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 […]
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 […]
The Levitan Pitch. Buy This Book. Win More Pitches. is the most comprehensive guide for developing a winning pitch management system that I have ever read. Pitching for new business is costly. A lot of time, money and morale are lost because of poor decisions, bad planning and a lack of adequately managing the pitch process. […]
Give your presentations LIFE rather than SUCKING THE LIFE out of your audience. I’ve been speaking publically for more than three decades. Last year, I spoke at conferences, seminars and workshops in over 43 different cities. I’m still a student who continually wants to improve. Presentations are very time consuming and require a lot of hard work. I […]
Speaking at events attended by your best prospects will provide you with instant credibility and create immediate new business opportunities. Public speaking is an excellent tactic for business development, particularly for small to midsize agency owners. Having the opportunity to speak in front of a highly targeted, interested group of prospects is the most effective form […]
I happen to be a fan of AMC’s reality television show, The Pitch. Not because it is creating national attention and buzz for our industry, but primarily because it shows the flaws of agencies pitching for new business. In the first episode of season two, the winning agency, Breensmith, Atlanta, GA, lost the new account to the losing […]
Public speaking establishes credibility, a positioning of expertise and can produce a consistent flow of leads. Speaking at conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars is a tremendous asset for agency new business. Attendees are often highly qualified prospects, who are interested in what you have to say. Many will view you as an expert just because […]
‘The body says what words cannot.’’ Martha Graham In a study conducted by UCLA professor Albert Mehrabian, 55% of communication cues come from a speaker’s physical presence, 38% from tone, and only 7% from the spoken words. When presenting for agency new business remember, YOU are the most important visual to your audience. This is why I’m such […]
Hangouts allow you to video conference in real-time with up to 10 people in a virtual room which makes it a great tool for new business. The screen-capture above is a Google Plus Hangout with Brad Ball, former CMO McDonald’s/USA, President of Marketing for Warner Bros Entertainment and VP of Nascar Entertainment and Marketing. Brad is […]
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 […]
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
The role of the agency new business executive is the riskiest position due a dramatic change in the way business is acquired and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A call to action is an important element for generating inbound leads.
Inbound marketing earns the attention of prospects and makes your agency easy to be found primarily through content. By creating interesting and helpful content, written for a specific audience, you help draw prospects to your site.
Website traffic is very important. It’s the initial step, but you don’t want prospects to just read your content, you want to ignite engagement with them. To do this you must spend time developing a strong and clear call-to-action (CTA).… Continue reading
A “Brand” New Day for Agencies
It’s a new day for agencies and for clients. Agencies have been notorious for not creating their own articulated brand, but today we all need a differentiated brand just like our clients.
You can “do” a lot of things, but you can only be “famous” for one thing.
Agencies need three things for new business success:
Learn how Jamie Dunham and her Brand Wise group developed their own agency positioning – Marketing to Women, and how they use social media to tell their story.… Continue reading