The 2013 Mirren-RSW/US Definitive Guide A helpful resource for any agency owner or employees involved in agency new business. RSW/US and Mirren Business Development co-sponsored a study of tools for new business. They surveyed over 300 agency principals and senior executives to better understand what tools agencies are using and which are the most effective. “New […]
How to simplifying the web design process and provide creative focus specifically for new business. Your agency’s website is an important tool for new business. It is the primary platform for your agency’s credentials, capabilities and case studies. It is the primary platform to showcase your creative work. But, from my experience, most agencies are […]
A recent survey leads to 10 Best Practices for Ad Agency New Business. A mobile-friendly site can help your agency connect with customers and increase new business opportunities but a bad mobile experience can drive your prospects to your competition. Mobile users actively seek out and prefer to engage with mobile-friendly sites. It is now a critical […]
Agency new business does not come from burning ourselves out, grinding ourselves down or using ourselves up. Last year I felt lethargic. I went to my doctor for a checkup. Beyond being overweight and overworked there was nothing physically wrong with me. What I needed was a change of direction. I did a thorough self […]
Don’t wait for a catastrophic loss of data to start properly backing-up and protecting your content marketing investment. I’ve been writing for my agency new business blog for 5 years now. It is my passion and livelihood. But it took an event of lost data to make me as passionate about securing my investment. I […]
A powerful story is your secret to connecting with prospective clients. Developing the ability to craft compelling stories is an important skill set for agency new business. Stories engage attention and inspire action. I have witnessed my fair share of agency presentations. Most provide thorough content based upon good research, but what is often lacking is […]
How to win new business without pitching, reclaim control of client engagements and stop giving away your thinking for free. My friend, John Sharpe, has spent nearly forty years in the ad agency business and the last twenty in business development exclusively. He is a personal friend and mentor with an impressive resume. So when […]
Every agency needs detailed methods, procedures and routines for consistency and success in new business. Small to mid-size agencies have common problems when it comes to new business: They often excuse their inconsistency by being the cobbler’s children who have no shoes. It’s time to visit the shoe store! Acknowledge the importance of new business and […]
It is essential to know your agency inside and out if you want to be successful at new business. Any good salesman has to be knowledgeable about the product or service being sold. The more you know about your agency the more confidence you will have. This is a first step for those in business development […]
A SWOT analysis is a good starting point for someone who is charged with creating new business opportunities for a small to midsize advertising agency, PR firm or digital shop. Part of Steve Jobs’ 12 Rules of Success: Perform SWOT analysis. As soon as you join/start a company, make a list of strengths and weaknesses […]
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 read it. But, they’re going to be missing some great information that will help them increase their own new business.… Continue reading
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 reside. For instance, I’ve developed an international following for my blog Fuel Lines. I was able to do it by researching the prime social media times within the key markets I was targeting here in the US and also overseas.… Continue reading
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 to be found. This makes content an integral part of your new business. program.
There are some important insights to be learned about the effectiveness of content marketing from a recent study commissioned by The Nielsen Company, The Role of Content In Consumer Decision Making.… Continue reading
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 and in-house departments.
His work has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company.… Continue reading
Helpful tips for small and mid-size agencies in leveraging social to generate thought leadership.
The following is an interview conducted by Mark Sneider, president of RSW/US, for the Agency New Business Thought Leader Video Series.
I discuss with Mark the reasons why ad agencies aren’t finding success using social media for new business.
Agencies are still trying to lead with “brick and mortar” but social media is all about people connecting with other people.
Success begins by identifying with a specific target audience and creating a positioning of expertise.… Continue reading
“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 Strategist at Jolt Digital Marketing.
Steve raised this question in a recent article, “Can you damage your company’s brand by ignoring yours?”
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“I’ve had a surprising number of executives from the C-suite tell me that they don’t want to actively manage their personal brand.
This is a guide to highlight the best tips, practices and studies to help your agency succeed on Twitter.
Ever since I learned that only 1% of internet participants actively create original content, I knew that I needed to be in this elite group of Twitter accounts whose content is being read and shared by others.
I’ve been actively creating content since 2007, a year after Twitter was founded. I write articles about tips, tactics and trends for advertising, digital, media and Public Relations professionals.… Continue reading
A Free Webinar for Fuel Lines’ Readers, Monday, June 9th at 1 pm ET
Speaker, writer and ad agency consultant, David Baker will lead this webinar: “The New Business Metrics Behind a Successful, Growing Agency”.
It’s true that new business success isn’t a numbers game like it used to be, beating the bushes to surface any prospective victim who might be interested. But there ARE strong numbers behind the success stories, and we’ll look at all of them in a way that you’ll be able to apply, right then, right there.… Continue reading
Full service advertising agencies are filled with talented people but often lack specialists that have a much narrower focus of expertise.
Consumers, brand marketers and marketing channels have changed and so has the traditional advertising agency. Smaller agencies often possess specialties and a nimbleness that allows them to adapt quickly to a rapidly changing marketing landscape. They can complement or compete with much larger, full service advertising agencies.
Brands are electing to choose a multi-agency model because of the specialized expertise it provides.… Continue reading