Joyce Timpson & Associates of Honolulu is merging with Japan’s Ocean Investments, part of Takami Holdings Corp., one of the largest companies in Japan’s formal-wear and bridal market. The new company, called Ocean Blue, will offer marketing, PR and event services in Hawaii and Japan. “It is a natural progression to form a strategic alliance with JTA, which has a strong reputation and relationships in Hawaii for events and marketing,” Shigeyuki Takami of Takami Holdings Corp. said in a statement. Joyce Timpson noted that through the new venture, her team will have direct contact with media and marketing services in Asia through Takami Holdings’ marketing and PR group.
The Marketing Group has picked up wildcard communications, a digital communications firm with offices in Hamburg and Munich, Germany. Wildcard will be part of TMG’s technology and lifestyle communications agency, Ranieri Communications. The move follows TMG’s acquisition of French communications agency Reflexion Publique earlier this year. “We are extremely pleased to be adding wildcard to Ranieri,” said Ranieri group managing director Pietro Ranieri. “By bringing wildcard into our growing network, we unlock additional shared value through our complementary service offering, sector focus and increased geographical reach.”
Sage Communications has won two MarCom Awards for outstanding nonprofit marketing campaigns. The McLean, VA-based agency took home a MarCom Platinum Award for its six-piece direct mail campaign for Merkle Response Management Group. Titled “Grow With Us,” the campaign was based on the similarities between cultivating plants and cultivating donor engagement and retention. Sage also snagged a MarCom Gold Award for its work on S&R Foundation’s 2016 Annual Report. “The D.C. market is rife with nonprofit and arts organizations that are doing amazing work in the community,” said Sage co-founder, COO and executive director David Gorodetski. “Our job is to help facilitate their missions by creatively raising their profile in this space.”