Reflecting on TAP20

Wow, where did that time go!  I mean 20 years is quite a while and during that time we have worked through financial crashes, wars and massive people displacement, climate change, the birth of Social Media and the death of the traditional media channel mix as we know them.  Oh, and a world changing pandemic that will impact us for years to come

Reflecting on TAP20

So it does beg the question, why on earth is TAP still in business?  Lots of very strong advertising and communications agencies have sadly fallen victim to some of these adverse conditions and ceased to be.

As time has gone on, certain elements have become much clearer to me.  I am not talking about the complexities of world trading conditions or the ever-changing marketing acronyms!  No it is simpler than that (or I am simpler than that).  And many of these fundamental but simple elements have been key to TAP’s trading strength and the calibre of our output

Reflecting on TAP20

We have always changed when we felt it was right and sometimes this change has bought on quite a fundamental shift in direction.  For example evolving an agency that was reliant on Travel and Tourism to an agency whose turnover is 85%+ from the agriculture and food production sectors.  And thank goodness we did, phew!

We also moved very quickly into the content and social media space and will always be assuming we are still behind where we need to be and looking to better our knowledge.

So, whenever I get asked by someone starting on a new venture for any advice.  It isn’t that complicated.  Be different, don’t be slugging it out with loads of other businesses.  Think about a real point of difference that separates you away from other businesses in your sector.  And you have (at the moment) the advantage of being small.  So when the time is right, don’t be afraid to evolve and change, because the world is moving very quickly at the moment

Reflecting on TAP20

Because of our ability to adapt, I absolutely believe we are up there as one of the best ag specialist content agencies around.  Well I would say that wouldn’t I?   But we are now in the privileged position that The TAP Group is working with most of the key global players in world crop science and many of these clients have been with us for a while and the trust and working understanding that has been built up is special.  So, thank you to all our clients who have placed their trust in us over the last 20 years.

But who am I kidding? TAP doesn’t make nuts and bolts.  We sell knowledge and expertise and it has to be good.  We would be nothing without our people and accumulated knowledge – just a logo and a website.  One thing Covid has taught us is we need our colleagues now more than ever and there has been a real shift in attitude towards working with people and their priorities, instead of just employing people.  The traditional ad agency management style of diluted ethics, survival of the fittest and full on egos are no longer with us.

One final thing.  I don’t want to belittle what we do but keeping it simple has been a real strength.  Over the years we have been able to focus on what is important and what is engaging.

Duncan Murray-Clarke - 21/07/22

"Partnering with TAP has helped our team tackle the challenges of the European marketplace and its diversity of geographies and languages. TAP’s expertise, connections and work has strengthened our brand, content and social media efforts. We appreciate its responsive collaborative approach, and its ability to work efficiently within short timelines, limited budgets and across time zones and languages. Plus it connected quickly with our team and are a pleasure to work with."

Colleen Shaw - Global Communications Leader, Nuseed

"The Ad Plain’s digital skills and expertise have helped Interagro in building a social media presence in the agricultural market place. TAP are innovative and creative with their ideas and at the forefront of developing social media strategies. A dynamic and forward thinking team - an absolute joy to work with."

Emma Ralph - Managing Director, Interagro

"Mexico Tourism Board worked with TAP for all its creative requirements for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. We have been delighted with the strong creative concepts which work effectively over a broad spectrum of media. In addition, as well as communicating a strong image of Mexico, the creative works to accurately portray the rich diversity of Mexico's many regions. The whole team are always ready to help and will find a solution for any problem and hit even the tightest deadlines."

Lupita Ayala - Deputy Director, Mexico Tourism Board

"TAP have helped Monsanto through all stages of establishing and building a social media presence for DEKALB, which yielded impressive results in a recent high-profile website launch."

Lucy Kane - Production & Marketing Coordinator, Monsanto

"The Ad Plain's professional, creative and patient approach enabled us to produce a vibrant and accessible report for the conference which will stand the test of time and which is already creating demand for further copies. Thank you to The Ad Plain team for working so effectively with us."

Julian Gairdner - Co-chairman Oxford Farming Conference