Agency New Business Has Dramatically Changed

Michael Gass Fueling Ad Agency New Business

   This is My Personal Story In Leading Ad Agency New Business 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 […]

Why are ad agency new business executives performing so badly?

Rainmakers who were good at new business in the past are struggling today. According to a recent Agency-Marketer Business Report from RSW/US, the tenure of a new business director is 2 years or less. Only 26% of new business directors were viewed as successful. Why? I’ve worked face-to-face with more than 200 advertising, digital, media and […]

Ad Agencies: Guides for Creative and Marketing Salaries

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Online information makes researching salary ranges easier than it has ever been in the past. For agencies to grow new business, they have to attract and retain talent. The turnover rate within the industry is over thirty-percent. It’s time for agency owners to get serious about inspiring their employees and keeping them happy. And, according […]

IBM Study: Social media is about to transform the C-Suite

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“The most effective leaders throughout history have been great communicators, yet the vast majority of modern-day CEOs and C-Suite executives are conspicuously absent from social media channels.” Ann Charles, CEO BRANDfog We are living in the information age. More people share information from more sources more frequently that any other time in history.  People are sharing content […]

RSW/US Brings New Business Opportunities to Ad Agencies

Mark Sneider, owner, president RSW/US

Guest post written by Mark Sneider, Owner/President of RSW/US. I see Mark at a lot of major agency events each year. I always enjoy spending some time with him and his business development director, Lee McKnight. Mark and I both spoke at the Mirren New Business Conference in New York recently. I asked him to […]

Is the financial bonus what really motivates your ad agency’s salesperson?

compensation and bonuses for ad agency new business

  Raising the discussion about compensation for those charged with ad agency new business. It is time to re-think how we compensate those “odd ducks” who do what no one else wants to do, selling the agency’s services. The motivation for creating new business opportunities is thought to be fueled primarily by financial rewards, the […]

Ad agency new business resume tips that earn return phone calls

Four resume tips for agency new business development positions that get noticed. By Steve Congdon From time to time you will find yourself looking for an ad agency new business development job. Either you’re at an agency and unhappy. Or, you’re on the streets, trying to find your next position. From time to time I […]

12 Initial Steps for Ad Agency New Business Directors

12 steps new business directors

If you are charged with developing a new business program for a small to midsize advertising, digital, media or PR agency, then this article is for you. I’ve often found that new business development people often lack experience. They also usually have responsibilities other than developing new business. If this is your situation,  I’ve pulled […]

How McKinney achieved one of the best new-business records among advertising agencies

Innovation and collaboration, two keys to ad agency new business. McKinney is an independent advertising agency based in Durham, North Carolina. It was founded in 1969 by Charles “Chick” McKinney, the agency is now independently owned by a management team led by Brad Brinegar, CEO.  It has been recognized as one of the nine best agencies in […]

Ad Age: Top 10 Best Places to Work in Marketing and Media

A great work environment is a big plus for ad agency new business. Ad Age recently released the results of the best places to work in marketing and media. Any advertising agency, media owner or marketer with more than 50 full-time employees was eligible to enter.  Rankings were determined through the use of employer and […]

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

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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

Build a Community for Ad Agency New Business

Building an engaged online community should NOW be a core responsibility of business development.

The battle for new business has moved online which makes community development indispensable in marketing your agency online. Knowing how to build an online community has become an important skill-set for those charged with agency new business. Community development comes before business development. 

How to Build an Online Community of Prospects

1. Create a Niche Blog

For over eight years, I’ve recommended creating a niche blog for agency new business and have helped create over 200 personal blogs for agency principals.… Continue reading

Improve Ad Agency New business Leads with Authority Marketing

Authority Marketing for Ad Agency New Business

Leverage SEO and expert positioning!

Based on Google patents and documents, which explicitly state that Google prefers experts and authorities. John McDougall, the author of Web Marketing On All Cylinders and The Big Dog Authority Marketing Checklist, will show you how positioning your agency and team members as thought leaders is critical to digital marketing success.

One of the best tools for new business is leads from your website and blog but the days of easy SEO are over.… Continue reading

Use The Right Bait When You Fish For Ad Agency New Business

How to put yourself in front of prospects so they can’t help but find you.

Since 2007, I’ve pioneered the use of social media, content and inbound marketing strategies specifically for agency new business. I originated a system that makes targeting, positioning and differentiation easier and helps agencies to find, attract and engage their best prospects online. I’ve trained over 200 agency CEOs and their senior management teams in all 50 states here in the U.S.… Continue reading