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Maarten Albarda

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Global Citizen. Flying Dutchman. Dabbling in Integrated Marketing for clients anywhere they need me.

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  • We Are All Frauds: The Way We Advertise Does Not Work (Says Havas) by Maarten Albarda (Media Insider on 02/22/2019)

    Hey Ed - they actually have meaningful brands by category, but to unlock that section you'd have to buy the research, or be a (potential) Havas client. I assume that some brands are better than others at "being meaningful" than others within each category. But... I think, at the same time, that most deodorants or crackers or hand soaps will struggle to be meaningful, no matter how hard they try. What struck me is that 4 of the top 5 are pure "every day utility/convenience" choices. And that tells you probably more than anything else about what consumers truly find meaningful!

  • Why TV Ad Folks Should Learn Digital Skills -- Now by Dave Morgan (Media Insider on 12/13/2018)

    Dave: could not agree more. My prediction that the media buyer profession would have been culled already in 2018 has proven to be too optimistic/pessimistic... but it is going to go that way. I wrote about that in November of 2016 if you want to have a laugh at my prediction...

  • In A Trillion-Dollar Industry, The Answer Is Zero by Carl Erik Kjaergaard (MAD London on 10/24/2018)

    Of course, Joseph Jaffe and i predicted this back in 2013 in our book "ZERO, zero paid media as the new marketing model"  ;-)

  • Official And Confirmed (Indirectly): Feds Are Probing Media-Buying Practices by Richard Whitman (Mediapsssst on 10/10/2018)

    Henry: I suspect the interest to explore a potential case stems from the fact that the government is a large advertiser in its own right. So it might be that help is sought from experts to understand practices and nuances in advertising deals and dealings. If the probe concludes that the government in its relationships with their agencies has suffered financially, a case might be brought forward but I am going to guess that it would be settled out of court pretty quickly. If such a case was to come forward, I assume other advertisers might also start a negotiation process for themselves, if they have solid reason to believe that their circumstances are similar to that of the government's case. Note: this is all specualtion of course, and I have no legal background to back up any of these assumptions.

  • Retailers Turning To Self-Checkout Shopping by Chuck Martin (Connected Thinking on 09/26/2018)

    And not just a US phenomenon:

  • The End Of 15% Agency Commission? by Maarten Albarda (Media Insider on 09/21/2018)

    Thanks Koenraad for the update from Belgium, and not surprised to see some other markets have followed suit. I think one other reason to do away with the commission is perhaps to be able to negotiate easier deals with the agency hold co’s? As you said it helps determine volume and discount for advertisers, but perhaps also makes the total volume deal with agency hold co’s easier to calculate? Dank je!

  • 'Great British Baking Show' Rises Quietly To The Top by Adam Buckman (TVBlog on 07/10/2018)

    And this season will be the last season for the show in its current format. The BBC lost the show to Channel 4 in the UK, and with it all the presenters. Paul Hollywood has been the only one making the transfer - all others pledged their loyalty to the BBC. C4 show, with new presenters along with Hollywood, has done very well. Let's see if PBS can cut a deal with C4 for a continuation.

  • Why I Fired AT&T by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 07/09/2018)

    Same experience, different company. Time Warner became Spectrum, and Direct TV is the only alternative to cable in Charlotte. My bundled Spectrum TV, Phone, Internet bill was about to go from $206 to close to $240. So we switched a couple of things around and downgraded to basic cable, now paying $115. We already had Prime so it was an easy decision.We also switched from Verizon to T-Mobile and lowered a phone bill of close to $200 to $60 with many more relevant bells and whistles and excellent customer service.As they say, it pays to shop around. And it pays to re-evaluate!

  • Ad Execs To RFP: RIP by Joe Mandese (Research Intelligencer on 03/21/2018)

    I think what we are talking about here is a very specific type of RFP. If I understand the context correctly, this is an RFP issued by a marketer to a (group of) potential programmatic platforms. They state "here is how much money I have, here is who I am after. How are you, platform, going to deliver this and at what price point?"I can believe that this variety of RFP is declining, as the demands of programmatic have become more sophisticated (i.e. beyond pure lowest cost) and some have taken this in house.The "other" RFP is the one I am more familiar with, which comes from marketers seeking a change to their total eco-system of marketing. They are unhappy with (or unclear about) the performance of their marketing dollars, they feel their eco-system has ballooned into something that does not work as well as it should (i.e. silo-ed, with redundancies and inefficiencies, etc.) and the outputs of their marketing eco-system do not reflect the world that their consumer lives in. The occurence of that RFP is not going away, but growing, in our experience.

  • Marketing's 2017 Shiny Object Obsessions? Bah, Humbug! by Maarten Albarda (Media Insider on 12/29/2017)

    Thanks Paula: same to you and yours!

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