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

Sword and the Script

How many people think of technology when they hear the word innovation ? 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. Technology and innovation may be intertwined, but marketer leaders say their responsibility for both have grown. 77% say they have “more” or “much more” responsibility for technology.

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How technology has changed PR agencies

PR Daily

The structure of public relations, advertising and digital marketing agencies have changed significantly over the last five to 10 years. How have agencies updated their roles to reflect the technological changes and era of social media, and how have agency employees adapted? No longer are the days where brands want their agencies showing up to the big show dressed in a suit and tie. Samantha Isdale is an SEO analyst for digital marketing agency Wpromote.

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.

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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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.

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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Adding storytelling to technology in developing ‘Innovation Relations’

PR Daily

An agency keen on creativity cultivated this practice dedicated to building reputations for innovation leaders. As a passionate public relations professional, I am always evaluating new ideas and business models that benefit our clients and inspire creativity and growth.

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. The Digital Enterprise Top 100 profiles and celebrates those companies that use digital technologies in the most innovate and transformational ways.”

Voice search, AI and beyond: Why marketers must embrace technology

PR Daily

Whether you’re creating a branded experience to delight consumers, increasing loyalty and brand awareness by boosting online engagement, or crafting compelling content, you must have a handle on current social media and technology tools to stand out against the competition and reach your marketing goals. Even marketers who feel they have a handle on technology can always learn and add new tricks. Experiment with social media and technology tools across your marketing efforts.

Creative Uses for Google Analytics in Public Relations

Shift Communications

During a PRSA Boston event, Matthew Raven, VP of Marketing Technology at SHIFT Communications, presented an insightful discussion about the power of Google Analytics and how it can serve PR professionals. The solution seems to be to get more creative. Matt’s presentation about Google Analytics demonstrates a creative way to utilize an analytical tool for public relations work.

10 Things To Know Before Dating a PR Pro

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Yet we like fast response time – PR, especially a PR agency, is a fast-paced environment. Tech PR teams keep key dates on our radar to see if we can newsjack technology announcements or breaking stories for our clients.

10 Marketing Technologies That Should Be On Your Radar in 2021

PR 20/20

Like, for example, a new start for your marketing technology (martech) stack. Note that a few of these are agency partners or benefactors of Marketing AI Institute , our sister brand. 10 Marketing Technologies We Can’t Live Without. Marketing Technology

How PR pros must adapt to new technologies

PR Daily

Industry practitioners looking to advance must be fluent with the latest technology, from social media to data and analytics. What roles are agencies and in-house teams looking for? It’s about instinct, gut, advice and creativity, and I don’t think those things will be replaced.

A Holiday Guide to Gear That Can Improve Your Creative Content

PRSay

But behind the scenes, it represents a shift in the industry, and one that your creative team can learn from. Adobe Creative Cloud. Every year around the holidays, you can find the Adobe Creative Cloud on sale.

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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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. Vice President, Marketing Technology. cta] The post Creative PR: 4 Idea Generation Techniques appeared first on SHIFT Communications PR Agency - Boston | New York | San Francisco | Austin.

Creative Storytelling as the Soul of B2B Marketing [UML]

Sword and the Script

It’s far too easy to say that B2B technology is dull. Yet that’s the central responsibility of the creative marketer – to convert the uninteresting into something interesting. Even in B2B technology, marketers will find better success focusing on story in which the prospect sees themselves. 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.

Dawn of the Intelligently Automated Agency

PR 20/20

Technology will get smarter , intelligently automating traditionally human-powered activities while adding layers of complexity to your martech stack. Brands will need to become more human with greater resources dedicated to listening, relationship building, ethics, empathy, creativity, culture and community. As HubSpot’s first agency partner back in 2008 , we’ve built our firm on the back of automation and have witnessed it transform the industry over the last decade.

6 PR agency pet peeves

PR Daily

In my first PR agency job, during the times that drove us crazy, the owner had a favorite line: “This would be such a great business if it weren’t for the clients.” But many years later, it’s still a reminder of the unique pressures of the agency life. There are the politics of the agency itself, those of the client company, and those of journalists and partners. Here are some of the top PR agency “pet peeves” that are probably familiar to many communications professionals.

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Impact Culture to Impact Sales: A Q&A with the Martin Agency’s Jaclyn Ruelle

NewsWhip

We recently sat down with Jaclyn Ruelle of The Martin Agency to learn more about Martin’s Cultural Impact Lab and to understand brand influence on culture today. . We launched the Cultural Impact Lab at the Martin Agency in March, 2019.

Creative Headlines Will Drive PR SEO & Success in 2017

Cision

It continues a thought leading series based on Agency and Client-side workplace issues, and is the basis of a forthcoming coaching and mentoring book to be published in 2017 alongside the 15th anniversary of the agency. Insights provided by the agency practitioner client-side include the importance of mobile, from both a creative and business standpoint. This news article was written by Courtney Lukitsch, Founder and Principal at Gotham PR in New York and London.

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How to Use Multivariate Creative Testing to Instantly Improve Creative Ad Performance

wiredPRworks

One of the fun things about being a creative is, well, you get to be creative! – that mapped out the best possible creative solutions? When you automate creativity, you discover the best options. Small changes in creative lead to big changes in performance.

How to Use Multivariate Creative Testing to Instantly Improve Creative Ad Performance

wiredPRworks

One of the fun things about being a creative is, well, you get to be creative! – that mapped out the best possible creative solutions? When you automate creativity, you discover the best options. Small changes in creative lead to big changes in performance.

State of Martech: Will marketing jobs be threatened by technology?

Agility PR Solutions

Even with the rapid advancement of marketing technology, 61 percent of marketers feel that it will never threaten their jobs, according to a new study from PR and digital marketing agency Walker Sands Communications. The survey found that 56 percent of marketers believe an equal mix of creativity and technology will be the driving force behind […]. The post State of Martech: Will marketing jobs be threatened by technology?

7 Ways To Help Your Tech PR Agency Succeed

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

If you’ve ever worked with a top technology PR agency , you know the business of developing public relations programs for hot tech companies or startups can be challenging. To be successful, there are some key things to keep in mind from the start of a PR agency relationship. Life at a growing technology company — especially a startup — can be a whirlwind, round-the-clock kind of existence.

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The Craft of Creative Writing

Barokas

The Craft of Creative Writing. For 2017, my super awesome Secret Santa, Michelle, gave me a book by Dani Shapiro, titled, “Still Writing – The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.” While some might view control as a positive thing as it can drive efficiency, it can have the opposite effect on creativity. I loved this chapter as it reminded me that loosening the reins on what should be (aka the way it’s always been done) can lead to new levels of creativity.

Covid-19 Accelerates Shift of PR and Marketing to In-House Staff – Why It May Be Futile and How Agencies Can Respond

Glean.info Blog

One-third of marketing work shifted from agencies to in-house personnel this year, reveals the 2020 Gartner Marketing Data and Analytics Survey. The shift from agencies to in-house staff is a long-term investment that involves more financial risk than relying on a contracted partner.

3 Landmark Studies that Sum Up the State of Creativity for the CMO [UML]

Sword and the Script

I sense we are reaching that point in marketing, with respect to data and creativity. This is the role of creativity in marketing: to drive an emotional connection and feeling of belonging. Where every business has data, perhaps even the same data, we cannot have, by definition, the same creativity. 1) Digital is killing creativity in marketing. The majority of marketers claim digital growth is having a detrimental impact on creative quality, new research reveals.”.

How I Started One of the Top B2B Agencies

B2B PR Sense

Over 20 years ago I built my company, Marx Communications, which now rates as one of the top B2B agencies in the industry. To my surprise, I discovered I had a talent for it, and that PR could be creative and challenging. The focus of my agency has always been B2B public relations. However, due to the changing scene of the tech industry, our focus widened to also include financial services, professional services, marketing technology, and manufacturing.

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There’s No One Path to Agency or Industry Life

Shift Communications

As with many industries these days, people come to agency life from all walks. They prove that it doesn’t matter where you went to school or if you have a PR, marketing or design degree – or even any direct industry experience – to get hired at an agency and be a kick@$$ pro. So whether you’re looking to make the move to agency life or to the industry in general, as someone who took a nontraditional path, let me be the first to say that it’s 100% doable.

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PR agency seeks talent through ‘missing’ posters

PR Daily

One New York public relations firm is trying out an unusual approach in an effort to land a “hands-on, talented, smart, organized, and autonomous” account director to run its technology PR team. Mallory Blair, chief executive and co-founder of Small Girls PR, says the hardest thing about starting her own agency has been hiring. Other agencies in the same boat. Small Girls is not the only agency that is recruiting in a challenging environment.

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PR Automation: A bad idea … or would that work for PR agencies?

The Hoffman Agency

The social distancing rules and economic impact of Covid 19 seem to have hastened conversations about automation (from software to robotics), with many organisations including PR agencies and publications looking at where it can improve efficiencies.

[Guest Post] Top 5 Tools Agency Owners Must Embrace for the Digital Future

PR Expanded

Advertising agencies created ads for multiple outlets, public relations handled media inquiries and proactively sought after coverage, marketing agencies did a variety of things, but generally focused on brand identity and creative attention-garnering activities. You’re the founder of a rapidly growing small agency with a respectable, but still emerging web-based presence across standard social media platforms.

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How technology’s 'Hummingbird Effect' evolves PR strategies

PR Daily

Today’s Technology Innovations. For instance, Johnson explained that Thomas Edison’s “greatest achievement many have been the way he figured out how to make teams creative: assembling diverse skills in a work environment that valued experimentation and accepted failure, incentivizing the group with financial rewards that were aligned with the overall success of the organization, and building on ideas that originated elsewhere.”.

Bay Area PR Agency Panel

The Hoffman Agency

Join leading public relations and communications practitioners from top Bay Area agencies for an immersive panel in DBH 117. In addition to networking with light snacks and refreshments, we will be discussing topics for career readiness, including: Pros and cons between working at an agency, or in-house at a corporation. Balancing client needs with agency priorities. Agency Panelists. Today, Marissa continues creative agency work as a Jr. 6 p.m.

An A to Z guide to marketing and PR agency management

Stephen Waddington

Agencies are straightforward organisations to manage. He’s an agency boss based in New Zealand that helped build Edelman in Europe, and latterly Asia. His presentation guide on agency management is a must read for anyone in the business. Agencies – client, talent and a clear proposition are the three ingredients that you need to build a successful agency. Community – the era of command and control is over, especially in networked agencies. agency

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Why Your First PR Job Should Be At A PR Agency

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Let’s face it, any of the above would be a win for a recent graduate, but — barring a rich equity offer from a high-flying tech startup — I’d strongly advise jobseekers to take a position at a PR agency as opposed to a corporate or nonprofit gig. My personal bias is for a small or midsize agency, but it’s really more about the classic agency structure and what it offers for team members. Agencies offer a path to promotion.

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Agency Life 101: Kristina Norris, Learning & Development Coordinator

Shift Communications

This week, we check in with Kristina Norris , the Agency’s Learning & Development Coordinator based in our San Francisco office. I enjoy having the opportunity to interact with everyone across the Agency regardless of what level or team they’re on. It’s no secret that the PR and marketing industry is fast moving and constantly changing, especially when you’re working for a progressive agency like SHIFT. Agency Life

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5 PR Agencies You Should Follow on Twitter

Critical Mention

With 120,000 agencies just in the United States, the competition is steep. If you’re knee-deep in agency life (or you want to be) here are some agencies that will inspire you and keep you up-to-date with the latest in PR around the world: Golin. Golin is the “Relevance Agency,” integrating PR, digital and content strategy. The agency’s diverse team has won some of the most prestigious awards in the world for creative, innovative approaches.