WPP and Snap Inc., the camera company behind Snapchat have announced a global partnership known as The AR Lab to help brands build and deliver immersive experiences for consumers using Augmented Reality. With a particular focus on e-commerce, the partnership combines Snap’s AR technology with WPP’s integrated capabilities across creative, media, commerce, and technology, allowing WPP clients to better connect with their customers on the Snapchat platform and drive business results through AR.
According to a recent study commissioned by Snap, 94% of people are expecting to use AR for shopping purposes the same as or more than 2022 versus 2021. The partnership will give WPP and its clients access to and mastery of Snap’s AR technology end-to-end, including creative production and measurement.
As Snap’s inaugural Agency AR partner, WPP will collaborate with Snap on new products and technology, such as the recently launched Snapchat Trends tool, which allows teams to use proprietary insights and data to inform creative and campaign development.
WPP will also gain access to a custom AR Lab Strategy Guide, which includes best practices to inform creative development using Snap’s AR technology while ensuring that branded AR experiences can be brought to market faster and more easily than ever before.
In addition, WPP and Snap will implement a co-developed custom optimization scorecard for WPP clients, which will be used to generate more effective campaigns. WPP and Snap’s methodology will provide insights into the performance of these campaigns, allowing teams to measure success and adapt in real-time.
WPP was an early adopter of AR technologies. GroupM, WPP’s media buying arm, has doubled its 2021 social AR investment in the last year and continues to pave the way for AR and commerce media activations.
“AR has a major role to play in the future of marketing and commerce, from virtual try-on to immersive digital experiences. Snap has built an impressive AR platform and we are delighted to partner with them to ensure our people can access Snap’s latest AR technology and in turn develop richer, more innovative commerce solutions for our clients and their customers,” said Sanja Partalo, Executive Vice President, Strategic Development & Partnerships at WPP.
The partnership will further develop WPP’s AR capability through a structured learning and development curriculum via the AR Lab Academy, a training program centered on AR technology and products. The program aims to certify a minimum of one thousand WPP employees by the end of this year.
Snap will also sponsor a quarterly AR production competition for WPP clients. The competition will focus on clients in key markets, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, and for the most innovative AR experiences, Snap will provide funding to bring the winning campaigns to life on Snapchat at scale.
“Over 200m Snapchatters engage with AR every day. This partnership will help brands reach that community through the camera in ways that are engaging, impactful and drive real business results. We are thrilled to debut this initiative with WPP and look forward to driving this important frontier in marketing and commerce together with their clients around the globe,” added David Roter, Vice President, Global Agency Partnerships at Snap Inc.