Agency Buyer Segments
Our research uncovered three distinct attitudinal perspectives among the respondents. One group, which we are calling “Looking For Love”, is seeking a deeply connected and strategic relationship with their agency. For these respondents, their agency is a trusted business partner and will be involved in a wide range of activities including strategy, tactical execution and expertise sourcing.
The second segment revealed by the research we refer to as “Playing the Field”. These respondents like agencies overall, but want to engage them for a particular expertise, as needed. They believe that it’s important to change their agency roster periodically, even if their agencies are doing a good job.
Demographics Aren’t The Story
One of the most fascinating aspects of this study, for me, was the data showing that organizations holding these dramatically different opinions about agencies show virtually no difference in organization size, revenue or maturity — markers that are commonly used by agencies to determine the appropriateness of their target prospects. Instead, we see organizations across the spectrum on these measures feeling very differently about the role agencies should play in their marketing efforts, and how they want to engage with them.