Thursday, April 23, 2015

12635: Diversity Disconnect…?

Adweek reported on an ANA survey showing marketers and agencies disagree on key items including briefs, approval processes and compensation. Wonder how the two differ on the topic of diversity. Marketers are quick to declare a commitment to inclusiveness. Agencies, not so much. Interestingly enough, the Adweek story featured an illustration (depicted above) of two White men shaking hands. Perfect.

There Are Big Disconnects in This New ANA Survey of Marketers and Agencies

On compensation, briefing, approving ads

By Andrew McMains

A new Association of National Advertisers survey of marketers and agencies reveals (perhaps not too surprisingly) little harmony and much discord.

While marketing and agency leaders agree that agencies are valuable to marketers and help drive business results, they differ on how well they work together, the clarity of assignment briefs and the quality of the ad-approval process.

Specifically, just 27 percent of agency leaders polled found marketer briefs to be clear, compared to 58 percent of the marketers. Similarly, only 36 percent of the agencies were satisfied with how marketers approve ads, versus 54 percent of marketers, according to the ANA.

As you might expect, the biggest disconnect was in compensation. Nearly three-quarters of clients (72 percent) described their agency compensation as fair, while only 40 percent of the agencies agreed.

As ANA President Bob Liodice acknowledged, “There are disturbing legacy issues that continue to plague the partnership that have been further complicated by blossoming transparency concerns.” He added that the ANA is “committed to making tangible improvements and will be working in partnership with the 4A’s to actively address those issues.”

In all, the ANA polled 126 marketer executives and 105 agency honchos in its survey, which took place in January and February. Fifty-eight percent of the agency respondents work at full-service agencies, 23 percent at creative-only agencies, 12 percent at media shops and the remaining 7 percent are specialty players.

The full survey is available to ANA members.

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