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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

27 Tips to Boost Traffic to Your Agency’s Blog Site

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If you can’t create online traffic, you won’t generate leads for new business. Your ad agency’s blog should be a central component of your social media strategy for new business. It personalizes your agency and can become an appealing magnet to quickly build a sizable targeted pipeline of prospects. But, you can’t just “build it […]

The Barkley Agency Finds A Niche in Marketing to Millennials

Millennial Marketing Jeff Fromm

  For agency’s, this is a great example on how to identify a niche and build a positioning of expertise. Agencies are historically bad at new business. Most do not have an identifiable target audience Many do not have a written plan to market themselves Inconsistent new business practices No positioning beyond constantly stating that, “we […]

Why You Need Content for Ad Agency New Business

“If you’re not creating content on the web, you don’t exist.” – Lee Odden, CEO of TopRank Online Marketing since 2003 Digital, social and mobile have changed the way prospective clients consume and share information. Interruptive marketing tactics such as cold calling, direct mail and email blasts have very low rates of success. The agencies that get […]

Attentionomics Needed for Ad Agency New Business

Presentations for Ad Agency New Business

 Every ad agency presentation needs to focus on capturing and keeping your audience’s ATTENTION.

Keeping your audience’s attention is the rule that matters the most.

If you want to reach your audience, you must have something significant to say and be passionate. Genuine passion will attract attention and attention will lead to action.

A lot of agency presentations are nothing but recycled insights or predictable services. They use the same agency speak with nothing note worthy or memorable.… Continue reading

3 Things An Ad Agency New Business Director Needs for Success

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How ad agencies acquire new business has changed dramatically and that effects the knowledge and skills new business directors need to make it happen.

People who have done this job in the past are struggling. The tenure of a new business director is now two years or less. In a recent survey conducted by RSW/US, only 26% of new business directors were considered successful.

A 4A’s report sited that 90% of agency staff say they have to figure things out on their own due to the lack of training.… Continue reading

To be an effective writer, spend more time planning and less time writing

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Successful writers spend 75% of their time in the preparation and editing process and only 25% of their time writing the content.

There are big rewards from content marketing, but it’s also a big challenge. Writing is a process that takes time and effort. Even the best writers have difficulty putting their ideas into words.

Most of us aren’t born with the gift for writing. We have to work at it. 

According to a study conducted by McLuhan and Davies, a Toronto based consulting firm specializing in communications training, effective writers spend:
  • 40% of their time planning
  • 25% of their time writing
  • 35% of their time revising

Less effective writers usually spend:

  • 20% planning
  • 60% writing
  • 20% revising

Here is an easy to follow formula that will help fuel your writing:

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A Fresh Look at How to Market Your Ad Agency for New Business

Marketing Your Ad Agency for New Business

Stop selling your services, that’s not what prospects are buying.

Agency business development programs are often sales focused. They’re built around outbound, interruptive sales tactics that are designed to start engagements with prospective clients. The prospects have little, if any, awareness of the agency or how they’re different from their competitors.

Success in “selling the agency” is proving to be extremely difficult. And when business development isn’t successful, they think the sensible thing to do is to step-up outbound sales.… Continue reading

How to Fuel Ad Agency New Business With Content Marketing

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Why is content such a valuable strategy to help ad agencies drum up new business?

I thought I would share a recent interview conducted by content marketer, Andy Baldacci. Andy hosts Hubstaff’s Agency Advantage Podcast where he helps agency owners grow their business.

If you’re skeptical of the value of content marketing for your agency or are worried that it will take too long to get results, this is the episode for you.

Click Here for a full written transcript and to listen to: Fueling Agency New Business With Content

Here are some interview excerpts on the importance of content marketing:

“The average Fortune 500 company has 17 agency relationships.… Continue reading

Boring Presentation Decks Kill Ad Agency New Business

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Delivering a presentation that moves prospects to action STARTS with the presentation deck.

I’ve reviewed hundreds of agency presentations. Could somebody please tell me why great CREATIVE PEOPLE become so BORING when creating a presentation?

PowerPoint and Keynote slides have the ability to empower your presentation or kill it.

Most presentation decks are created using PowerPoint. There are approximately 30 million PowerPoint presentations made each day. Though PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software, it isn’t my favorite.… Continue reading

Most Ad Agencies Fail at Negotiating for New Business

ad agencies like lambs led to the slaughter

When it comes to negotiating contracts and service agreements, agencies are terribly naive, like lambs led to the slaughter. 

My friend, Peter Levitan, 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).

Peter has written the most complete ‘how-to-book’ on ad agency pitches I’ve ever read,“The Levitan Pitch. Buy This Book. Win More Pitches.” It’s the definitive how-to guide for every advertising, design, digital and PR agency that wants to increase its odds of winning new accounts.… Continue reading

Hosting Events is Good for Ad Agency New Business

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Hosting your own events gives you control over the attendees, the agenda and the outcome.

Networking and trade show events for new business is often a total waste of time. Attendees are focused on their own personal agendas. A more efficient and effective way to spend your time is to host your own events.

Hosting events can benefit your agency in many ways:

1. Replenishes and Grows Relationships

Lasting business relationships don’t just happen. It takes a dedicated amount of time and energy to build them.… Continue reading

Top 10 Agency New Business Articles of 2016

Top Ad Agency New Business Articles

Take a look at the most popular articles of the year.

 Every year we provide a list of articles receiving the most page views of the year that were published on Fuel Lines.

Which topics were the most popular with our readers in 2016?

Here’s the “Top Ten” list of the most-read articles. Some of them were written this past year. Some in previous years (oldies, but apparently goodies, according to our readers).

1. A Perfect Platform for Ad Agency New Business

How 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.Continue reading

Business Development is the Most Precarious Job in Advertising

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The role of the agency new business executive is the riskiest position due a dramatic change in the way business is acquired and the skills rainmakers need to make it happen.

Business development has been dramatically altered. There are many people who have done this job in the past who do not know how to do it well now.

The average tenure of an agency business development director is now as low as two years.… Continue reading