After lockdown: the creative agency market

Stephen Waddington

The agency market is in flux as the economy reinflates. Agencies are facing the following opportunities. What’s your take on the industry and what are other agencies doing? Here are five areas in which I’m helping my agency clients work through the current business environment.

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4 creative ways PR agencies can build killer relationships with clients

Agility PR Solutions

It can get especially tough for PR and marketing agencies. In any given agency, you might change a lot of customers […]. The post 4 creative ways PR agencies can build killer relationships with clients appeared first on Agility PR Solutions.

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As Retail Continues to Struggle, Dick’s Gets Creative

Ronn Torossian

The post As Retail Continues to Struggle, Dick’s Gets Creative appeared first on. Brand PR Business BRANDING Insights MARKETING Media PR Agency Public Relations StrategyBig box retail is hurting, and not just because of COVID-19.

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Encouraging Creativity Among Marketing Employees

Ronn Torossian

For those in creative fields, such as advertising and marketing, this plunge in morale can be a death sentence for successful campaigns and a return on […]. The post Encouraging Creativity Among Marketing Employees appeared first on. Business Public Relations Ronn Torossian 5WPR CEO Insights MARKETING PR Agency PR Careers PR CEO PR Firm Pubilc Relations StrategyTeam morale in the office has hit a low.

Practicing Creativity

The Hoffman Agency

As with any new job, I have learned new skills and developed a better sense of self and meaning during my time at The Hoffman Agency. I’m lucky enough to be at an agency where growth opportunities are endless, and resources are everywhere. By Jennifer Yoder, Account Coordinator.

Four Tips on Successfully Building Your Own Creative Department

PR Expanded

Recently, my colleague Patrick Walsh shared a few great tips on finding the right creative partner to take on some of your design projects. Indeed, outsourcing creative is a smart—and often necessary—move for young agencies that are growing fast…but what happens when you’re outsourcing so frequently that it’s no longer a viable option for your growing company? It’s time to start thinking about bringing your creative work back in-house.

10 Rules For Keeping (PR Agency) Clients

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

For a PR agency , what’s better than winning a new client? In the PR business, client retention is tied to staff retention, and both impact the health of any creative services agency. Keeping the ones you have. Naturally, any good PR firm wants to do both.

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Taking on the PR Agency Haters

Flack's Revenge

It is once again de rigueur to slam PR agencies. I learned this from a prospect who clued me in to a podcast and Forbes article (the former by uber influencers who should know better; the latter was generally negative on agencies but had some great points).

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Crowdsource Your Team’s Creativity for More Influential Communication

Ronn Torossian

With that in mind, do you have a tool you use to collect and “bank” all the creative energy on your team? The post Crowdsource Your Team’s Creativity for More Influential Communication appeared first on 5WPR CEO Ronn Torossian Founder's Blog. Communications Agency PR Inspiration Ronn Torossian Insights PR Agency Public Relations StrategyMessaging isn’t a one-time deal.

The Power Of Creativity In PR

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Some people don’t think of PR professionals as particularly creative – except when it comes to hatching wild PR stunts or gimmicks, like KFC’s fried-chicken-flavored nail polish in 2016. Yet creativity plays a part in much of a PR person’s daily work. There was also a significant increase in agencies who employ a formally named creative director, from 37% to 56%. 4 ways creative PR takes it up a notch.

Oregon agency gets creative in product testing

PR Daily

Many PR pros would argue that the most effective agency employees are the ones that most fervently and enthusiastically use their clients’ products. The Roundhouse agency from Portland, Oregon, apparently agrees. This tactic was a clever way to highlight Roundhouse’s 15th anniversary and show that the agency is willing to do whatever it takes—even risking dehydration—to prove that its employees live their brands’ lifestyle.

8 rules for working with a creative agency

PR Daily

If you’re going to spend money on an agency, you want to get as much out of the relationship as possible. By following these eight tips, you can help ensure strategies are aligned and your agency partner and production team are able to react quickly to snags or changes. Here are eight simple rules for working with creative agencies: 1. Will the agency partner and/or production team handle the bulk of shot selections, retouching and proofing? ·

Holding women back in PR limits agencies' effectiveness, creativity

PR Daily

On Wednesday, the MSLGGroup—the world’s fifth-largest public relations agency—agreed to a $2.9 Though the agency did not admit to wrongdoing, employees claimed that women were paid and promoted less than men and subject to discriminatory reassignments, demotions and firings. In public relations, keeping women from the top will only keep agencies from the top. Retrograde employment practices also hurt agencies in other ways.

PR Creative: A 7-Year History

Shift Communications

I did it for the challenge, but I knew that applying my traditional creative director background to the world of earned media came with uncertainties. I had always considered PR people to be incredibly smart, aggressive and socially savvy, yet I still wondered if it was really a launchpad for great creative. The strategic side of the PR coin can, and should be, as creative in nature as any other type of marketing. Creative Director.

2021 campaigns will need empathy, creativity and connectivity

Agility PR Solutions

Participants in this year’s 4th annual CMO Predictions from B2B tech and healthcare integrated agency PAN Communications urged marketers to consider how a year of upheaval has impacted the customer experience.

How To Get The Best From Your PR Agency

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Bringing on an external PR agency , or really any outside firm, is an investment of time and budget for any company, no matter its size. Naturally, things will go better for both parties if the agency team gives their all, and the client manages for the best possible outcomes. ” It’s a great question, and there are many answers, from the bare essentials to the ultimate agency wish list. If you can cut the red tape, your agency will love you for it.

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7 Ways To Spark Creative PR Ideas

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

As with any creative process, brilliant ideas don’t come out of nowhere; in fact, they are usually hard earned. More often than not there’s a process that came before the inspiration, and PR teams can use these steps to trigger those great, creative ideas. Then, take some time to undertake creative thinking exercises without pressuring yourself or your group too much at the outset. Crenshaw Communications PR Fish Bowl creative ideas public relations

Meeting the COVID-19 agency start-ups

Stephen Waddington

Nine entrepreneurs talk about the agencies they’ve launched during the pandemic. If you’ve started an agency during the COVID-19 crisis please get in touch. Why start an agency in 2020, during lockdown? Why start an agency in 2020, during lockdown? agency

What’s Better, PR Agency Or Client Side Work?

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

In public relations , there are many career path possibilities, but most fall into either the agency side or the client side. Many who’ve been successful after years in agency PR may nurture a curiosity about client-side work. Like everything else in life, a move from agency PR to corporate or brand communications involves trade-offs. Agency PR Has Many Advantages. An agency executive is bound to be surrounded by people who basically do the same thing as they do.

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5 ways to foster creativity in your PR and marketing team

PR Daily

If you look at the majority of job specs for roles in PR and marketing, you’ll see creativity listed as one of the desired character traits. Curiosity breeds creativity. Work with creative suppliers. The ability to find unique solutions isn’t an innate trait.

PR Agency Search: Priorities in a PR Expanded World

PR Expanded

Almost four in 10 respondents to a survey of corporate communications, marketing and industry leaders for CommunicationsMatch’s new PR and Communications Agency Search Report said they were looking to hire new agencies in 2017. That’s a lot of new agencies being hired, but it also means other agencies will be dropped. The report shows the primary reason for engaging agencies was not dissatisfaction with existing firms, but a need for new capabilities.

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Agency Announcement: We’ve been listed in the Digital Enterprise TOP 100!

Prohibition

At Prohibition, we pride ourselves on being innovative, creative and transformational in our approach to the digital technology we use. Agency News digital enterprise top 100 Leeds Based Pr Agency leeds pr agency leeds social media agency yorkshire pr agency yorkshire social media agency

5 Tips to Get in Your #Creative #PR Groove

PR Expanded

Years ago, I was a PR person working at a creative marketing communications agency. The company had three distinct divisions: PR / Communications (that was my area), Creative Marketing & Advertising and Web, Multimedia & Video. At the time, I was not intimately involved in the brainstorming, creative design and the development of innovative marketing concepts at my firm. We shared ideas, concepts and I was able to watch how creative ideas came to life.

How PR agencies can initiate a culture of DE&I change

PR Daily

We can’t give expert advice on things we as agencies are not doing. So, agencies, let’s heal ourselves: Move past the numbers. While there’s certainly no one-size-fits-all approach, here’s some general guidance for making real progress—for our own agencies and for our clients: 1.

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5 Reasons PR Agency Relationships Fail

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Nobody enters into a PR agency partnership thinking it will fail, just like no one gets married thinking they may one day divorce. But when client-agency partnerships end prematurely, there are often avoidable factors involved. Here are some of the key reasons for the early demise of an agency-client relationship. Why do some agency relationships fail? This is probably the single biggest reason why PR agency relationships go wrong. The agency model.

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What Are Agency Partnerships? Why It May Be Smart as a Solo PR Pro to Work With an Agency

Solo PR Pro

My mix has always included agency partnerships, but 2020 forced me to get creative and leverage those agency partnerships to stabilize my business. What are agency partnerships? Agency partnerships at work. The complete opposite of Agency A.

How PR agencies should focus on retaining employees

PR Daily

From the biggest agencies to the smallest shops, workers are any company’s most valuable asset. What are the top HR challenges facing PR agencies in 2021? Many agencies are hoping that an extended holiday break was enough to recharge tired employees after a very long 2020.

Agency year ahead: a time for start-ups and scaling

Stephen Waddington

Now is a great time to go freelance or to start an agency. If you’re an agency founder it’s also a good time to think about creating additional value, scaling and growth. So why my optimism around freelancing, new agency starts and scaling? agency

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Everyone Wants Creativity in Communications. What’s Holding It Back?

Ishmael's Corner

Everyone perceives advertising agencies as creative. The Super Bowl delivers three hours of programming that essentially turns into a promo for creativity in the ad biz. People also categorize the digital shops under creativity. But communications and specifically PR seem to rate a click above email marketing on the creativity scale. Not even the perky nature of PR professionals can mask the fact that 50 percent of those on the agency side think the same thing.

Creative PR: 4 Idea Generation Techniques

Shift Communications

In 1926, psychologist Graham Wallas outlined the basic creative process, which has been the overall framework for understanding and fostering creativity for almost a century. The Wallas process has four general stages: Preparation : loading up your mind to be creative. cta] The post Creative PR: 4 Idea Generation Techniques appeared first on SHIFT Communications PR Agency - Boston | New York | San Francisco | Austin.

Why influencer agencies must be more than talent agents

PR Daily

As the industry grapples with how to best deliver influencer content for brand managers, one agency leader argues that PR pros should be essential partners beyond brokering deals. When we first launched Sway Group , we structured it like a talent agency.

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Separating Creativity from Technology in Thinking about Marketing Innovation [UML]

Sword and the Script

However, when I really consider the word innovation in marketing, I tend to think of creativity. While technology can certainly change how we do marketing, it’s still reliant on creative inputs. At some point, you have to do something different, and innovation is a whole lot harder when you haven’t truly been thinking about it creatively. Looking for an agency partner that can both bring big creative.

Agency Work/Life Balance

Critical Mention

When other industries think of creative agency hours, they go EEK! Don’t forget, they’re more creative. For example, if Jane Doe wants to be an outstanding creative director, a caring mother/wife, and a reliable friend, let’s face it, she might skip the gym on more than a few occasions. If you’re at a creative agency, this means breaking ties with clients and projects that aren’t beneficial to you.

What The PR Agency Isn’t Telling You

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Any good public relations agency should want to have an open conversation about what clients can expect for their investment. But even the best agencies don’t always spill the tea at the very first meeting. Here are some things to keep in mind for companies looking to bring on an outside PR agency for the first time. What might the agency not want you to know? The more they know, the better the agency team can assess the potential success of the relationship.

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Creative Storytelling as the Soul of B2B Marketing [UML]

Sword and the Script

Yet that’s the central responsibility of the creative marketer – to convert the uninteresting into something interesting. 3) Creativity is the Soul of CMO. So wrote Richard Steele of SY Partners in an opinion piece called The CMO Agenda For 2017: Make Marketing Creative Again for MediaPost. He articulates the broadening role – and responsibilities – of the CMO and suggests five areas where top marketers can make a dent by getting creative.

Creative Ways to Involve Celebrities and Influencers With your Brand

Konnect Agency

From product launches to hosting an event, there is no shortage of creative ways and strategies to leverage celebrities and influencers for your brand. The post Creative Ways to Involve Celebrities and Influencers With your Brand appeared first on Konnect Agency

15 Top Questions To Ask During A PR Agency Search

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Selecting the right public relations agency is a bit like dating, and it can be fraught with some of the same perils and challenges. It helps to break down the PR agency search process into key phases and to articulate questions to elicit the best responses. Many organizations may not need a lengthy or very formal document, but it’s essential to convey your goals and needs to all agency teams who may want to play. What are our key criteria for an agency partner?

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PR Agency Turns to Advertising for Storytelling

Ishmael's Corner

As you would suspect, PR agencies typically don’t use advertising as part of the marketing mix. When they do, the creative often lacks inspiration (to put it kindly). The post PR Agency Turns to Advertising for Storytelling appeared first on Ishmael's Corner ~ Storytelling Techniques For Business Communications. The Art Of Storytelling In Business Communications And Public Relations. Techniques For Effective Business Communications.

Why Are PR Agencies So White?

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

The public relations industry has done a good job speaking out about the lack of ethnic and demographic diversity in our business – particularly at PR agencies , where middle-class whites predominate, and where C-level management is mostly Caucasian men. Despite good intentions and plenty of seminars, most agencies are stubbornly homogeneous. As PR agency professionals joke, our business is poorly understood anyway; how many people outside of PR really know what we do?

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PR Agency Offsite, Japan Style

Ishmael's Corner

Whether it’s taking over a restaurant to cook a meal or trying to stay upright playing broom ball (hockey minus ice skates,) company off sites often bring a creative bent to team building for a PR agency. Observing the fun, I couldn’t help but notice how each individual’s personality comes out during the creative process and the final cup or dish. Uncategorized Japan PR agency offsite Japan PR team building Japanese team building Japanese tech pr agency

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