Episode 48

August 17, 2023

Redefining the Ad Agency Business: A Discussion w/ Michael Farmer

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On this episode of the Professional Services Pursuit podcast we bring you a special recording from a recent webinar with Michael Farmer, Management Consultant and owner of Farmer & Company. Join us as we dive into Michael’s book, Madison Avenue Makeover: The Transformation of Huge and the Redefinition of the Ad Agency Business, which provides unique insight into how one company changed in order to survive, and at the same time, redefined the advertising agency business.

Other topics covered in this episode include:

  • The key to long term agency success despite pressures from holding companies
  • AI’s impact on agency SOW’s and revenue
  • Pivoting from labor based billable work
  • Improving client performance and how Huge productized their agency offerings
  • The importance of improving the dialogue during the scope setting process

For more information, you can find an article about Michael’s book here: https://lnkd.in/eHVHTm2P

Grab a copy of Michael’s book here: https://amzn.to/3FIkAjW


Banoo Behboodi

Vice President, Success Engineering

Banoo Behboodi is a 20+ year software and services leader with extensive experience executing change initiatives with oversight of Customer Success, Professional Services and Delivery and Consulting functions. Banoo’s earlier experiences with AT&T Mobility, Coca-Cola Company and Ernst & Young leading key transformational and compliance projects, provided the foundation needed to be an effective leader and a change agent with a customer first mindset. Banoo is passionate about driving continuous improvement through sharing best practices and empowering resources through technology and analytics to optimize performance and job satisfaction while driving business outcomes.


Brent Trimble

Vice President, Value Engineering

Brent brings more than 15+ year’s of leadership experience in Management Consulting, Strategic Delivery, Marketing services and product development firms to his technology role at Kantata. As the VP of Value Engineering and the Managing Director of Marketing Service & Agency Vertical, he specializes in identifying process improvement potential, business optimization and key health metrics for alignment and orientation.

With deep business understanding through an operator lens - Brent works with Kantata partner firms to refine intrinsic and extrinsic value drivers - giving firm principals the focus required for adoption, mobilization, value realization and ultimately - success.

Prior to joining Kantata, Brent was a client of the platform and held positions at Interpublic Group, Accenture, WPP, and independent marketing consulting firms.