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 should evaluate your agency’s blog to optimize its potential as a tool for lead generation, referrals and networking. There is a dramatic paradigm shift for acquiring new business opportunities for small to midsize ad agencies. Agencies need to rethink their approach to new business and intensify their focus for creating magnetic content that will […]
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
Give your presentations LIFE rather than SUCKING THE LIFE out of your audience.
I’ve been speaking publically for more than three decades. Last year, I spoke at conferences, seminars and workshops in over 40 different cities. I’m still a student who continually wants to improve. Presentations are very time consuming and require a lot of hard work. I want mine to be memorable and make a difference.
24/7 is the world we now live in, and Vegas is your crash course.
I’m looking forward to speaking at the annual conference of one of the largest independent agency networks,Worldwide Partners, Inc. This event will be held in Las Vegas, NV, May 5-6.
I’ll be joining a great group of speakers for this event:
- Brad Ball, Principal – Moroch Partners, former CMO of McDonald’s, President of Marketing for Warner Bros Pictures and head of Nascar’s Entertainment Division
- Paul Bates, Converto
- Michael J.
Within just the next three to five years, social media is anticipated to rise from the least likely method for CEOs to connect with their audiences to the second highest method, just behind face-to-face interactions.
I was recently speaking to a sold out event for the Nashville AMA on the dramatic changes brought upon business development due to social media. Being in Nashville gave me an opportunity to spend some time with my good friend Ken Henley who is the Nashville artist that created my caricature. … Continue reading
A framework for writing meaningful, properly constructed and search engine optimized posts will allow you to write faster and more effectively.
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I’ve known of Michael and his work in helping creative firms improve lead generation through social media for a few years now (I finally met him earlier this year) but recently I started to get reports from agency principals who had worked with him. I was surprised to learn that the impact Michael was having on their businesses was not in their use of Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn but in transforming the principals into writers who write meaningful content.
Content marketing provides a system to better understand and engage your prospects.
I can intimately attest how difficult a consistent writing program can be. But, the reason that I’m such an advocate are the many benefits content marketing provides. It makes new business more focused and much easier than the interruptive type tactics of the past, such as cold calling.
One of the primary benefits of content marketing is that it can provide an organized system to personally get to know your prospects. … Continue reading