Media Transparency, Performance and Value Assessment

Our Media Transparency, Performance and Value Assessment takes a holistic look at the operation of your media agency, assessing against best practice at every stage of the journey. It aims to give you the tools to improve the output of your media agency.

Why do you need this service? Read on to understand more.

Media agencies are evolving – fast

What does a ‘media agency’ do?

Traditionally, a media agency planned and bought…well, media. Paid media space. Agencies were the buffer between marketer and seller, the benefits being scalability and operational efficiency.

Fast forward to today, and the picture is changed beyond recognition. Media agencies are involved in development and management of complex, automated and dynamic trading models, data-driven modelling, content creation and involvement in owned and earned assets as well as development of relatively complex strategy. The diversification of media agency service offering continues to grow.

Yet in many cases, a large part of what a media agency is actually assessed on – or, the part of an assessment that gets the most attention – is entrenched in the traditional; media rate audits, largely in television. There’s a whole lot that can go un-checked.

If you want to understand the true value generation of your media agency, you need to go deeper than media cost and performance.

As media agencies have become more complex, so has their process. They offer complex strategic planning wheels, automated trading platforms and end-to-end management.

All of these things are being paid for, by you. The end result – spots on a media plan, and the cost of those spots – is just one part of a much larger whole. And often, contractual agreements do not keep up with the pace of change.

Beyond media cost, we need to understand more about the efficiency and effectiveness of agency process. We need to evaluate the strength of the strategic input and whether it’s actually tailored to your operation. We need greater insight into the agency’s approach to implementation planning. Often, we need to know more about how these things are actually accounted for contractually.

It’s not just them – it’s you

Like any supplier relationship, the end results gained from the work of a media agency represents a two way street. Marketers are often not able to get the best out of a media agency because their own interaction, process or focus is not appropriate to optimal outputs.

Marketers, in our experience, don’t always have a full grasp of what is actually on offer.

That’s why we don’t look at just the agency – a transparency and process review should always be conducted holistically and objectively, with focus on both parties.

We can help you to get the best out of your media agency – and help them get the best out of you.

Our comprehensive review can cover some, or all of the following areas – tailored to you, and benchmarked against best practice to generate red, amber and green areas of operation. Working across all channels, we can evaluate:

  • The brief and briefing process
  • Strategic development, approval and commitment
  • Channel planning process, strength of linkage between strategy and channel selection
  • Implementation planning and network negotiation approach
  • Execution efficiency and effectiveness
  • Post Analysis

We can also integrate a transparency and process review with a bespoke review of your media agency contract. Click here to see more details about our Contract Review service.

Let’s make sure that the operation between you and your media agency is fully understood and firing on all cylinders.

Contact us here to arrange an initial conversation about how much this service could change your outputs for the better. We’d love to help.

Media performance assessment

Who is your media agency really working for today?

They plan and buy your media and you pay the bills, so it is logical to say it is you. Right? Darren Wooley explains here why it’s not that straight forward.

Trading desks, demand side platforms and programmatic buying explained

If you are working in media, advertising and marketing I am sure you have heard of terms like demand side platforms, trading desks, real time bidding, programmatic buying and the like. here, Darren Woolley explains what it all means.

Achieve higher levels of media transparency and value

With headlines around the world about media agency kick-backs and rebates it is no wonder advertisers are concerned about media transparency. Here, Darren Woolley talks about what advertisers can do to manage their media investment more effectively, and how TrinityP3 can provide you with the level of transparency and clarity you need to maximize your media performance.


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Scott McGregor, GM of Customer & Communications at Honda

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