Describe Your Ad Agency in Six Words or Less

ad agency tag lines

Here’s a challenge for advertising, digital, media and PR agencies. Let’s take it one step further … Can you describe your agency in six words “without” using these 10 Things Ad Agencies “usually” Say About Themselves? Ten things agencies are most likely to say about themselves: Full service Comprehensive solutions Great ideas Results oriented Integrated marketing approach […]

3 Things Ad Agencies Need for New Business

positioning for ad agencies for new business

A “Brand” New Day for Agencies It’s a new day for agencies and for clients.  Agencies have been notorious for not creating their own articulated brand, but today we all need a differentiated brand just like our clients. You can “do” a lot of things, but you can only be “famous” for one thing. Agencies […]

You need to do this one thing to build your ad agency’s brand …

writing for ad agency new business

  If I were the owner of an advertising, digital or media agency, to build my agency’s brand, I would WRITE!  This isn’t a new discovery for me. Since the beginning, I’ve written my way into a thriving new business consultancy. My blog provides a consistent flow of inbound leads. I’ve never had to make […]

Personal Brand Development Benefits Ad Agency New Business

personal branding and ad agency new business

Growing your personal brand can greatly boost your agency’s new business opportunities. It makes sense for the principal to be the face of the agency. Not only are they the least likely to leave, but usually small to midsize agencies are built upon the vision, values and the type of culture that best suites their owners. And, agency owners […]

Can You Damage Your Ad Agency’s Brand By Ignoring Yours?

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“People trust brands that have people they can trust.” Not only will a poor personal brand damage your agency’s brand, I believe a non-existent personal brand does so as well. Steve Farnsworth writes and speaks about how smart companies can effectively integrate social media, PR and content marketing into their marketing mix. He is also the Chief Digital […]

Stop the Bullying for Ad Agency New Business

ad agencies need to stop the bullying for new business

Agencies have only themselves to blame, making it easy for clients to bully them around.  Agencies claim to be different but most are pretty much the same and sameness always breeds differentiation based on price.  There has been little innovation from agencies to migrate away from the old model of advertising. It still astounds me […]

Ad Agencies Should Stop Faking It – Create Digital Content

David Schwartz ad agency new business

Guest post by David Schwartz David is a personal friend and an excellent Digital Brand Strategist focused on content development. He is the author of Brand Ed: Brand Education Services, a conversation about restaurant branding. David started his career working for MTV in New York, He then proceeded to Atlanta to work with the likes of […]

How McKinney achieved one of the best new-business records among advertising agencies

Innovation and collaboration, two keys to ad agency new business. McKinney is an independent advertising agency based in Durham, North Carolina. It was founded in 1969 by Charles “Chick” McKinney, the agency is now independently owned by a management team led by Brad Brinegar, CEO.  It has been recognized as one of the nine best agencies in […]

Cause Branding: It is Now B-2-WE for Ad Agency New Business

WE -habilitating Capitalism – How valuable your agency will Be to ME no longer depends on b2c or b2b but on b2we Simon Mainwaring is founder of We First, a social branding consulting firm that helps companies use social media to build communities, profits and positive social impact. A highly recognized creative director, he has […]

7 Benefits from the Right Positioning for Ad Agency New Business

seven benefits of ad agency positioning

The FOUNDATION of an ad agency’s new business program is its positioning. “By appealing to everyone, brands end up appealing to no one. Standing for everything is the same as standing for nothing.” Tim Williams, author of, Positioning for Professionals

Report: Thought Leader Survey for Ad Agency New Business

Ad Agency New Business Survey

Most agencies have an active new business plan but 67% of responders don’t view their program as successful.

“When it comes to new business, it’s important that agencies never become complacent, even when times are good. In order to nurture and grow a vibrant agency, there must be a steady stream of new business opportunities in the pipeline. Clients can be unpredictable and losing a piece a business without replacing it quickly can be detrimental to an agency’s future.” – Laurie Mikes, Chief Operating Officer of Second Wind

I was asked to be part of the annual Thought Leader Survey conducted by RSW/US, a full service, outsourced agency lead generation and new business development firm.… Continue reading

Ad Agency Prospects are Looking for Expertise 

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Agencies fail to realize the importance prospects place on having a knowledge of their industry and a positioning of expertise.

Small to midsize agencies continue to promote themselves as full service, even though it’s rare for an agency to have a full service client. They use “full service” to broaden their appeal to most prospects. But these old adages are true, “a jack of all trades is master of none” and “when you try to appeal to everyone, you appeal to none.” 

Isn’t it time to drop the “full service” way of thinking for new business?

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Describe Your Ad Agency in Six Words or Less

ad agency tag lines

Here’s a challenge for advertising, digital, media and PR agencies.

Let’s take it one step further … Can you describe your agency in six words “without” using these 10 Things Ad Agencies “usually” Say About Themselves?

Ten things agencies are most likely to say about themselves:

  1. Full service
  2. Comprehensive solutions
  3. Great ideas
  4. Results oriented
  5. Integrated marketing approach
  6. Wide range of experience
  7. We are strategic
  8. Great chemistry
  9. Out-side-the-box
  10. Award winning creative

If you are up for the challenge, share your description in six words or less in the comment section below.… Continue reading

Successfully Executing a New Business Strategy Requires a System

A System for Ad Agency New Business

A plan is just a plan until it’s executed. Execution is the battleground that determines success or failure.

According to the RSW/US survey report,

66% of agency execs stated their new business hire was unsuccessful because the person lacked a methodology.

How many annual planning meetings has your agency gone through to create a strategic new business plan only to have it fail in its implementation? Maybe this year, instead of focusing so much attention on the plan, use annual planning to create a dynamic process for execution.Continue reading

Making Time for Ad Agency New Business

A Calendar for Ad Agency New Business

Time Management: If it’s not on your calendar, it doesn’t exist.

The working atmosphere of an ad agency is chaotic. It is an environment that is in a perpetual state of distraction.

Have you often reached the end of a day with nothing to show for it? I know exactly how you feel. An entire day can be disrupted by just one phone call or email.

One of our biggest challenges for new business is knowing what to work on each day.… Continue reading

Social Media Isn’t Working for Ad Agency New Business

social media and ad agency new business

 

If your agency’s social media participation isn’t developing new business leads, it’s important to know WHY. 

From my experience, most agencies finally got on board with social media in 2010. They created their agency’s blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram accounts and jumped in.

70% of marketers report that social media marketing delivers poor or average return on investment.

Many agencies thought that by merely having a social media presence, it would give them social media credibility.… Continue reading

Podcast: Inbound prospects in 30 days

Inbound Marketing for Ad Agency New Business

How to speed up the process of developing inbound leads for ad agency new business.

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jake Jorgovan for this episode of his, Working Without Pants Podcast, sponsored by Outbound Creative.

I share in-depth tactics to help agencies with their inbound marketing strategies. A lot of agencies have a hard time seeing new business results from inbound marketing, or success is taking a long time. I show ways that inbound and social media can start creating an impact within 30 days.… Continue reading

8 Primary Problems for Ad Agency New Business

Problems for Ad Agency New Business

 

Agencies have lots of problems when it comes to new business.

Almost my entire career in advertising was spent in business development. I’ve been a consultant to advertising, digital, media and PR firms for over ten years. I’ve worked one-on-one with over 270 agencies. From my experience, new business is becoming more complex and challenging. 

Here are eight of the most common problems of small to midsize agencies and what to do about them:

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CEOs Can’t Afford to Ignore Social Media

the social ceo

Social media is a primary force that is redefining the role of the men and women who oversee the world’s largest companies.

The importance of social media to business has dramatically escalated. We have moved through the “hype phase of social media when businesses felt compelled to participate because it was such a fad. We have entered a productive phase where companies are starting to crack social’s code to turn it into a genuine marketing advantage.… Continue reading

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