7 Habits of Highly Social Chief Executives

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Be part of a “New Group of Executives” that are using social media to attract customers, generate exposure for their companies and acquire new business. According to research by Weber Shandwick, CEO social media engagement has doubled in one year. Conducted in partnership with KRC Research, over 600 senior executives from 10 markets worldwide were surveyed. The research found […]

Handy Tool: Social Media Dimensions Guide for Designers

The Only Dimensions You Need To Know If You Are Designing Content for Social Media Visual.ly is a platform for exploring, sharing, and promoting great visualizations. And a service that connects dataviz pros, to advertisers & publishers looking for compelling content. This new data-visualization startup whose team of designers, engineers and analytics experts creates innovative infographs for […]

12 Ways to Get Personal Using Twitter

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Twitter allows me to open up and share my personal side to make an emotional connection with my audience.  Sharing personal information helps my audience get to know me beyond my profession. If all of my Tweets or Retweets were business oriented, my Twitter feed would be dry and robotic. “People want to work with other […]

Jay Baer: Why Useful Ad Agency Marketing is a Skill not a Job

Jay Baer Social Media

Guest post written by Jay Baer, marketing keynote speaker, best selling author, consultant and my friend.  Jay and I started our consulting practices about the same time, at the beginning of the Great Recession. He has become a global leader in social media marketing. His blog, Convince&Convert, is ranked as the #1 content marketing blog in the […]

Tips for Targeted Post Titles for Ad Agency New Business

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Blog post titles should be reflective of your audience. Overly creative titles don’t work well online. Most aren’t searchable and don’t make the right connection with the intended target when seen in a Twitter feed, LinkedIn, Facebook or Google Plus. Clever titles will not be read if they cannot be found. I recommend, when creating […]

Twitter: Find Prospects Using The Business Journal’s Network

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How to instantly subscribe to Twitter accounts of every American City Business Journal. For years, I used The Business Journals Book of Lists for new business intelligence to find the decision makers of prospective clients.  I also subscribed to the print editions of The Business Journals in key markets that we targeted. These publications were always very […]

Ad Agencies that don’t have content practices will be scrambling for new business

The Moroch Agency's Niche Blog

Agencies talk about the value of content marketing but few are doing it and even fewer do it well. Roper Public Affairs, 80% of business decision-makers said they prefer to get information via articles, not ads. 70% said content makes them feel closer to a company and 60% said content provided by companies helps them make […]

Podcasting for Ad Agency New Business

Podcast interview of Michael Gass by Trent Dyrsmid

Podcasting is an effective tool for business development, networking, and a positioning of expertise. Trent Dyrsmid, is an online marketing expert, author, speaker, and the founder of BrightIdeas.co. His podcasting audience is made up entirely of ad agency professionals, small business owners, and independent marketing consultants. Trent has produced over 100 episodes. Trent writes, “Podcasting, if […]

7 Steps for Fueling New Business Through Social Media

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  Outlining a social media strategy for creating new business opportunities from inbound and content marketing quickly. strat·e·gy : A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim. Since I launched my consultancy using social media in 2007, social media has become main-lined into traditional marketing. But, a lot of agencies […]

HootSuite Pro for Ad Agency New Business

Hootsuite for ad agency new business

 You can better manage and improve your agency’s New Business | Social Media program using HooteSuite Pro. In a recent survey, time management was one of the top three areas of difficulty agencies were having using social media for new business. There are a number of tools that I recommend to help manage your agency’s […]

Ad Agency Owners Will Hate This Book But Prospective Clients Will Love It

Jordan Zimmerman Leading Fearlessly

You may not be a fan of Jordan Zimmerman, but you will miss a lot of valuable lessons about new business if you neglect him.

I volunteered to read and write a review of Zimmerman’s book, Leading Fearlessly. After I read it, my first thought was, agency owners are going to hate this book. They’ll never read it.  But, they’re going to be missing some great information that will help them increase their own new business.… Continue reading

The Best Time to Post, Pin and Tweet for Ad Agency New Business

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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 reside. For instance, I’ve developed an international following for my blog Fuel Lines. I was able to do it by researching the prime social media times within the key markets I was targeting here in the US and also overseas.… Continue reading

The Role of Content for Ad Agency New Business

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There is a higher degree of trust from prospects when they are reading content from credible, third-party experts.

The ability to easily access information from a variety of online sources has fundamentally changed the way prospects research advertising, digital, media and PR agencies and, ultimately, is how they choose their marketing partner(s).

Instead of chasing business, it’s now more important to be found. This makes content an integral part of your new business. program.

There are some important insights to be learned about the effectiveness of content marketing from a recent study commissioned by The Nielsen Company, The Role of Content In Consumer Decision Making.Continue reading

The New Business Metrics Behind Successful Ad Agencies

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There ARE strong numbers behind successful advertising, digital, media and PR agencies that are applicable to yours. 

Speaker, writer and ad agency consultant, David Baker led in a Fuel Lines’ webinar: “The New Business Metrics Behind a Successful, Growing Agency”.

David speaks to, writes for, and consults with the marketing industry via ReCourses, Inc. He’s worked with 800 firms and in-house departments.

His work has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company.… Continue reading

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 to lead with “brick and mortar” but social media is all about people connecting with other people.

Success begins by identifying with a specific target audience and creating a positioning of expertise.… Continue reading

Can You Damage Your Ad Agency’s Brand By Ignoring Yours?

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“People trust brands that have people they can trust.”

Not only will a poor personal brand damage your agency’s brand, I believe a non-existent personal brand does so as well.

Steve Farnsworth writes and speaks about how smart companies can effectively integrate social media, PR and content marketing into their marketing mix. He is also the Chief Digital Strategist at Jolt Digital Marketing.

Steve raised this question in a recent article, “Can you damage your company’s brand by ignoring yours?” 

“I’ve had a surprising number of executives from the C-suite tell me that they don’t want to actively manage their personal brand.

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The Science of Great Tweets for Ad Agency New Business

the science of Twitter for ad agency new business

This is a guide to highlight the best tips, practices and studies to help your agency succeed on Twitter.

Ever since I learned that only 1% of internet participants actively create original content, I knew that I needed to be in this elite group of Twitter accounts whose content is being read and shared by others.

I’ve been actively creating content since 2007, a year after Twitter was founded. I write articles about tips, tactics and trends for advertising, digital, media and Public Relations professionals.… Continue reading

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 any prospective victim who might be interested. But there ARE strong numbers behind the success stories, and we’ll look at all of them in a way that you’ll be able to apply, right then, right there.… Continue reading

Do Brands Benefit Using a Multiple Ad Agency Model?

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Full service advertising agencies are filled with talented people but often lack specialists that have a much narrower focus of expertise.

Consumers, brand marketers and marketing channels have changed and so has the traditional advertising agency. Smaller agencies often possess specialties and a nimbleness that allows them to adapt quickly to a rapidly changing marketing landscape. They can complement or compete with much larger, full service advertising agencies.

Brands are electing to choose a multi-agency model because of the specialized expertise it provides.… Continue reading

How to Build a Powerful Presentation Deck for Ad Agency New Business

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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 40 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 want mine to be memorable and make a difference.

Following a presentation that I made to the Nashville American Marketing Association, I’ve received dozens of responses from attendees.… Continue reading