In what the firms have codenamed the “P&G Google Exchange”, three Google employees were temporarily sent to P&G and 20 P&G employees were sent in the opposite direction.
“All the staff were there to gain more understanding of advertising and insight into how other consumer companies work,” said a P&G spokeswoman.
Google employees hoped the advertising firm would give them more insight into the needs of advertisers, she explained. The programme comes at a time when Google profits are slowing. Advertising firms are of course Google's main source of revenue.
P&G employees went to Google to pick up tips on how their company can leverage online search and advertising, she added. P&G spends a relatively small amount of its ad budget online, according to media reports.
“We are very passionate about this programme,” she said.
But P&G said the exchange, which started in January, has now finished and there is no plan as yet for it to be continued.
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By Rosalie Marshall on Nov 20, 2008 3:15PM