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Brands Find It Painful to Address Agencies’ Most Pressing Pitching Problems

Steve’s breakdown: 4A’s and ANA surveyed marketers and agencies on what’s important. Read on . . . EVERYWHERE, USA: Pitching for new business is filled with problems. Pitches are too long, often dragged out for no reason, expensive and filled with secrecy and a lack of communication and feedback. A new initiative from the 4A’s […]

Just a little FYI of the top 100 Brands

Steve’s breakdown: The 2022 annual Loyalty Leaders List gives the loyalty rankings for the top 100 brands, out of the 1,624 brands we assessed in a cross-category analysis of 142 industry categories identified in the 2022 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. Plenty of opportunity to look into . . .  

Obtaining New Business Is More Difficult for Agencies, Report Finds

Steve’s breakdown: We call BS on this report. Destination account reviews alone make up for all the clients the stuck their heads in the sand. EVERYWHERE, USA: Landing new business has become more difficult for agencies in 2022, a survey of more than 150 agency executives nationwide has found. The RSW/US 2022 Agency New Business […]

From The Beatles to Jay-Z: the 10 best songs used in ads

Steve’s breakdown: We shared the worst songs to ever appear in ads. Now, here are some of the most inspired tracks used to sell everything from cars and kicks to California raisins. Pressing play on the right track for an ad ain’t easy / Credit: Adobe Stock A great song in an ad can make it, […]

9 Ways Marketers Can Lure The Best Creative Agencies

Steve’s breakdown: This is just a little wisdom from the industry. “You want them to say ‘yes’ to an attractive opportunity—not “no” to an ugly process” EVERYWHERE, USA: Top agencies have always been selective about the work they accept—making sure a client is a good fit, their timeline respects holidays and weekends, their fee matches […]

Example #42 why to call back ex-clients or clients you have pitched & lost . . .

Steve’s breakdown: The headline is: Planet Fitness appointed Barkley its agency of record after 11 months of working with a bespoke team at Publicis. I have been saying for years to call back ex-clients and clients you pitched and lost. If there is any low hanging fruit – there it is!!! (For crying out loud) […]

29 CMOs to Keeping an Eye On

Steve’s breakdown: If I were to pick one of these clients to approach, it would be tinder. Harris Beber, chief marketing officer, Waze Waze As the Google-owned navigation app seeks to rebound from pandemic declines, it’s looking to Beber, whom it hired in April, to help it reach new audiences, engage with users, and expand its […]

To Defend or Not to Defend—That Is the Question for Incumbent Agencies

Steve’s breakdown: Sometimes we just like to pass along research. Here’s some from R3. I personally don’t agree with lots of what’s said in the article but I’ll be happy to discuss it with you. EVERYWHERE, USA: Mediahub’s global leader, John Moore, hasn’t defended a piece of business in years. By the time accounts get […]

80% of CMOs turn to agencies for TV strategies amid streaming shift

Steve’s breakdown: Here’s some good news regarding clients counting on ad agencies instead of doing it in-house. EVERYWHERE, USA: A majority (58%) of CMOs are comfortable or very comfortable developing and executing a TV buying strategy in an increasingly complex video environment, according to a survey of marketers commissioned by The CMO Club and shopper intelligence provider […]

In Case You Didn’t See in AdWeek

Agencies Reveal Their Red Flags When Evaluating New Business Opportunities EVERYWHERE, USA: Thanks to a series of tweets from Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong and the subsequent replies from The Martin Agency CEO Kristen Cavallo, a spotlight was put not just on who owns intellectual property from a pitch, but the whole new business process. The majority of […]

How spec work became a real client: Give it a try

Steve’s breakdown: As a new business professional my entire career, I’ve always have been in favor of doing spec work to get into certain clients board rooms. The fact is it works. For me personally, doing spec work got my agencies Coty, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Roll Royce Motor […]

What Do CMOs Actually Want in an Agency?

Steve’s breakdown: 12 top marketers confess their non-negotiables and red flags EVERYWHERE, USA: Before settling down with Chipotle, Chris Brandt had been around the block. The chief marketing officer has made stops at General Mills, Coca-Cola and Taco Bell, so he’s learned a thing or two about working with ad agencies. And just as all symbiotic […]

It’s not a matter of if but how: Backing Ukraine

As citizens of the world, we all should take an active role and work with others to make our planet more peaceful. We can’t be like agencies in the Ukraine who “are ready to fight to the death” but we should have their backs. What to do? Pitch every client you have a pro-Ukraine campaign. […]

Why agency account reviews are set to continue their rapid pace in 2022

Steve’s breakdown: Two years of changing consumer priorities has led brands to rethink how they go to market and the outside expertise needed to get there. EVERYWHERE, USA: Last year was full of headline-grabbing account reviews and consolidations, as blue-chip brands such as Coca-Cola, Facebook/Meta and Unilever shifted billions of dollars in business to new agencies or consolidated accounts at existing roster agencies. […]

Start-Ups: What are they good for?

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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 […]

50 CMOs You Should Know About

Steve’s breakdown: We don’t actually agree with the order of this list (Bozoma will be gone from Netflix in months) but nevertheless, it covers all the important ones. If you want any contact information regarding these folks, let us know and we’ll get it over to ya. 1. Bozoma Saint John Title: Chief Marketing Officer Company: Netflix […]

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 […]

50 CMOs to Congratulate & Start a Conversation

Steve’s breakdown: So here’s Forbes list of the World’s Most Influential CMO’s. And we have the full report at this link: The World’s Most Influential CMOs Send them a note of Congratulations and start a conversation. #1 Phil Schiller Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, Apple Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference went virtual this year, […]

18 small businesses to check into

Steve’s breakdown: “Walmart says ‘yes’ to almost 200 Open Call finalists” is the headline and we have 18 of their names. That’s right, every year Walmart does this Open Call pitch competition to get space in their stores and it’s a big deal. Check out the 18 below and give them a boost with a […]

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 […]

These kinds of ad reviews are peaking right now

Steve’s breakdown: It’s Media Account Reviews we’re talking about so if you have a media department, make sure everyone knows. Make sure your clients know it Make sure your ex-clients know it Make sure all the Ad Agency Search Consultants know it Make sure your freaking dog knows it EVERYWHERE, USA: Media agencies are the […]

Supreme Court Opens the Gates

Steve’s breakdown: wins Supreme Court case to Trademark its name” is the headline and some say that opens the door to companies like or going for the same. We don’t think that’s the case. Those are WAY to generic and singularly defined. “Booking” could mean your traveling really fast. As in “Jesus, […]


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

Steve’s breakdown: As you may or may not know, many job sites are posting jobs that don’t exist anymore because they have been filled – – – which gave us an idea. Still use the job listings as a blueprint as to what to pitch but don’t assume the job is still open. It may […]

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 […]

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