If marketing and their agencies were responding to a customer’s festive season brief

As we come to the end of another year I got thinking about what would happen if marketers and their agencies responded to a brief for the festive season, what would the outcome be? Imagine for instance if a letter to Santa Claus was delivered to the marketing department instead of going to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole? What would arrive on Christmas morning in response? Continue reading

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The 20 essential marketing posts from 2016

Wow, what a year 2016 has been. It will potentially go down in history as the year the people of the world rejected the political norm with Britain rejecting belonging to the European Union and voting to Brexit, when the Philippines voted in a very unconventional President in Rodrigo Duterte and the USA followed suit electing President Trump against all of the predictions of the polls and the mainstream media. Where this will take society, time will tell. But here we are reviewing those topics published this year on the TrinityP3 blog, which have attracted the most interest from our audience of marketers, procurement professionals and agencies. This audience continues to grow each year to almost 200,000 around the globe. So what are the topics that captured the attention of this audience this year? Lets take a look and see what it could mean for the year ahead. Continue reading

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Don’t divorce your agency when you can simply change the place settings at the bridal table

Have you ever had to organise a wedding? Recently hearing about the challenges a couple were facing with the seating arrangements at the bridal table, not to mention the seating for the guests, it sounded like the proverbial Gordian Knot. Past relationships and current emotions meant that while the bride and groom wanted all of the extensive bridal party there, they had to carefully consider not only which bridesmaid was paired with which groomsman but also how and where they were seated at the bridal table to minimise the awkwardness and potential conflict that could arise when the champagne started flowing. Continue reading

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Is your programmatic media function right for you – and what are your options?

Programmatic media. For a while, the word ‘programmatic’ was an industry buzzword, a sign of things to come. More recently, programmatic trading of digital media has of course gained huge traction. For many advertisers, the programmatic function is completely or partly run by a programmatic trading team (or ‘Agency Trading Desk’) operating as part of an overall media agency arrangement. Various data sources forecast continued double digit year on year growth of digital media expenditure, with programmatically traded media accounting for at least 40-50% of those dollars. Continue reading

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When an agency pitch is not the right answer – case study

The marketing team responsible for a $50m marketing budget approached TrinityP3 wishing to consolidate its agency roster via a pitch process. The team had experienced servicing challenges with its current roster of agencies. Furthermore, a new focus on cost and efficiency following a merger had generated downward pressure and a perceived need to demonstrate significant efficiency gains. The client operated in a complicated sector, and was required to navigate numerous stakeholders to achieve change of any kind. Continue reading

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The most important quality in client agency relationships (and no, it’s not trust)

I was contacted the other day by a long lost British client, from my UK days. Someone who I ‘cut my teeth on’ in the early part of my career, and with whom I eventually developed a client-agency relationship so strong that it would end up representing a springboard to promotion. All very good. But her reaching out to me, after nearly fourteen years, also jogged a suppressed memory of one of the biggest client relationship mistakes I ever made. Continue reading

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Managing Marketing: The major challenges facing Marketers and their Brands

Bill Merrick, Managing Director of TrinityP3 UK has had an extensive career as both a marketing director and in regional and global roles on the agency side. Here he chats with Darren on the challenges facing marketers with growing expectations from boards and shareholders, greater accountability, increased demands on their time and resources and reduced average tenure in the role. Continue reading

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Managing Marketing: The rapid evolution of marketing procurement?

Brett Colbert, Chief Procurement Officer at MDC Partners discusses with Darren the exciting state of marketing procurement in the US, the need to move beyond savings and create a greater level of collaboration between brand and agencies to deliver increased effectiveness while focusing on opportunities for efficiency and the need to have mutually agreed measures of success and performance. Continue reading

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If collaboration is causing you pain, here are 5 ways you are doing it wrong

Collaboration between partners requires mutual trust, aligned objectives and open communication. When executed well it leads to mutual benefit and rewards. So when Nick Cleaver, CEO of full service agency 303MullenLowe Australia, said he “hates” working with other agencies and argued it creates nothing but division and inefficiency, my first thought is that he is probably doing it the wrong way and doesn’t even know it. Back in 2010 we provided a Slideshare presentation on the range of various roster types from the highly diverse “Best of Breed” model to the Holding Company “full service” model. Continue reading

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5 myths about pitch management, agency remuneration and relationship management

When it comes to pitching there are lots of rumors, gossip and a huge amount of bull. So I thought it was time to myth bust a few untruths about a pitch and give my perspective, having worked over the last 2 years at TrinityP3 on numerous pitches and client projects. That is after quite a few years on the agency side. The fact is that while it has been really positive, there are many agencies (and even some advertisers) who really struggle with the pitch process. TrinityP3 has been running pitches for over 10 years without the “creative beauty parade” so one could say we are pretty tried and tested. Continue reading

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