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Get Ready For The B2B Marketing Agency Gold Rush

John Arnold November 17, 2022
The in-house B2B marketing trend of the past few years — expanding in-house agencies, centers of excellence, and shared services — has peaked. Fifty-nine percent of B2B marketing decision-makers now say that they are planning to increase marketing spend on outsourced services. This new investment mindset, combined with macro and micro economic factors, has sparked […]
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Predictions 2023: Agency Culture — Both Superpower And Achilles’ Heel — Is About To Change

Jay Pattisall October 27, 2022
Marketing agencies’ infamous environment – both vibrant and toxic – is decisively undergoing a cultural makeover in how workers work.

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Did Our Predictions For 2022 Come True?

Sharyn Leaver September 27, 2022
We made bold predictions for 2022. We weighed in on edge computing, CX, B2B marketing, cybersecurity, and more. Discover which predictions came true and which ones missed the mark as we prepare for Predictions 2023.
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The Agency Landscape Converges On Frictionless Partner Models

Jay Pattisall August 11, 2022
As CMOs turn to a frictionless marketing partner models Forrester evaluates the 10 top providers of integrated marketing.
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Announcing The Forrester Wave™: B2B Advertising Solutions, Q3 2022

John Arnold August 9, 2022
In our 28-criterion evaluation of B2B advertising solution providers, we identified the 14 most significant ones — 6sense, AdDaptive Intelligence, Adobe, Demandbase, Influ2, Jabmo, LinkedIn, Madison Logic, Marin Software, Metadata, RollWorks, StackAdapt, Terminus, and The Trade Desk
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The Intelligence Revolution Takes Hold In Marketing Creativity

Jay Pattisall July 25, 2022
The rise of data intelligence in the creative process will be as transformative as the creative advertising revolution of the 1960s.
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Media Is The Flywheel For Integration And Growth

Jay Pattisall July 13, 2022
Are Integrated Agency Relationships The Way Of The Future? Many indicators point to “yes.” CMOs Want Integration Intrigued by the potential lift from integrated marketing solutions, CMOs are changing the nature of their agency relationships to be more connected and improve marketing impact. Our research shows that nearly two in five CMOs will restructure their […]

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Explore our 2023 Predictions to see where strategies are shifting – and where opportunities for bold moves exist.

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A Booming Advertising Talent Market Illustrates The Belated Agency Transformation

Jay Pattisall July 12, 2022
Advertising industry growth has not yet stalled, counter to the misguided headlines. Despite rising inflation, concern for recession, and agency and tech company layoffs, US advertising industry job growth remains strong. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), advertising and related services added 3,800 jobs in June, while the total US jobs market […]
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The EU Strikes Again As A Global Leader In Mindful Media: Updated “Code Of Practice On Disinformation”

Kelsey Chickering June 28, 2022
The EU announced an updated Code of Practice on Disinformation, aimed at combating the online spread of disinformation via regulatory measures, including “demonetizing the dissemination of disinformation.” Forrester’s research shows that the monetization of disinformation is a vicious cycle in which the ad supply chain infrastructure supports and funds — often inadvertently — the spread […]
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Why Are Brands Funding Misinformation?

What It Means June 23, 2022
Marketers are accidentally funding misinformation and fueling the proliferation of dangerous falsehoods. In this episode of What It Means, Principal Analyst Kelsey Chickering discusses how marketers can protect their brand from this phenomenon.
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The Entire Ad Supply Chain Is At Fault For Disinformation

Kelsey Chickering May 11, 2022
Brands fund misinformation and disinformation with their ad dollars, whether they know it or not. Top brands have served immeasurable impressions on sites containing misleading content, from Russian propaganda fueling the war in Ukraine to COVID-19 conspiracy theories. This vicious cycle, driven by bad incentives, lack of coordination, and marketer ignorance, fuels geopolitical unrest and […]
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You’re Probably Greenwashing, But You Don’t Know It

Thomas Husson April 20, 2022
Alongside the COP26 Conference, many businesses communicated their green pledge and how much they are acting to protect the environment. Expect more of this to happen this week, with Earth Day falling on Friday, April 22 — and get ready to see many brands accused of greenwashing. Greenwashing — when a business is perceived to […]
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These Six Competencies Raise The Bar For B2B Paid Media Advertising

John Arnold April 11, 2022
B2B organizations should evaluate their paid media advertising maturity across six competencies: advertising strategy, talent and technology, audience savvy, brand/demand interlock, measurement and testing, and creative excellence.
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Have We Run Out Of Super Bowl Ideas?

Jay Pattisall February 16, 2022
There was an abundance of A-list talent in last Sunday night's ads, but an absence of A-list ideas. It's time to think about how to differentiate.
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The Super Bowl Makes A Comeback In 2022

Jay Pattisall February 10, 2022
Last Years’ Super Bowl Fizzled The Super Bowl is due for a comeback, as the luster of “the big game” has waned over time. Last year’s viewership, originally reported at 92,000,000, was the smallest Super Bowl audience since 2007 — an audience that has dropped steadily since 2015, when a record 114,000,000 Americans tuned in. […]
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Google Is Still In The Driver’s Seat With Topics, Its More Transparent FLoC Replacement

Joanna O'Connell January 25, 2022
Will Google Topics be a curveball in advertisers' data depreciation plans? Read to discover what the FLoC replacements means.
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Five Forrester Wave™ Evaluations Set The Stage For A Marketing Services Reset

Keith Johnston January 24, 2022
Leonardo da Vinci said, “To develop a complete mind, study the science of art. Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” This couldn’t be more profound in an era of marketing, advertising, and digital experience, where the distinction between a brand’s promise, how it’s communicated, and […]
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Why Holding Companies Matter More Than Agencies

Jay Pattisall January 11, 2022
CMOs’ Agency Buying Behavior Signals More Centralized Global Marketing Solutions To Come In 2021, seven major agency reviews worth over $7 billion went to integrated, centralized global marketing teams. Cigna Health, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Mercedes, Philips, Planet Fitness, and Walmart each ran agency reviews in 2021 resulting in hiring a global marketing company to manage creative, […]
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Media Agency Reviews Are Coming In 2022

Jay Pattisall January 11, 2022
Forty-one percent of CMOs will conduct a media agency review in 2022, because reaching and influencing customers and prospects is fundamental to success, yet engaging consumers has never been more complex. From increasingly strict data privacy in government and big tech to tectonic shifts in consumers’ digital behaviors to the innovation programs to meet consumers […]
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Targeting Truth In The Misinformation Age

Kelsey Chickering December 22, 2021
B2C brands are fueling the misinformation industry, albeit unintentionally. Here's how marketers can take action to stop contributing to the problem.
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