3 Things Ad Agencies Need for New Business

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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 …

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  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

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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

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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

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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

Can you describe your ad agency’s positioning in 30 seconds?

foundation for ad agency new business is positioning

Can you define your agency’s positioning in a simple statement? I can’t begin to tell you how many agencies I know struggle with this. The starting point for any ad agency new business program is your positioning. It is a fundamental prerequisite for small and midsize agencies. Positioning is everything. But it is also the place where most agencies where most fail.

Most Ad Agencies Fail at Negotiating for New Business

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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

The Strategy and Tools the Top Ad Agencies Use to Win New Business

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Only 26% of agency new business directors are viewed as successful.

According to the same agency-marketer report, the tenure of a new business director is 2 years or less 

To help better understand why agency new business executives are struggling and what they can do about it, I wanted to share a recent Webinar,Selling Less to Win More Agency New Business.” You’ll discover the proven new business strategy and tools that the top 5% of agencies use to win new clients.  Continue reading

What Is Your Lead Generation Process for Ad Agency New Business?

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Believe it or not, most small to midsize agencies have no consistent process for generating online leads. 

Business development doesn’t have to be so difficult. With a little forethought and the creation of simple steps and processes, you can create a system that will make it much easier to kick-start your online leads.

Here are 7 ideas to help get you started:

1. Consistently Use Lead Generation Platforms

The battle for new business has moved online.… Continue reading

Planning for Ad Agency New Business

Those charged with new business often neglect to plan their work and work their plan.

Agencies are great at analyzing and planning for their clients. But, when it comes to planning for their own new business they balk. It is a strange, but often occurrence. When an agency starts focusing on themselves, it causes their marketing minds to shut down.

Agencies can temporarily get away with no planning.  When needed, they crank up their activities and beat the bushes for new business opportunities.… Continue reading

Build a Community for Ad Agency New Business

Building an engaged online community should NOW be a core responsibility of business development.

The battle for new business has moved online which makes community development indispensable in marketing your agency online. Knowing how to build an online community has become an important skill-set for those charged with agency new business. Community development comes before business development. 

How to Build an Online Community of Prospects

1. Create a Niche Blog

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

Improve Ad Agency New business Leads with Authority Marketing

Authority Marketing for Ad Agency New Business

Leverage SEO and expert positioning!

Based on Google patents and documents, which explicitly state that Google prefers experts and authorities. John McDougall, the author of Web Marketing On All Cylinders and The Big Dog Authority Marketing Checklist, will show you how positioning your agency and team members as thought leaders is critical to digital marketing success.

One of the best tools for new business is leads from your website and blog but the days of easy SEO are over.… Continue reading

Use The Right Bait When You Fish For Ad Agency New Business

How to put yourself in front of prospects so they can’t help but find you.

Since 2007, I’ve pioneered the use of social media, content and inbound marketing strategies specifically for agency new business. I originated a system that makes targeting, positioning and differentiation easier and helps agencies to find, attract and engage their best prospects online. I’ve trained over 200 agency CEOs and their senior management teams in all 50 states here in the U.S.… Continue reading