A Perfect Platform for Ad Agency New Business

A Platform for Ad Agency New Business

For over eight years I’ve prescribed creating a niche blog for agency new business and have helped create over 200 personal blogs for agency principals. A personal blog can provide small to midsize agency owners with a perfect platform to create positioning of expertise and appeal to a very specific target audience. It’s like a fishing […]

LinkedIn Publishing for Ad Agency New Business

LinkedIn for ad agency new business

LinkedIn has become an ideal platform to strengthen your professional identity by sharing your insights and expertise. When I first started using LinkedIn, it was primarily a place to post your resume and get a job or research prospective clients. It has now become much more. “LinkedIn is opening up our publishing platform to our members, […]

The Anatomy of Content Marketing for Ad Agency New Business

anatomy of content marketing for ad agency new business

A SMALL agency won BIG business through a strategic content marketing strategy.  Despite their tradition with print-based content marketing, advertising agencies are struggling to understand and convert their content-marketing efforts into actual new business success. Why? Most are doing it wrong. Though many agencies now maintain blogs, the content usually highlights things like awards, hires and client […]

Content Marketing: Ad agencies should resist the urge to be self-promotional

content marketing for ad agency new business

Content marketing is the fuel for an inbound marketing strategy for new business, if done the right way. It is now one of the most effective tactics to attract prospective clients, build their trust and gain a positioning of expertise. According to a research report by DemandGen, from a B2B buyer survey, 82% of surveyed senior […]

The Best Time to Post, Pin and Tweet for Ad Agency New Business

what is the best time to post, pin and tweet

Timing is critical when it comes to engaging with your social media audience. To increase the Click-Through-Rate of your article links and boot your website traffic, you need to be posting and tweeting at the best times. Figuring out the best times to post, you’ll need to consider such as the time zones where your best prospects […]

The Role of Content for Ad Agency New Business

content marketing for ad agency new business

There is a higher degree of trust from prospects when they are reading content from credible, third-party experts. The ability to easily access information from a variety of online sources has fundamentally changed the way prospects research advertising, digital, media and PR agencies and, ultimately, is how they choose their marketing partner(s). Instead of chasing business, it’s now more important […]

How to Write A Blog Post for Ad Agency New Business

A blog post writing template

A framework for writing meaningful, properly constructed and search engine optimized posts will allow you to write faster and more effectively. I’ve known of Michael and his work in helping creative firms improve lead generation through social media for a few years now (I finally met him earlier this year) but recently I started to get […]

How to personally get to know your agency’s best prospects

content marketing know you audience

Content marketing provides a system to better understand and engage your prospects.  I can intimately attest how difficult a consistent writing program can be. But, the reason that I’m such an advocate are the many benefits content marketing provides. It makes new business more focused and much easier than the interruptive type tactics of the past, […]

Thought Leadership, Millennial Marketing and Ad Agency New Business

creating a niche for ad agency new business

How to humanize your agency, build a positioning of expertise and make a personal connection with your best prospects. This is a guest article written by Jeff Fromm. Jeff is an Executive Vice President at Barkley, which is among the largest independent advertising agencies in the U.S. and the largest employee-owned agency. He is the  founder […]

10 WordPress Plugins for Ad Agency New Business

WordPress Plugins for Ad Agencies

 Using WordPress plugins enhances your reader’s experience, allows for easy customization and maintenance of your blog.  I began writing Fuel Lines back in 2007 on the blogging platform Blogger. It wasn’t long before I graduated from Blogger to WordPress. Wordpress is by far the most popular blogging platform on more than 60 million websites. It has […]

The Indispensable Ad Agency

Paul Roetzer New Business Conference

How Marketing Talent, Technology and Strategy Gaps Present Invaluable Opportunities for Agency Growth

“The marketing services industry is in a state of flux. As CMOs navigate the marketing talent gap, they are increasingly seeking performance-driven agency partners that are immersed in marketing technology and staffed with digital-savvy professionals. SMBs need partners that can deliver fully integrated solutions and in essence function as outsourced inbound marketing teams. Large enterprises commonly look for niche expertise in core digital disciplines such as content marketing, paid search, SEO, social media monitoring, and analytics to complement internal marketing teams.” Paul Roetzer

In this session of the Fuel Lines New Business Conference, Paul Roetzer, founder and CEO of PR 20/20,  presented a high-level look at the industry trends driving transformation, and share insights into how advertising, digital, PR and Media agencies can evolve to meet demand and accelerate success.Continue reading

The Preeminent Thought Leader on How to Win Ad Agency Pitches

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Win more ad agency new business pitches. It’s easier than you think.

Peter Levitan has been described as a serial new business pitcher. He has delivered global, regional, and very local new business pitches for over 30 years. He has a Hall Of Fame pitch batting average.

Peter ran business development and marketing at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Worldwide in New York and London, and bought and sold three of his own agencies (including Portland’s Citrus). Continue reading

The Most Provocative Man in Advertising

Bob Hoffman ad agency new business conference

Bob Hoffman is one of the most sought-after speakers on advertising and marketing.

He has spoken all over the U.S. and has been invited to speak at conferences throughout Europe. Bob’s “Spotlight Lecture” at Advertising Week Europe has drawn almost 50,000 views on YouTube.

Bob was one of the keynote speakers at our inaugural Fuel Lines New Business Conference in Nashville, TN. He presented a refreshing take on the marketing industry in his presentation, Marketers Are From Mars, Consumers Are From New Jersey. Continue reading

A Perfect Platform for Ad Agency New Business

A Platform for Ad Agency New Business

For over eight years I’ve prescribed creating a niche blog for agency new business and have helped create over 200 personal blogs for agency principals.

A personal blog can provide small to midsize agency owners with a perfect platform to create positioning of expertise and appeal to a very specific target audience. It’s like a fishing expedition. You fish for a specific fish with a particular bait, you fish away from the boat (the agency’s website) so you don’t scare off the fish.  Continue reading

What’s the Most Dangerous Job in Advertising?

The Most Dangerous Job in Advertising

ADWEEK said the most dangerous job in advertising is new business chiefs.

According to a recent Agency-Marketer Business Report from RSW/US, the tenure of a new business director is now 2 years or less. Only 26% of new business directors were viewed as successful. They are under a lot of stress and their position tends to have a short shelf life. 

Why the poor performance?

New business has historically been a problem for agencies.Continue reading

10 Benefits of Inbound Marketing for Ad Agency New Business

10 inbound marketing benefits


There is a new model for new business that makes the existing model obsolete.

It may come as a bit of a surprise but, prospects aren’t anxiously awaiting your sales pitch. They’ve heard it a hundred times before from agencies that look, sound and act just like yours. 

New business doesn’t have to be so hard. There is a better way that makes it EASIER. Implementing an inbound marketing program will get prospects reaching out to you without having to use the interruptive type tactics of the past.Continue reading

2015 New Business Conference to be held in Nashville, TN

The Music City Center, Nashville, TN


The inaugural Fuel Lines New Business Conference for advertising, digital, media and PR agencies will be held the booming city of Nashville, Tennessee on October 8-9. 

Nashville was recently named among the 15 Hottest American Cities for 2015 and was recently voted by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 5 cities to visit. 

The popularity of the TV show “Nashville” has helped boost tourism. Nashville saw 11.8 million visitors in 2013, and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is predicting a 10% increase in the number of visitors by 2016.

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Social Proof: Use Client Testimonials for Ad Agency New Business

testimonials for ad agency new business

Adding recommendations is one of the easiest ways to empower your new business program.

As part of my consulting work I’m asked to review a lot of agency websites from a new business perspective. Just yesterday I was reviewing the website of a large agency in New York. I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t find a single testimonial from a happy client. A good number of agencies neglect to add this important component to their marketing mix.Continue reading

This is My Personal Story In Leading Ad Agency New Business

Michael Gass Fueling Ad Agency New Business


Business development has dramatically changed and rainmakers of the past have struggled with the changes.

I wanted to publically thank my good friend, Ken Henley, who is a Nashville artist that created my new caricature. Ken and I have known each other for years. We’ve seen a lot of changes within the advertising industry, but none as great as what has occurred over the past seven years.

I’ve been in business development almost my entire advertising career. Continue reading

How to Craft an Agency PR Plan That Drives New Business

A Plan That Drive Ad Agency New Business

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” – H. Stanley Judd, Author, Think Rich

While there are many things that go into a successful ad agency new business program, one that is often overlooked or underutilized is the strategic use of public relations. Whether your agency emphasizes inbound or outbound marketing—or a combination of the two—PR is an important tool that can help you attract attention and generate new business opportunities.Continue reading