Tame Your Lion And Pencil Worshipers, Effectiveness Is The New Black

Business results. ROI. Clients love it; ergo, agencies must provide it to remain essential. Enter the Warc 100, an annual ranking of the world’s 100 best campaigns and companies, based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions. The rankings are compiled based on the winners of 87 effectiveness and strategy awards from around the […]

Brand Activation Is A Global Movement

Once upon a time, I lived in Chicago and I spent some time freelancing for Frankel. Bud Frankel was a pioneer in sales promotion, and I thought it was pretty cool to see him walking the halls as Chairman of the firm he founded, led and eventually sold. The sales price in 2000 was estimated […]

Where Have All The Visionary Money Makers Gone?

The agency business in being pounded by a sea of rough and tumble changes today. Agencies are struggling to get lean and nimble, and MBA-toting bean counters are key to this reformulation. Unpopular though they may be, agency CFOs are nevertheless in high demand, says Jay Haines, CEO of global executive-search firm Grace Blue. One […]

CEOs Not Pleased With Creative Snots Who Pack No Data

Generally speaking, clients across the board are not impressed. They want results and all ad people have to peddle is their sacrosanct creativity. That’s the news from The Fournaise Marketing Group (c/o Warc, which interviewed more than 1,200 chief executive officers and decision makers around the world for its 2013 Global Marketing Effectiveness Program. A […]

Do Digital Right: Create “An Increased Likelihood To Buy”

Is digital a direct marketing medium or a brand building medium, or both? It’s a question that will continue to be asked by befuddled clients and their agency helpers alike. Personally, I think digital is a radical transparency machine that challenges brands to become better at marketing, product development and community relations. But back to […]

Marketers Are Brand Architects And Building Brands Takes More Than Math

Fact: When it comes to marketing spending, analog still outstrips digital by a factor of three to one. Jake Sorofman, an analyst with Gartner, supplied the cold hard fact above in a Harvard Business Review article. It’s the kind of fact that my friend Bob Hoffman likes, and likes to use to convince CMOs and […]

People See The Poetry That Is Colorado, People Book A Vacation To Colorado

How do agencies prove their worth and secure more client dollars year in and year out? In an acronym, ROI. When you can prove return on investment, or even strongly suggest it, client checkbooks open. Tim Williams of The Ignition Group, a consultancy devoted to helping marketing firms create and capture more value, argues that […]