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The Presidential Debates Have Become Something The WWE Would Dream Up

From Trump’s pre-debate press conference to the non-handshake heard around the country, the debates are causing people to search. Sunday night’s Town Hall debate drew 69MM viewers (down nearly 20% from the first debate) but there was no shortage of dramatic moments. To understand what viewers were thinking, our team reviewed the top search trends… Continue reading »

Local Market Nuances

By: Cindy Seebeck Seasoned local market buyers, cultivate sales relationships in the markets they cover so that they can, by extension, have on-the-ground intelligence about the market – almost if they were living there.  This knowledge, bestowed upon them by their sales reps, is invaluable as they navigate the nuances of their markets.   Over the… Continue reading »

Hiding Behind Garden Walls

When have walled gardens ever been good for digital advertising? As an industry, we are doomed to repeat our history with walled gardens because we haven’t learned from it sufficiently.  The truth is that most ad-supported walled gardens end up dying after marketers struggle to measure them and either can’t come to any meaningful conclusion… Continue reading »

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 »

Goodbye, Blockbuster.  Hello, Franchise Approach.

By: Amanda Fiore As the healthcare industry changes year over year, pharmaceutical companies must adapt to the ebb and flow. We have said goodbye to the “Age of the Blockbuster,” when high revenue-generating drugs took priority, bringing in at least $1 billion annually singlehandedly. Pharmaceutical companies typically launched one to two of these blockbuster drugs… Continue reading »

Don’t Throw Out The Programmatic Baby With The RTB Bathwater

Be honest.  When you hear the word “programmatic,” what’s the first thing you think of? If you’re like a lot of marketers, your brain might conjure up images of digital ads, ad exchanges, bidding algorithms and targeting personas.  And this is a problem. Digital has always had its issues with lingo and tech talk.  The… Continue reading »

Over The Rainbow? The Risks of “Too Much Publicity.”

Is there such a thing as too much publicity? In the age of social media, we’re programmed to share information and experiences in real-time – anything from celebrity encounters, to world travels, to baby’s first steps, to DIY projects. Whether it’s good or bad, news travels fast; and it travels even faster on online. For… Continue reading »

The Importance of Radio in the Overall Media Mix

I’m not part of an agency creative team, rather a media professional that has over the years worked closely with the creative department at various agencies.  Sometimes, the creative department can go into an assignment thinking radio creative isn’t very sexy.  They think it’s limiting in its execution; “you can’t win any big CLIO awards”… 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 »