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from 4A’s Research Services, and member agencies and partners.

Vaccine Mandates – Video Vignette |

Many of our member agencies have returned to the office.  Many have not but do expect to slowly migrate back to the office as the general population gets vaccinated in the wake of the COV-19 pandemic.  However, It could be months before we achieve herd immunity but in the interim many agencies are faced with […]

States’ Digital Advertising Tax Initiatives: An Overview With Alison Pepper and Sal Conte Of The 4A’s – Video Vignette |

This video, produced on February 11, 2021, provides a discussion on current states’ digital tax initiatives that may have an impact on agencies, and how agencies should begin to prepare for them. Please feel free to contact either Alison Pepper, 4A’s, EVP – Government Relations, or Sal Conte, 4A’s, VP – Business Intelligence & Insight […]

Webinar: How to Negotiate with Procurement

Management Services

  Webinar: How to Negotiate with Procurement Mar 24, 2021 03:00 PM Register here Join Tom Kinnaird, Founder and Managing Director of Kinnaird Negotiation (and former Chief Procurement Officer at WPP) for a webinar aimed to help you and your teams navigate complex and challenging negotiations.  While at WPP, Tom co-founded the Accord initiative, designed […]

Your Business Continuity Plan: COVID-19 Shattered It – Feb 3, 2021 |

The 4A’s met on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, to discuss the following topic: Your Business Continuity Plan: COVID-19 Shattered It. What You Must Do Now for Your Next Business Interruption. The virus forced agencies to re-engineer their Business Continuity Plans on the fly. Now is the time to reassess your Business Continuity Plans to incorporate […]

Business as Unusual: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The latest on the new stimulus bill, including second draw loans and the tax implications for your agency.

January 27, 2021 Now that Congress has passed a second major round of stimulus relief, what can agencies expect in terms of new second-draw PPP loans and tax treatment of first-draw PPP loans? For agencies subject to audit for first-draw PPP loans, what should they be thinking about to make sure they stay in the […]

Project Management Series: Breakout Session #2 – Managing Scope of Work: A Guide for Project Managers |

This session, held on December 15, 2020, picks up from the November 17th discussion “Managing Scope of Work: A Guide for Project Managers” and responds to topics that were determined and prioritized through a poll of 4A’s Project Management and Finance Community Members. The session moderator is Jeff Thaler. Jeff is a consultant to a […]

Effective Business Development: We Asked Your Prospects the Question for You

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4A’s member OpenHuddle recommends tactics ad agencies, especially those specializing in healthcare, can use to meet interested new business opportunities.

Top Marketing Agencies of 2021

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Chief Marketer presents a comprehensive list of the best brand engagement and activation agencies.

The 4A’s Cybersecurity Joint Community Meeting |

On Thursday, December 10th The 4A’s held a Cybersecurity Joint Community Meeting co-sponsored by the 4A’s and the law firm of Wilk Auslander.  Our co-presenter was Natalie Shkolnik, Partner at Wilk Auslander LLP ([email protected]). This meeting invite was broadly extended to a wide community of attendees including HR, Finance, Technology, President & Founders, COO’s, CEO’s, […]

How to Find New Loyalists in Tourism Recovery

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Vladimir Jones finds destinations and attractions can look at their known loyalist consumer segment to mine behavioral insight an targeting clarification to capture future consumers with tools already on hand!  

4A’s HR & Finance Communities, Virtual Conference – 2020 Employee Compensation Survey Results |

To All 4A’s HR and Finance Community Members, This past Friday, November 20th we met to review new developments at the 4A’s in regard to survey data information sharing and distribution. We promise this will enhance your member experience by bringing efficiency, speed, agility, and insights to your fingertips. The following topics were discussed: 4A’s […]

Automation is the Future of Effective Client/Agency Partnerships

Bruno Gralpois of Agency Mania Solutions outlines how automation can improve workflows in marketing, in the agency world, and in client/agency partnerships.

“Managing Scope of Work: A Guide for Project Managers” |

This video is of the 2nd session of the 4A’s project management discussion series covering annual scopes of work. Session discussion includes… The PM Role And Responsibilities – The PM role is positioned differently in each organization so alignment on what we are and are not responsible for is important to clarify. Setting Up Your […]

Turning Agencies into Growth Agents

Bruno Gralpois of Agency Mania Solutions finds that automation of common agency tasks and activities in the agency workflow can drive business and impact brand growth for marketers.

Project Management Series: Breakout Session #1 – Annual Scope of Work

This session, held on October 21, 2020, picks up from the October 6th discussion “The Annual Scope of Work Process” and responds to topics that were determined and prioritized through a poll of 4A’s Project Management and Finance Community Members. This breakout session was moderated by Jeff Thaler, a consultant to a number of organizations […]

4A’s Project Management Operations: Annual Scope of Work Process |

This is a joint meeting of the 4A’s Project Management and Regional Finance Communities held on October 6, 2020. The session was moderated by Jeff Thaler, a consultant to a number of organizations on Agency and Client-side Service Delivery, Project Management, and Operations. Jeff most recently served as the head of Program Management and Operations […]

4A’s Agency Growth Survey – September 2020

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In September of 2020 the 4A’s fielded an Agency Growth survey in which 113 member agencies across 11 US regions responded.  The focus of the Agency Growth Survey was to determine the top growth drivers for each respective agency to ensure their overall future success.  Besides identifying the growth drivers, the survey identified the specific […]

Legal Affairs Committee Meeting – “MSA Hidden Issues” |

To All 4A’s Legal Affairs Committee Members, On Wednesday, September 30th from 3-4:30 pm, EDT the 4A’s held a virtual conference surrounding “MSA Hidden Issues” What are the top “hidden issues”  that you may not think about, but need to consider, when negotiating MSAs?  The provisions that we discussed are particularly problematic since they may […]

4A’s Virtual Finance Committee Meeting – “MSA Hidden Issues”, September 23, 2020

To All Finance Committee Members, On September 23rd from 3-4:30 pm EDT via Zoom, we held a discussion on what are the top “Hidden Issues”  that you may not think about, but need to consider when agencies are negotiating MSAs? Many of us have experience in the basics of negotiating agency-client agreements.  However, in this virtual committee […]

State Employment Laws and Tax Requirements relating to Remote Workers (Full-Time Employees and Independent Contractors) |

To all 4A’s Community Members, On Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm the 4A’s Business Intelligence & Insight group hosted a Virtual conference regarding “State Employment Laws and Tax Requirements relating to Remote Workers (Full-Time Employees and Independent Contractors)”.  The discussion was moderated by two attorneys from the firm of  Frankfurt Kurnit, Tricia Legittino, co-Chair of the Litigation and Employment […]

Agency New Business Report |

RSW/US surveyed agency leaders to learn about their new business efforts, including team structure, tools used, top challenges, and more. Impact of COVID-19 on agency new business is featured.

4As COVID-19 RTO Virtual Conference – How to Build Your Action Plan for Return to Office |

On Wednesday, August 12th from 3:00-4:30 pm EDT the 4A’s held their Covid-19 RTO Virtual Conference along with Bo Mitchell, President of 911 Consulting, a leading expert in the field of Emergency Response which proved to be an extremely enlightening and beneficial virtual conference for all that attended.    When the 4A’s met with our […]

“Your Pipeline & the Buyer’s Journey” – 4A’s National New Business Committee Meeting (7-30-20) |

“Your Pipeline & the Buyer’s Journey,” with Robin and Steve Boehler of Mercer Island Group, was recorded on July 30, 2020, during the 4A’s National New Business Committee meeting. View the webinar and deck here.

“Activating New Pricing Strategies Starting Tomorrow” |

On Tuesday, July 14th from 3 pm – 4:30 pm the 4A’s hosted a virtual finance committee meeting with Guest Speaker Tim Williams from Ignition Consulting Group.  Previously, Tim was a speaker at the 2019 MPF events where he presented progressive pricing approaches for agencies. The 4A’s is happy to bring to you part 2 of that […]