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True or False:

The first toy advertised on television was the Etch A Sketch in 1960.

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If you’re looking for an ad agency, you’ve come to the wrong place.

If you’re looking for a nimble, next-generation marketing partner: WELCOME TO PLAN B.

We offer forward-thinking marketing managers hyper-efficient, full-service, on-demand, and truly consultative marketing partnerships… Free of inefficient middle management and bureaucratic red tape.

4d updated about Who Were Not

Because we’re not ideologically or institutionally tethered to a specific marketing tradition or technology, there are no conflicts of interest here. No hidden agendas. No ulterior motives. Just a laser-like focus on getting your brand wherever it needs to be.

Our innovative 4D approach to marketing management delivers granular level traditional, digital, and social media management of all marketing assets—in real-time. It’s a smarter, exceedingly versatile approach to trans-media marketing management that’s attracted vibrant, forward-thinking brands like Volvo, Jaguar, Virgin, Sprint, and Wilson Sports…and brand stewards who aren’t satisfied with flat sales or yesterday’s formulaic approach to mark-up-based marketing support.

From
Big agency beginnings
to a
new agency paradigm

Plan B was forged in 1998, out of a pragmatic frustration with the “Big Agency” approach to advertising with its straightjacket branding processes, distracting corporate politics, excessive overhead, and general waste of talent.

We realized that clients were probably just as frustrated as we were.

So from day one, we set out to offer forward-thinking marketers an agency alternative.

A reliable marketing partner they can count on for world-class creative communications, from strategic branding initiatives to integrated campaigns to project-based marketing support. Without the bureaucracy and politics, wasteful overhead, obscene mark-ups, widespread inefficiencies, and frustrations associated with working through layers of middle management at large agencies.

Freeing Marketers
From Industry Standard
Advertising

Consider us a next-generation alignment of just-right resources with cross-specialty expertise, delivered with better-than-just-in-time efficiency.

Today we offer a unique, multidisciplinary skill-set and broad-spectrum portfolio that touches on all facets of marketing communications: branding, broadcast, print, digital, design, direct, new and emerging media – often within a single communications program.

We’re staffed with big agency talent, but we’re not part of any bigger agency group – we’re DIY ad people with a work ethic you won’t find at the big shops. And we proudly boast, as we always have, that we earn our next project by exceeding expectations of our last one.

It’s been said: “Hard work begets more hard work.” That works for us.

MARKETING in the
FOURTH DIMENSION

Synchronizing your earned,
owned, and paid media initiatives

ven diagram sm How We ThinkGiven the mind-numbingly numerous media options at our disposal in the post-digital interactive age, brand managers are increasingly challanged to manage multiple facets of their brand’s earned, owned, and paid media assets. Trying to keep all of the pieces and partners connected can be a cumbersome and time-consuming exercise in vendor management, and at times can feel like utter guesswork. But Plan B’s 4D approach is the balanced, collaborative, and big-picture oversight that leads to greater synergy in your marketing spend, and permits strategic real-time reallocation of resources if market needs should dictate, or if objectives should change. If you’re in tune with this thinking consider a rebalancing act of you own–with help from the 4D thinkers at Plan B.

THE AGENCY
UNBUNDLED

Bottom liNE: PAY FOR PERFORMANCE ISN’T A
THREAT IF YOUR WORK GENERATES THE RESULTS
CLIENTS ARE LOOKING FOR.

Traditionally, advertising agencies have relied on three basic compensation models—a commission (on media spend) model, an hourly rate model, or a fixed fee for an agreed-upon scope of work model. We found these traditional models seldom produced the kind of value clients were looking for from their agency, so we changed the game.

Rather than being compensated strictly by ‘time on task,’ we decided we would earn our profit by consistently delivering bigger ideas, faster and more efficiently. These are the values that make us invaluable. Yes, clients clearly benefit, while old-school agencies resist this notion, arguing that their clients would never offer retail customers a performance-based sliding scale of satisfaction. What they fail to realize is that by mitigating client-side risk we can encourage more activity, more opportunity and more willingness to share the risk of creative innovation.

THE TRADITIONAL
CLIENT/AGENCY RELATIONSHIP
HAS CHANGED

We embrace collaboration as a creative and strategic tool. Internally, and with our clients. We’ve literally torn the walls that hinder progress and hamstring efficiency. Case in point: the collaborative workspaces at our office. Dedicated nooks where our B-teams can settle in with clients to discuss what’s going to make their brands grow. Equipped with iPads, Wifi, plenty of the good stuff (caffeine), and a whip-smart staff, our collaboration stations are just one example of Plan B’s commitment to keeping it real …efficient.

Drafting Your
Marketing Dream
Team

PLAN B’S ON-DEMAND MODEL,
CROSS-FUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
EXPERTS, AND UNIQUE 4D APPROACH MAKE US
A SOLID FIRST DRAFT CHOICE WHEN
ASSEMBLING YOUR MULTI-AGENCY DREAM TEAM

You may have noticed. There’s been a strong movement away from fossilized AOR-based relationships—out of frustration with mega-agency traps, perhaps, or out of a necessity to react faster in a rapidly evolving marketplace.

We understand the strategy of collaborating with multiple agency partners; it’s an arrangement that’s more than familiar to us. You often get more direct access to dedicated, highly skilled teams. There’s no internal competition for budget. No bureaucracy. Plus, smaller agencies are typically nimbler, and more eager to perform because there’s no retainer-based AOR relationship to exploit.

a MORE
STRATEGIC

PLANNING PROCESS

At Plan B, our primary concern is the effectiveness of the thinking we produce. To that end we believe that every development process must be grounded in diligent strategic planning.

That said, the born-in-the-eighties, plug-and-play, ‘proprietary’ planning process templates that the traditional agency world still touts–(the ones that brought us ‘New’ Coke, Pets.com and probably Jerry Seinfeld for Microsoft)–have become increasingly irrelevant in a marketing landscape that changes at a pace unimagined even ten years ago. Our ‘Grounded Innovation’ approach is a fluid methodology based on the rigorous pursuit of timely and actionable knowledge–of the consumer, the brand, the category and the way potential channel and messaging strategies might positively affect and influence them.

VALUE + VALUES=
INVALUABLE

INSTEAD OF THE SLOW, SYSTEMATIC GRIND OF
BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS UPON PROCESS THAT
CONSTIPATES THE CREATIVE AT SO MANY LARGE
AGENCIES, WE THRIVE ON HIGH PROCESS
METABOLISM–DIGESTING DETAILS EXPEDITIOUSLY, AND
TURNING INSIGHTS INTO ACTIONABLE IDEAS AT A MUCH
FASTER RATE.

As a brand manager, your not-so-simple responsibility is to find and engage the best strategic minds and creative talent to ensure your brands’ competitive advantage—while getting the most for your money from that talent. Unfortunately, both the traditional advertising agency and its technology-spawned and highly specialized stepchildren (the digital agency and the social media marketing firm) have evolved on margin requirements that depend on, if not thrive on, inefficiency.

Plan B has evolved to have a higher process metabolism. We absorb details rapidly, thinking quicker and acting faster with a dead-on combination of the right size, right team, right timing and right attitude on every project. It’s a formula that yields quantifiable returns with maximum efficiency by adeptly dodging the inefficient wheel-spinning and can-kicking that tend to hold other agencies up.

We’ve done away with the nickel-and-dime-to-death, mark-up mania required to support high-end real estate and technology acquisitions. The innumerable, sometimes inexplicable, and often obtusely rationalized number of hours billed against your budget for redundant, overlapping efforts of ‘specialists.’ And the unsophisticated junior-level insights that gradually become more the rule than the exception after the honeymoon ‘pitch’ phase is over and the real work begins.

We’ve adapted while others have died. And we’re always innovating in the name of efficiency. Because at the rate of change in today’s marketing ecosystem, you need an agency that moves as fast as you do. An agency that can Evolve at the Speed of Change.

Don’t take
our word for it

When you talk TO us, we listen—taking copious notes and mining for insights to help us construct a framework for inspired, intelligently designed marketing. And when you talk ABOUT us—we hit the record button and post it on our website.

John Rotche, TITLE Boxing Club

Iqbal Brainch, Advantage Futures

Maggie Fitzgerald, Milbank Manufacturing

Steve Cindrich, Humana One

Antoine Ballon, Wilson Tennis

Sara McVey, Mather LifeWays

Bill Bailey Carter, Orbitz