In recent studies, agencies have expressed that new business is more difficult than ever before, but it doesn’t have to be. Don’t get me wrong, new business has historically been a problem for agencies. Most small to midsize agencies have no positioning and no point of differentiation. They look and sound the same. They are […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is My Personal Story In Leading Ad Agency New Business 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 […]
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. […]
The Art of Telling Your Agency Story for New Business
Don Beehler is a public relations/communications consultant to advertising agencies throughout the nation. His career includes agency, corporate communications and journalism experience, and he has worked with news media from local to international levels. Don has also co-authored or ghost written three books for clients.
The idea for this blog, The Art of Telling Your Story, primarily focuses on providing ad agencies with PR tips, tactics and tools — came from results of a survey he read several years ago about the tasks small- to medium-sized ad agencies would most like to outsource.… Continue reading
Inspire your clients to abandon the RFP.
The RFP (Request for Proposal) process is the way a lot of clients evaluate and select an advertising or marketing partner and keep prices down. But Cal Harrison, president of Beyond Referrals, states that the RFP process is actually an unsophisticated, and inefficient, process based on questionable science. It actually increases the cost of buying professional services as well as decreases the probability of selecting the right provider.… Continue reading
Facebook has become an important element in our daily lives it is also important for new business.
If you aren’t sharing your content on Facebook, you’re missing out on a big opportunity. Why?
“Facebook has over a billion users, and according to a Pew study, 72% of American adults use it.”
Of the approximate 1.6 billion users, 30% get news from their Facebook site. That is an audience of approximately 73 million adults here in the U.S. … Continue reading
“We need to stop SELLING and start TELLING.”
Your agency is probably already pretty good at storytelling. But how about story-teaching?
Park Howell founded Park&Co, an award-winning brand and creative consultancy, in 1995 in Phoenix, Az. The agency ignites the growth of purpose-driven people, products, companies and causes through the power of storytelling. Park was named Advertising Person of the Year in 2010 by the American Advertising Federation of Metro Phoenix. The following year, his agency was recognized among the Top 10 Impact Companies in Arizona by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.… Continue reading
How to read 10 times more books in a fraction of the time.
If you’re serious about content marketing, know that reading fuels your writing.
Content marketing is proving to be beneficial for gaining a positioning of expertise and thought leadership. It can improve current client perceptions and aid in client retention. It has also become the magnet for generating online leads and creating new business opportunities without having to pitch for them.
To consistently provide content that is of value to your target audience, you must have a good reading program.… Continue reading
Creating and maintaining agency new business is often harder than it should be because one key ingredient is often missing.
I was recently included in RSW/US Thought Leader panel. Along with providing questions for their Thought Leader survey, each panelist provided Agency New Business advice and participated in an interview with RSW/US Owner and President, Mark Sneider. RSW/US is a full service, outsourced business development group for agencies.
Although each panelist presented different questions for the survey, a common thread across many of them centered on the need for an agency to have strongly differentiated positioning.… Continue reading
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 a cold call for any new business. The reason – I’ve always written helpful content to a clear-cut audience.
“Fortune 500 companies have an average of 17 agency relationships.” Association of National Advertisers (ANA)
Prospects are looking for expertise.… Continue reading
The new normal for new business integrates your personal life and your work life.
If you really want to generate new business through social media – get personal. Learn to use social media to humanize your agency. It’s the secret sauce that most agencies have neglected.
Because of technology and social media, the line between your personal and professional life has blurred.
Social media is all about people connecting with other people. When I’m helping agency owners to integrate their personal social media accounts into their new business program, I often get push back, especially if they’re boomers.… Continue reading
Too often good agencies succumb to bad writing. When it’s in high-stakes documents like proposals and client briefs, you put revenue at risk.
Emails, proposals, website copy, case studies – they’re all responsible for making a crucial first impression. Yet too easily agencies fall back on jargon, generalizations and wordiness when trying to get their message across. But when that game-changing RFP comes through the door, it’s your ability to write persuasively that distinguishes you from the competition and increases your chances of winning the business.… Continue reading
Agency new business is a very tough job.
There’s often a lot of rejection associated with the position of business development. It’s difficult to stay optimistic.
One thing that helps to inspire me are quotes that I pick up from my reading and from conferences and seminars. They condense wisdom into bite-sized memorable sentences that provide needed inspiration and motivation. Benjamin Disraeli, a British politician and writer, said it well,
“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.”
I hope my list of quotes provides a spark of inspiration for you:
- “What helps people, helps business.” Leo Burnett Tweet This
- “Brands are built around stories.” Bill Dauphinais Tweet This
- “Because somebody grows up being a social media native, it doesn’t make them an expert in using social media at work.” Dr.