Peter Cowie, Managing partner at FitchLive


December 2007

Peter’s background includes JWT and WPP, but on the day he set up Oystercatchers we asked him about how the marketing and advertising industry is likely to evolve over the next few years with the growth of digital. He’s clear that the models for reward need to change: “It’s not just about paying for the hours people put in, it’s about rewarding them based on the performance they create. Overall its about working with the right talent; that’s what clients want. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have a roster of agencies all with the same structure of account directors, creatives and planners”. For Peter, the implication is that the scale of change will be personal and internalised as well as a macro re-structure of how the ad industry works. “This probably means more plural lives for individuals, potentially a growth in the freelance market, and a more flexible and fluid marketing industry. Maybe this means a smaller industry, with people paid better, and a greater search for the link between investment and effectiveness.

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