At the moment there are 16 media agency reviews being conducted (that we know of). That’s tens of billions of dollars in play. There is probably someone else out there that has not yet announced.
Here (in no particular order) are the clients who have launched a search.
There are arguably seventeen media agencies large enough to have the resources to handle these accounts. If we have forgotten an agency in this league, please forgive us. It is never our intention to offend.
Here they are:
The point is there is one agency for every client that is looking to move their business or at the very least assess their current situation. However, when a search is launched, as many as a half dozen agencies (or more) can receive a Request For Proposal, three to four can make the cut for credentials and two to four will make the short list for final pitches. So the math is simple. Every agency that is capable of handling a large piece of business (especially a global account) will on average be filling out six RFPs, preparing four credentials presentations and three final spec presentations. That includes all the homework they have to do to gear up, all the assessment of staffing and resourcing new pieces of business and all of the behind the scenes discussions of what to charge and why.
With all this activity going on at the moment, our advice is: If you are contemplating a media agency review at the moment, but haven’t announced, don’t! It would be almost impossible to get the kind of attention you deserve given the current circumstances. Hold your breath and enjoy the summer, by the end of which this should all be over. Searches normally take only two and a half to four months.
Our advice is wait until the fourth quarter to announce and launch a review, finish by the end of the year and begin your new relationship with the New Year.
Here is what you can do over the summer in a more relaxed and deliberate manner to set the table for a smooth review in the fall:
Drexler/Fajen & Partners is in the business of managing media agency reviews, so our point of view in delaying action might seem counter to our interests. It is not. We want to see clients and agencies in healthy and long-lasting relationships. We will gladly help any client (behind the scenes – which is part of our mantra and in our logo) to set the table over the summer.
So think twice before leaping into the current chaos. And go to the beach.
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