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Do The 4As Transparency Guidelines Go Far Enough?

If agencies are transparent about media they’re reselling to their clients, is that enough? The 4As recently announced that member agencies failing to adhere to their transparency guidelines could end up purged from the organization.  That’s a harsh penalty that will, no doubt, make agencies think twice about opaque arrangements that allow them to earn… Continue reading »

So You’ve Hired A Media Agency! Now What?

By: Amanda Fiore As a client, hiring an agency to plan, negotiate, buy and execute media to support your brand and help achieve its business goals can be a large but rewarding task. So now that you’ve hired an agency, what’s next? Which marketing responsibilities does the agency take on, versus the internal client team?… Continue reading »

How Do We Begin the Healing?

Predictably, in the wake of reports and recommendations to the ANA by K2 and Ebiquity on agency transparency, and subsequent reactions and rebuttals by the AAAA, nobody has been able to agree on a course forward. There’s an elephant in the room, though, one that pundits have touched on but haven’t exactly told us how… Continue reading »

How to Filter Bias from your Media Plans

  On our way to becoming media generalists, we are first specialists.  And the medium we first specialize in can hold a special place in our hearts like a first summer crush. But solid rationale and a wide range of considerations are the drivers of successful campaigns, and letting our feelings get in the way… Continue reading »

Dismantling Accordion Media

“It does this,” he said, pulling his hands apart and then clasping them together repeatedly.  To me, it looked like he was playing an invisible accordion.  I was at my first agency gig, and this was one of my coworkers explaining how media planning and buying functions move from centers of excellence within a holding… Continue reading »

Digital Marketing to the Ultra-Rich

If you’re marketing to the ultra-rich, don’t expect much of the market research conducted against “affluents” to be much help. Occasionally, a marketer will be called upon to find ways to reach the not-merely-rich set.  Not the folks considering a Maserati automobile or a Rolex watch, but the kinds of people who might consider purchasing… 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 »

People of Ad Tech: STRV CRO David Calabrese

In a recent column for The Drum, STRV Chief Revenue Officer David Calabrese outlined three things that agencies are doing wrong when it comes to mobile. Calabrese explains to WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that because there’s so little margin in mobile, agencies tend to neglect it. Brands need to make sure that their agencies… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: Atomized CEO ChRiS Gomersall

Atomized CEO ChRiS Gomersall tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that he came up with the idea for Atomized while serving as Facebook’s first creative strategy leader. He saw a need for a service that showed a marketer what each campaign looks like on each medium, in real time. (One marketer was dismayed to learn,… Continue reading »

The Top Five Makegood Articles of 2015

December rolls around, and another year has passed. Fifty-two weeks gone in a snap, with another set ready to roll out at the stroke of midnight, January 1st. And in that time, we’ve published some great pieces. We’ve listened to you, our readers, and noted the ones where you just couldn’t get enough. Last year… Continue reading »

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