Tips from a media agency CEO on successful marketing procurement

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At the CIPSA Category Week in Sydney May 29 – June 1 2012 I invited seven senior industry professionals to be on a panel to help the audience of procurement professionals “Navigate the murky waters of marketing procurement”.

Henry Tajer, Executive Chairman Mediabrand Australia and Chairman, Media Federation of Australia

In this, the sixth of the posts from that session, Henry Tajer gives his tips for successful marketing procurement:

  1. You get what you pay for! In the ever increasing complexity the notion of commoditising talent based services will only increase the risk to your business
  2. Procurement have the opportunity to act as the change agent with business to embark on an ROI for marketing journey. Helping CMO’s and CEO’s understand the efficacy of their marketing investment will only increase the value of any organisation
  3. Ask yourself whether “you can afford to buy cheap” there is always someone prepared to give you the price you want but what are the consequences of that decision. Usually problematic
  4. Engage and explore pay for performance relationships with your agency partner. The industry is prepared to enter into these type of “real business” arrangement. Make sure you invest in structuring them correctly. Great learnings will come from these.
  5. Demand simplification from your partners, those that are making things more complicated are only increasing the cost to your business and creating greater risk.
  6. Procure less RISK!

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About Darren Woolley

Darren is considered a thought leader on all aspects of marketing management. A Problem Solver, Negotiator, Founder & Global CEO of TrinityP3 - Marketing Management Consultants, founding member of the Marketing FIRST Forum and Author. He is also a Past-Chair of the Australian Marketing Institute, Ex-Medical Scientist and Ex-Creative Director. And in his spare time he sleeps. Darren's Bio Here Email:

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