Executive Summary

Most analysts predict high volatility in the months to come, especially in digital advertising, and it is expected to spread across the entire advertising and marketing space. Agencies and advertisers are all dealing with a great sense of uncertainty right now. Macroeconomic concerns have been an ongoing topic of conversation, with unknown consequences for how budgets will be impacted in 2023. If anything, the challenges underscore once again the ingenuity and resilience shown by all of us to withstand the COVID-19 pandemic, territorial conflicts and inflationary trends—and still fuel economic growth and thrive. Advertising is not recession-proof, but the industry benefited from a vibrant midterm election in the US and one of the world’s largest sporting events, the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off on Nov. 20 in Qatar with big sponsors like Coca-Cola, Gatorade, Pepsi, Hyundai, Frito-Lay, Puma and Budweiser. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) recently told the Federal Trade Commission that “Advertising is the lifeblood of the American economy.” It’s now clear that advertising is the lifeblood of the global economy as well.

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Newsworthy Reports and Recent Developments

At AMS, we approach the agency management discipline as four distinct but complementary practice areas – Talent, Work and Performance, Financials, and Agency Reviews and Roster Changes – which is how we categorize the following developments.

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Talent……………. page 2
Work and Performance………………… page 6
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Financials…………………………. page 9
Agency Reviews and Roster Changes……………… page 13

Disclaimer: The AMS Monthly Industry Update is a summary and analysis of newsworthy agency/client developments picked up in recent trade-related publications and news media.

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