Study: 12 Tools That Most Ad Agencies Use for New Business

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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 […]

Creating A Website That Works for Ad Agency New Business

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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 […]

Study: What Users Want from Mobile Sites

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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 […]

10 Tips to Supercharge Your Energy for Ad Agency New Business

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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 […]

Be Sure to Backup and Protect Your Agency’s Content Marketing Investment

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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 […]

Pixar: 10 Tips for Creating Appealing Stories for Ad Agency New Business

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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 […]

Blair Enns: 12 Revolutionary Proclamations for Ad Agency New Business

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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 […]

16 Systems to Simplify Ad Agency New Business

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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 […]

How Well Do You Really Know Your Advertising Agency?

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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 […]

Ad Agency New Business 101: Conduct a SWOT Analysis

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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 […]

Workshop: A New Approach for New Business – San Diego

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The Primary Battle for New Business Has Moved Online. 

This is a one-day regional workshop, co-sponsored by Fuel Lines Business Development, The List and The Brand Establishment, will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015, in San Diego, California.

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.

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Personal Brand Development Benefits Ad Agency New Business

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Park Howell is the owner and chief storyteller of the agency Park & Co

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 are critical to new business.… Continue reading

Registration Now Open for Fuel Lines New Business Conference 2015

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Music City Center, Nashville, TN

A new model for ad agency new business.

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.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Presidential of Freedom Medal Winner, Richard Buckminster Fuller, author, architect and designer.

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Writer’s Block Can Derail Ad Agency New Business

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Consistently creating content is the fuel for an inbound new business program.

With the rise of content marketing, writing has become an important component to new business as the battle for business has moved online. Content has become the magnet that draws in prospective clients and provides a positioning of expertise.

I’ve been writing about business development for eight years. On occasion I suffer from writer’s block. It becomes extremely difficult to produce new articles. I feel hopelessly stuck.… Continue reading

4A’s New Business Webinar

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How to Use Social Media to Attract New Business

Gaining new business has always been a challenge for agencies – and now, with the paradigm shift in business development, it’s become tougher than ever.

In a previous new-business CMO study, 80% of decision makers said that they had found their vendors, not the other way around.

Interruptive type tactics, such as cold calling and email blasts, have become ineffective; it’s now more important to be found, rather than to chase new business.… Continue reading

Is The Shoemaker’s Daughter Syndrome Costing Your Ad Agency New Business?

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If you’re suffering from the Shoemaker’s Daughter Syndrome, you may want to consider closing the gap between what you recommend for clients and what you use for your own purposes.

Guest article by Gerry Black, Direct Response Copywriter/Marketing Consultant.

Over the years, I have come across many clients and agency owners who exhibit this classic disconnect phenomenon.

Most people have heard the reference to the Shoemaker’s Daughter Going Barefoot, sometimes referred to as the Cobblers’ Children Going Barefoot.… Continue reading

Ad Agency New Business Workshops

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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.

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The Invisible Sale for Ad Agency New Business

The Invisible Sale for Ad Agency New Business

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

People You May Know for Ad Agency New Business

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LinkedIn’s People You May Know feature helps build a targeted network of prospective clients fast.

LinkedIn is an important new business tool, thanks to its’ People You May Know feature.  It has been rated as the second most helpful LinkedIn feature, enabling users to easily build new relationships with potential clients.

People You May Know provides you with a list of people to connect with using LinkedIn’s secret algorithm. From my personal experience, it seems to factor in your personal LinkedIn activities, along with such things as your existing network, profile information, past workplaces and schools you’ve attended.… Continue reading

Win A Ticket To An Ad Agency New Business Workshop in Orlando

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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.

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. 

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