Fuel Lines New Business Conference 2015 to Highlight the New Drivers of Agency New Business

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 […]

RSW/US Agency New Business Thought Leadership Interview

Michael Gass Ad Agency New Business and Social Media Interview

Helpful tips for small and mid-size agencies in leveraging social to generate thought leadership. The following is an  interview conducted by Mark Sneider, president of RSW/US, for the Agency New Business Thought Leader Video Series.  I discuss with Mark the reasons why ad agencies aren’t finding success using social media for new business.  Agencies are still trying […]

The New Business Metrics Behind a Successful, Growing Ad Agency

David Baker Recourses

A Free Webinar for Fuel Lines’ Readers, Monday, June 9th at 1 pm ET Speaker, writer and ad agency consultant, David Baker will lead this webinar: “The New Business Metrics Behind a Successful, Growing Agency”. It’s true that new business success isn’t a numbers game like it used to be, beating the bushes to surface […]

Nashville American Marketing Association Power Lunch

Nashville American Marketing Association NAMA

Social media, an empowered consumer have created a paradigm shift in the way new business is acquired.  AMA Power Lunch: “Rethinking Your Approach To New Business” I hope you will join me for this Nashville AMA event. Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT), Nashville, TN

David Bohan: Social media is redefining roles of business leaders

David Bohan Ad Agency New Business

‘Companies that are truly social and engage their employees and customers in genuine conversation will be recognized as the new corporate leaders’

New Business | Social Media Workshop Burns Entertainment Chicago

Preparing for my New Business | Social Media Workshop for Burns Entertainment, Inc. in Chicago, January 23, 2014.

Burns is an entertainment and sports marketing firm founded in 1970. They work with brands and their advertising, public relations, promotions, and social media agencies to match them with the right celebrities.

Win Without Pitching Webinar: Write 30 Posts in 30 Days

Blair Enns Win Without Pitching

5 December 2013 | 12:00 pm Eastern Time I’m conducting a Win Without Pitching Webinar for Blair Enns on how to develop a system to consistently create the kind of content that gains you a positioning of expertise that will generate new business opportunities. I’ve known of Michael and his work in helping creative firms […]

Best Practices for Re-Sharing Content

The Association of Strategic Marketing

This live webinar will help you to understand the benefits of one of the most important elements of content marketing success, creating shareable content. You will have a better understanding of why people re-share content, what they re-share and how.

Ad Industry: The 3% Conference

three percent conference female creative directors

The 3% Conference 2013 will be held, October 16-17, at The Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. Over 70 speakers – hailing from 10 different countries – gather together in San Francisco along with 400 Creative Directors, Creatives, marketers, and recruiters for 2 days of inspiration, knowledge sharing, and community. About Agenda Speakers Blog The 97% Speak Facebook […]

AAF-Chattanooga Luncheon

AAF Chattanooga Michael Gass social media

I’m looking forward to speaking to this group of advertising, marketing, media, sales, professionals and students, executives, and entrepreneurs. Chattanooga is one of my favorite cities and I already know this is a great group. I will be sharing how to use inbound marketing for agency new business. Participants will leave with fresh ideas, renewed […]

Report: Thought Leader Survey for Ad Agency New Business

Ad Agency New Business Survey

Most agencies have an active new business plan but 67% of responders don’t view their program as successful.

“When it comes to new business, it’s important that agencies never become complacent, even when times are good. In order to nurture and grow a vibrant agency, there must be a steady stream of new business opportunities in the pipeline. Clients can be unpredictable and losing a piece a business without replacing it quickly can be detrimental to an agency’s future.” – Laurie Mikes, Chief Operating Officer of Second Wind

I was asked to be part of the annual Thought Leader Survey conducted by RSW/US, a full service, outsourced agency lead generation and new business development firm.… Continue reading

Ad Agency Prospects are Looking for Expertise 

ad agency new business

Agencies fail to realize the importance prospects place on having a knowledge of their industry and a positioning of expertise.

Small to midsize agencies continue to promote themselves as full service, even though it’s rare for an agency to have a full service client. They use “full service” to broaden their appeal to most prospects. But these old adages are true, “a jack of all trades is master of none” and “when you try to appeal to everyone, you appeal to none.” 

Isn’t it time to drop the “full service” way of thinking for new business?

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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

If you are up for the challenge, share your description in six words or less in the comment section below.… Continue reading

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