Publicis (PUBGY), the world's #3 ad holding company, has struck a multi-year deal with Facebook (FB +2.1%) that involves a "co-creation of [ad] product around data, video and images, including core Facebook and Instagram."
AdAge reports the deal is worth $500M, and notes it's "easily the largest yet between an agency holding company and a tech company." Publicis' clients (through its holding companies) include major brands such as Coca-Cola, P&G, and Verizon.
Facebook ad VP Carolyn Everson states the deal is "the first time we have all of the different elements that will allow clients to reach a significant scale of 100 million people a day in the U.S. and [specific] audiences within the 100 million." It was only two weeks ago that Facebook rolled out advanced audience data tools for advertisers.
Instagram announced its first major ad agency deal in March - a $100M tie-up with former Publicis merger partner Omnicom.