Dubai, UAE, 21 September 2016: Hotwire PR, the global PR and communications consultancy represented by Active (Digital. Marketing. Communications) in the Middle East, today announces its entry into the Latin America market through an exclusive co-branded partnership with São Paulo based integrated comms agency VIANEWS. The partnership reflects Hotwire’s business strategy to further expand into new geographical markets and follows on from similar partnerships established in the past twelve months in the Middle East (Active) and the Netherlands (Yellow Communications).
Headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, VIANEWS is independently owned and recognised as one of the region's leading communications consultancies specialising in the technology sector. It has been in business for 30 years, providing services to over 500 global and local companies. The agency expanded through partnerships across Latin America 16 years ago and now serves clients in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru, combining global standards of services with highly localized expertise. The firm has partnered with Hotwire on an informal non-exclusive basis since 2011, representing joint clients that have included Rakuten, BMC, Intralinks and LogMeIn.
The exclusive co-branded agreement will bring together VIANEWS’ network of agencies in Latin America with Hotwire’s existing international footprint of wholly owned offices, exclusive co-branded partners and affiliates in more than 22 countries worldwide. Combined, the Hotwire global network now provides clients with communications expertise in every major economic region worldwide and is seeking to become a true alternative to the major owned networks.
According to Andy West, Group Chief Development Office at Hotwire, the move into Latin America with VIANEWS reflects the firm’s ambitions to provide an alternative to the establish PR world order: “We have clients looking for something different when buying international communications support. They have been burnt by the large networks but still require consistency, sector knowledge, coordination and team collaboration. Our partnership with VIANEWS over the past five years has shown that we can deliver this in Brazil and the wider Latin American market so we’re delighted to bring VIANEWS´ team more closely into the Hotwire family.”
The partnership will see VIANEWS add the Hotwire logo to its existing brand identity and will significantly deepen the operational relationship between the two companies. The partnership gives VIANEWS access to Hotwire's global sales, marketing and HR resources while Hotwire will benefit from VIANEWS’ deep experience and network across Latin America. Both companies will work together not just on supporting existing clients but on targeted business development across the region.
Pedro Cadina, Founder and Managing Director of VIANEWS said: "We started working closely with Hotwire in 2011 and very quickly realised that we share similar values and a common approach to the work we do. We’ve seen tremendous value from our affiliation with Hotwire in recent years in terms of new business and knowledge sharing, so it is a natural next step to move even closer to the business. We’re looking forward to being part of the Hotwire family and to sharing knowledge, ideas, client contacts and staff over the coming years.”
Brendon Craigie, Group CEO at Hotwire added: “We are building a true alternative to the established global PR order. In today’s global interconnected economy it is vital we can support our clients where ever their business growth takes them. We are passionate about working with partners to build the very best global communications network of likeminded service providers we can for our clients. Deepening our relationship with great partners such as VIANEWS represents significant step forward in realising this ambition.”
Hotwire is a global PR and communications agency dedicated to helping ambitious companies change their game, build their reputation, and stand out from the crowd. Our communications experts provide clients with in-depth knowledge and experience across a number of market categories. From Sydney to San Francisco, we’re a team business, with a ‘one office’ mentality. Our international team works across our 22 locations, including the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia, together with co-branded partners Yellow Communications in the Netherlands and Belgium, Active in the Middle East and VIANEWS in Brazil, as well as other affiliate partners. We bring the best of our knowledge, skills and experience to all of our clients wherever they are in the world.
Hotwire is wholly owned by Enero Group Limited, a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:EGG). The Enero Group is a boutique network of marketing and communications businesses that include BMF, Corporate Edge, CPR, Dark Blue Sea, Frank PR, Hotwire, Jigsaw, Naked Communications, OB Media, Precinct, The Digital Edge and The Leading Edge.
VIANEWS is a public relations and communications agency engaged in strategic projects and innovative ideas to add value to companies' brands. With a team of knowledgeable professionals, the agency develops integrated communications services, including strategic planning, digital media, events, media relations, internal communication, crises management and content. With its headquarters in Brazil, VIANEWS is the exclusive affiliate of the global agency Hotwire PR for Latin America, where it has been operating for 16 years through partners, gathering more than 50 associated people in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru. In the market for 30 years, VIANEWS has among its clients more than 500 global and local brands.