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 […]

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 […]

The Preeminent Thought Leader on How to Win Ad Agency Pitches

Win more ad agency new business pitches. It’s easier than you think. Peter Levitan has been described as a serial new business pitcher. He has delivered global, regional, and very local new business pitches for over 30 years. He has a Hall Of Fame pitch batting average. Peter ran business development and marketing at Saatchi […]

5 Ways to Get Ready for AMC’s The Pitch

AMC's The Pitch advertising agencies pitching for new business

AMC’s THE PITCH returns tonight with eight brand new episodes Cory Abbey, editor of AMC Blogs, suggests ways for getting up-to-speed with The Pitch: 1. Watch two videos that give you a sneak peek of The Pitch Season 2. 2. View photos from this Thursday’s premiere episode. 3. Read about the agencies who will be competing on The Pitch (as well as […]

SlideShare: Steve Jobs’ 10 Presentation Tactics

steve jobs presentation tactics

Developing the ability to be a great presenter is an important skill set for agency new business. The first speech I ever gave, I read through my outline in just a few minutes then stood speechless in front of about 100 people not knowing what to do next.  Greatly embarrassed, I vowed to never let that […]

Pixar: 10 Tips for Creating Appealing Stories for Ad Agency New Business

story shots for ad agency new business

A powerful story is your secret to connecting with prospective clients. Developing the ability to craft compelling stories is an important skill set for agency new business. Stories engage attention and inspire action. I have witnessed my fair share of agency presentations. Most provide thorough content based upon good research, but what is often lacking is […]

Lessons from AMCs ‘The Pitch’ on How to Motivate Your Ad Agency After A Loss

How to lose a pitch in front of millions of television views and the entire ad industry and still come out as the winner. A good number of agencies depend upon the pitch as the primary way they win new business and grow. Some national attention and industry buzz has been brought upon the pitch process […]

The 15 Advertising Agencies Featured in AMC’s ‘The Pitch’

pitching for ad agency new business

‘The Pitch’ showcases why a “pitching for new business strategy” is not in your best interest. The AMC hit television series, Mad Men, has received critical acclaim, winning fifteen Emmys and four Golden Globes. It was the first basic cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and won the award in each […]

The Pitch: Mad Men Pitching For Ad Agency New Business

Real ad agencies take the veil off the new-business-review process and it isn’t pretty. “The Pitch”, is a new reality show featuring two agencies, McKinney and WDCW, who are competing for a Subway assignment. The new business pitch is the way agencies win most of their business and grow.  The sneak peaks of The Pitch […]

SlideShare: Presentation Trends For Ad Agency New Business

slideshare for ad agency new business

The Biggest and Best Uses of SlideShare for Ad Agency New Business. Here’s a brief synopsis if you are unfamiliar with SlideShare. Launched in October of 2006, it is a slide hosting service, often called the “YouTube of presentations”. SlideShare claims to be the world’s largest professional content sharing community. Ranked as one of the top […]

How to Create Your Personal Brand Story for Ad Agency New Business

Michael Gass Ad Agency New Business

I’ve learned the importance of creating my personal brand story when I launched my own consultancy a decade ago. I had led new business for a number of advertising agencies before deciding to start my own consulting firm. This could have easily been one of the worst decisions of my life.

My advertising career had been spent working in only two markets, outside of Birmingham, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee, I had zero awareness. Little did I know that I was about to start my new business at the beginning of one of the longest economic downturns since the Great Depression.… Continue reading

Build an Online Audience that Builds Ad Agency New Business

Build and audience for ad agency new business

Social media fueled by content marketing has become essential assets for creating  bigger new business opportunities.

Advertising, digital, media and PR firms are struggling to understand and convert their social media and content marketing efforts into actual new business success. I have probably edited no less than 6,000+ agency articles over the past ten years. It’s always a common problem to move them away from self-promotional type content. The content usually highlights awards, new hires and client news.… Continue reading

Ad agency owner broke his brain with drugs. Now he sees things you don’t.

Tom Matte positioning for ad agency new business

This is a lesson on positioning for ad agency new business.

I recently read the most extraordinary story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about an agency owner that I had to share. Not only because it is such a powerful story, but I know and have worked with the person that was being spotlighted, Tom Matte from Atlanta.

“Tom Matte’s story came to me from former AJC reporter Jim Auchmutey. The author of “Class of ‘65” was teaching a writing class in which Tom was a student, and Jim thought Tom’s story about his fall from grace and ultimate redemption had strong Personal Journeys appeal.

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Most Ad Agencies Have No Plan for New Business

The Cobbler's Children for Ad Agency New Business

Having a written marketing plan makes new business easier and much more consistent.

I wanted to share, from my personal experience, one of the typical challenges of small to midsize advertising, digital, media and PR agencies. They are often described as the cobbler’s children who have no shoes.

The most common positive trait among these agencies is that they know how to take care of their clients. But what is their most common negative trait?

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Ad Agency New Business is Harder Because One Key Ingredient is Lacking

Ad Agency New Business Missing Ingredient

Creating and maintaining agency new business is often harder than it should be because one key ingredient is often lacking.

Positioning is the foundation of any agency’s new business program. It is also the area that many agencies have not addressed because of either procrastination or, more likely, their unwillingness to make the difficult business decisions.

“Contrary to common belief, all agencies have pretty much the same basic capabilities, and processes. They all claim to have proprietary tools, and they may have different labels for what they do, but the approach is essentially the same at big or small agencies.” – Avi Dan, Forbes contributor who has 30 years of leadership experience with top global Madison Avenue agencies.

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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 

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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