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.
The traditional method of networking with business cards is one of the most cost effective means of marketing your agency but the online version provides greater opportunities for new business. Online business cards allows an easier and more efficient way to share, receive, organize and even track your cards than their printed counterpart.
A growing number of persons consider phone calls to be interruptive and annoying. The phone call is rapidly fading as a generation of e-mailing, followed by an explosion in texting and social media, has pushed the telephone conversation into serious decline.
Your agency’s new business program must be sustainable at the times when your agency is at its busiest. Too often new business development is put on the back burner until existing business decreases and a downturn begins. That creates a roller coaster effect on your agency’s pipeline of prospects which impacts agency income and causes you to accept the wrong type of client, from the wrong pool of prospects which do not fit your agency’s strengths and core competencies.
Attention Agencies: You provide a sweet target for your competition if you don’t practice what you preach and aren’t doing for yourself what you recommend for clients. The McKinney agency, Durham, NC, recently created some positive press for themselves while creating a firestorm around some of the biggest advertising agencies websites.
There is a new model for new business that makes the existing model obsolete.
It may come as a bit of a surprise but, prospects aren’t anxiously awaiting your sales pitch. They’ve heard it a hundred times before from agencies that look, sound and act just like yours.
New business doesn’t have to be so hard. There is a better way that makes it EASIER. Implementing an inbound marketing program will get prospects reaching out to you without having to use the interruptive type tactics of the past.… Continue reading
The inaugural Fuel Lines New Business Conference for advertising, digital, media and PR agencies will be held the booming city of Nashville, Tennessee on October 8-9.
Nashville was recently named among the 15 Hottest American Cities for 2015 and was recently voted by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 5 cities to visit.
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“The popularity of the TV show “Nashville” has helped boost tourism. Nashville saw 11.8 million visitors in 2013, and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is predicting a 10% increase in the number of visitors by 2016.
Business development has dramatically changed and rainmakers of the past have struggled with the changes.
I wanted to publically thank my good friend, Ken Henley, who is a Nashville artist that created my new caricature. Ken and I have known each other for years. We’ve seen a lot of changes within the advertising industry, but none as great as what has occurred over the past seven years.
I’ve been in business development almost my entire advertising career. … Continue reading
“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 relations. Whether your agency emphasizes inbound or outbound marketing—or a combination of the two—PR is an important tool that can help you attract attention and generate new business opportunities.… Continue reading
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jun. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ – Michael Gass, founder and president of Fuel Lines Business Development, announced the finalization of details for the Fuel Lines New Business Conference 2015, to be held October 8-9 in Nashville, Tennessee. A Super Earl Registration has already begun.
“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. … Continue reading
The Primary Battle for New Business Has Moved Online.
This is a one-day regional workshop, co-sponsored by Fuel Lines Business Development and The List will be held on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
New business has been a problem historically for agencies.… Continue reading
The use of hashtags within social media creates a great opportunity it improve awareness and reach prospective clients.
Hashtags are words preceded by the hash symbol(#). Twitter users were the first to use hashtags back in 2007 and are still the primary users, but hashtags are now used a lot on other social media platforms such as Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Vine.
Using hashtags is an easy way to make your content searchable.… Continue reading
Guest article written by Russ Cornelius, Managing partner of The Brand Establishment, an association of agencies whose owners are Certified Brand Strategists.
I find it interesting that many agencies still consider brand development as developing a “wow” logo and ensuring that all marketing pieces have consistent messaging and look as if they are from the same organization. From my perspective, a brand strategy must be developed and it must closely align with an organization’s business strategy.… Continue reading
You should be prepared to capitalize on speaking engagements to build a wider network of prospects and to win new clients.
Having an opportunity to speak in front of a highly targeted, interested group of prospects is a very effective form of lead generation. Even if you are speaking for free, the opportunity often times outweighs a fee when it comes to the potential for new business and establishing you and your agency as thought leaders.… Continue reading