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Marketers and agencies are miles apart: A potential shift in the sphere of influence?

by | Jan 18, 2022 | Public Relations

The symbiotic advertising agency/marketer relationship has always been fraught with a certain level of division, but a new report from marketing agency business firm RSW/US shows marketers and agencies are miles apart when it comes to planned 2022 investments in their business on things like personnel, technology, R&D, and product development.

Last year COVID dampened enthusiasm for marketers’ spending, from 77 percent in 2020, down to 49 percent that planned to invest “somewhat” or “heavily “in their business in 2021. Agencies similarly saw a drop from 86 percent in 2020 to 64 percent in 2021.

Marketers and agencies are miles apart: A potential shift in the sphere of influence?

However, this year shows a stark contrast in the respective temperaments of marketers and agencies as it relates to 2022

Just when we thought marketer enthusiasm couldn’t drop any lower, this year we hit an even lower point, with only 21 percent of marketers saying they would “somewhat” or “significantly” increase spending on non-marketing activities in the new year.

Marketers and agencies are miles apart: A potential shift in the sphere of influence?

The story is different for agencies. In contrast to marketers this year, 79 percent of agencies actually report they plan to invest in non-marketing activities “somewhat” or “heavily”. Last year only 64 percent of agencies felt this way.

Marketers and agencies are miles apart: A potential shift in the sphere of influence?

So, what does this mean for marketers and agencies in 2022?

Could this chasm in investment mean the beginning of a wholesale shift in the sphere of influence between marketers and agencies?

Agencies that invest more in their business could find themselves in a more dominant position relative to their marketing partners, with marketers relying on them even more than they do today.

It’s possible that because of marketers’ lower levels of investment in technology, personnel, and development, they will need their agency partners to help keep them ahead of the technology curve and fill in gaps where their own personnel are lacking.

2022 could prove a banner year for marketing service firms!

Marketers and agencies are miles apart: A potential shift in the sphere of influence?

Download the full report here.

10,000 marketing agencies and 50,000 senior marketers received the survey in December 2021.

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Richard Carufel
Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 12 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders. Reach him at richardc@bulldogreporter.com; @BulldogReporter

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