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Eighth Thought Leadership Digibate on choosing the right agency

Aegis Media, in conjunction with, will be hosting the eighth Thought Leadership Digibate that will focus on choosing the right agency for your brand. The event will be held on Friday, 24 August 2012, in Johannesburg and will stream live on from 9.30am to 11am.
"With the integration of various marketing platforms, agencies need to be specialists in a whole lot more and take on a sustainable and holistic approach when handling the creative briefs for the current and prospective clients," says Dawn Rowlands, CEO Sub Saharan Africa, Aegis Media, who will moderate the session.

Panelists will delve into the elements that brands should consider when selecting a creative agency..


  • What should you look for in an agency?
  • How often does cost play a role in the decision to go with an agency?
  • What would make clients want to leave an existing agency and why is this often such a hard and emotional decision?
  • What are the deadly sins a media agency - or client for that matter - could commit that would result in the end of a relationship?
  • What are key rules to keep the relationship strong and steady between client/agency?
  • Do agencies ever terminate the business relationship with clients and what would lead to this decision?
  • It would appear that social media can get an agency fired - tweeting without thinking. Is this something to watch?
  • Who owns the intellectual property rights during a pitch process?
  • Why are the procurement departments making the final decisions and not the marketing team at brand/ client level?
  • Is the pitch process flawed? Currently agencies submit an RFP, then go through to the presentation to client phase, then the decision is made - surely a client would want to delve deeper/spend time with the agency, before making a decision and spend millions with an agency?

Panelists include:

  • Tony Koenderman, editor & co-publisher of Adreview
  • Mike Joubert, CEO, BrandsRock!
  • Zahn Rossou, head of agency search & selection, Yardstick
  • Luisa Mazinter, founder, CUBE (on the square) and
  • Lwandile Qokweni, media manager, Carat SSA
  • Nigel Morris, CEO, Aegis Media Americas & EMEA (via Skype)

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The official Twitter hashtag is #aegisTL.

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