2014 Outlook Survey: More competition ahead for ad agency new business

Mark Sneider RSW Ad Agency New Business

In a recent survey, 63% of agencies state that there will be more competition for new business. Guest post written by Mark Sneider, Owner/President of RSW/US.  Most agencies seemed to have a good year last year and most of them that we talked to with seemed to be starting out the new year on a […]

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

guide to ad agency new business tools

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 Business Tools: The Definitive Guide,” […]

Report: 2013 New Business Social Media Survey

new business social media agency survey

Almost 70% of agencies surveyed believe that social media is great for new business and 81% believe it to be an efficient tool for networking.  A survey was sent to advertising, digital, media and public relations executives  to assess their attitudes toward social media, where they are finding success, what tools they use and where […]

Survey: Economy Improving, New Business is Up for Small to Midsize Ad Agencies

A total of 430 advertising agency executives participated in the 2010 Advertising Agency New Business Survey. The survey was sent by e-mail to a database of over 10,093 U.S. full service advertising agencies ranging in staff size from 5 to 350 full-time employees. The survey provides an indication of their beliefs, feelings and perceptions regarding agency new business trends in the last quarter of 2010.

Survey: Marketers Top 10 Wish List For Ad Agencies of the Future

A national survey provides insight into what marketers want from their agencies in the next 12 months. The Agency of the Future Survey, sponsored by Sapient. Though this survey was conducted just over a year ago, it is an insightful look back as well as a look forward and still has relevance for agencies today.

Study: The hype is real, social media has arrived in business

The Big Question ad agencies want to know, are businesses actually using social media? A new report shows that the fastest growing private companies are adopting social media at tremendous speed.

Results of My 2009 Readership Survey

Recently I conducted my Fuel Lines: 2009 Reader Survey. A special thanks to all who took time to participate and provide their feedback and insight. This information has already been a big help. A new design for Fuel Lines is already underway as well as a review of current features and needed updates for better communications, resources and tools for ad agency new business.

FUEL LINES: 2009 Reader Survey

I am eager to make my blog better and more relevant to your needs and interests. But to do that, I need your input. That’s why I have created this 2009 Reader Survey.

Survey: A Client’s Perspective on Ad Agencies

Reardon Smith Whitaker (RSW) a lead generation/business development consultancy. Their U.S. managing director, Mark Sneider, recently made me aware of RSW’s third annual “Clients Perspective on Agencies” Survey. Mark thought there would be some good nuggets of in information for FUEL LINE reader

Top 25 Ad Agency New Business Research and White Papers

The top 25 ad agency new business research and white paper reports for 2008 according to our FUEL LINE readers. Each report is provided as a downloadable PDF.

A Fresh Look at How to Market Your Ad Agency for New Business

Marketing Your Ad Agency for New Business

Stop selling your services, that’s not what prospects are buying.

Agency business development programs are too often sales focused. They’re built around outbound, interruptive sales tactics designed to start engagements with prospective clients. The prospects have little, if any, awareness of the agency or how they’re different from their competitors.

Success in “selling the agency” is proving to be extremely difficult. And when business development isn’t successful, they think the sensible thing to do is to step-up outbound sales with even more cold-calling or other interruptive type tactics.… Continue reading

How to Fuel Ad Agency New Business With Content Marketing

content marketing for ad agency new business

Why is content such a valuable strategy to help agencies drum up new business?

I thought I would share a recent interview conducted by content marketer, Andy Baldacci. Andy hosts Hubstaff’s Agency Advantage Podcast where he helps agency owners grow their business.

If you’re skeptical of the value of content marketing for your agency or are worried that it will take too long to get results, this is the episode for you.

Click Here for a full written transcript and to listen to: Fueling Agency New Business With Content

Here are some interview excerpts on the importance of content marketing:

“The average Fortune 500 company has 17 agency relationships.… Continue reading

Boring Presentation Decks Kill Ad Agency New Business

Keynote presentation for ad agency new business

Delivering a presentation that moves prospects to action STARTS with the presentation deck.

I’ve reviewed hundreds of agency presentations. Could somebody please tell me why great CREATIVE PEOPLE become so BORING when creating a presentation?

PowerPoint and Keynote slides have the ability to empower your presentation or kill it.

Most presentation decks are created using PowerPoint. There are approximately 30 million PowerPoint presentations made each day. Though PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software, it isn’t my favorite.… Continue reading

Most Ad Agencies Fail at Negotiating for New Business

ad agencies like lambs led to the slaughter

When it comes to negotiating contracts and service agreements, agencies are terribly naive, like lambs led to the slaughter. 

My friend, Peter Levitan, ran business development and marketing at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Worldwide in New York and London, and bought and sold three of his own agencies (including Portland’s Citrus).

Peter has written the most complete ‘how-to-book’ on ad agency pitches I’ve ever read,“The Levitan Pitch. Buy This Book. Win More Pitches.” It’s the definitive how-to guide for every advertising, design, digital and PR agency that wants to increase its odds of winning new accounts.… Continue reading

Hosting Events is Good for Ad Agency New Business

events for ad agency new business

Hosting your own events gives you control over the attendees, the agenda and the outcome.

Networking and trade show events for new business is often a total waste of time. Attendees are focused on their own personal agendas. A more efficient and effective way to spend your time is to host your own events.

Hosting events can benefit your agency in many ways:

1. Replenishes and Grows Relationships

Lasting business relationships don’t just happen. It takes a dedicated amount of time and energy to build them.… Continue reading

Top 10 Agency New Business Articles of 2016

Top Ad Agency New Business Articles

Take a look at the most popular articles of the year.

 Every year we provide a list of articles receiving the most page views of the year that were published on Fuel Lines.

Which topics were the most popular with our readers in 2016?

Here’s the “Top Ten” list of the most-read articles. Some of them were written this past year. Some in previous years (oldies, but apparently goodies, according to our readers).

1. A Perfect Platform for Ad Agency New Business

How 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.Continue reading

Business Development is the Most Precarious Job in Advertising

ad agency new business is tough

 

The role of the agency new business executive is the riskiest position due a dramatic change in the way business is acquired and the skills rainmakers need to make it happen.

Business development has been dramatically altered. There are many people who have done this job in the past who do not know how to do it well now.

The average tenure of an agency business development director is now as low as two years.… Continue reading

The Strategy and Tools the Top Ad Agencies Use to Win New Business

new business training for ad agencies

Only 26% of agency new business directors are viewed as successful.

According to the same agency-marketer report, the tenure of a new business director is 2 years or less 

To help better understand why agency new business executives are struggling and what they can do about it, I wanted to share a recent Webinar,Selling Less to Win More Agency New Business.” You’ll discover the proven new business strategy and tools that the top 5% of agencies use to win new clients.  Continue reading

What Is Your Lead Generation Process for Ad Agency New Business?

ad agency new business pipeline

Believe it or not, most small to midsize agencies have no consistent process for generating online leads. 

Business development doesn’t have to be so difficult. With a little forethought and the creation of simple steps and processes, you can create a system that will make it much easier to kick-start your online leads.

Here are 7 ideas to help get you started:

1. Consistently Use Lead Generation Platforms

The battle for new business has moved online.… Continue reading

Planning for Ad Agency New Business

Those charged with new business often neglect to plan their work and work their plan.

Agencies are great at analyzing and planning for their clients. But, when it comes to planning for their own new business they balk. It is a strange, but often occurrence. When an agency starts focusing on themselves, it causes their marketing minds to shut down.

Agencies can temporarily get away with no planning.  When needed, they crank up their activities and beat the bushes for new business opportunities.… Continue reading