Media Behavior

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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 »

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 »

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 »

Does Video Always Have to Be Short-Form?

When brands think about digital video, they tend to think :30s or even :15s. But are they selling long-form video content short? The obvious appeal for videos of shorter length is their potential for higher viewership within paid media channels, mainly due to the likelihood of short-form videos being watched through to completion, and maintaining… Continue reading »

No Cord To Cut

Have you ever met a cord cutter? I’m sure you have.  What about a cord never?  I hadn’t until last week. I recently had the pleasure of traveling to the Underscore Krakow office to train the team on how broadcast negotiating and buying works in the United States. In preparation for the trip, I prepared… Continue reading »

October 21, 2015

When we think of movies that make accurate predictions about advertising in the future, we tend to think of sci fi dramas like Minority Report.  But I wonder whether the second comedy movie from the greatest movie trilogy of all time did a better job. October 21, 2015 will be upon us in just a few short months.… Continue reading »

Television is Dead…Again

It happens with some regularity. Traditional media likes to float the declaration from time to time that television is moribund. If you work in digital media and marketing, you hear even more often that television is dead. The latest rounds of death knells, however, are less about television as a format for content and more… Continue reading »

We’ve Flattened The Media World

Over the past year of aggressively pitching multinational clients for media planning and buying assignments, I realized that clients were often unsure about how an advertising agency located in North America could plan a media campaign in other countries. This got me thinking about all the elements that have changed in the media landscape, such… Continue reading »