Outlook Report 2010: The Great Recession and Ad Agency New Business

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Advertising and PR agencies have lost 65,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of the pre-recession total. Moody’s Analytics estimates our industrywill lose even more within five years.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke calls it “the worst financial crisis in modern history.” His predecessor, Alan Greenspan, says it was “the most virulent global financial crisis ever.” The resulting recession was longer and deeper than any the U.S. has suffered since World War II.

Ad Agency New Business: What irks CMOs most about their current ad agency?

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If want to know what irks CMOs the most about ad agencies the recently released GLG Councils Report —”Closing the CMO / Agency Gap: How Agencies Can Win Business and Build Stronger Client Relationships,” provides some excellent insight.

If you could offer one piece of advice to your advertising agency what would it be?

In January 2010, Ad-ology Research conducted a survey of chief marketing professionals to study their attitudes about the outsides agencies they employ and to forecast their marketing and advertising plans for 2010. Among the survey questions asked, “If you could offer one piece of advice to advertising/marketing agencies in general, what would it be” Here are some of the responses from among 327 chief marketing professionals:

Ad Agencies in “The Great Race” for New Business

The whole advertising industry is in a flux. Forrester’s Research has referred to it as “the great race” as traditional agencies scramble to add digital capabilities and digital shops seek capabilities beyond being Web site and banner ad specialists.

23 ad agency blogs. Select the one that best understands social media.

Examples of ad agency blogs. Review and decide which of them really “gets it” when it comes to social media. Pick-up ideas for your own blog.

23 ad agency blogs have been submitted to Fuel Lines. Vote for the best agency blog for the month of December. The winner will be featured on Fuel Lines throughout the month of January and included in the voting for ad agency blog of the year.

10 Most Popular Blog Posts About Blogging for New Business

A blog is now as important to your agency as was your agency’s Website. The blog is becoming the “gate-way” and the face of the agency as its Website becomes more on an online brochure. Here’s some excellent resources to help your agency blog for new business. Here’s a list of the top 10 most popular blog posts about blogging in 2009.

How Teens Use Media: A Nielsen report on the myths and realities of teen media trends

This is one of those rare post stepping outside the sphere of agency new business. I found this new Nielsen report very enlightening and wanted to share it with my readers. The report bunks a lot of the myths on “How Teens Use Media.” You may be surprised to learn that teens can often be reached by the same means as their parents.

Report Paints a Painful View of Ad Agencies

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Forrester Research believes today’s ad agencies are not well-structured to take on tomorrow’s marketing challenges, needing to move from making messages to establishing community connections. In a new report, the research firm paints a painful view of ad agencies.

The Indispensable Ad Agency

Paul Roetzer New Business Conference

How Marketing Talent, Technology and Strategy Gaps Present Invaluable Opportunities for Agency Growth

“The marketing services industry is in a state of flux. As CMOs navigate the marketing talent gap, they are increasingly seeking performance-driven agency partners that are immersed in marketing technology and staffed with digital-savvy professionals. SMBs need partners that can deliver fully integrated solutions and in essence function as outsourced inbound marketing teams. Large enterprises commonly look for niche expertise in core digital disciplines such as content marketing, paid search, SEO, social media monitoring, and analytics to complement internal marketing teams.” Paul Roetzer

In this session of the Fuel Lines New Business Conference, Paul Roetzer, founder and CEO of PR 20/20,  presented a high-level look at the industry trends driving transformation, and share insights into how advertising, digital, PR and Media agencies can evolve to meet demand and accelerate success.Continue reading

The Preeminent Thought Leader on How to Win Ad Agency Pitches

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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 & Saatchi Advertising Worldwide in New York and London, and bought and sold three of his own agencies (including Portland’s Citrus). Continue reading

The Most Provocative Man in Advertising

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Bob Hoffman is one of the most sought-after speakers on advertising and marketing.

He has spoken all over the U.S. and has been invited to speak at conferences throughout Europe. Bob’s “Spotlight Lecture” at Advertising Week Europe has drawn almost 50,000 views on YouTube.

Bob was one of the keynote speakers at our inaugural Fuel Lines New Business Conference in Nashville, TN. He presented a refreshing take on the marketing industry in his presentation, Marketers Are From Mars, Consumers Are From New Jersey. Continue reading

A Perfect Platform for Ad Agency New Business

A Platform for Ad Agency New Business

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

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. It’s like a fishing expedition. You fish for a specific fish with a particular bait, you fish away from the boat (the agency’s website) so you don’t scare off the fish.  Continue reading

What’s the Most Dangerous Job in Advertising?

The Most Dangerous Job in Advertising

ADWEEK said the most dangerous job in advertising is new business chiefs.

According to a recent Agency-Marketer Business Report from RSW/US, the tenure of a new business director is now 2 years or less. Only 26% of new business directors were viewed as successful. They are under a lot of stress and their position tends to have a short shelf life. 

Why the poor performance?

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10 Benefits of Inbound Marketing for Ad Agency New Business

10 inbound marketing benefits


There is a new model for new business that makes the existing model obsolete.

It may come as a bit of a surprise but, prospects aren’t anxiously awaiting your sales pitch. They’ve heard it a hundred times before from agencies that look, sound and act just like yours. 

New business doesn’t have to be so hard. There is a better way that makes it EASIER. Implementing an inbound marketing program will get prospects reaching out to you without having to use the interruptive type tactics of the past.Continue reading

2015 New Business Conference to be held in Nashville, TN

The Music City Center, Nashville, TN


The inaugural Fuel Lines New Business Conference for advertising, digital, media and PR agencies will be held the booming city of Nashville, Tennessee on October 8-9. 

Nashville was recently named among the 15 Hottest American Cities for 2015 and was recently voted by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 5 cities to visit. 

The popularity of the TV show “Nashville” has helped boost tourism. Nashville saw 11.8 million visitors in 2013, and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is predicting a 10% increase in the number of visitors by 2016.

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Social Proof: Use Client Testimonials for Ad Agency New Business

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Adding recommendations is one of the easiest ways to empower your new business program.

As part of my consulting work I’m asked to review a lot of agency websites from a new business perspective. Just yesterday I was reviewing the website of a large agency in New York. I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t find a single testimonial from a happy client. A good number of agencies neglect to add this important component to their marketing mix.Continue reading

This is My Personal Story In Leading Ad Agency New Business

Michael Gass Fueling Ad Agency New Business


Business development has dramatically changed and rainmakers of the past have struggled with the changes.

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 has occurred over the past seven years.

I’ve been in business development almost my entire advertising career. Continue reading

How to Craft an Agency PR Plan That Drives New Business

A Plan That Drive Ad Agency New Business

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” – H. Stanley Judd, Author, Think Rich

While there are many things that go into a successful ad agency new business program, one that is often overlooked or underutilized is the strategic use of public relations. Whether your agency emphasizes inbound or outbound marketing—or a combination of the two—PR is an important tool that can help you attract attention and generate new business opportunities.Continue reading