Marketing Organization and Agency Management

Structure and organization represent some of the most important decisions senior marketers can make when looking to optimize the overall marketing function.

The ANA has partnered with industry leaders in ongoing research to define the future of organizing for an optimal business performance that improves budget priorities, roles and responsibilities, agencies, and both in-house and external support functions.

The Challenge

Creating a marketing structure to deliver a constant level of quality while leveraging internal brand ambassadors and allowing for an adaptive agency management program can be tricky and foster inefficient trial-and-error processes to strike the right balance.

The ANA’s Response

Our research reports, including last year's "Payment Terms: Current Practices for Marketing Services," can give you and your brands the information — and the leg up — needed to organize effectively.

Latest Content

Articles, insights, research, and more to advance your marketing and advertising.

Research Reports

ANA/4A’s Agency Search Simplification Report

4 days ago

The ANA and the 4A’s surveyed their respective members to understand the various pain points in the agency search process, as well as their value (or lack thereof) to the overall process. This report contains the results of that survey, as well as key findings, conclusions, and next steps.

Event Recaps

What's the Right Agency Support Model for Your Organization?

1 week ago

Blue Chip agency leaders outlined the pros, cons, and best practices for two agency support models to help brands identify the right fit for their organization.


Giving Teeth to Agency Evaluations

by Ed McFadden, 1 week ago

Creating an effective action plan takes a focused effort, but when done well, it can strengthen client–agency relationships and lead to better work with greater returns. Here are the key elements to a good action plan and the steps required to build one.

Featured Events

National, regional, and online events to help you learn and grow throughout the year.


Bringing marketers together to learn from each other and debate new approaches and solutions to industry hurdles.

A benefit of ANA membership, committee meetings feature a mix of member case studies, perspective from outside experts, and benchmarking/best-practice sharing that drive thought leadership on key industry issues. Each ANA committee meets three to four times per year and can be attended in person or remotely. Depending on the committee, 10 to 30 participants may attend — big enough for diversity of opinion, yet small enough for more intimate exchanges.

See the Growth Agenda in action and learn more about how, as an industry, we're tackling the challenges ahead.

    Go Further

    Learn more about the four growth priorities and the 12 focus areas that comprise the ANA Growth Agenda.