Why are ad agency new business executives performing so badly?

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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 […]

Study: The Top Reasons CMOs Hire Ad Agencies

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This data will help you think through how you want to position yourself with prospects and what kinds of clients are the best fit for your agency model. This is a guest post written by Drew McLellan. He’s a friend of mine who heads up the Agency Management Institute (AMI), an association of small to medium […]

Content Marketing: Ad agencies should resist the urge to be self-promotional

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Content marketing is the fuel for an inbound marketing strategy for new business, if done the right way. It is now one of the most effective tactics to attract prospective clients, build their trust and gain a positioning of expertise. According to a research report by DemandGen, from a B2B buyer survey, 82% of surveyed senior […]

The New Business Metrics Behind Successful Ad Agencies

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There ARE strong numbers behind successful advertising, digital, media and PR agencies that are applicable to yours.  Speaker, writer and ad agency consultant, David Baker led in a Fuel Lines’ webinar: “The New Business Metrics Behind a Successful, Growing Agency”. David speaks to, writes for, and consults with the marketing industry via ReCourses, Inc. He’s worked with 800 firms […]

Can You Damage Your Ad Agency’s Brand By Ignoring Yours?

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“People trust brands that have people they can trust.” Not only will a poor personal brand damage your agency’s brand, I believe a non-existent personal brand does so as well. Steve Farnsworth writes and speaks about how smart companies can effectively integrate social media, PR and content marketing into their marketing mix. He is also the Chief Digital […]

Do Brands Benefit Using a Multiple Ad Agency Model?

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Full service advertising agencies are filled with talented people but often lack specialists that have a much narrower focus of expertise. Consumers, brand marketers and marketing channels have changed and so has the traditional advertising agency. Smaller agencies often possess specialties and a nimbleness that allows them to adapt quickly to a rapidly changing marketing landscape. […]

A New Approach is NOW Needed for Ad Agency New Business

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Business development has undergone a major change. New business has historically been a problem for agencies. Most small to midsize agencies have no positioning and no point of differentiation. They look and sound the same. They are often treated as vendors because they lack a positioning of expertise. Most don’t have a target audience thus, […]

2014 The Year of the Social CEO

2014 Year of the Social CEO Michael Gass

Social media is a primary force that is redefining the role of the men and women who oversee the world’s largest companies. Brands no longer ignore social media. The importance of social media on business has dramatically escalated. We have moved through the “hype phase of social media when businesses felt compelled to participate because […]

Ad Agencies Should Shift Into Consulting Roles for New Business

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How agencies can reinvent themselves by developing consulting services to open the door for new business.  For too long advertising agencies have been treated as vendors. They claim to be different, but most are pretty much the same and sameness always breeds differentiation based on price. There has been little innovation from agencies to migrate […]

Amazing Results From Effective Content Promotion

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Guest post by Trent Dyrsmid. Trent is the founder of BrightIdeas.co and the host of the popular BrightIdeas podcast, where he has interviewed over 100 successful entrepreneurs to get them to share the exact steps that they used to achieve their results. Trent is also the founder of Groove Digital Marketing Agency, a firm specializing in digital marketing and marketing […]

Registration Now Open for Fuel Lines New Business Conference 2015

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Music City Center, Nashville, TN

A new model for ad agency new business.

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.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Presidential of Freedom Medal Winner, Richard Buckminster Fuller, author, architect and designer.

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Writer’s Block Can Derail Ad Agency New Business

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Consistently creating content is the fuel for an inbound new business program.

With the rise of content marketing, writing has become an important component to new business as the battle for business has moved online. Content has become the magnet that draws in prospective clients and provides a positioning of expertise.

I’ve been writing about business development for eight years. On occasion I suffer from writer’s block. It becomes extremely difficult to produce new articles. I feel hopelessly stuck.… Continue reading

4A’s New Business Webinar

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How to Use Social Media to Attract New Business

Gaining new business has always been a challenge for agencies – and now, with the paradigm shift in business development, it’s become tougher than ever.

In a previous new-business CMO study, 80% of decision makers said that they had found their vendors, not the other way around.

Interruptive type tactics, such as cold calling and email blasts, have become ineffective; it’s now more important to be found, rather than to chase new business.… Continue reading

Is The Shoemaker’s Daughter Syndrome Costing Your Ad Agency New Business?

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If you’re suffering from the Shoemaker’s Daughter Syndrome, you may want to consider closing the gap between what you recommend for clients and what you use for your own purposes.

Guest article by Gerry Black, Direct Response Copywriter/Marketing Consultant.

Over the years, I have come across many clients and agency owners who exhibit this classic disconnect phenomenon.

Most people have heard the reference to the Shoemaker’s Daughter Going Barefoot, sometimes referred to as the Cobblers’ Children Going Barefoot.… Continue reading

Ad Agency New Business Workshops

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A New Approach for New Business

New business has been a problem historically for agencies. It’s made worse with the paradigm shift in business development. The battle for new business has now primarily moved online.

My epiphany regarding this shift in new business practices came from a CMO study conducted in 2007, 80% of decision makers said they found their vendors not the other way around.

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The Invisible Sale for Ad Agency New Business

The Invisible Sale for Ad Agency New Business

A step-by-step guide to create a painless prospecting system.

Many agencies have historically struggled with prospecting for clients. Their struggles have been intensified due to the rise of social media, content and inbound marketing. Today’s prospects are more in control of the agency selection process than ever before. Instead of chasing new business, it’s now more important to be found.

Tom Martin has written a helpful guide-book on social selling, it’s called The Invisible Sale: How to build a digitally powered marketing and sales system to better prospect, qualify and close leads. … Continue reading

People You May Know for Ad Agency New Business

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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 list of people to connect with using LinkedIn’s secret algorithm. From my personal experience, it seems to factor in your personal LinkedIn activities, along with such things as your existing network, profile information, past workplaces and schools you’ve attended.… Continue reading

Win A Ticket To An Ad Agency New Business Workshop in Orlando

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Enter to win a ticket to a one-day regional workshop, co-sponsored by Fuel Lines Business Development and AAF Orlando.

Here’s your opportunity to join Michael Gass on Friday, February 6, 2015, in Orlando, Florida for this ad agency workshop: A New Approach to New Business.

The battle for new business has moved ONLINE. Interruptive type tactics such as cold calling and email blasts are INEFFECTIVE. It’s now more important to be FOUND than to CHASE new business. 

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LinkedIn Publishing for Ad Agency New Business

LinkedIn for ad agency new business

LinkedIn has become an ideal platform to strengthen your professional identity by sharing your insights and expertise.

When I first started using LinkedIn, it was primarily a place to post your resume and get a job or research prospective clients. It has now become much more.

“LinkedIn is opening up our publishing platform to our members, giving them a powerful new way to build their professional brand. When a member publishes a post on LinkedIn, their original content becomes part of their professional profile, is shared with their trusted network and has the ability to reach the largest group of professionals ever assembled.

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Workshop: A New Approach for New Business

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The battle for new business has primarily moved online.

This is a one-day regional workshop, co-sponsored by Fuel Lines Business Development and AAF Orlando, will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.

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 and implemented in over 200 advertising, digital, media and PR agencies in the U.S., Canada and the UK.… Continue reading