4 days ago

Agency Layoffs Or Agency Calibration?

Layoffs Are A Reality Of The Agency Business Each January the industry weathers account losses, budget cuts or contract changes that result in  layoffs. Last week four agencies announced post-Holiday staff reductions: Grey Group reduced 2.2% of staff. …

1 month, 3 days ago

As CVS Goes Post-Digital, Walgreens Reverts to Pre-Digital

For a case study on how marketing must break from past practices, one needn’t look further than two recent announcements, one from CVS and the other from Walgreens. One company is pushing the boundaries of retail healthcare; the other is looking back a…

1 month, 13 days ago

TV Industry: It’s Time For A Round of “Stop, Keep, Change”

I’m obsessed with the future of television. A couple years ago, I pursued it largely as a research exercise. Today, I’m up in arms based on my own experience as a TV consumer. The rumors are true: empowered consumers are real and I am one. And of late,…

3 months, 16 days ago

OTT Won’t Replace Traditional TV — The Two Will Get Married And Have Babies

Recent headlines have covered cord cutting as if it is an inevitable trend, set to doom the TV industry as we know it. However, when we peel back the layers of the alarmist headlines, the argument doesn’t really hold: No streaming service yet offers all that consumers want, as my colleague Kris Arcand found in […]

4 months, 1 day ago

The Data Digest: eCommerce May Be The Only Way To Challenge The Google/Facebook Duopoly

As will be no surprise to advertising industry watchers, the duopoly of Google and Facebook once again demonstrated its dominance of the ad market following the release of their Q2 2017 earnings results. According to Forrester’s just launched Digital Marketing Tracker report, Google and Facebook accounted for 74% of both ad revenue and growth among […]

4 months, 15 days ago

The Global Digital Marketing Gap

Over the past few years, I was lucky enough to travel to many different places: in most European countries, in the US, in Brazil, in the Middle East, in India, in Indonesia or very recently in Japan and Thailand. The digital revolution is happening all over the place and it is fascinating to see how […]

4 months, 23 days ago

The Data Digest: Instagram And Snapchat Have Room For More Ads, According To Forrester Data’s US Youth Survey

While Facebook again signaled on its latest earnings call that the ad load in its core News Feed is approaching an upper limit, other social networks have more room to increase their ad load. According to a Forrester Data Consumer Technographics® survey fielded in January 2017 to 4,502 US youth between the ages of 12 […]

5 months, 5 days ago

Madtech Convergence Is Ongoing – With Or Without You

For marketers, the struggle is real: you want to provide your customers and prospects cohesive cross-channel experiences that demonstrate you actually know them (without freaking them out) — all while reducing the number of vendors in your tech stack. There are positive signs with the marketing technology ecosystem rapidly consolidating — and millions of dollars […]

5 months, 14 days ago

Brand 2020: A Manifesto In Three Acts – Act I. Crisis

THE MANIFESTO Summer is a good time for reflection. At this time of the year, many take a week or two away from the crush of meetings and deadlines to spend time with friends, family, and to dwell in the clarity beyond the grind. I spent some of this time thinking about how the work […]