Industry: For all marketers

As if you didn’t know: supply chain issues are messing with advertising

Steve’s breakdown: They are talking about some clients cutting ad budgets by 50%. Sounds terrible but keep in mind that’s mostly media spending. If you’re a creative shop, keep pitching more ideas to place on cheap/free media! Advertisers can let their brands “go black”. BTW: There are a lot of links in this article to […]

Great News In The World Of Pitching

Steve’s breakdown: Well the 4As did something great. They released an agency review participation contract to curb ghosting and other bad practices. As if it wasn’t bad enough to wait weeks for a decision, never hearing anything has got to stop and here’s how! EVERYWHERE, USA: The 4A’s is releasing an agency review participation agreement […]

Maybe it’s time for your merger

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The CMOs to watch in 2021

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Greatest Idea: Pitch this to your clients

Steve’s breakdown: We know it’s stupid to say “that’s a great idea – pitch it to your clients”. I mean, we’re not stupid but maybe a little. The thing here is, if “Joey no Brainy” can get a concept & execute it in no time flat, that’s a thing!  Just sayin’. This one: Betting on […]

Brand reputation declines = Opportunity

Steve’s breakdown: This is the 2021 Axios Harris Poll 100 link but what we’re looking at are the companies who need help. We’ve written about some of them in the past weeks/months but here are numbers regarding reputation declines. Biggest year-over-year declines: Fox (-6.14%), TikTok (-5.21%), Google (-5.03%), Adidas (-4.63%), Delta Air Lines (-3.98%), Sears (-3.95%), […]

Farsi da parte pantalone indossare commedia dell’arte: It’s time to Charge!

Steve’s breakdown: “Setup’s third annual Marketing Relationship Survey sought insight from major brand and agency leaders and found 1/3 are considering an agency change.” That statement could scare some agencies but make the hungry ones drool. EVERYWHERE, USA: Nearly one-third of U.S. brands may be contemplating switching up their ad agency in the next six […]

Millennials reveal their favorite brands

Steve’s breakdown: There’s a lot here to unpack but it’s worth a look. EVERYWHERE, USA: Millennials still can’t get enough of Apple, Nike, and Amazon. Marketing agency Moosylvania has once again compiled its “Millennials’ Top 100 Brands” based on a survey of 1,000 millennial consumers. While some of the top brands stick around year after […]

Coming to a boil: Black-owned media companies

Steve’s breakdown: If you are asking how this news is a new business lead, then it’s probably not. On the other hand, we believe there are dozens of possible ways to turn this into an agency opportunity. Let me know what you think . . . Here’s the headline that came out yesterday: If You […]

Here’s the Skinny & Their Names

Steve’s breakdown: Agencies ask me about search consultants all the time. The main thing about these folks is you should be aware of them. Maybe even make friends with them. This is especially important if you are an Independent Agency because they always call the giant holding companies like WPP, IPG etc first. On the […]

Peter Levitan’s interview with Steve Ratti

Steve’s breakdown: The other day I had the pleasure to be a guest on the Advertising Stories podcast with renowned new business expert Peter Levitan. He coaches digital and advertising agencies on how to build exceptional & unignorable business development programs. It was a lot of fun and I don’t expect you to listen to […]

How a Model’s Eye Gaze Can Make an Ad More Effective

Steve’s breakdown: Just a little something from The Wall Street Journal we thought would be interesting. EVERYWHERE, USA: New research suggests having a model look away from the camera makes an emotional ad more effective; the opposite is true of an ad designed to be informative To make an ad more effective, sometimes it pays […]

Cutting the Corporate Cord to Trump = There’s extra cash out there

Steve’s breakdown: Say what you want but last Wednesday “is a day that will live in infamy”, to quote FDR, and corporate America is just not having it. So where’s the new business lead? It’s a moving target but there will be a lot of cash that’s not going where it was planned to go […]

2021 outlook for digital marketing agencies: the future is bright

Steve’s breakdown: Nobody’s leaving 2020 unscathed — especially marketers. But according to CallRail’s research, many agencies weathered storm after storm surprisingly well. They surveyed 167 global digital marketing agency leaders and found that many actually expect increased revenue from 2019. Those who profited most reassessed and reevaluated their businesses. This report reveals the steps they […]

It’s Time to Power Through This Storm . . .

. . . because we can see the end is sight. Steve’s Just Sayin’: This is no time to muddle through work. Yeah, a lot of us did during the summer but now it’s time to power through! So here’s the plan: Be the first to contact that perfect client for your agency we write […]

In case we missed some CMO moves

Steve’s breakdown: The entire industry is jumping—and in all the right directions. Over the past few months, several members of the marketing community have risen to elevated roles and taken on new ones in completely different arenas. We may not have caught all the moves, but below is a roundup from the past few months […]

Brands increasingly seek Indie Shops & their Nimble Ways

Steve’s breakdown: Just wanted to share this good news to most or our membership. That’s right, most of our members are not part of a holding company and it is our hope more will split away from the lumbering behemoths. BTW: The image is from a presentation given by an executive of the indie agency […]

18 small businesses to check into

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Report: 80% Of Americans Want Brands To Take Action On Racism

Steve’s breakdown: As if you didn’t know this already but including a social justice campaign in a new business pitch might just put you over the top. Just a thought . . . EVERYWHERE, USA: A new study from New York-based ad agency Oberland finds 91% of Americans believe their actions and the actions of […]

45% of consumers have changed brand preferences during pandemic, study finds

Steve’s breakdown: Something to think about when planning your pitch list . . . EVERYWHERE, USA: The COVID-19 pandemic and recent racial justice issues have changed the brand preferences of 45% of consumers, according to a new report from communications firm Ketchum. The report identified four pandemic personas: retro reengagers, open-minded explorers, worried withholders and cautious […]

Study: Half of Brand Marketers are Dissatisfied

Steve’s breakdown: A study found that half of brand marketers felt “dissatisfied” with their COVID-19 responses. That’s a lot of unhappy people and therefore opens a lot of doors for pitches to fix the situation. Don’t ya think? So start sending out those “Are You Dissatisfied” letters today!!! EVERYWHERE, USA: Roughly half of brand marketers […]

Supreme Court Opens the Gates

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Steve’s breakdown: Ratti Report is joining @Ford, @UnileverUSA, @BenandJerrys, @TheNorthFace, @REI, @Patagonia, @MagnoliaPics, @EddieBauer & ad agencies @360i and @GSP in support of #StopHateForProfit. We are stopping all activity & advertising on @Facebook& @Instagram until real constructive change is made. EVERYWHERE, USA: Honda’s U.S. division is joining the Facebook ad boycott, making it the first […]

Brands are “reviewing” their image all over the country

Steve’s breakdown: We are truly living in a Brave New World! It’s blowing my mind but we can’t take our eye off the ball. Brands all over the country are taking a second look at their brands if there’s even the slightest scent of racism involved. If this is the type of work your agency […]

Blackout Tuesday & New Business

Steve’s breakdown: We’ve never observed Blackout Tuesday in our 10 year existence but this year is different in every way so here goes. Ratti Report completely supports the Black Lives Matter movement. Our headquarters home of Asbury Park had its protest yesterday evening with thousands attending including us. Marching completely around the east side of […]

We have a new take on CMO job listings

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Pitch brands that are hiring: AKA Covid-19 Hiring Surge Companies

Steve’s breakdown: Check this out new biz hunters. You can search companies by region or by category or both who have been identified as Covid-19 Hiring Surge companies on Glassdoor. Spend your at-home hours searching for the perfect client there. Highly recommended!! EVERYWHERE, USA: While a staggering 20.5 million jobs were lost in April with […]

Advertising is the engine that will drive us out of this

Steve’s breakdown: Say what you want but when this situation starts opening up, the advertisers that put on the gas first and most creatively will be the ones who will win market share from competitors they never would have dreamed of beating last year. So it is our felling the ad agencies serving those advertisers […]

The Good News in Pitching & around the Globe

Steve’s breakdown: Not for nothin’, we wanted to share some agency good news about pitch and the globe Pitching News . . . From Media Post: 79% are creating new messages that respond directly to the impact of the crisis on the people who use their products and services, per the survey. Half of these […]

Dog-eat-dog world of advertising = Unrepresented clients

Steve’s breakdown: Seems most employees of TDB, the San Francisco agency, are going to land but what about their clients like Stubhub & Havaians? They could be agencyless. SAN FRANCISCO, CA: TBD, the San Francisco agency led by CEO Jordan Warren and Chief Creative Officer Rafael Rizuto, is closing its doors. Warren confirmed the decision in an […]

Time to pitch clients with in-house agencies: Seems they just can’t hack-it!

Steve’s breakdown: You heard me right. Clients who started bringing advertising in-house seem to be having huge problems with “critical areas of marketing like video, digital, social media and analytics” because of working at home. They bit off more than they could chew and now they’re in a pickle! (those 2 metaphors almost worked together) […]

Evolve the brand or get left behind

Steve’s breakdown: “Kantar Diagnoses Consumer Response To COVID-19, Offers Prognosis For Brands That Don’t” is the headline and it’s for you to use with new and present clients. Every brand must change and evolve during this crisis or be left behind on the other side. Biggest problem Kantar sees is clients getting clod feet and […]

Rethinking advertising is going to open new business opportunities everywhere!

Steve’s breakdown: Call us optimists but we believe the current environment could have many advertisers rethinking much of their communications. The story below is what Ford Motor Company did and there will be many stories like this one coming. You might as well start your story too! So pick your targets and start the pitching […]

Agency Pres is Out, What about the clients?

Steve’s breakdown: We hate to see this sort of thing but . . President and CEO of Minneapolis-Based Agency Periscope is out. The shop was purchased by Quad/Graphics in 2018 but what about it clients. MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Liz Ross, president of Minneapolis-based agency Periscope, has left the agency after just over four years. In a […]

It’s Poaching Clients Season at . . .

Steve’s breakdown: We hate to see this sort of thing happen but the truth is, clients don’t like drama at their ad agencies. Right? Well then, you might as well read the whole story with the headline: UNCERTAINTY OVER FUTURE DIRECTION OF PUBLICIS TRIGGERS EMPLOYEE UNREST—AND TALENT EXODUS “Chairman-CEO Arthur Sadoun’s ‘Power of One’ provokes […]

Biggest brand launch ever? Are you up to it?

Steve’s breakdown: Are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Poised to Build A Billion-Dollar Brand?” is the headline from WWD. Speaking engagements, book deals, film deals and clothing collaborations could easily rack up millions for the royal exiters so why not get in on the act! And BTW: The Duchess of Sussex has already signed a […]

This is the kind of political advertising we all should be pitching (free to see)

Steve’s breakdown: Everything is perfect about this ad. Growing up as a centrist republican, I wish some republicans were in this ad but otherwise, it’s perfect. We should all be pushing to do such advertising and pitching it when ever we have an opportunity. So pick a universal truism and go for it with all […]

No Gun Memo = New Biz Opportunity

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Agency closes & the vultures swoop in

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digeRatti with Steve Ratti: Horror Stories from the Conference Room (free to watch)

Hosted by Steve Ratti, digeRatti is a place for new business professionals of the advertising industry to talk career, strategies but most importantly, about their pitching horror stories from the conference room. Hilarious & heartbreaking! Each episode features a career new business veteran and this month Steve welcomes Brian Martin of Project Worldwide to Ratti […]

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