Independent media agencies launch IMAA, Dominic Pearman chair

• Group invests $2.5b+ between them in advertising expenditure

The week sees the launch of Independent Media Agencies of Australia (IMAA), a new national not-for-profit industry association that gives the independent media agency industry a collaborative voice and supports Australian owned businesses.

Twenty independent media agencies will become founding members of the IMAA, with many more expected.

The IMAA’s purpose is to:

• Promote the benefits of working with independent media agencies, including the benefit of working directly with the owners of these agencies and their staff
• Build further respect for independent media agencies by promoting the experience, care and flexibility that they provide
• Educate advertisers about the value independent media agencies can bring to their business
• Promote collaboration between independent media agencies as a forum to share knowledge
• Create a verified platform for reputable and established independent media agencies
• Build the Australian economy through supporting 100% Australian owned independent media agencies, meaning that money stays in Australia

The founding IMAA members, Dominic Pearman from Pearman Media; Ant Colreavy from Sandbox Media; Dan O’Brien from Frontier Australia; Nick Behr from Kaimera and Sam Buchanan from McKenzie Partners, will comprise a five-member management committee for the first year. The management committee will rotate with other members annually. Dominic Pearman is the chairman of the IMAA.

“One quarter, or more than $2.5 billion in advertising expenditure, is represented by Australia’s independent media agencies. Collectively, we act for some of Australia’s best-known brands and our agencies are led by industry experts and leaders,” Pearman said.

“There are many benefits for advertisers to work with independent media agencies, one of the most important being the depth and longevity of experience they provide and staff consistency and stability. We are business owners working within the business. The IMAA will provide the independent sector with a louder, unified voice to educate the industry and demonstrate the great work we do and help grow the Australian economy.”

To be eligible to join the IMAA, independent media agencies must be 100% Australian owned, be in business for more than two years or must be in the industry for more than 10 years, and show evidence of respect for Australia’s media owners. Members receive a range of benefits including a formalised network of industry leaders, a code of conduct, staff training, pitch support and IMAA certification.

Thirteen of Australia’s media owners have pledged their support for the IMAA and will be involved in learning sessions, insights briefings and management meetings.

“Independent media agencies pride themselves on strong, respectful and open and transparent relationships with media owners. We work collaboratively and are strong supporters of the local media market. We are delighted that 13 media owners will support the IMAA and its charter,” Pearman said.

The IMAA will be actively involved in the industry and has several initiatives planned which will be announced shortly.

Foundation member agencies:

Above Trading –

Avenue C –

Benedictus Media –

Blue Sky Media –

BRMM (Co.Gency Group) –

Communicate Australia –

Customedia –

Enigma Communications –

Frontier –

Hyland Agency –

Joy –

Kaimera –

Love Media –

McKenzie Partners –

Mediasmiths –

Multi Media –

Pearman Media –

Sandbox Media –

Sweeney Advertising –

The Media Store –

Top Photo: IMAA committee members (L-R): Dan O’Brien, Sam Buchanan, Dominic Pearman (Chairman), Nick Behr and Ant Colreavy

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