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Defining and Informing the Complex Field of User Experience (UX)
Article No. 161 April 20, 2007

Ad Agencies and Accountability

“We see the day coming when the majority of agency compensation will be linked to the returns our clients reap from our creative imaginations.” Howard Draft of Draft FCB in todays NY Times Article here. (Sub. req’d) that reports how Ad Agencies are preparing for the shift to fees based on results and the impact they have on buyers. Talk about a large pill to swallow.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)

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Howard Mann is the founder of Brickyard Partners, a business strategy agency based in Portland, OR. Prior to founding Brickyard Partners in 2001, Mann owned a premier international logistics company with over 140 Million in revenue, six U.S. offices and a global network of over 40 agents worldwide.

As that business came under severe pressure from the previous economic downturn and industry consolidation, Howard lead the company out from those treacherous times by returning to the basics that make every business great and completing 6 acquisitions that re-imagined the business so it was highly attractive to buyers. Finding that “secret sauce” did not come easily but has fueled his purpose to help other business leaders to never have to go through what he endured. 

Through real world experience and those hard times in the “trenches” of business he has learned that it is not following the latest fad, copying competitors or adding complexity that makes a business truly great. His pragmatic approach and knowing what it feels like to sit in the CEO/Owner chair is what makes his work so different and effective.

In addition to his strategy, marketing and communications work, Mann coaches a select group of entrepreneurs, CEO's and business owners. His highly focused workshops and keynotes help executive teams take aggressive action to unlock the true potential of their organizations and build remarkable businesses that endure. In good times and bad. Online and off.

Howard is a sought after speaker both in the U.S. and around the world. He writes frequently on his blog about the importance of the basics and reconnecting to the passion that too often gets lost as businesses mature.

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Do you think more companies are going to have in-house advertising/design departments in the future?

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Sounds like the perfect way to breed mediocrity in a creative industry.

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Sounds like the perfect way to breed mediocrity in a creative industry.

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Do you think more companies are going to have in-house advertising/design departments in the future?