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The Cost Of Losing Creativity

Jay Pattisall 10 hours ago
  Agencies’ creative perspective, the very currency of the business, is at risk and can only be realized by shifting billions from tech to fund creative differentiation. “The value of agency creativity is at risk of disappearing.” The marketing industry is woefully out of balance, from agency/client relationships to new business requirements and compensation. The […]
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Differentiate Your Brand With An Experience Architecture

Ted Schadler May 1, 2019
“When everyone is super, no one will be.” Little did “The Incredibles” villain Syndrome know that he was predicting the challenge of both digital experiences and customer experience itself. (Those scores are flat or down over the last three years.) Sure, your coffee app and online retail store work great. Check. Your banking site takes […]
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The Value Of Creativity

If marketers shift budget out of tech and into creative, they stand to gain more in ROI.

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Is Your Brand Desperate To Differentiate?

Jay Pattisall May 1, 2019
If you’re among the fifty percent of marketers that prioritize “improving customer experiences” over other marketing initiatives or among the majority of marketers that cut agency fees and scope, you may be desperate to differentiate from your competitors. Growth From Improving Customer Experience Sputters The customer experience agenda is stalling. Forrester’s Customer Experience Index (CX […]
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Let’s Unpack The Latest Agency Acquisition — Epsilon + Publicis = ?

Fatemeh Khatibloo April 16, 2019
On Monday, Publicis Groupe officially announced its plans to acquire marketing services agency and loyalty provider Epsilon-Conversant from Alliance Data Systems for US$4.4 billion. We predicted this acquisition months ago, since IPG’s purchase of Acxiom and Dentsu Aegis Network’s (DAN) purchase of Merkle left Publicis as the only holding company without a significant data management […]
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The Pendulum Swings Back To Creativity: Decoding Accenture Interactive’s Droga5 Deal

Jay Pattisall April 3, 2019
Today, Accenture Interactive announced its Droga5 acquisition. The New York- and London-based creative agency joins previous Accenture creative acquisitions Fjord, Karmarama, and The Monkeys to bolster the consultancy’s creative and brand communication capabilities. Combined with Accenture Interactive’s technology, data, experience design, commerce, and programmatic capabilities, the addition of Droga5 and others helps move them one […]
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Creative Media Outshines The Technology

Jay Pattisall March 14, 2019
The excess of adtech and martech such as demand-side platforms (DSPs) and data management platforms (DMPs) gives marketers all the control and insights required to run efficient and effective media campaigns. The prospect of marketers owning their data and putting hands on keyboards for digital campaigns calls into question the real need for media agencies. […]
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Gillette’s Close Shave: Its Latest Ad Is A Masterful Emotional Play Let Down By Its Execution

Anjali Lai January 17, 2019
Brands are jumping into the messy arena of polarizing issues with greater fervor — and Gillette just raised the stakes. After 30 years of sitting on the sidelines, Gillette is passing its razor like a baton, with an overture that overtly calls masculinity into question. Within 72 hours of launch, Gillette’s “We Believe” TV spot skyrocketed […]
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The TV Industry Is Stumbling Toward Customer Centricity

Joanna O'Connell December 5, 2018
I’ve just returned from a few days in the sun, having once again participated in Beet.TV’s annual Beet Retreat. (Wonderfully, we returned to Puerto Rico this year.*) The theme was “It’s Consumer-First in TV Land,” which I really hoped the conference would pay off on. Why? Well, we know that consumer attitudes about advertising are […]
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Rethink The In-House Agency Hype

Jay Pattisall November 13, 2018
CMOs Should Rethink Their Efficiency Argument For An Effectiveness Strategy Headlines blustering about in-house agencies have marketers buzzing and agencies fretting. While the in-house trend has grown in popularity, it still lacks in maturity. Forrester partnered with leading industry association In-House Agency Forum to track the progress of in-house development. Here’s what we know. Popularity Soars […]
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Media Consultancies Come Of Age

Jay Pattisall September 18, 2018
The first Forrester Wave™ on global media agencies reveals the category-adding technology, services, and capabilities to leap beyond conventional media planning and buying. Media agencies are beginning to transform into media consultancies. However, who’s leading might surprise you. The Conventional Approach Of The Media Agency Is Deteriorating Media agencies are no longer just media planning […]
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Can Agencies Change Their Business Model Fast Enough?

Jay Pattisall August 15, 2018
Agencies Are No Longer The Exclusive Marketing And Business Partner For CMOs CMOs bring agency work in-house and aggressively manage agency fees. Global consultancies like Accenture and Deloitte target CMOs and new business and technology stakeholders with experience agency services. The agency business model is under financial attack. P&G reported saving $1 billion in agency […]
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What The IPG Acxiom Deal Means For Marketers

Jay Pattisall July 6, 2018
Photo Credit: Adweek.com IPG announced a deal to acquire Acxiom Marketing Services to much fanfare from the business press and financial analysts praising the potential of marketing powered by Acxiom’s data and IPG’s growing ad tech capabilities. However, before we rush to applaud IPG’s business acumen and industry foresight let’s unpack the implications. What Should […]
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TD Ameritrade’s “Accountable CMO” Makes Marketing A Business Engine

Joanna O'Connell May 3, 2018
I have a new work crush. It happened, of all places, at the ANA’s Advertising Financial Management Conference earlier this week in Hollywood, Florida. My new marketer inspiration? Denise Karkos, CMO of TD Ameritrade, who talked us through what it means — and why it’s so critical — to be an accountable CMO. Here’s a bit […]
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Could Your Company Benefit From A Blended Agency Model?

Jay Pattisall May 3, 2018
Forrester’s research shows that half of firms have moved some digital marketing capabilities in-house, and another third plan to do so. Whether you are a company CMO or an agency CEO, insourcing involves a lot of anxiety. Both should ask: “What does this mean for my business?” Make In-House Digital Marketing A Strategic Asset It’s […]
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A Renewed Vision For WPP

Jay Pattisall April 16, 2018
  The news of Martin Sorrell’s resignation signals a crisis for WPP; its stock dropped 7% Monday and further fueled discussion of breaking up the company into smaller pieces. But rather than bend to the pressure of market volatility, WPP should take this rare moment of reflection to reinvent itself. Sorrell’s resignation ends an era, […]
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Apple’s Brand Playbook Unlocked

Dipanjan Chatterjee April 9, 2018
Do you want to be like Apple? In 2010, Apple ranked as the 17th most valuable brand in the world. Just three years later, it had garnered the top spot and has remained there. Since 2010, Apple’s brand value has increased at a compound annual growth rate of 36%, while the entire “brandscape” has grown […]
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Why Marketing Agencies Will Transform In 2018

Jay Pattisall March 9, 2018
Will 2018 Be A Reckoning For Agencies? WPP’s flat 2017 earnings is another in a series of bad omens for marketing agencies, as the largest advertising holding company is often regarded a bell weather for the industry. IPG, Publicis Groupe and Havas also reported lack-luster earnings. P&G and Unilever recently cut another $800 MM in […]
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Omnichannel: It’s Not What Your Ad Tech Provider Tells You It Is

Joanna O'Connell March 8, 2018
I love digging into data. Sounds obvious, I know. I’m an analyst, after all. But when I returned to Forrester, just after the Q2 2017 Omnichannel DSP Wave published, I found we were sitting on a treasure trove of data gleaned during the customer reference survey portion of the research. And it was illuminating. This […]
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The Changing Nature Of Agencies

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Top Gear Marketing: How Honda Measures The “Rhythm Of The Brain”

Dipanjan Chatterjee February 12, 2018
Why Should You Care? Ever seen puppies on ads? How about babies? If you have, chances are that you weren’t seeing much of anything else. When I first collaborated with Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience, they shared a straight-forward eye-tracking heat map of an audience watching a commercial involving shelter pets. The dogs were adorable. And everything […]
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