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Overcoming the Fear of Planning a Marketing Budget

Budgeting season doesn’t have to be scary! AgencySparks spoke with Paige Farrow, the Senior Director of Marketing at Char-Broil, about the challenges or “fears” marketers face when planning a marketing budget and how marketers can best prepare for marketing costs and spending.

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Alternatives to the RFP Process

Most of the time, companies view the Request for Proposal (RFP) as the only option for seeking help with a marketing project, program, or initiative. RFPs are not the only solution and can often be a waste of time, money, resources, and effort for both clients and agencies.

Clients want solutions to problems but, more often than not, the RFP does not provide answers to the difficult problems the client faces. Consider the multiple alternatives to the RFP Process before jumping in…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of the RFP Process

When clients have marketing challenges, they often look to an agency for help. Often the best way to determine if a marketing agency is qualified to deliver quality work on time and within budget and scope is through a Request for Proposal (RFP).

Here are the Do’s and Dont’s to making a RFP successful…

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The Five Marketing Agency Compensation Models for Brands

If a brand is considering hiring a marketing agency, it is important to set aside appropriate budget. Depending on the scope of needs, some financial plans are more necessary than others but, ultimately, it is up to the client and agency to decide how they will price fees during their agency-client partnership. Read more about the pros and cons of different compensation models in the agency-client relationship.

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The Importance of Communicating the CMO Role to the C-suite

Remember Mad Men? Well, it’s time to forget it because CMOs no longer rely on “gut feeling.” Since data is more accessible and consumers are at the forefront of decision making, the role of CMO is more important than ever before. The CMOs’ understanding of consumer data and interpretation of analytics makes the Chief Marketing Officer one of the most vital members in the Chief Executive Suite.

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The Evolving Pitch Process - Why Brands Should Approach Agency Selection Differently

Finding “the one” is stressful, time consuming, and, to be honest, extremely hard. A romantic relationship is not exactly congruent to an agency-client relationship, but there is something to be said about agency selection and the evolving pitch process...

No need for romantic gestures with boomboxes, dance numbers, or flowers, but a sit-down conversation where the agency can interview the brand and the brand can interview the agency.

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Why do Brands and Marketing Agencies Breakup?

A relationship between a marketing brand and marketing agency is similar to that of a romantic partnership. But, sometimes they don't last. 

It may be because they are not the right fit for each other. Or perhaps it is a minor detail that could easily be resolved. Continue reading to find why brand marketers choose to discontinue their relationship with their agency partners. And what steps they should take to avoid the breakup...

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Questions Brands Should Answer Before Selecting A Marketing Agency

Here at AgencySparks we think a lot about how brands and agencies connect with each other and subsequently work together. Before we make connections for brands/clients with potential agency partners, we like to understand the brand needs. Here are questions brands need to answer to understand their own needs and what they require from potential partners.

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The Marketing Budget - Where Marketers Go Wrong & How to Get it Right

Creating a marketing budget is not always a simple task. Many marketers pigeon hole themselves by narrowly focusing on the previous year’s plan and ignoring potential new sales goals and opportunities. It is also particularly difficult to map out a budget plan when brand awareness and impressions are not concrete numbers. Use this guide and free budgeting template to ease planning.

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