This week, in Berlin, Digiday brought together 50 executives from brands and technology companies from Germany, other European countries and the United States at our first European brand summit.
During the summit, we held working group meetings and town halls to discuss the greatest challenges facing these brands: agencies, platform relationships and internal organization. These meetings were held under the Chatham House Rule — on the record, without attribution of names or companies. Here are the candid thoughts shared during those meetings.
Read the first part on what marketers really think about influencers and Amazon here.
“Emails are the biggest problem. I’m sick of email tennis.”
“What stops us from doing new things or trying new technologies are colleagues who have been using email for 20 years, and they refuse.”
“We have too many ways to communicate. A lot of things get lost along the way, especially from headquarters to local offices.”
“We’re a relatively mature set of employees. The culture is more of a client culture than an agency culture. Most young guys who are real data-crunching geeks or data scientists are more attracted by the agency universe.”
“We have very traditional brands and a very old CEO. Digitalization is really a problem. We are so slow. Our CEO says our brands are built by old people, and they’re not online.”
“The hardest part has been the talent. It’s easy to have a vision. It’s taken two quarters to build the right talent to support what we’re doing in-house. It’s the biggest challenge to me as a CMO.”
“I’m still not happy with the role social plays as customer service. We as marketers get caught up in buzzwords. At the end of the day, I’m a salesperson and need to ship cases. I haven’t been bought into some of the things we’ve been doing socially.”
“We need to treat our agencies like partners. Involve them in everything. We often don’t.”
“There’s so much disconnect between the brand and agency and what the agency wants to achieve. The agency doesn’t understand an idea or is just entirely focused on results.”
“The problem is that it’s never said up front what we want and what the agency wants.”
“We often don’t realize agencies have a business to run as well.”
“When you’re in a brand as an assistant brand manager, you’re often No. 2 to the agency. My leadership looks at the agency as the No. 1. Because the assistant brand managers are expendable. The agency is not. You’d be surprised at how much they can do.”
“Agencies earn so much money with classic modes of communication that they never need to build new departments that do things like CRM or innovative new media.”
“Agencies are guessing. Just guessing. And clients are believing.”
“You get the agency you deserve.”
‘Still getting started’: Coca-Cola’s candid progress report on its in-house plan
Even the biggest and most lauded advertisers struggle with moving more marketing in-house.
Dmexco cofounder wants to create another marquee marketing conference — this time in Miami next year
The Mobile Marketing Association plus a host of industry luminaries are backing the ambitious undertaking planned for April 2023.
‘Supportive to our business’: Industry arbiter Ebiquity eyes growth amid TV measurement woes
The media management firm sees TV measurement (or the lack thereof) stateside as a way into a market that’s proven tough to crack so far.
SponsoredHow companies are improving career mobility to mitigate the Great Resignation￼
Matt Bartels, principal and media practice lead, Alexander Group The pandemic left an indelible mark on businesses around the world. This abrupt market force challenged leaders to reevaluate their business model, think creatively, work collaboratively and aggressively invest in their future or risk becoming obsolete. Unexpectedly, the global workforce reevaluated their lives while re-envisioning their […]
‘This is one thing that we all should be holding hands and charging towards’: How Pinterest’s Zeny Shifferaw is creating space for underrepresented creators
As the creator economy continues to explode, Pinterest's Zeny Shifferaw works to ensure there's a seat at the table for marginalized communities.
Can contextual provide a better solution than cookie-replacement options, asks the MMA
A new report in conjunction with BCG finds marketers still seem stuck in second gear when it comes to finding alternatives to cookies.