Timing is critical when it comes to engaging with your social media audience. To increase the Click-Through-Rate of your article links and boot your website traffic, you need to be posting and tweeting at the best times. Figuring out the best times to post, you’ll need to consider such as the time zones where your best prospects […]
Using WordPress plugins enhances your reader’s experience, allows for easy customization and maintenance of your blog. I began writing Fuel Lines back in 2007 on the blogging platform Blogger. It wasn’t long before I graduated from Blogger to WordPress. Wordpress is by far the most popular blogging platform on more than 60 million websites. It has […]
If you can’t create online traffic, you won’t generate leads for new business. Your ad agency’s blog should be a central component of your social media strategy for new business. It personalizes your agency and can become an appealing magnet to quickly build a sizable targeted pipeline of prospects. But, you can’t just “build it […]
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 […]
If you will periodically review your blog’s stats you can greatly improve your writing, traffic and opportunities for new business. I make it a point to check my blog statistics each day. Often, I’m checking my stats every couple of hours when I have posted new content. Traffic statistics will show whether my content marketing […]
Having a search engine optimization strategy, or SEO, is important to support lead generation for ad agency new business. Most agency business development directors have a marketing strategy and are becoming competent with an inbound lead generation strategy that has as its centerpiece – content marketing. Understanding search engines is an important part to content […]
Original content is by far the most difficult and important tactic to fuel ad agency new business through social media. Speakers for Content Marketing World 2011, recently shared some of their biggest content marketing challenges in a pre conference Q&A orchestrated by Content Development Director of the Content Marketing Institute. I’ve pulled some of […]
Research shows websites influence 97% of clients’ purchasing decisions. Your agency’s website is your online brochure, the place to present credentials, capabilities and most importantly your agency’s creative work. Not only is it the place prospects and clients go to learn more about your agency and its services, but it has a huge impact on their ultimate purchase decision.
Your ad agency’s blog should be a central component to your social media strategy for new business. It is the site that you want to bring your prospective client audience to, the gateway and face of your agency.
“Build it and they will come,” is not the answer to generate traffic to your agency’s blog. You must employ proactive tactics to create awareness and interest among prospective clients. The more traffic that you can generate, from among your target audience, the more inbound new business leads that will follow.
If you don’t measure it you can’t improve it. To use social media for your agency as well as for your clients, metrics is an important component. You would think that is a no brainer. But according to a recent an August 2009 survey by Mzinga and Babson Executive Education, a whopping 84% of professionals do no measure ROI for social media.
Stop selling your services, that’s not what prospects are buying.
Agency business development programs are too often sales focused. They’re built around outbound, interruptive sales tactics designed to start engagements with prospective clients. The prospects have little, if any, awareness of the agency or how they’re different from their competitors.
Success in “selling the agency” is proving to be extremely difficult. And when business development isn’t successful, they think the sensible thing to do is to step-up outbound sales with even more cold-calling or other interruptive type tactics.… Continue reading
Why is content such a valuable strategy to help agencies drum up new business?
I thought I would share a recent interview conducted by content marketer, Andy Baldacci. Andy hosts Hubstaff’s Agency Advantage Podcast where he helps agency owners grow their business.
If you’re skeptical of the value of content marketing for your agency or are worried that it will take too long to get results, this is the episode for you.
Click Here for a full written transcript and to listen to: Fueling Agency New Business With Content
Here are some interview excerpts on the importance of content marketing:
“The average Fortune 500 company has 17 agency relationships.… Continue reading
Delivering a presentation that moves prospects to action STARTS with the presentation deck.
I’ve reviewed hundreds of agency presentations. Could somebody please tell me why great CREATIVE PEOPLE become so BORING when creating a presentation?
PowerPoint and Keynote slides have the ability to empower your presentation or kill it.
Most presentation decks are created using PowerPoint. There are approximately 30 million PowerPoint presentations made each day. Though PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software, it isn’t my favorite.… Continue reading
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 complete ‘how-to-book’ on ad agency pitches I’ve ever read,“The Levitan Pitch. Buy This Book. Win More Pitches.” It’s the definitive how-to guide for every advertising, design, digital and PR agency that wants to increase its odds of winning new accounts.… Continue reading
Hosting your own events gives you control over the attendees, the agenda and the outcome.
Networking and trade show events for new business is often a total waste of time. Attendees are focused on their own personal agendas. A more efficient and effective way to spend your time is to host your own events.
Hosting events can benefit your agency in many ways:
1. Replenishes and Grows Relationships
Lasting business relationships don’t just happen. It takes a dedicated amount of time and energy to build them.… Continue reading
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