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November 3rd, 2009

Why The Traditional Advertising Agency Model Is Broken

This is a guest post by Ad Hustler

Not long ago “Traditional Advertising Agencies” ruled the advertising landscape. Companies would hire these traditional agencies as their “agencies of record” and the agency would put together their media plans, do their creative work and negotiate their media buys. Advertising agencies would do all of this for a 15% commission of the monthly media buys. To give you insight as to how traditional advertising agencies make money here is a little tidbit of info.

Most traditional media sources have 2 prices. The net price and the gross price. Traditional media is supposed to give advertising agencies the net price and advertisers asking for pricing directly from the media source are supposed to be given the gross price. The difference between net and gross pricing is 15% and that is the agency profit margin.

The problem with this model is that the ad agency and the advertiser do not have their interests aligned. In order for the agency to make more profit, they have to push more advertising on their client. They have to encourage the client to spend more whether or not that advertising is actually effective. If they don’t encourage their client to spend more money, they aren’t acting in their own self interest as an ad agency.

Affiliate Networks & Affiliate marketers already see the future. The reason that the model works so well and is so efficient is that everyone’s interests are aligned.

Advertisers make more money when Affiliate Networks make more money.
Affiliate Networks make more money when Affiliates make more money.
Affiliates make more money when everyone else makes more money.

No 1 party makes more money without all of the others benefiting as well. The model works because interests are aligned.

Unless the traditional advertising agency figures out a way to align their interests with their clients interests they may be a dying breed.

Why do you as an affiliate care?

Knowledge is power. Affiliates are a powerful force on the internet and many affiliates pursue other avenues of revenue. Knowing the issues plaguing the traditional advertising agency gives you the power to create websites, services and projects that align the interests of both publishers and advertisers rendering the traditional agency near obsolete.

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September 29th, 2009

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Nuff said.

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June 24th, 2009

A Matter of Image Building in the Mind of Customer

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This is a guest post by Ben Johnson. Ben is in charge of Marketing & Business Development with LogoInn

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In this day and age, one of the most crucial tasks for any business is to stand-out among the immense market competition. Therefore, businesses have to make extra efforts in order to create a unique brand image in the mind of prospective customer.

When we talk about image building, a great logo can help business to create a positive image, while a poorly designed logo can bring a negative impression about a company and its product/service. For many companies, a logo is the only identifiable mark a potential customer may ever see, so it needs to be memorable, describable, and easily recognizable.

The overall design of a company’s logo is crucial to its success. There are hundreds of business logos that have been overlooked or quickly turned away due to nothing more than appearance. When a logo lack in proper designing, it can actually lose a potential customer. When an individual first time sees your business logo that is poorly designed, he is not likely to do a business with you. This is especially true if the logo fails to portray the right image and purpose of a business to the prospect. Hence, as a business owner, be sure to put some time and effort into overall logo design.

Getting a suitable logo may be a daunting task, but it is this crucial initial investment that will ensure your company’s success in a long-run. You should start off by brainstorming about the image your company represents, or the message you want to convey to the public. This will help you to develop a perfect branding tool that will create a strong brand positioning in the mind of a customer.

Conclusion

In times when budgets are slashed, businesses are more focusing towards customer retention. But with customer retention, businesses have to focus on making new customers as well. Your custom logo design can help a lot in this regards. Thus, make sure to develop such a logo that will become a true representation of your business.

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Now I have to agree… A logo is at the forfront of your business.  Everything you have should be branded with your logo…That reminds me… Cashtactics.net shirts finally arrived.

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