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 […]
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 […]
Rainmakers who were good at new business in the past are struggling today. According to a recent Agency-Marketer Business Report from RSW/US, the tenure of a new business director is 2 years or less. Only 26% of new business directors were viewed as successful. Why? I’ve worked face-to-face with more than 200 advertising, digital, media and […]
This data will help you think through how you want to position yourself with prospects and what kinds of clients are the best fit for your agency model. This is a guest post written by Drew McLellan. He’s a friend of mine who heads up the Agency Management Institute (AMI), an association of small to medium […]
The Levitan Pitch. Buy This Book. Win More Pitches. is the most comprehensive guide for developing a winning pitch management system that I have ever read. Pitching for new business is costly. A lot of time, money and morale are lost because of poor decisions, bad planning and a lack of adequately managing the pitch process. […]
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 […]
To be more successful, you’ll need to be less accessible. Owners of small to midsize agencies are a key to new business. You must manage your time wisely. Learn to say “no” to the wrong requests and “yes” to the right ones. This reminds me of the following quote from Michael Hyatt, author of the New York Times […]
You may not be a fan of Jordan Zimmerman, but you will miss a lot of valuable lessons about new business if you neglect him. I volunteered to read and write a review of Zimmerman’s book, Leading Fearlessly. After I read it, my first thought was, agency owners are going to hate this book. They’ll never […]
There ARE strong numbers behind successful advertising, digital, media and PR agencies that are applicable to yours. Speaker, writer and ad agency consultant, David Baker led in a Fuel Lines’ webinar: “The New Business Metrics Behind a Successful, Growing Agency”. David speaks to, writes for, and consults with the marketing industry via ReCourses, Inc. He’s worked with 800 firms […]
“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 […]
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
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.
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“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.
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
“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
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jun. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ – Michael Gass, founder and president of Fuel Lines Business Development, announced the finalization of details for the Fuel Lines New Business Conference 2015, to be held October 8-9 in Nashville, Tennessee. A Super Earl Registration has already begun.
“New business has been a problem historically for agencies. It’s made worse with the paradigm shift in business development. The primary battle for new business has moved online. … Continue reading
The Primary Battle for New Business Has Moved Online.
This is a one-day regional workshop, co-sponsored by Fuel Lines Business Development and The List will be held on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.
This workshop is designed to help agencies “jump-start” an inbound new business program within 30 days. A step-by-step process that’s been developed having worked with over 200+ advertising, digital, media and PR agencies.
New business has been a problem historically for agencies.… Continue reading
The use of hashtags within social media creates a great opportunity it improve awareness and reach prospective clients.
Hashtags are words preceded by the hash symbol(#). Twitter users were the first to use hashtags back in 2007 and are still the primary users, but hashtags are now used a lot on other social media platforms such as Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Vine.
Using hashtags is an easy way to make your content searchable.… Continue reading
Guest article written by Russ Cornelius, Managing partner of The Brand Establishment, an association of agencies whose owners are Certified Brand Strategists.
I find it interesting that many agencies still consider brand development as developing a “wow” logo and ensuring that all marketing pieces have consistent messaging and look as if they are from the same organization. From my perspective, a brand strategy must be developed and it must closely align with an organization’s business strategy.… Continue reading
You should be prepared to capitalize on speaking engagements to build a wider network of prospects and to win new clients.
Having an opportunity to speak in front of a highly targeted, interested group of prospects is a very effective form of lead generation. Even if you are speaking for free, the opportunity often times outweighs a fee when it comes to the potential for new business and establishing you and your agency as thought leaders.… Continue reading