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WUNDERMAN ACQUIRES PIERRY AS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY, DATA AND DIGITAL CONTENT  

Nisa Sedaghat

Redwood City, September 20, 2017—Pierry Inc. is pleased to announce today that Wunderman, a WPP company and globally leading, digital agency, has taken a majority stake in our company.

“Pierry is one of the very best companies at helping clients use Salesforce Marketing Cloud to manage their customer relationships,” said Mark Read, Global CEO of Wunderman. “I’m delighted that Josh Pierry and his team will be joining Wunderman, deepening our technology consulting expertise and giving our clients access to a world-class team for working with Salesforce, one of the world’s fastest growing software companies.”

Mark Read, Global CEO of Wunderman. Photo courtesy of AdWeek.

Pierry—which began as a team of two back in 2008—has rapidly grown to employee nearly one hundred strategy, creative, technology and digital specialists, with offices in Redwood City, CA, Boulder, CO, New York City, NY, Ruston, LA and Kyoto, Japan. Through our proprietary MaaS™(Marketing as a Service) approach—a unique blend of technological expertise partnered with creative excellence—our mission has always been to aid companies in optimizing their digital marketing initiatives, improve efficiency, impact and increase ROI. Pierry’s revenues were $14.5 million USD for the 2016 year-end.

“It’s not every day [that] you get the chance to become a part of one of the largest and most respected digital agencies in the world. Having Wunderman as our partner allows us to continue to scale rapidly and increase our service capabilities for our clients,” said our Founder and CEO, Josh Pierry. Today, Pierry serves a vast range of clients across a variety of sectors including, LifeLock, Louisiana Tech University, Major League Soccer team San Jose Earthquakes and Yeti Coolers.

Pierry Founder and CEO, Josh Pierry.  Photo courtesy of Media Bizj.

The investment is a part of WPP’s operational streamline—progressing its strategy to focus on three key verticals that differentiate the Group’s client services: technology, data and digital content. As a Platinum Salesforce Marketing Partner, Pierry will join the ranks among WPP’s other investments in innovative technology service companies, including AppNexus, mySupermarket and Within Unlimited (VR/AR). WPP’s digital asset portfolio includes companies like Cognified, Deeplocal (an innovation studio and spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University, Marketplace Ignition (Amazon-focused e-commerce), Medialets, Salmon and The Cocktail (a digital consultancy).

The Group has also invested in several digital content companies, including Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital, Gimlet, Imagina (a content rights and media company based in Spain), Mic, Refinery29 and VICE. Their roster of wholly-owned digital agencies also includes Essence, AKQA, F.biz, POSSIBLE, VML, Mirum and Wunderman.

WPP’s digital revenues came in at over $7.5 billion USD in 2016—representing 39% of the Group’s total revenues of $19.4 billion. The Group has set a projected target of 40-45% of revenue to be derived from digital in the next four to five years (digital represented 41% of WPP’s revenues as of June 30, 2017). WPP companies collectively employee 29,000 people and generate revenues of $7.5 billion in North America.

“Joining forces with Wunderman is a tremendous opportunity,” said Josh Pierry, and we look forward to the contingency it brings to continue to advance, grow and deliver our clients the best service in the industry.

 

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Mobile Optimization — So Yesterday?

Nisa Sedaghat

Think your business, e-commerce site or services can survive online without joining the modern-day mobile-driven world? That you can walk around our X, Y and Z generations and the evolved need for instant gratification at our fingertips to do, see, browse, research, purchase and peruse at our leisure? Think again. If you’re not on mobile, mobile-friendly, or mobile-first you are already “so yesterday” as the kids say these days—or so I’m told.

Here are 5 reasons why you should be thinking mobile-first—always:

1. Your biggest outreach tool is already in their hands

When you walk down the street, catch the bus or sit down at a restaurant next to other patrons, this is not that hard to see—now-a-days it seems that everyone’s face is glued tight to their phones. We’re an up and running, modern-day, technology-imprisoned version of “The Walking Dead”—so use it to your advantage. Target customers and potential clients through that little screen that they are already latched onto—a startling 4.7 hours a day to be more precise.

According to a study done by Google in 2016, between 50-61% of online searches start on a mobile device (depending on the country). Why not take advantage of the significant opportunity to reach your audience? You could be missing the chance to engage more than half your customers if you don’t make your platform mobile user-friendly.

2.  Mobile Darwinism

Research done by McKinsey & Company noted that 61% of users said they were unlikely to return to a mobile site if they had trouble accessing it, with 40% saying they would move on to a competitor’s site instead—yikes. Bye, Felicia. What’s that saying—adapt or die? Get it right the first time and optimize.

Photo courtesy of Google

3. Mobile traffic has superseded desktop on a global scale

While desktop users still traditionally spend more time online, (about 1.9 times more), mobile has surpassed desktop usage in terms of traffic on a worldwide scale. According to SimilarWeb, out of 77 billion website visits, about 56% of traffic is mobile, compared to the 44% that is derived from a desktop platform. Get in the fast lane and catch some of those mobile drivers with an optimized mobile experience.

Photo courtesy of Stone Temple

4. Increase those conversion rates

Photo courtesy of Linkedin

80% of consumers have admitted that mobile purchases are impulse-driven, buying from companies that offer more interactive brand and engaging mobile experiences. There is clear contingency to increase sales in this capacity- as long as you are offering potential buyers said interactive, engaging and fast mobile experience. Why fast? Are you going to wait half a minute to order that $100 Game of Thrones fan starter-pack that Facebook Ads suggested to you on your iPhone? Probably not. That extra 30 seconds is likely going to let your brain reason with you to back off the “ledge of impulse decision making.” As a society geared towards instant gratification, it’s no surprise that conversion rates decrease by 12% for each additional second that it takes a website to load on a mobile device, with bounce rates increasing by 50% for every 2 extra seconds of load time. By the end of 2017, it is estimated that mobile e-commerce revenue is projected to increase to 50% of total e-commerce revenue—meaning if you want a piece of that bigger pie, it’s imperative to have agile site speeds. Because sometimes, you really do need that Game of Thrones fan t-shirt.

5. A little three letter acronym called S.E.O.

You spent hours searching for keywords, characterizing your ALT-tags, integrating long-tail keyword phrases and researching Google’s latest algorithms—you’re all set for optimal SEO for your e-commerce or business site, right? Wrong. Mobile is still a box you have to check. Cross integration, my friend. Considering that 75% of people hunting online don’t scroll past the first page of search engine results, this is not something you want to overlook… that is unless you are trying not to be found.

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

6. Mobile advertising will dominate the future

Have you been listening to what we’ve been saying so far? Mobile… what? Mobile first. It’s the future. By 2019, it is estimated that 72% of all digital advertising spending will be put towards mobile. Rest in peace desktop advertising, we’ll lay you down next to direct mail. The big dogs already know this is where consumers will be spending most of their time and hard earned money—meaning your competitors do too. With the majority of ads moving to the digital space, consumers will be seeing them on their iPhones or mobile devices before clicking through to get to corresponding company sites. If you are one of these and your site is slow or not user-friendly… well—if you’ve been reading—you how the story ends. Be proactive.

“Alright, okay!” We’ve convinced you, you say. So, what’s the fastest and easiest way you can check to see if your site is mobile-first or optimized?

  • Firstly, check your site on your phone. Pull up your URL and see if there’s anything that immediately stands out to you that’s off—design elements lining up, text that is too big, too small or that falls off the side of the screen, etc.
  • Speed— is it loading quickly or dragging on?
  • Do the layout and design elements drag your eyes to clear CTA’s (Call to Actions)?
  • Is it easy to navigate the menu and click-through buttons?
  • Put yourself in your users’ shoes, would you spend time navigating the site? Is the experience enjoyable? Visually pleasing? Easy to use?
  • If all else fails, use Google’s super easy “Mobile-Friendly Test.” Just copy and paste your link and go.

Review your answers and comment below let us know what areas you could use more help on.

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