will deliver incredible value to our clients and, as importantly, will help all of us learn the power of creating content communities at scale.” Benowitz also added that TikTok has earned this partnership through backing its words and action and integrity. This comes as TikTok was identified as the most improved platform from a media responsibility perspective based on MAGNA's latest Media Responsibility Index.

Blake Chandlee, president of global business solutions, TikTok, added: “We're delighted to partner with Mediabrands and help their clients tap into trends, create a steady stream of content that resonates with our community, and embrace the creativity and culture that makes TikTok such an incredible platform.”

Separately last November, Mediabrands launched its content studio named Mediabrands Content Studio, which helps creating content strategies for its clients. Rolling out globally across 12 markets, the Mediabrands Content Studio is said to have an approach focused on the three emerging categories of content: branded content opportunities with media partners, digital content that drives performance and engagement, as well as brand-fueled long- and short-form original content. The Mediabrands Content Studio also touts to be a data-driven content practice built on the intelligence and insight that media provides about which content connects brands with people in the most compelling and personalised way.

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