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Publicis Groupe Just Destroyed Your Holiday Greeting Card

We feel like we’re supposed to dislike the Publicis Groupe/Omnicom megalith for some reason, but we have to tip our Santa caps to them and their French CEO for a job well done on this “More the Merrier” video greeting card. It’s so complex and ridiculous that you really should check it out for yourself. First watch the intro from Maurice Levy:

After this it gets a little complicated: go to the greeting page, turn your webcam on and make sure to have as many faces around you as possible, because the more you have the crazier it gets.

Work from home? Don’t have any friends in the office? No worries: Publicis provides a helpful PDF filled with eager young faces that you can use to pretend. Screen shots after the jump.

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Publicis and Omnicom Join to Create Agency Supernova, Inspire Twitter Jokes

This weekend we moved a step closer to The Singularity as the world’s two largest PR/marketing/advertising groups announced plans to join, creating one unstoppable media megalith that will easily pass WPP to become the biggest, most powerful group in the history of big, powerful groups.

Together, Publicis and Omnicom include agencies from Saatchi & Saatchi and Leo Burnett to BBDO and DDB Worldwide.

On Saturday and Sunday the two companies confirmed the move and released statements from co-CEOs Maurice Levy and John Wren, who made a public appearance together; Levy said the merger started as “almost a joke” six months ago. One thing the pair didn’t do was secure the Twitter handles @OmnicomPublicis or @PublicisOmnicom, a fact that allowed a couple of industry wise guys to have a bit of fun in the wake of the announcement:

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Publicis Reports 5.7 Percent Organic Growth for 2011

Publicis Groupe, home to MSLGroup among other PR, marketing, and advertising firms, reported €5.82 billion (about $7.74 billion, according to today’s exchange rate) in revenue for 2011. That’s an increase from €5.42 billion in 2010. The company also reported organic growth of 5.7 percent and net new business totaling $7.9 billion. Operating margin was at 16 percent and net income totaled €600 million ($798 million).

“Our good performance in 2011 should be attributed, first and foremost, to the loyalty of our clients who trust us to help them win in a digitized, globalized and hyper-competitive world,” said company chairman and CEO Maurice Lévy in a statement.

He credited the company’s “financial flexibility” and capabilities for creating a path that “should see us through this new era of short cycles that require flexibility and agility, qualities that remain intact within the Group.” While upbeat, Lévy also noted the uncertainty of the months ahead.

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IPG PR Firms Show 10.8 Percent Organic Growth in Q3

Interpublic Group announced its Q3 earnings this morning, reporting 11.1 percent revenue growth in Q3 for a total of $1.73 billion. Organic revenue growth was 8.7 percent — 10.1 percent in the U.S. and 6.7 percent abroad. Operating income for the quarter was $173.2 million versus $100.2 million for the same time in 2010.

For the first nine months, revenue totaled $4.94 billion compared to $4.5 billion for the same period in 2010. Organic revenue increase was 7.5 percent and operating income was $301.9 million. Operating income was up from $218 million compared to the same time last year. Adweek credits the investment in Facebook for the results, which were better than expected.

IPG’s PR firms include GolinHarris, Weber Shandwick, and DeVries Public Relations. We spoke with Harris Diamond, CEO of the Contingency Management Group that houses the PR firms, which saw 10.8 percent organic growth for the quarter and 8.8 percent year-to-date organic growth.

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Publicis Reports More Than 7 Percent Organic Growth for Q2, First Half

Publicis Groupe reported €1.41 billion (about $2.03 billion according to today’s conversion rates)  in revenue for the second quarter, an increase of 2.7 percent from Q1. Organic growth was 7.6 percent. That exceeds the 6.5 percent organic growth of the first quarter and the 7.1 percent year-over-year.

For the first half, revenue totaled about €2.7 billion (about $3.88 billion) with organic growth of 7.1 percent. Organic growth was 5.3 percent in 2010. Revenue is up 6.3 percent from the prior year.

Publicis Groupe is home to MSLGroup, which is part of the Specialized Agencies and Marketing Services division (SAMS), housing both the digital arm and PR firms. For the first half of the year, the SAMS group contributed 49 percent of revenue.

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Lévy Staying Put at Publicis

This week, Publicis Groupe shareholders voted to raise the age limit for management board members from 70 to 75. This means that Maurice Lévy, the Groupe’s 69-year-old chairman and CEO, can stay on for another five years while a successor is selected.

Publicis firms include MSLGroup as well as advertising giants Saatchi & Saatchi and Leo Burnett.

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e-G8 Stress Internet Freedom at Meeting with G-8

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Facebook's Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt

The big message to come from the Internet business leaders who gathered in France for the e-G8 meeting this week was “Leave the Internet alone.”

Hosted by Publicis chief exec Maurice Lévy and serving as a prelude to the Group of 8 summit currently under way, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, John Donahoe, chief executive of eBay, and Groupon founder Andrew Mason were among the digital bigwigs in attendance for the e-G8. They also had an audience with G-8 world leaders like British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has called for some regulation of the Web.

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Publicis Reports Organic Growth Up 6.5 Percent in Q1

Publicis Groupe reported its Q1 2011 earnings, announcing a 6.5 percent increase in organic growth, up from 3.1 percent in Q1 2010. Revenue for the quarter was €1.29 billion (about $1.87 billion by today’s currency exchange rate) up 10.7 percent from the €1.16 reported this time last year.

“Our investments in digital are paying off, and the signals we are getting from emerging markets are highly encouraging. As before, China has priority status; we expect our business there to double by 2013,” Maurice Lévy, Publicis chairman and CEO said in a statement. Net new business wins totaled nearly $2 billion he added.

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Publicis Reports 8.3 Percent Organic Growth for 2010

Publicis Groupe reported 8.3 percent organic growth for 2010 in its earnings release today. Revenue for the year was over €5 billion (about $7.38 billion), with net income up 30.5 percent to €526 million (about $716.9 million). Operating margin was up 25.9 percent to €856 million (about $1.2 billion).

The company also reported its Q4 results, with organic growth coming in even higher at 12.5 percent. Revenue was up 23 percent for the quarter to €1.56 billion (nearly $2.13 billion).

The earnings release attributed a good deal of the company’s success to the digital space.

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Publicis in Talks with Chinese Government To Launch Comms College

Publicis chief exec Maurice Lévy is in talks with Chinese government officials to establish a communications university in one of China‘s major cities.

According to Lévy, talks have been ongoing for some time now. And with high consumer interest in brands all across the country, the Chinese market is rife with opportunity.

“China has become the number two economy in the world and they are modernising the country heavily and they are moving toward a market economy. Therefore, marketing and advertising is very important and the Chinese love brands,” he told the UK’s Telegraph.

Lévy would not disclose whether the school would be Publicis-branded or whether graduates would join the company.

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