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Posts tagged with Agencies

Q&A: iCrossing's Paul Doleman on the Hearst takeover

It was announced yesterday that Hearst Corporation will be acquiring digital marketing agency iCrossing in a deal reported to be worth $325m. 

I've been asking iCrossing UK CEO Paul Doleman about the deal...

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The transformation of brand marketing

No longer is brand marketing likely to remain the prerogative of conventional brand marketing organisations.

Whilst these organisations have great strengths in creativity, planning and campaign delivery, they exhibit fewer strengths online where a host of brand association, experience and conversation takes place.

There are others who are better placed to engage and create influence by blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter already thrive online. And they are the digital agencies...


Portals: don't be dazzled by the traffic

There was a big hoo-ha last week as eMarketer’s recent research concluded that portals remain effective ad platforms. This came as Yahoo! was all over the press for attributing their financial recovery to a revival in online advertising spend.

Display advertising on Yahoo! has grown by 20% this quarter and the four big portals – Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and AOL – all took in a total of $191,707 million in the US in advertising revenue between 2008 and 2011.


Google introduces new AdWords Certification program

Google announced yesterday that it is "retiring" its Google Advertising Professionals program and that a new one, the Google AdWords Certification program, will be taking its place.

The good news: the previous $1,000 minimum 90-day ad spend required has been eliminated for individuals who would like to participate, and the minimum 90-day ad spend for agencies has been reduced to $10,000 from $100,000. That means that more individuals and agencies will have the opportunity to participate.


Media company as agency: a trend long overdue?

Competition is always tough amongst ad agencies. And soon it may get even tougher. That's because media companies are moving in on agency territory.

In an article discussing Conde Nast's new creative services offering, AdAge's Brian Steinberg points out that "no one can really say they corner the market on how to make things work in paid search, social media, or mobile marketing." So some media companies are likely to follow Conde Nast's lead in taking advantage of their unique positions to expand their relationships with marketers, and, they hope, their bottom lines.


Six questions to expose fly by night SEO suppliers

Look on any marketing or web design company’s website and the chances are they’ll claim they do SEO. While some may do great work, some are just chancers.

Even amongst the specialist agencies, some businesses are much more effective at what they do than others. But how can you tell the difference between the well-qualified and snake oil merchants?

A few well placed questions should do the trick:


The great specialist vs. network agency debate

Every three years or so, advertisers decide to put all their media and marketing into a single agency network. Three years later, once they’ve seen their performance in the different marketing channels eroded, they head once more for the specialists.

It has been going on since the 80s, and it would be nice to see the cycle broken...


Is Nielsen overhyping Facebook?

An interesting post by Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch details how Nielsen has been "gushing" about Facebook since it partnered with the giant social network on a service called BrandLift, which is designed to help advertisers measure the effectiveness of their ad campaigns on the site.

One report Nielsen issued after it teamed up with Facebook highlights just how much time consumers are spending on social networks, and Facebook in particular. Another provided data showing that affluent consumers are more likely to be using it than MySpace. The obvious question: is Nielsen presenting objective data to advertisers or is it overhyping its newest partner?

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10 free tools to help you create online presentations

Many Econsultancy members are in the business of regularly pitching for new business, or trying to grow existing accounts. Travelling and meeting people is part and parcel of winning work, but there are also various ways of using the internet to help you pitch to existing and prospective clients.

10 free tools to help you create online presentations

As such, I thought it would be a good idea to show you a bunch of tools that can be used to create and coordinate online presentations. They can be used for individual client work, or more publicly, to share your presentations with the wider world to increase exposure.

I believe that all of these tools are free, with the option to ‘upgrade to Pro’. There are others, but these are standout apps, and they're all worth checking out if you're not yet using them.

I hope they help you to win more business!


Is your PPC agency under-performing? Some warning signs

Has your relationship with your paid search agency soured? Are you in denial about bad service and performance, hoping that things will suddenly change for the better? 

To mark the release of Econsultancy’s new Paid Search Agencies Buyer’s Guide, here are some warning signs that it might be time to take your paid search accounts to a more deserving agency. 


10 hella sucky Flash / agency websites (#agencyfail)

Before we begin, let’s start with the Flash apologists. Whenever I say “Flash sucks” somebody points out that it doesn’t, but that some Flash developers truly suck and don’t know how to use it properly.

It is a fair point, however agencies / developers that build websites for their clients must understand the limitations of Flash, and build primarily for the needs of their client’s visitors, and business needs, rather than for their own egos.

But what happens when these agencies build Flash websites for themselves? Badness happens, that’s what. At least in my opinion. I’m sure I’ll hear otherwise, but from my perspective I can rarely see the point of using Flash as the basis for a website. And while I'm all for rich media, and immersive user experiences, I think agencies should know better...


What support for the Microhoo deal says about Google

Not everyone is sure that the deal between Yahoo and Microsoft will work out the way Yahoo and Microsoft hope but by in large, advertisers and search marketers are excited about the deal.

While Google will still hold a dominant lead in the search market, Microhoo becomes a strong number two, something that should create more competition. As David Kenny of Publicis' VivaKi told AdAge, "Anything that creates a credible platform and more innovation in search is going to be good for consumers and, therefore, good for advertisers".