Outsourcing Creativity: Madison Avenue Making Out Like Bandits

madison avenue view When American companies outsource, the work doesn't all go overseas. Sometimes, especially for specialized skill in advertising, the work stays right here in the United States.

Currently, creative agencies like WPP's Mindshare, BBDO, and the Interpublic Group, are making out like bandits from this type of work, reports the New York Post. These companies seem to be thriving, at least in part, due to this business model. In 2010, Mindshare hired 200 new people and Interpublic Group's revenues grew about 10 percent.

Corporate executives at many companies see signs of a recovery but don't necessarliy trust these signs enough to beef-up their own internal staffs. This is part of the reason for the pent up demand for marketing initiatives, particularly related to the online space. That means the focus is shifting from primarily one of cost control to initiatives for building platforms for growth.

Therefore, many companies are turning to Madison Avenue ad agencies to do much of work for them. That has put those vendors (the ones taking on the outsourced tasks), in a position of strength. For the first time in years it seems, they have a real position of advantage when it comes to negotiating the terms and conditions of the projects they work on. These current trends in the market seem to be making the advertising industry, as a whole, more profitable.

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Jane Genova

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Jane Genova http://janegenova.com began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan.  After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject.  Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging.  In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School.  She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [http://lawandmore.typepad.com] housed at the Library of Congress.

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