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The Value of Having Your Agency Source Production

Asking your full service marketing firm to source production of your marketing materials can save you time, money and frustration. As your partner they have your best interests in mind, and sourcing production yourself can have pitfalls. […]

Ask Your Full Service Marketing Firm What They Do For Their Other Clients

As much as you may like to think you’re the only client on your agency’s roster, in reality it’s a very good thing for you that you’re not. Asking what your agency is working on for their other clients will give you a sense of untapped creative. […]

Don’t Rest on Your Laurels – Let Your Marketing Agency Keep You Current

What was once state-of-the-art or award winning, now may not even qualify you for the competition. Allow your marketing agency to keep you current. […]

The Value of a Project Postmortem with Your Marketing Agency

Once you’ve finished a significant project with your marketing agency, take time to evaluate how things went. This postmortem review can help you both make the next project even better. […]

Challenge Your Marketing Agency to Find Freedom Within The Form – The Branding Haiku

Successful branding is due to consistency. Much like a Haiku, good marketing requires establishing a form, then excelling at being creative within it. I remember back to high school English class and the exercise of writing a Haiku. A traditional form of Japanese poetry comprised of a 17-syllable verse consisting of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. […]

By |Blog, Creative Direction|

Understanding Software Types Used by Full Service Marketing Firms

Today’s marketing tools of the trade include a wide variety of software applications. Being informed of the types used is beneficial to those who work with marketing agencies. Underlying the big ideas at any marketing firm is professional software. Software has replace handcrafted works made from Letraset or marker comps for client presentation. Today’s industry-standard is Adobe’s Creative Cloud. […]

By |Blog, Technical Topics|

R&D – Ripoff and Duplicate – Avoiding Plagiarism with Your Full Service Marketing Firm

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, don’t let imitation cross the line into plagiarism. […]

Marketing Agency Price Quotes vs. Estimates – Know the Difference

The terms ‘quotes’ and ‘estimates’ are often used interchangeably, but their distinctions influence potential costs you may incur for a project. Knowing the difference can be key to cost visibility. […]

By |Agency Compensation, Blog|