- Stagwell is upgrading its marketing cloud with generative artificial intelligence (AI) through a new pact with Google Cloud and SADA, one of Google’s premier partners, according to a news release.
- Google Cloud will offer development support for Stagwell Marketing Cloud (SMC) and access to products including Vertex AI and Duet AI. SMC will leverage these features to inform go-to-market programs and its own generative AI tools, including first-party data products and plans to train a proprietary large language model (LLM) for Stagwell clients.
- SMC will release future solutions on the Google Cloud Marketplace to scale access to its AI-powered marketing services faster. The move comes as marketers begin to seek more concrete applications of generative AI following a year of massive hype.
The agency category continues to invest heavily in generative AI, viewing the technology as a means to transform marketing services functions from creative to market research. Stagwell is enlisting the help of Google Marketing Cloud, one of the biggest players in the tech space, to accelerate the development of SMC products powered by generative AI and quickly launch those offerings into the marketplace. Among some of the projects brewing is a proprietary LLM, Stagwell’s answer to software like OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
The pact could help Stagwell keep pace as other agency networks ramp up their own generative AI launches heading into 2024, setting the stage for a tightly competitive battleground. The researcher Forrester forecasts that AI will become permanently embedded in several areas of agency operations next year and prove disruptive to the industry, imperiling digital agencies, in particular.
“This partnership gets market-shifting technology to our client partners faster than ever,” said Stagwell CEO Mark Penn in a press statement. “As we work to lead the AI-based transformation of marketing, we’re excited to partner with Google Cloud and SADA to chart the future on AI.”
Stagwell unveiled its marketing cloud at CES in 2022 and has expanded the unit as cloud computing becomes a key piece of marketing’s shift toward first-party data, a space that has received a deluge of interest ahead of the deprecation of cookies next year. SMC’s deal with Google Cloud and SADA aims to help “multiply the value” of first-party data for clients, including through the use of Google’s Vertex AI, which is targeted at machine-learning engineering workflows.
The collaboration will also spruce up go-to-market campaign strategies with generative AI, with an initial focus on SMC’s Media Studio Audience Identification, PRophet Monitor and public relations arms. SMC will broaden the scope of the AI work to eventually affect all of its products, according to the release.
A stronger positioning around generative AI could help Stagwell secure new business and attract bigger spending from existing clients following a difficult period. The company’s revenue has been on the decline this year, dropping 7% in Q3. The agency conglomerate, which bills itself as a “challenger network,” has remained active on the deal-making front, acquiring the social-first agency Movers+Shakers earlier in November.