STW and Simon White launch media and DM agency Bohemia

From left: Christofi, Dawson, Leaver

Simon White, the founder of STW Group media agency Ikon, has teamed up with ex-Ikon colleagues Brett Dawson and Chris Christofi and ex-Commbank online manager Peter Leaver to launch a media-meets-DM agency called Bohemia.

Backed by White and STW Group, the new agency “marries the art of communication strategy with the science of direct response” and begins life with three unnamed founding clients.

The news of Christofi and Dawson’s departure came in August, when Ikon MD Dan Johns was promoted to CEO. Another Ikon founder, Simon Brock, is also joining the new agency as CFO.

Dawson commented:

Bohemia is a new agency operating system that brings together a collective of experienced and networked individuals, unencumbered by traditional agency buying models, licensed to go deeper into a client’s business than ever before to put media and data led strategy at the centre.

Bohemians will design communication programs with the entire customer journey as their canvas and the growing sources of customer and behavioural data as their palette.

We will concentrate initially on a brands most influential assets such as its customers, its digital and physical footprint, its sponsorships, its social community, its brand imprint and its wealth of data, to create ‘Participation Programs’ not just media plans. Programs powered by a brands most committed customers. Programs that invite people to actively participate to ensure that every dollar spent delivers a measurable outcome.

The new agency has started work on new clients, with services including customer management, sales optimisation, brand strategy, media planning and buying, digital strategy and creative development.

White noted that he had backed the new venture because it gave him the opportunity to build a media and direct agency from scratch, “specifically for the new media world environment without any baggage”.

He added:

It’s a collective of experienced people that will strive to understand a brand and the commerce of its business, and this will be what feeds the overall communications strategy. They will venture further into the clients business to integrate more in-depth customer and sales data with emerging digital and traditional media data sources. Campaigns will require care and attention on a daily basis as they will be multiple content contact points that will require instantaneous response.


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