M&C Saatchi launches marketing science practice Precision

Paige Murphy
By Paige Murphy | 7 July 2021
James Collier

M&C Saatchi AUNZ has launched a new marketing sciences practice Precision that will sit at the heart of M&C Saatchi’s operating model.

The announcement comes several weeks after James Collier’s elevation to chief data officer.

In his new role, Collier will lead the group's marketing science practice, where he will be focused on building out the team and products to help clients.


Collier has been leading the design and internal development of Precision and will spearhead it’s roll out and growth.

“Today marks the end of months of planning and the start of many exciting conversations. Precision has been built on a belief that marketing has changed and with it the expectations placed on the marketing function," Collier says.

"Marketing is now an alchemy of art and science, a blend of fearless creativity with clear quantification. Precision will help M&C Saatchi Group clients better predict, model and measure the impact of creativity on the customer and the brand's bottom line.

“We believe ‘science’ is a creative pursuit. What I mean by that is science is an attempt to see the world in a new way and communicate that truth. For me, art and science, or creativity and quantification are better together. The point of union, the coming together of these two perspectives is where innovation and brilliance happens.”

In addition to working with clients, Precision will support a group wide learning and development program designed to increase data fluency and give all M&C Saatchi employees data skills.

Precision will also be rolling out a group wide data layer, giving every group agency on demand access to a broad syndicate of data and research to help inform and inspire thinking.

"This is the next chapter in the rapid acceleration of data and technology capabilities across the M&C Saatchi Group," M&C Saatchi Group AUNZ group CEO Justin Graham says.

"Importantly, Precision sits at the centre of our business to drive data proficiency for everyone in the group. It is as much about education and access to tools as it is about helpful products for our clients. With his ability to drop the jargon and partner with our word-class creative capability, James is the right guy to lead us forward."

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