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Posts tagged with Agencies

Festival of Marketing

Marketing your event: if you build it, will they come?

How does Econsultancy get people to come to its events? With the Festival of Marketing set to be an intense, fun, insightful....erm..fest, here's some of the stuff we've done to market events and to make them successful on the day.

I should add, there's a ton of stuff I've missed off, here (not least, effectively segmenting your audience), as I've concentrated on creative.

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Digital transformation and the codes for growth: what it means to agencies

Marketers are seeing their organisations undergoing massive transformation from the impact of digital.

Businesses, through marketing and brand departments, no longer have to find a reason to do something digital. This is a change defined by consumer appetite for engagement, with each other as well as with brands and businesses, in ways that suit their needs at that very moment.

Engagement is now characterised by speed, through the use of technology that’s increasingly a part of consumers’ lives.

In this post, I'll look at how agencies need to adapt and evolve in order to help their clients transform their businesses.

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The creativity at the end of the rainbow

When the dust settles on all the current activity around technology and data, what will be left?

Creativity is the answer. But let us wind back a little.

Creativity is one of the core elements of our Modern Marketing Manifesto. It says “we believe we need creativity just as much as we need technology”.

However, most of the energy and activity currently is directed towards data and technology. 

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What are the opportunities and challenges for agencies in 2013?

Last week Econsultancy published its Top 100 Digital Agencies Report, detailing the who's who of those in the digital marketing industry.

While many of the names are similar, the emergence of new players indicates that the market is still undergoing continuous disruption as consumer behaviour changes and agencies race to keep ahead of technological change.

To explore some of these issues, we asked Sitecore CEO Michael Seifert for his opinion on the opportunities and challenges for agencies in the coming year. His answers are below...

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Five outstanding media and entertainment campaigns to inspire your multichannel marketing

If all businesses are becoming publishers, then media companies should be ideally placed to lead the content marketing revolution, and judging by these Media and Entertainment entries from The Digitals, they aren't going to disappoint. 

Here's five great examples from our shortlist to help fuel your multichannel imagination...

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10 interesting digital marketing stats we've seen this week

This week's stats round-up has a mobile slant, but also covers search, email and our top 100 digital agencies report. 

For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.

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Top 100 Digital Agencies Report

Top 100 UK agencies fee income reaches £1.18bn

Research from both Econsultancy and other sources consistently shows that marketing spend on digital in the UK continues to grow, particularly as marketing becomes more strategically important. 

With companies looking to provide the best experiences for their customers and fend off the competition, agencies have been pivotal in driving continuing success in this sector.

The Top 100 Digital Agencies Report, sponsored by Sitecore, ranks agencies according to fee income from their UK digital activities. The total fee income reported by the top 100 agencies this year is £1.18bn, up 23% from the £962m that these agencies earned last year.

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Five steps for working successfully with creative teams

Want to get the best from your design studio?

Whether they’re newly hired or long-standing partners, here are five top tips, based on 15 years of agency-side experience, that will get you results, rapport and respect (and possibly even access to their stash of brightly-coloured confectionery).

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Is your agency part of the Top 100?

The new media age Top 100 Agencies Report has always been one of the highlights of the digital calendar, and following the merger with Econsultancy we’re happy to say that it’s back and better than ever!

The report is a who’s who of the digital industry, detailing all the big agencies you need to know and some of the work that helped to build their success.

And here's how you can get involved...

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Pay-for-performance for agencies: perfect arrangement or bad idea?

There's a long history behind how agencies are compensated for their efforts, but that doesn't mean that everybody is satisfied with agency compensation.

At one time, agencies were typically paid a commission. Clients didn't like that. Today they're generally paid by the hour, something that both agencies and clients alike find reason to complain about.

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Five ways agencies can fight downward pressure on fees

Last year, Unilver, one of the world's largest advertisers and a bellweather for the ever-important CPG market, spent $8.6bn on ads, an 8% jump over the prior year.

And it invested heavily in digital, upping its digital ad spend a whopping 40%.

That would normally be reason for agency execs to cheer, but you like won't hear any champagne bottles popping.

The reason? According to Unilever CFO Jean-Marc Huet, the company is working to reduce "the part of the advertising spend which is used to make films, pay agencies and the like." And it isn't where it wants to be yet.

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90% of agencies say clients expect more work for less money

Almost 90% of digital and design agencies believe their clients now expect more work for less money, according to a new survey.

The Design Industry Voices report, which interviewed 500 agency staff, found that 80% said client budgets have been reduced and more than two-thirds (70%) said clients expect more work in pitches for free.

The survey by Fairley & Associates, Gabriele Skelton and On Pointe Marketing is now in its fourth year and suggests that digital and design agencies are feeling the squeeze as a result of the economic downturn.

This is despite the fact that the Econsultancy and Experian Marketing Budgets 2012 Report showed increasing levels of investment across a range of digital channels and disciplines.

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