If you’re serious about taking your agency to the next level, “you can’t succeed without a platform.” Most agencies were late getting into social media. Then they literally “jumped in” with little to show for their time and effort. It takes more than a completed check-list for having an agency blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts […]
Advertising agencies, PR firms and digital shops should reverse their new business efforts from “Outbound Marketing” techniques to “Inbound Marketing.” There is a dramatic paradigm shift for acquiring new business opportunities for advertising agencies, digital shops and PR firms. Agencies need to rethink their approach to new business and intensify their focus on inbound tactics, such as […]
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 […]
Direct mail isn’t dead as a tactic for ad agency new business. When everyone Zigs, maybe you should Zag. So much attention is being given to online tactics, it may be a good time to do the opposite and utilize some offline tactics such as direct mail to raise awareness for your agency and stay […]
How not to waste time with unqualified prospects. It isn’t difficult to secure meetings with prospective clients of small to midsize ad agencies. What is key is to get appointments with qualified prospects that have the proper budget and a readiness to spend money for an agency’s services. There are a lot of prospects out […]
Everyone in the agency should contribute to new business and one of the best ways to encourage lead generation is through a referral program. A referral program is one of the most cost-effective and efficient methods for generating new business for small-to-midsize ad agencies. Here are my 12 tips on how to create or enhance […]
A plan is just a plan, wishful thinking, until it is executed. How many annual planning meetings has your agency gone through the motions of creating a strategic new business plan only to have it fail in its implementation? Maybe next year, instead of focusing so much attention on the plan, use annual planning to […]
Social media can enhance your special event experience and make networking for new business easier. Without a doubt an industry trade show or conference has been a beneficial professional networking event for business opportunities. Social media has transformed these events and taken them to a new level. “I think social media is changing the […]
A strong Call-to-Action is needed to convert your blog’s visitors into new business opportunities. The most important key to converting your agency’s blog visitors into leads is to have a “call-to-action”. A strong call to action is a clear, simple and compelling offer that persuades your readers to take the action you want. Just having a […]
Park Howell, president of Park&Co, a full service agency that specializes in environmental marketing, provides a successful promotional campaign example for how he built awareness for his agency … by promoting its competition.
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 don’t want prospects to just read your content, you want to ignite engagement with them. To do this you must spend time developing a strong and clear call-to-action (CTA).… Continue reading
A “Brand” New Day for Agencies
It’s a new day for agencies and for clients. Agencies have been notorious for not creating their own articulated brand, but today we all need a differentiated brand just like our clients.
You can “do” a lot of things, but you can only be “famous” for one thing.
Agencies need three things for new business success:
Learn how Jamie Dunham and her Brand Wise group developed their own agency positioning – Marketing to Women, and how they use social media to tell their story.… Continue reading
The Art of Telling Your Agency Story for New Business
Don Beehler is a public relations/communications consultant to advertising agencies throughout the nation. His career includes agency, corporate communications and journalism experience, and he has worked with news media from local to international levels. Don has also co-authored or ghost written three books for clients.
The idea for this blog, The Art of Telling Your Story, primarily focuses on providing ad agencies with PR tips, tactics and tools — came from results of a survey he read several years ago about the tasks small- to medium-sized ad agencies would most like to outsource.… Continue reading
Inspire your clients to abandon the RFP.
The RFP (Request for Proposal) process is the way a lot of clients evaluate and select an advertising or marketing partner and keep prices down. But Cal Harrison, president of Beyond Referrals, states that the RFP process is actually an unsophisticated, and inefficient, process based on questionable science. It actually increases the cost of buying professional services as well as decreases the probability of selecting the right provider.… Continue reading
Facebook has become an important element in our daily lives it is also important for new business.
If you aren’t sharing your content on Facebook, you’re missing out on a big opportunity. Why?
“Facebook has over a billion users, and according to a Pew study, 72% of American adults use it.”
Of the approximate 1.6 billion users, 30% get news from their Facebook site. That is an audience of approximately 73 million adults here in the U.S. … Continue reading
“We need to stop SELLING and start TELLING.”
Your agency is probably already pretty good at storytelling. But how about story-teaching?
Park Howell founded Park&Co, an award-winning brand and creative consultancy, in 1995 in Phoenix, Az. The agency ignites the growth of purpose-driven people, products, companies and causes through the power of storytelling. Park was named Advertising Person of the Year in 2010 by the American Advertising Federation of Metro Phoenix. The following year, his agency was recognized among the Top 10 Impact Companies in Arizona by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.… Continue reading
How to read 10 times more books in a fraction of the time.
If you’re serious about content marketing, know that reading fuels your writing.
Content marketing is proving to be beneficial for gaining a positioning of expertise and thought leadership. It can improve current client perceptions and aid in client retention. It has also become the magnet for generating online leads and creating new business opportunities without having to pitch for them.
To consistently provide content that is of value to your target audience, you must have a good reading program.… Continue reading
Creating and maintaining agency new business is often harder than it should be because one key ingredient is often missing.
I was recently included in RSW/US Thought Leader panel. Along with providing questions for their Thought Leader survey, each panelist provided Agency New Business advice and participated in an interview with RSW/US Owner and President, Mark Sneider. RSW/US is a full service, outsourced business development group for agencies.
Although each panelist presented different questions for the survey, a common thread across many of them centered on the need for an agency to have strongly differentiated positioning.… Continue reading
If I were the owner of an advertising, digital or media agency, to build my agency’s brand, I would WRITE!
This isn’t a new discovery for me. Since the beginning, I’ve written my way into a thriving new business consultancy. My blog provides a consistent flow of inbound leads. I’ve never had to make a cold call for any new business. The reason – I’ve always written helpful content to a clear-cut audience.
“Fortune 500 companies have an average of 17 agency relationships.” Association of National Advertisers (ANA)
Prospects are looking for expertise.… Continue reading
The new normal for new business integrates your personal life and your work life.
If you really want to generate new business through social media – get personal. Learn to use social media to humanize your agency. It’s the secret sauce that most agencies have neglected.
Because of technology and social media, the line between your personal and professional life has blurred.
Social media is all about people connecting with other people. When I’m helping agency owners to integrate their personal social media accounts into their new business program, I often get push back, especially if they’re boomers.… Continue reading