How to Choose the Right Content Services Platform Vendor

How | January 25, 2019

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With hundreds of vendors for content services platforms to choose from, picking the right one can feel overwhelming. Following this step-by-step methodology will help you quickly narrow down your choices to only those best-suited to meet your organization’s specific needs.

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R/GA

Founded in 1977, the agency has been a pioneer at the intersection of technology, design and marketing with work spanning web, mobile, social, retail, product innovation, brand development and business consulting for the connected age. R/GA has more than 1,800 employees globally with offices across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific and is part of The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG), one of the world’s largest advertising and marketing services organizations.

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The business SEO battle: ranking by numbers, or intelligence?

Article | April 15, 2021

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R/GA

Founded in 1977, the agency has been a pioneer at the intersection of technology, design and marketing with work spanning web, mobile, social, retail, product innovation, brand development and business consulting for the connected age. R/GA has more than 1,800 employees globally with offices across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific and is part of The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG), one of the world’s largest advertising and marketing services organizations.

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