GroupM Plans to Launch Women’s Sports Marketplace

GroupM Plans to Launch Women’s Sports Marketplace

Published: March 27, 2024

GroupM, a leading media investment group under creative agency WPP, has unveiled its strategy to amplify its presence in the realm of women's sports advertising by developing a dedicated marketplace and doubling its media spend.

This strategic shift comes in response to the burgeoning popularity and revenue potential of women's sports, with forecasts predicting a substantial revenue surge exceeding $1 billion this year.

“For many years, there has been a disparity between men’s and women’s sports advertising, but today there are increased opportunities across women’s sports,” Martin Blich, executive director for sports and live investment at GroupM US, said in a press release.

“We hope our commitment will help brands execute a more holistic investment strategy centered around the audience while increasing overall sports advertising,” he added.

Establishing a Dedicated Marketplace for Women's Sports

GroupM's initiative includes the launch of a dedicated women's sports marketplace, set to revolutionize how advertisers engage with this rapidly growing sector.

By creating a platform that offers first-look and first-to-market opportunities, GroupM aims to provide a fertile ground for advertisers to connect with key players in women's sports.

Brands such as Adidas, Ally, Coinbase, Discover, Google, Mars, Nationwide, Unilever, and Universal Pictures have already expressed their interest in this innovative approach.

“We are very supportive of this effort by GroupM and the sports marketplace to drive simplicity for marketers investing in women’s sports,” Unilever’s U.S. Head of Media Investment Aaron Sobol shared.

It was Ally’s CMO Andrea Brimmer who initiated talks about the creation of a women’s sports marketplace with GroupM last year.

“At Ally, we dreamed about reimagining the investment approach so we could drive systemic change in the way women’s sports media is bought and sold,” Brimmer revealed.

“And, today, through the leadership of GroupM and their many clients across industries, this dream is becoming a reality,” she added.

Driving Impact and Embracing Growth Opportunities

GroupM's new strategy focuses on tailoring opportunities to enhance brand impact and optimize business outcomes for advertisers.

It plans to work closely with its media partners to pinpoint and allocate media investments strategically aimed at maximizing the exposure, promotion, and monetization of women's sports.

“Starting with this year’s Upfront negotiations, our team will procure elevated opportunities that are a win-win for our advertisers,” Matt Sweeney, chief investment officer at GroupM US, explained.

“GroupM advertisers have challenged the marketplace to flip the script on how to invest in women’s sports, and they will continue to play a pivotal role moving forward,” he added.

GroupM's bold step to double its media investment and establish a dedicated marketplace signifies a pivotal moment in challenging conventional advertising practices in women’s sports.

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