Ogilvy PR picks Rahul Titus to head new Business Influence unit

Ogilvy PR has launched a new Business Influence offering that will enable clients to access the burgeoning Influence business economy at the B2B level. The new offer, led by Global Head of Influence Rahul Titus, will help clients access and leverage credible industry authorities to help build brand awareness and reputation, facilitate relationships and improve employee engagement.

Ogilvy PR is already using the new Business Influence offer with clients including IBM, Samsung Business and Vodafone Business to build their Business Influence campaigns globally.

(TOP: Rahul Titus, Global Head of Influence, Ogilvy PR). 

“Using Influence in Business is not new; but many businesses have only been utilising a small portion of its potential and focused on the conversion stage. Extending Business Influence impact across an end-to-end business landscape unlocks exponential value that companies can’t always access through other channels,” stated James Baldwin, the Business Influence Director.

Business Influencer Marketing is predicted to generate $11.7 billion in revenue by the end of 2022. This represents a shift in brand mindset – by using credible industry individuals with a proven track record, businesses can address issues from face-value sales and reputation management to fully integrated business builds and employee advocacy. Whilst some of the world’s biggest legacy B2B brands use Influencers, Business Influence remains in its infancy.  Ogilvy has set up a team of Business Influence specialists who have been partnering with clients in the Business Influence space for years.

“Business Influence is the new frontier in Influencer Marketing. Similar to consumer audiences, authentic credibility has overtaken hard sales when it comes to increasing trust and B2B growth. Those companies and brands who get this right are poised to reap the benefits of an ever-growing creator economy. The future of Business Influence is around real people driving real impact. Own your conversation, or someone else will,” noted  Rahul Titus, Global Head of Influence.

According to Forbes, 90% of today’s sales driven B2B audiences no longer trust sales messages but 92% of B2B buyers agree they would engage if the professional were a known industry thought leader. The authentic credibility of Business Influence has overtaken hard sales as the foundation of B2B growth, yet help is still needed to unlock the potential. 74% of B2B Marketers agree that Influencer Marketing improves relationships with brands, yet only 19% are running ongoing influencer programs.

“In the African  context, influence in the B2B space is yet to be mined for its true potential. We are delighted to bring this innovation from our global network and excited about its prospects for our PR&I clients. What Joanna, Rahul and the PR&I team at Ogilvy has created, is truly remarkable, and I believe it could be a new sharp weapon in the arsenal of a B2B marketer,” said Vikas Mehta, the CEO, Ogilvy Africa.

Since 2017, Rahul has worked with Ogilvy’s Influence team to establish the network’s unparalleled leadership and authority around the Influence economy. Rahul and his team have continually redefined the industry through their industry-leading thought leadership, launching the network’s inclusive influence initiative and unveiling Ogilvy’s recent commitment to combat the misuse of beauty and body editing across Influencer content.

Ogilvy’s Influence expertise has set industry standards resulting in flagship new business and Ogilvy becoming the most awarded agency by the Influencer Marketing Awards for the 4th year in a row.


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