Tom Hespos

Tom Hespos has written 66 posts for The Makegood

Trending Toward Frugality

My grandfather grew up during The Great Depression, and wouldn’t let you forget it. One of his favorite stories involved receiving a baseball glove for his birthday. It wasn’t the one he wanted, and when he abandoned it, my great-grandfather squirreled the glove away and gave it to him again at Christmas. Grandpa died in… Continue reading »

Marketing Lessons from the U.S. Election

Depending on how you voted, you’re either cheering this week or you’re doing your best to cope with the nation’s choice for President of the United States.  But whatever your political leanings, there are several important takeaways from this election cycle that we can apply to our own campaigns.  Let’s share some learning in the… Continue reading »

Four Things You Can Do Right Now To Protect Against Undisclosed Agency Rebates

By Tom Hespos The results of an ANA probe on agency rebates have come back, and while details of those results have yet to be made public as of this writing, I’ve been in the business long enough to know what the report will say when details reach the general advertising community. Are you managing… Continue reading »

In Defense of Spill

By: Tom Hespos “Targeting at scale” – The role many digital marketers ascribe to digital display. How a precise and measurable medium like digital ends up playing second fiddle to television when it comes to the awareness heavy-lifting chores of brand advertising campaigns is counter-intuitive.  Digital is elegant and malleable, while television is fairly rigid… Continue reading »

Consolidation Is Key For Global Campaigns

By: Tom Hespos It’s time for agencies to stop believing that advertisers are impressed by multinational agency networks when it comes to their global campaigns. When pressed about what makes these networks so good at what they do, large agencies often make vague references to “local nuances” of the markets they serve.  While that may… Continue reading »

Lack of Diversity Takes Center Stage at AAAA Transformation

By Tom Hespos When the crowd gasped, it was not because WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell acknowledged the diversity problem in advertising, it was because he took a potshot at Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy. “Maurice has a habit of ignoring the facts and not letting the facts get in the way of his analysis,”… Continue reading »

Content Marketing Deserves Paid Support

By: Tom Hespos Websites.  Facebook pages.  YouTube channels.  Mobile apps.  What do they all have in common? They all represent investments made by brands over the years that had the tendency to be unsupported and thus never saw the light of day. In the mid-1990s, as many brands and companies established their first websites, agencies… Continue reading »

Is a Second Digital Winter Looming?

By Tom Hespos Take a look at the most senior person on your digital staff – the one who lived through the first dot com boom.  Has she been anxious lately?  Here’s why. I can’t overstate the effect the bursting of the dot com bubble in the latter part of 2000 had on the people… Continue reading »

Native Ad Regulation

Just a couple days before Christmas, the Federal Trade Commission issued guidance on Native Advertising that touched off a wave of blamestorming across the digital industry. The timing was terrific.  With visions of sugarplums dancing in everyone’s heads, and the ad industry preparing for its end-of-the-year shutdown, the controversy could wait.  We would deal with… Continue reading »

The Dark Side of Automation

When I was a kid, I programmed my Commodore 64 to pick lottery numbers for my Dad.  Sounds easy, but I wrote a flexible program that could pick numbers for the daily numbers or Lotto (in its 40, 48 and 54 iterations) and it picked numbers without repeats.  It took me a few hours to… Continue reading »

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