What critical blunders are you making with Influencer Marketing?

When consulting with brands and through our yearly audience surveys, we see a vast chasm between the levels of sophistication that influencer marketing has been operationalised within businesses. Where some marketers are in the journey are absolutely worlds apart. Continue reading

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Book Review: Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal

Okay, so the full title is actually Team of Teams – New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal U.S. Army Retired with Tantum Collins, David Silverman and Chris Fussell.  But do not let this put you off as this is not some war story from a retired warrior. Continue reading

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The truth about Agile Marketing is it is not simply faster

Everyone is talking about Agile Marketing when they really mean agile ways to market. What’s the difference? One is a methodology and manifesto based on test and learn and the other is how to become more nimble and faster to market. Continue reading

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Managing Marketing: How data is making media planning and buying more accountable

Martin Cass, CEO of MDC Media Partners and Assembly, has a long history of running media agencies. Here he discusses with Darren how after leaving Carat, a year at the Wharton Business School and a meeting with the number crunchers behind ‘Money Ball’ transformed the way they do media at MDC Media Partners today. Continue reading

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Book Review: Powerful. Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, by Patty McCord

Once, during a performance review I asked my boss, who happened to be the CEO, for negotiation training. He raised his eyebrow quizzically and asked, ‘which supplier do you need this for?’, my response was, ‘oh, I don’t need it for a supplier, I need it so I can better deal with a number of internal teams.’ Continue reading

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Important questions before taking media in-house

In the face of ad fraud, brand safety and viewability issues, many marketers are considering taking some or all of their media in-house. Are you? Technology and media innovation is making this more feasible. But is it right for you? Depending on the market, the size of the media spend and and the media mix, there appears to be four options for advertisers when it comes to media, either in-house or outsourced. Continue reading

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Practical advice on navigating the media supply chain (An interview with David Angell)

Recently I was interviewed, in my role as Head of Media and General Manager at TrinityP3, by Tracey Porter for an article in Marketing Magazine, the Trust Issue June / July 2018. The interview is provided in full here because it provides a comprehensive view of the practical media advice we provide advertisers and marketers across the globe at TrinityP3. Continue reading

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Managing Marketing: Achieving transparency in the murky digital media supply chain

Nicole Sheffield is an industry leader in digital media holding roles as the Chief Digital Officer at News Corp Australia and Chair of the IAB. Here Nicole talks with Darren on the changes and challenges in the digital media supply chain, including transparency, measurement and value. All of this made even more complicated by the constant evolving nature of the eco-system and challenging marketers to deliver meaningful results for brands and business. Continue reading

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Viva Mexico! Where Ad Agency Innovations are Improving SOWs and Fees

Mexican ad agencies are calculating and negotiating fees based on the amount of content they produce for each client — with fees to be based on Scope of Work size rather than on arbitrary cost benchmarks dictated by clients. The effort is being led by the industry’s trade association, AMAP (they’re like the 4As, only more proactive) and Dentsu Mexican agency Flock, which was the first agency to embrace the concept. Since Scopes of Work are growing, AMAP and Flock reasoned, agency fees should grow as well. They’ve put the concept into action in Mexico. Continue reading

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Managing Marketing: Talking data, big data, small data, first, second and third party data.

Will Scully-Power is the Chairman of Datarati and the CEO of Pascal. Here Will and Darren discuss Big Data versus Small Data and the role of first, second and third party data. The role of data in transforming organisations to be customer centric or customer first and how privacy issues around data will be transformed by technology like blockchain. Continue reading

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Managing Marketing: Innovation in the video and film production industry

Harry Preston is the Managing Director A/NZ of Genero, a technology platform for more than 300,000 film and video creators, connecting this community with advertisers, marketers and their agencies. Here Harry discusses the innovations occurring in the industry and how technology is making high quality productions faster, more accessible and lower cost. Continue reading

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Confused About the Advertising Industry? Who Isn’t? Read On!

Holding company shares are falling. Their ad agencies are shrinking, with low morale, low salaries and hiring freezes. Accenture and Deloitte are the new, growing competitors. Advertisers are cutting spend but investing in-house. Chief Creative Officers are disappearing, not entirely due to sexual harassment charges. Confused by some or all of this? Read on! Continue reading

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Why B2B companies should focus on marketing and sales, not sales and marketing

Do you ever wonder why most people say “sales and marketing” in that order? When referring to the growth centre of their business it is typically sales first and then marketing, rather than marketing and then sales. Continue reading

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Leadership Trials of the Agency CEO

We don’t get to pick the era we live in.  We’re human, though, and we dream about other times and other places.  Given a choice, today’s agency CEOs might dream about turning back the clock sixty years or so, when the world — and the ad agency within it — was much simpler and a lot more fun. Television was new and growing in 1958.  There were only 40 million TV households (today’s number is 120 million) and the agency’s creative challenge was how to get better at TV and print — and grow even faster than the post-war economy.   Continue reading

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The cost of moral injury due to unethical behavior in modern business

I recently attended The Ethics Alliance Sydney Event on Moral Injury in the Workplace. It was an in-depth look at how high stress culture in modern business is giving way to the risk of greater unethical behaviour and causing higher levels of moral injury. It explored these key questions: Continue reading

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