Five Steps to a Great Creative Brief

Featured on the ANA: Five things marketers can do to produce a better creative brief. — Read the published ANA article — In advertising, it can be argued that the smoothest path to great creative work begins with an equally great creative brief. But the process of delivering an effective brief is no easy task, […]

CMOs Highlight Extremely Frustrating Problems as Reason for Ending a Relationship

The Breakup Letter: Studies show more than 85 percent of American adults have experienced a breakup at least once in their lifetime. Nothing like uncertainty – as we are now experiencing with the health crisis – to yield greater tension and doubts in our personal and professional lives. Nothing like heightened budget pressure and higher […]

Common Mistakes Agencies Make With Their Clients and What to do About It

  How to Drive your Client Mad By Bruno Gralpois Author/Speaker, Thought-provocateur, Client/Agency Guru, Entrepreneur, Innovator Download a print-friendly version here In How to Drive Your Agency Crazy, I shared 20 ways brand advertisers drive their agencies crazy, and in the process, sabotage their own efforts. Experienced advertisers know better; they know how to turn these […]

Five Realistic Ways to Earn Trust in Client/Agency Relationships

Trust Me (no, really!) By Bruno Gralpois Author/Speaker, Thought-provocateur, Client/Agency Guru, Entrepreneur, Innovator Download a print-friendly version here Trust me (if I may ask) when I say that “transparency” has been the key word of choice in 2017. The issue of trust in client/agency relationships is so deep that it even led the newly elected […]

How Madison Avenue Got the Flu, and What Brand Advertisers Should do About It

Download a print-friendly version here How Madison Avenue got the flu, and what brand advertisers should do about it. The world of Madison Avenue is sick of being sick, literally. It all started with a fever a decade ago, fueled by disruptive media fragmentation, AdTech and digital innovation, the unstoppable rise of procurement in client/agency […]

What do Great CMOs Have in Common?

Download a print-friendly version here Great CMOs are amazing partnership builders. They create strong, long-lasting agency relationships that deliver unmatched work and results. By Bruno Gralpois Author/Speaker, Thought-provocateur, amplifying partnerships to create transformative value   The advertising industry is known for its vast number of glowing award ceremonies that celebrate agency and advertiser talent alike, […]

Common Mistakes Advertisers Make With Their Agencies and What to do About It

20 Proven Ways to Drive Your Agency Crazy In “Love Is Dead,” I highlighted proven best practices that set apart highly successful relationships from failed ones, based on the hundreds of relationship and performance evaluations we conducted. Similarly, a number of client behaviors guarantee you will fail your agency every time. Those who believe that […]

What Will You Get Your Agency for the Holidays? The Gift of Stronger Partnerships

Download a print-friendly version here Thinking outside the gift box… The holidays, a time of both deep reflection and high festivities, are right around the corner. We pause near the end of each year to celebrate those around us, those we love and depend on, and to acknowledge their importance in our lives. In business, […]

How to Improve Client/Agency Evaluations and Achieve Greater Accountability

The 8 Critical Obstacles: Traditional ways of conducting agency evaluations are no longer working. Old-fashioned evaluations are no longer providing clients and agencies the insight needed to manage their partnership effectively. To move towards 100% mutual accountability, these partnerships demand better data, greater insight and more actionable information that can enhance their work relationship. Here’s […]