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 […]
A New Approach for New Business
New business has been a problem historically for agencies. It’s made worse with the paradigm shift in business development. The battle for new business has now primarily moved online.
My epiphany regarding this shift in new business practices came from a CMO study conducted in 2007, 80% of decision makers said they found their vendors not the other way around.
Interruptive type tactics such as cold calling and email blasts are ineffective.… Continue reading
A step-by-step guide to create a painless prospecting system.
Many agencies have historically struggled with prospecting for clients. Their struggles have been intensified due to the rise of social media, content and inbound marketing. Today’s prospects are more in control of the agency selection process than ever before. Instead of chasing new business, it’s now more important to be found.
Tom Martin has written a helpful guide-book on social selling, it’s called The Invisible Sale: How to build a digitally powered marketing and sales system to better prospect, qualify and close leads. … Continue reading
Enter to win a ticket to a one-day regional workshop, co-sponsored by Fuel Lines Business Development and AAF Orlando.
Here’s your opportunity to join Michael Gass on Friday, February 6, 2015, in Orlando, Florida for this ad agency workshop: A New Approach to New Business.
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The battle for new business has moved ONLINE. Interruptive type tactics such as cold calling and email blasts are INEFFECTIVE. It’s now more important to be FOUND than to CHASE new business.
The battle for new business has primarily moved online.
This is a one-day regional workshop, co-sponsored by Fuel Lines Business Development and AAF Orlando, will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.
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 and implemented in over 200 advertising, digital, media and PR agencies in the U.S., Canada and the UK.… Continue reading
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.
I’ve worked face-to-face with more than 200 advertising, digital, media and PR agencies as they’ve struggled with the changes that have occurred in business development which was brought on by The Great Recession, the worst global recession since World War II.… Continue reading
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 sized agencies that has been helping owners grow their agencies since the mid 90s.
This past summer AMI partnered with research firm Audience Audit and Luth Research to conduct an original study exploring the reasons that CMOs and business owners hire agencies, what they’re looking for and how agencies can position themselves for relevance with their target customers.… Continue reading
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.
“Approximately half (47% of respondents) of advertising professionals surveyed, by Provoke Insights, say they are dissatisfied with the current internal approach to pitching.”
Pitching doesn’t have to be a crapshoot.… Continue reading
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 news. It tends to be all about the agency. A primary reason the blog does little to create new business opportunities.… Continue reading