ad agency contracts

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Adrian

Trust and transparency in client-agency relationships

From the perspective of any marketing contract compliance auditor, the results of the ID Comms 2016 Transparency Survey are music to their ears.  For Financial Progression, the results mirror exactly the ethos on which the business was established: namely that the more brands understand the financial realities and business models of agencies, the more readily Read More

Posted on February 3, 2016 by Adrian

Supplier rebates – how confident are you that your agency is declaring them?

Most brand/agency contracts state that an agency needs to hand over to their client any rebates received from third parties used on their account, whether specific or on a ‘fair share’ basis (e.g. annual volume bonuses). The question is how do you know that you are getting all your rebates back? Our experience tells us Read More

Posted on August 25, 2015 by Adrian

There’s more to this contract compliance audit lark than just money…

When done in the right way, contract compliance audits of marketing services agencies deliver far more value to both client and agency than simply identifying accounting errors. That was the message delivered by Philipp Schuster of adidas Group at the ProcureCon Marketing Conference held in London in June.

Posted on May 15, 2015 by Adrian

You can play with my train set…but not the engines

Cast your mind back to your toughest ever panel-based job interview? Now make it even tougher and it will pretty similar to the grilling I received a few months ago from the European FD of a global agency network and his UK counterpart. This was before we had even started the audits of their agencies!

Posted on May 1, 2015 by Adrian

4 sensible questions to ask when working with small or young agencies

During the past year we have had the opportunity to audit some small, independent and relatively young agencies in a number of different countries across Europe and in the USA. This has been a learning experience for both us and our clients. Here’s why: standard brand/agency contracts are often based upon a standard contract available to Read More

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Adrian

You say potato, I say potahto

As the line goes in “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” sung by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in their 1937 movie “Shall We Dance”: “You say “either” and I say “either” You say “neither” I say “neither” “Either” “either”, “neither” “neither” Let’s call the whole thing off You say “potato,” I say “potahto” You Read More

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Adrian

What does ‘independent’ really mean when it comes to contract compliance auditors?

As I read through the agency’s feedback on our draft audit report, I was somewhat surprised. Apparently, “We [the agency] provided all necessary documentation during the audit. There was only one exception, the [words deleted].” The reason why they hadn’t complied with this one (as it happens rather important) clause, was they had a group Read More

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Adrian

You’ve avoided handing over a ‘golden goodbye’ to your old agency. What’s next?

You’ve appointed a new agency. Tick. Done the exit audit of its predecessor. Tick. Read our audit report. Tick. Surely all that is left to do now is agree how any monies owing will be paid back? Actually, for the majority of brands, this is where the hard work starts. In this blog post I will explain why…

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