Why You Don't Need An Advertising Agency - And Why You Do - Social Media Explorer
Why You Don’t Need An Advertising Agency – And Why You Do
Why You Don’t Need An Advertising Agency – And Why You Do

Cheese. Cheese. Cheese.There’s good news for you businesses out there who shutter at the thought of turning over the majority of your marketing budget to an advertising agency. SpotRunner.com allows you … yes you … to create top-notch television advertising, design a targeted media plan to air your television spots in specific markets and hit specific demographics and then sit back and watch the customers roll in. You create your slick, highly produced (complete with professional voice over artist) for a mere $500.

Pause for agency clients to sigh (or curse) in astonishment.

Depending upon the market and the length of your self-design media campaign (I chose El Paso, Texas, for four weeks in February), you could air your $500 TV commercial for as little as $5,700.


Yep. Sure could. There you have it. You don’t really need an advertising agency.

Now, if I could reel you in a bit, I’ll tell you why you do need an advertising agency.

Sites like SpotRunner.com commoditize advertising execution. Just like Google and Amazon have been transitioning computing to a utility, as detailed in Nicholas Carr’s book “The Big Switch,” user-generated content has been transitioning media creation into common practice. If everybody can do it, why pay some agency a lot of money to?

But commoditizing the execution of the advertising only proves that the execution is the easy part. What SpotRunner.com won’t tell you is when, where and how to deliver the right message to the right consumer to arouse their curiosity about your brand. There’s no consumer insight found plugging your anecdotal target characteristics into some website’s database.

Where advertising agencies prove their worth is with the strategy, planning and conceptualization that connects the audience with the message and the community to the brand.

Image: Cheese, Cheese, Cheese” by OctopusHat on Flickr.

[tags]advertising, advertising agencies, SpotRunner.com, cheap advertising, marketing, marketing strategy, strategic planning[/tags]

About the Author

Jason Falls
Jason Falls is the founder of Social Media Explorer and one of the most notable and outspoken voices in the social media marketing industry. He is a noted marketing keynote speaker, author of two books and unapologetic bourbon aficionado. He can also be found at JasonFalls.com.
  • Pingback: How Many Agencies Claimed They’re “Connected” This Week?()

  • Pingback: Why Consider Hemp Clothing?()

  • Pingback: It is Easier and Cheaper to Use Green Office Supplies()

  • Pingback: 7 Deadly Twitter Sins - Indometric()

  • Joe — Glad you would say so and I’ll happily help out.

    Carman — Agreed. Strategy and thinking is where the ad model must go because that’s the item of value we add. Anyone can execute a TV spot or a print ad or even a billboard, but the strategic thinking behind it is what makes it work for the business.

    Thanks to both of you for stopping by and chiming in.

  • Thanks for this, mate. This is a sign of what’s to come…. the ad agency business model has been broken for some time, and it’s only going to get worse. We live in interesting times, to be sure.

  • JoeFowler3 aka SilentJay74

    Great Post Jason. I really know nothing about advertising. But this has actually been helpful knowledge if I ever need someone to advertise for me. If I ever do, you will be the first one I call.


Social Media Jobs

VIP Explorer’s Club