‘Creative Accounting’ – Common Themes from Audits of Creative Agencies around the Globe

As more clients understand the broader benefits of auditing their agencies, many are exploring opportunities outside…


Production Transparency – should advertisers outside the US be concerned?

Fourteen months after its landmark report on media transparency, the ANA has delivered another paper that raises…


Trust and transparency in client-agency relationships

From the perspective of any marketing contract compliance auditor, the results of the ID Comms 2016 Transparency…


Is it clear where an agency is making money on your account?

When an agency submits a statement of work for a production job or a media plan to a brand team, you would expect that…


Supplier rebates – how confident are you that your agency is declaring them?

Most brand/agency contracts state that an agency needs to hand over to their client any rebates received from third…


‘Big 4 only’ audit clauses outlawed: what’s the impact on your agency contracts?

In April 2014 legislation was approved by the EU Parliament and adopted by the Council of the European Union to make…


Why we don’t work on a contingent fee basis

Given the fact that we have managed to find money that our clients are owed in 95% of the audit assignments undertaken…


There’s more to this contract compliance audit lark than just money…

When done in the right way, contract compliance audits of marketing services agencies deliver far more value to both…


You can play with my train set… but not the engines

Cast your mind back to your toughest ever panel-based job interview? Now make it even tougher and it will pretty…


4 sensible questions to ask when working with small or young agencies

During the past year we have had the opportunity to audit some small, independent and relatively young agencies in a…