What is Mecenato?
Mecenato is an international network of creatives and entrepreneurs. Marketers and agencies hire us in order to tap into the knowledge and capabilities of this network. Our mission is to facilitate innovation and networked collaboration, and we deliver on that by setting up an innovation space in the cloud, where talent, technologies and processes are grouped and work is commissioned, created, produced and delivered.
What does Mecenato mean?
Mecenato is a Brazilian Portuguese word that means "patronage", a system of economic production that was common in Rennaissance Italy. In this system, wealthy families and individuals commissioned artistic and scientific work directly from artisans and guilds. Much like what marketers and agencies can do through the Internet nowadays.
Where is your office located?
We currently don't have one, and there aren't plans at this point to have one. However, that might one day change. At this point, we're used to a disciplined mix of remote work, renting out office facilities for the duration of a project, or working inside the client's own office.
How many people work for Mecenato?
Three people run the operation at this stage. We expand and contract our staff dynamically, based on project scope, and we're constantly scouting and hiring on communities like oDesk, Dribbble, Behance, CollabFinder, ooomf, Audiodraft and more.
Who created Mecenato?
Mecenato is a long-time project of our founder, André Bose do Amaral.
How big is the network?
Around 1600+ nodes at this stage. Nodes include talent, institutions, digital marketplaces and creative service providers.
What markets do you serve?
We are set to work globally using the cloud, but we're mostly seen in the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Ireland, Singapore, Germany, Italy, Brazil and Argentina.
What languages do you speak?
We speak English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and can also deliver work in Arabic.
What services do you offer?
A wide combination of marketing and innovation services in the areas of mobile, social media, content strategy, interface design, data analytics and growth hacking.
Why does Mecenato offer learning products?
We believe that in order to commission and work with innovation these days, everyone involved has to be fully informed of the ever-growing possibilities available. That's why we offer learning products that help members and clients learn about new technologies, processes and business models.
What services you don't offer?
We don't offer media buying of traditional media (TV, print, radio, etc). We don't offer traditional market research (we do offer user testing for sites and applications). We don't offer legal or intellectual property advisory. We also don't offer logistics services related to e-commerce sales of physical goods.
Do you have an in-house code development team?
No, we don't have any front-end or back-end developers full time in our staff at the moment. We do have many as part of our network.
I'm an agency, how can I become a Mecenato client?
Reach out for us using this form here.
I'm a marketer, how can I become a Mecenato client?
Let's talk about your brand or company's business needs. Send us a note using this form here.
Which brands are served by Mecenato?
We have no long-term retainers at this stage, but we have designed ideas, new business models and experiences for brands like CNN, Nokia, Nike, HSBC, Emirates Airline, dnata, Atlantis, Six Senses, and more.
Which agencies have Mecenato served?
We have worked with JWT in Dubai, Draftfcb offices in Munich and Prague, gyro in Dubai and Singapore, and many more.
Who owns the intellectual property of the work?
The intellectual property for work produced for agencies and marketers is 100% theirs, as stated in our IP Waiver contract. We do have specific clauses in the contract so we can retain the ability to enter the work into industry awards and to showcase the work online in our own website, blog and creative communities.
What's Mecenato's position on non-disclosure agreements?
We are able to sign NDAs previous to discussing or starting a project if we can retain the specific right to reach out for our trusted, global talent network to discuss the project scope in private.
How are files archived and transmitted?
We use Google Drive to storage and share large files for download. We also store a client backup for up to a year after the initial delivery of the files.
Is the Mecenato brand trademarked?
Yes, we are a globally registered trademark.
How can I commission work from Mecenato?
Simple, just fill up this form here.
What are your available payment options?
International bank transfer, credit card payment (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) using Stripe, PayPal transfer and Bitcoin.
Is your payment system secure?
Yes. We use Stripe, one of the best payment services on the Internet.
What are your payment terms?
By default, we go for thirty days (Net 30) after invoice is issued. We provide discounts for invoices that are paid in full at delivery day. We don't accept terms that involve more than 45 days for payment.
How can I view my current and past invoices?
You can access them from any Web Invoice link we have sent you in the past.
Yes, and you can read it in detail here. In case of any change, we will e-mail all current clients and members about the nature of these policy changes.
No. We will in the future, when we have membership profiles available.
How does Mecenato protect stored data?
We encrypt all data that currently sits in any of our company's hardware. All mobile devices are locked and remotely traceable in case of lost or theft. We also have an internal guideline for password creation (we use complex, computer-generated passwords). All hosted FTP files are protected by Mediatemple's safety policies. All work files in shared cloud services like Basecamp and Google Drive are subjected to these services' data protection policy.
What's your position on conflicts of interest?
Mecenato doesn't accept project requests for the same company or brand but coming from different agencies. Mecenato doesn't take on direct work from a brand or company if we already work directly with another brand or company in a similar industry.
Does Mecenato participate in pitches?
No, we don't, and will never do. However, we do provide consulting and work for agencies that do.
Haven't found an answer?
Ask us anything and we will get in touch. You can also email us.