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Understanding The Media Landscape - Foundation For Effective Strat Planning for Brands/Media Vendors

Brands and media vendors are off to a quick start this week the return to work last January 4, 2016.  As 2015 whizzed by, some of the strategic planning duties were postponed to this January. 

Yet, I wonder how many brands or media vendors will actually do their strategic planning correctly - that is with the basis of reputable knowledge on the fast changing media landscape.  Without that, strategic planning may be an exercise in futility.  It's like going to war without a prior reconnaissance mission.  

Needless to say, the annual planning process plays an essential role. In addition to formulating at least some elements of a company’s strategy for the next 12 to 18 months, the process results in a budget, which establishes the resource allocation map; sets financial, operating, and marketing targets, and aligns the management team on its strategic priorities. The operative question now is as companies go for the preparation of the strategic planning event, how can they plan properly for the brands they are pushing and the markets they are trying to conquer if they don't begin with understanding the media habits of their target audience and consumers?

This is where the input of three people come in.  Gabs Buluran, Jay Bautista, and yours truly, Lloyd Tronco.

Last year was an interesting year because the three of us saw invitations to join strategic planning meetings to lay the groundwork in terms of giving an appraisal of the media landscape.

Here are our profiles in the event you need any help:

1) Gabriel V. Buluran

General Manager
Kantar Media Philippines

Gabriel has close to 25 years experience in Media and Market Research, designing studies, managing data collection, and panel homes and data production.

He is currently managing the Client Servicing Team and National TV Audience Measurement (TV Ratings) Service in Mega Manila, Urban and Rural Philippines, where he is responsible for the overall management and direction of Kantar. He launched Kantar Media Philippines’ Radio Audience Measurement Service for KBP and the Radio Research Council in 2013 and developed the first Internet Audience Measurement Service for the Philippines 2014.

Before joining Kantar Media Philippines, Gabriel worked with ACNielsen Philippines. He joined the company as Associate Director of Nielsen Media Research, then went on to become the Director for Customized Research Operations.

Gabriel earned his degree in Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University.

2) Lloyd Tronco

Executive Director, Philippine Center
for Out-of-Home Media Research and Science (PhilCourse)

Lloyd Tronco is a stalwart in outdoor advertising in the Philippines. His first brush with outdoor advertising and Out-Of-Home media, started 30 years ago having grown up in a family business which provided billboard space in the Visayas and Mindanao. Having worked his way up in the family business, he became the General Manager of Tronco Advertising which is based in Bacolod by 1994.

In 2001, when Out-Of-Home media began gaining popularity in the Philippines due to the advent of digital tarpaulin printing, Lloyd Tronco was hired by McCann Erickson Philippines’ media unit, UniversalMcCann to be part of a team specializing in out-of-home media. At UniversalMcCann, he handled the Out-Of-Home media requirements of the agency including that of Coca-Cola, Cathay Pacific, Mastercard, and Globe Telecom, until early 2005.

Following the stint with UniversalMcCann, he set up a consultancy which developed the business of OOH media vendors and at the same time serving the Out-Of-Home media needs of various media agencies.

3) Jay Bautista

General Manager
Strategic Consumer and Media Incites

Jay is currently the General Manager of Strategic and Consumer Incites, Inc. (SCMI) which is a market and media research Start-up Company.

Prior to setting up his own company, he was Managing Director for Media at The Nielsen Company where he spent 19 years honing his skills in media research particularly in the field of advertising information and audience measurement covering traditional media (TV, Print, Radio, Cinema, Out of Home) and digital media (online and mobile).

He is currently a director of the Marketing and Opinion Research Society of the Philippines (MORES) where he was past President (2010) and co-chair of the Digital Measurement Board (DMB) of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) to which he served as director in 2013.

Jay earned his degree in AB Communication Arts from the Ateneo de Manila University and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of the Philippines.


You may email martinezeno@gmail.com in the event you would want to know more information.

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