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Advertising Age: Invisible Hand Behind WPP Wednesday: Transparency

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Call it WPP Wednesday: Surprisingly weak second-quarter earnings and dour forecasts by the giant agency holding company sent its stock plummeting 12%, pulling other holding companies down 3-7%.

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MediaPost: Global Marketers Improving Media Oversight: WFA Study Finds More Control, Transparency

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A new study from the World Federation of Advertisers based on a membership survey taken in May concludes that many big league marketers are taking last year’s Transparency Report from the Association of National Advertisers to heart and making substantial efforts to improve stewardship of their media spending practices and relationships with agencies.

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The Drum: ANA survey finds 60% of agencies taking steps to improve media transparency issues

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However, the ANA reports after conducting a survey during the week of July 12 with 190 ANA members, 25% of those surveyed were not sure if their agency was working on the transparency issue. This may be due to the findings of the initial report one year ago which reported a “fundamental disconnect” between advertisers and agencies.

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MediaPost MediaDailyNews: Only Two-Fifths Of Ad Execs Say Their Agencies Don’t Take Kickbacks

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Nearly one in five ad executives acknowledge that ad agencies now take payments directly from their media suppliers to offset downward compensation pressure from clients, according to results of a survey of advertisers and agencies conducted by Advertiser Perceptions for MediaPost.

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ANA: ANA Report on Media Transparency: One Year Later

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On the one-year anniversary of the Association of National Advertisers’ landmark study and subsequent recommendations on media transparency, it’s time to review the issues in this ongoing debate and see where we stand today.

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ANA: Media Transparency: One Year Later

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In a recent survey of ANA members, nearly 60 percent indicated that they have taken some kind of action in regards to their agency contracts as a result of both the ANA/K2 Intelligence and the ANA and Ebiquity/Firm Decisions reports on media transparency. ANA CEO Bob Liodice looks at what has changed in the past year since the reports were released.

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Adweek: 3 Ways Agencies Are Delivering Transparency to Advertisers

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In recent years, marketers have made it clear that they need greater transparency in their digital advertising. Concerns about ad fraud and viewability, measurement and a more data-centric mindset have all contributed to the new assertiveness among marketers. A study from the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) found that 90 percent of advertisers are reviewing contracts and demanding greater accountability.

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MediaPost MediaInsider: Has Anything Changed Since ANA’s Report On Media Transparency? Why, Yes!

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Digital News Daily Editor Tobi Elkin wrote an article earlier this week asking if anything has changed in the marketing/ad world since the release of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA)’s Media Transparency Report about a year ago.

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MediaPost: Has Anything Changed A Year After ANA’s Report On Media Transparency?

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It’s been slightly over a year since the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) released its report with K2 Intelligence on the state of media transparency in the U.S. ad industry.

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ReedSmith – Adlaw by Request: [Happy] Anniversary

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A year ago today (June 7, 2016), K2 Intelligence released an Association of National Advertisers’ commissioned study entitled, An Independent Study of Media Transparency in the U.S. Advertising Industry. The painstakingly-researched and detailed report identified numerous non-transparent business practices that were alleged to be pervasive in the U.S. media ad buying ecosystem. Reminiscent of the Barbarians at the Gate and the Big Short, the findings sent shock waves throughout the industry by suggesting a fundamental disconnect between advertisers and their media agencies. The report disclosed that long-standing rumors of complicated schemes to hide and divert rebates and other incentives were well-founded and that media agencies were not necessarily acting in the best interests of their clients by, among other things, wrongfully retaining rebates and other incentives given to them by media platforms/publishers that were rightfully the property of the advertisers. Some headlines read “…CEO Alleges Widespread U.S. Agency Kickbacks” and “Kickbacks. Yes. They’re Real.”

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