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 ad 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Calls To Action Are Needed for Ad Agency New Business

calls to action for ad agency new business

A call to action is an important element for generating inbound leads. Inbound marketing earns the attention of prospects and makes your agency easy to be found primarily through content. By creating interesting and helpful content, written for a specific audience, you help draw prospects to your site. Website traffic is very important. It’s the initial step, but you […]

Social Proof: Use Client Testimonials for Ad Agency New Business

testimonials for ad agency new business

Adding recommendations is one of the easiest ways to empower your new business program. As part of my consulting work I’m asked to review a lot of agency websites from a new business perspective. Just yesterday I was reviewing the website of a large agency in New York. I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t find a single […]

How to Craft an Agency PR Plan That Drives New Business

A Plan That Drive Ad Agency New Business

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” – H. Stanley Judd, Author, Think Rich While there are many things that go into a successful ad agency new business program, one that is often overlooked or underutilized is the strategic use of public […]

People You May Know for Ad Agency New Business

people you may know for ad agency new business

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 […]

New 4A’s Webinar for Advertising Agencies

4A's New Business Webinar

A Formula for Fueling New Business through Social Media The new model for new business that will make the existing model obsolete might surprise you—instead of chasing new business, it’s more important for you to learn how to be found. Why? In a CMO Counsel study, 80% of decision makers said they found their vendors, […]

Why are ad agencies so bad at new business?

ad agencies are bad at new business

Business development doesn’t have to be so hard for small to midsize agencies.  I’ve spent almost my entire advertising  career in business development. I can tell you from my experience that agencies are historically bad when it comes to marketing themselves. It’s as if they lose their marketing minds. They tend to forget the very […]

Describe Your Ad Agency in Six Words or Less

ad agency tag lines

Here’s a challenge for advertising, digital, media and PR agencies.

Let’s take it one step further … Can you describe your agency in six words “without” using these 10 Things Ad Agencies “usually” Say About Themselves?

Ten things agencies are most likely to say about themselves:

  1. Full service
  2. Comprehensive solutions
  3. Great ideas
  4. Results oriented
  5. Integrated marketing approach
  6. Wide range of experience
  7. We are strategic
  8. Great chemistry
  9. Out-side-the-box
  10. Award winning creative

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Successfully Executing a New Business Strategy Requires a System

A System for Ad Agency New Business

A plan is just a plan until it’s executed. Execution is the battleground that determines success or failure.

According to the RSW/US survey report,

66% of agency execs stated their new business hire was unsuccessful because the person lacked a methodology.

How many annual planning meetings has your agency gone through to create a strategic new business plan only to have it fail in its implementation? Maybe this year, instead of focusing so much attention on the plan, use annual planning to create a dynamic process for execution.Continue reading

Making Time for Ad Agency New Business

A Calendar for Ad Agency New Business

Time Management: If it’s not on your calendar, it doesn’t exist.

The working atmosphere of an ad agency is chaotic. It is an environment that is in a perpetual state of distraction.

Have you often reached the end of a day with nothing to show for it? I know exactly how you feel. An entire day can be disrupted by just one phone call or email.

One of our biggest challenges for new business is knowing what to work on each day.… Continue reading

Social Media Isn’t Working for Ad Agency New Business

social media and ad agency new business

 

If your agency’s social media participation isn’t developing new business leads, it’s important to know WHY. 

From my experience, most agencies finally got on board with social media in 2010. They created their agency’s blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram accounts and jumped in.

70% of marketers report that social media marketing delivers poor or average return on investment.

Many agencies thought that by merely having a social media presence, it would give them social media credibility.… Continue reading

Podcast: Inbound prospects in 30 days

Inbound Marketing for Ad Agency New Business

How to speed up the process of developing inbound leads for ad agency new business.

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jake Jorgovan for this episode of his, Working Without Pants Podcast, sponsored by Outbound Creative.

I share in-depth tactics to help agencies with their inbound marketing strategies. A lot of agencies have a hard time seeing new business results from inbound marketing, or success is taking a long time. I show ways that inbound and social media can start creating an impact within 30 days.… Continue reading

8 Primary Problems for Ad Agency New Business

Problems for Ad Agency New Business

 

Agencies have lots of problems when it comes to new business.

Almost my entire career in advertising was spent in business development. I’ve been a consultant to advertising, digital, media and PR firms for over ten years. I’ve worked one-on-one with over 270 agencies. From my experience, new business is becoming more complex and challenging. 

Here are eight of the most common problems of small to midsize agencies and what to do about them:

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CEOs Can’t Afford to Ignore Social Media

the social ceo

Social media is a primary force that is redefining the role of the men and women who oversee the world’s largest companies.

The importance of social media to business has dramatically escalated. We have moved through the “hype phase of social media when businesses felt compelled to participate because it was such a fad. We have entered a productive phase where companies are starting to crack social’s code to turn it into a genuine marketing advantage.… Continue reading

Attentionomics Needed for Ad Agency New Business

Presentations for Ad Agency New Business

 Every ad agency presentation needs to focus on capturing and keeping your audience’s ATTENTION.

Keeping your audience’s attention is the rule that matters the most.

If you want to reach your audience, you must have something significant to say and be passionate. Genuine passion will attract attention and attention will lead to action.

A lot of agency presentations are nothing but recycled insights or predictable services. They use the same agency speak with nothing note worthy or memorable.… Continue reading

3 Things An Ad Agency New Business Director Needs for Success

ad agency new business training

How ad agencies acquire new business has changed dramatically and that effects the knowledge and skills new business directors need to make it happen.

People who have done this job in the past are struggling. The tenure of a new business director is now two years or less. In a recent survey conducted by RSW/US, only 26% of new business directors were considered successful.

A 4A’s report sited that 90% of agency staff say they have to figure things out on their own due to the lack of training.… Continue reading

To be an effective writer, spend more time planning and less time writing

content marketing for ad agency new business

Successful writers spend 75% of their time in the preparation and editing process and only 25% of their time writing the content.

There are big rewards from content marketing, but it’s also a big challenge. Writing is a process that takes time and effort. Even the best writers have difficulty putting their ideas into words.

Most of us aren’t born with the gift for writing. We have to work at it. 

According to a study conducted by McLuhan and Davies, a Toronto based consulting firm specializing in communications training, effective writers spend:
  • 40% of their time planning
  • 25% of their time writing
  • 35% of their time revising

Less effective writers usually spend:

  • 20% planning
  • 60% writing
  • 20% revising

Here is an easy to follow formula that will help fuel your writing:

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