ADVERTISING: Agency Management & Search Consultants Help Agency Selection
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The Consultants spent a full week meeting with top executives from two dozen ad agenciesfrom global networks to creative boutiques to specialist shops for digital strategy or media solutions. Each Agency CEO presented views of a changing marketplace and how their shop was responding with better client solutions. Designed to highlight the expanded roles agencies now play for marketers, the CEO Summit offered a dizzying array of ideas and new thinking.
Using a search consultant may not be perfect but it is the most accurate and documented way to select an agency. On top of having a strong experience of the business, I cannot see any other third party that spends its days learning about agencies.
Procurement brings a unique expertise in negotiating the value, but great Advertising is about cultural fit and the right expertise.
The winning card is when Procurement and Search Consultants cooperate.
Herve DeClerck, Founder AdForum
Communitcating Strategies to Agency Management and Search Consultants
While all agencies take new business very seriously, the week also underscored the importance of communicating new strategies to an elite consultant community.
As a result, The Internationalist saw this as a perfect time to explore the expanded role that Agency Management and Search Consultants now play in influencing how global marketers best allocate their budgets across an expanding mosaic of agency services.
Despite some of the issues that arise from the involvement of procurement departments, an increasing number of clients are finding that their best insurance in making the right agency decisions in todays complex and specialized world is working with consultants who help them navigate choices, trends and best practices.
We surveyed twenty leading, internationally-conversant agency consultants based in the US, the UK, France, Spain, Australia and China who represent work in nearly 100 countries. With five open-ended questions, our goal was to gauge their views on where our industry is headed and why their services are now critical to marketings top management.
The Questions Agency Management and Search Consultants Included:
1. Are Agency Management and Search Consultants Entering Their Prime Now
2. How have the responsibilities of CMOs changed so that consultants are becoming a more important answer to their needs
3. Where do you see the Marketing and Advertising Industry Going
4. How do you see the role of the agency consultant evolving globally over the next 3-5 years
5. As a corporations procurement department increases its involvement in advertising is there potential for understanding, cooperation and respect for the value a consultant offers
The majority of the consultants surveyed are not only involved in Agency Reviews, but also Agency Relationship Management, Global Agency Management, Compensation and Contracts and Mergers and Acquisitions. Although not all of those surveyed attended the CEO Summit, AdForums leader, Herve DeClerck, may in the best position to offer a perspective on the business of agency consultants. After all, his company has played in role in connecting consultants with agencies for nearly a decade. AdForum is a tool used by agency management and search consultants to help research agencies in the initial part of the search process.
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