Two of advertising’s most important titans went head-to-head to debate in-housing and the future of agencies.

Lagrant Communications has announced that Keisha N. Brown (KB) has been appointed to the position of president, a role held by the founder since its inception in 1990.

The partnerships between clients and agencies can often be fraught with opacity, distrust, and inefficiency.

 

Your time is precious; why waste it reading something that doesn’t have value — right? For today’s post, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the sources I turn to for useful content about agency new business. I’ve rounded up fifteen examples of worthwhile posts along with a summary of why they merit a click-through. Even if you follow agency new business closely, some of these may be expected choices, but I think there are others here that will be new to you.  By Mark Duval - The Duval Partnership

A new study, released by ID Comms in partnership with the 4A’s, reveals that US advertisers are likely failing to get the best responses from potential media agency partners due to a failure of brands sufficiently defining what they are looking for, and refusing to share details around the selection process.

Roughly 65 million fire emojis are used every day throughout social media.  While most of the time this popular emoji is used to add spice to a light-hearted tweet, Coral Gables based Alma wanted to take that energy and use it to help those affected by the very real fires happening in California. They responded to tweets that include the fire emoji, driving Twitter users towards our donation page that is seeking $10,000 for the wildfire relief fund, California Community Foundation. Help us by spreading awareness to our #FightFireWithFire donation campaign.

The Department of Justice has informed five ad holding companies that it is no longer investigating any of their subsidiaries as part of a probe into commercial production practices and possible bid-rigging that began in 2016.

The transparency debate and distrust between advertisers and media buying agencies has been a topic in C-suites since Jon Mandel's 2015 speech at the Association of National Advertisers' (ANA) annual media conference, yet ANA's work on transparency dates back to at least 2011. Interest took a new, unprecedented turn on October 10, 2018 when the ANA notified its members that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asked the ANA to inform its members about the investigation and to ask its members to consider cooperating with the FBI investigation if they believed they might have been defrauded by their agencies.

How do we go about adopting healthy client/agency practices and relations to get budget fit? Once you get there, how do you stay budget fit? Let's explore best practices to make this a successful, sustainable process.

Virtue, the creative agency born from VICE, and El Rey, the entertainment brand founded by Robert Rodriguez, have joined forces to launch LA REYNA, an agency partnering with brands seeking to connect with the rising US Hispanic market.

Nearly seven million Latinos in the U.S. provide unpaid care to an aging or older loved one. Many Latino family caregivers see caregiving responsibilities simply as something family members do for one another, and do not seek outside help. AARP and the Ad Council offer support with a new PSA campaign, encouraging Latino caregivers nationwide to access free Care Guides, self-care tips, planning resources, legal and financial guidance, and more.

Who would want to be at an agency these days?  Pitch after pitch after pitch, controversy after controversy, new vendors every time you turn around, competition from (comparatively) new entrants.  It's no life for someone after a quiet life, that's for sure.  And now along comes a new threat: clients taking parts of the media agency role in-house, reducing their reliance on their partners and threatening agency revenue.  By Brian Jacobs

Sensis was named the 2018 Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

The latest headlines, based on the Association of National Advertisers research, notes that three out of four marketers have in-house capabilities. The same research also acknowledges that 90% of ANA members still have a relationship with an agency, proving that agencies endure as we undergo the most massive transformation the industry has ever experienced. It’s also worth pointing out that some of these respondents may work at in-house agencies-the industry should be wary of reports where respondents are rating themselves.

Pinta has been engaged by Remy Martin, one of the world’s most recognized spirits brands, to help with its first-ever Hispanic marketing program.

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