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Solving The “Do More With Less” Marketing Paradox: Human Plus Technology Equivalents

Jay Pattisall October 4, 2021
The “Do More With Less” Paradox Is No Longer Sustainable Approximately half of C-suite professionals prioritize growing revenue. Meanwhile, CMOs have long been expected to acquire more customers with less marketing. Yet, four in 10 executives prioritize reducing costs. So, how will the C-suite grow revenue? New customer acquisition tops the list. Then, if you […]
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Focus On The Customer And Spare The Stagwell-MDC Partners Merger Drama

Jay Pattisall June 25, 2021
Last week, shareholders of MDC Partners successfully delayed a special meeting of the board of directors and shareholders to vote on a proposed merger with the Stagwell Group’s Stagwell Media. At the heart of this matter are demands for more shareholder compensation and concerns over control of the new company by Stagwell Group Founding Partner […]
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Digital Audio Proves Resilient During The Pandemic

Collin Colburn May 10, 2021
Q1 earnings indicate that digital audio is still growing. Discover what's fueling the growth and the three content challenges poised to shake up the market.
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The Collision Of Precision And Persuasion: Rethink The Customer Lifecycle

Jay Pattisall March 16, 2021
The separation of media and creative execution 40 years ago sent the advertising industry spiraling. Advertising’s perception has devolved from entertaining to annoying, investment to commodity, channels organized to communication everywhere, and audiences obtainable to users elusive. Savvy marketers are actively seeking solutions to join the lower and upper funnels of marketing as a means […]
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Intelligent Creativity Overhauls The Creative Process

Jay Pattisall March 2, 2021
When technology and human ingenuity combine the result is Intelligent Creativity, a process that will redefine the how, who, and what of today's marketing.
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For Super Bowl LV Advertisers, It Pays To Be Brave

Jay Pattisall February 4, 2021
Sitting out this year’s Super Bowl may be the safe call for advertisers. Those brave enough to bring America levity in its moment of darkness, however, will reap the rewards.
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Predictions 2021: Agencies Swarm Talent With Technology

Jay Pattisall October 28, 2020
Agencies in 2021 will begin to resemble software companies, offering combinations of creative and media products bundled with the services to manage them. Read our predictions for agencies in 2021.
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End Marketing Dissonance

Marketing effectiveness is hindered by a gap between marketers’ perceptions and customers’ realities.

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Predictions 2021: Welcome To The Year Of Pandemic Advertising

Joanna O'Connell October 27, 2020
It’s been a rough year for advertisers, and 2021 will bring new challenges to a weary and quickly evolving industry. As advertisers attempt to reckon with the impending upheaval of data deprecation, they’ll be forced to divert attention toward more pressing — and distracting — issues that have emerged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forrester […]
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The Smaller, Smarter Future Of Agencies

Jay Pattisall October 15, 2020
The future of the “agency” is being shaped by technology. The belief that artificial intelligence and machines will displace human labor is pervasive across many industries. For agencies, embracing artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent automation (IA) comes with trepidation that the human side of creativity will be forever lost. Even though AI tantalizes marketers with […]
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The Organizational Obstacles Of In-Housing Media

Jay Pattisall September 23, 2020
Ever since the release of the Association of National Advertisers’ K2 Report on media transparency, marketers and firms have looked for better mechanisms to control their media. For ambitious companies, the desire for more impact has led some to in-house media. The prospect of an in-house team of media-savvy professionals maximizing the firm’s buying power […]
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CMOs Face Difficult Agency Decisions

What It Means July 16, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many firms to drastically cut marketing spending and reevaluate their agency relationships. In this episode of What It Means, Principal Analyst Jay Pattisall reviews the latest changes and what options CMOs have going forward.
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The Future Of Advertising

What It Means July 2, 2020
The Wild West days of digital advertising are over. The next phase of advertising will focus on the customer experience. In this episode of What It Means, we feature VP and Principal Analyst Joanna O’Connell’s recent CX North America keynote discussing the future of advertising.
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Publicis Groupe’s Money-Back Performance Guarantee Shifts The Agency/Brand Economic Model From Paying For People To Paying For Performance

Jay Pattisall April 30, 2020
Publicis Groupe announced today the creation of “The Pact, Powered by Epsilon,” a new digital media planning and buying service that offers money-back performance commitments that guarantee the business outcomes from digital marketing campaigns. The introduction of The Pact is a timely move to give brands a mechanism to manage the risk of marketing during […]
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Coronavirus Forces Agencies To Rethink The Agency Employee Experience

Jay Pattisall March 12, 2020
Agencies’ pivotal role in the services marketplace means they too will feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Combined with deferred travel and an increase in online meetings among agency staff and marketing clients, the coronavirus has effectively (if only temporarily) changed the way agencies work.
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Publishers Shift Focus From Advertiser To Customer

Collin Colburn February 18, 2020
Publishers are placing their bets on consumers, investing in quality content and better subscriber experiences. Yet they know they still need ad dollars to thrive.
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The Creative Agencies Behind Super Bowl LIV Advertising

Jay Pattisall February 2, 2020
If you missed my take on how Super Bowl LIV highlights the new normal that agencies and advertisers face, you can read it here. There’s no shortage of media outlets previewing and prereleasing Super Bowl commercials. You can see the brands running ads during Super Bowl LIV at USA Today’s Ad Meter, Ad Age, Adweek, […]
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Super Bowl LIV Highlights The New Normal For Agencies

Jay Pattisall January 31, 2020
Advertising's premier event showcased the trends and obstacles that advertisers and agencies face.
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2020: Agencies Turn Inward To Meet Performance Demands

What It Means January 9, 2020
Mounting pressures on marketing leaders to deliver better brand experiences are forcing agencies to evolve. On this week’s What It Means, Principal Analyst Jay Pattisall discusses the changes ahead for agencies in 2020 and beyond. 
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IPG Takes The Creative Leap With Kinesso

Jay Pattisall October 7, 2019
Activating The Holding Company The Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG) announced the creation of Kinesso, a martech company that will build products and software solutions to scale precision marketing. This move gives IPG the opportunity to power both media and creative with technology and data-driven solutions that use Acxiom as the data management layer and […]
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The Future Of Creative Agencies Requires Taking A Human + Machine Leap

Jay Pattisall September 23, 2019
Agency data and technology capabilities are taking center stage as every CMO feels the mounting pressure for more performance from their marketing and media investments. Agencies are betting heavily on data and building audience activation platforms to deliver growth, efficiency, and scale. These moves are paying off in media. However, the promise of data-driven creative […]
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