A Meeting Of The Minds

Recently two marketing research companies announced they were combining in a joint venture. Gfk’s MRI and SymphonyAI’s Simmons have been direct competitors for 40+ years and are now combining as MRI-Simmons with the promise of improving their innovations, especially...

A Consultative Approach

Recently consulting companies have been stepping heavily into marketing execution. Accenture recently made a run at acquiring MDC partners. This follows at least a half dozen marketing service company acquisitions they’ve made in the last year. Historically they have...

Most Media Agencies Are Structured Like They’re Stuck in the Past

Marketing in the days before mass media was simple. Most businesses were local and there were few national brands. So a product got a strong following and word-of-mouth with an occasional newspaper ad worked. But after World War II mass media took over—first driven by...