From the Master of Sound: 5 Ways to Be a Better Listener

Julian Treasure business sound expert

There is so much noise in our current world we have forgotten how to listen.  Office noise is extremely damaging to productivity. You are one-third as productive in open-plan offices as in quiet rooms. The Sound Agency  I have the luxury of working from my home office most of the time. I love it. I […]

SXSW Video: How the internet has transformed life as we know it

Keeping up with tecnology and how it impacts consumer behavior is important because it inevitably effects how ad agencies will reach prospects in the future. This is why events such as SXSW are so important. South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place every spring (usually […]

CEOs Can’t Afford to Ignore Social Media

the social ceo

Social media is a primary force that is redefining the role of the men and women who oversee the world’s largest companies.

The importance of social media to business has dramatically escalated. We have moved through the “hype phase of social media when businesses felt compelled to participate because it was such a fad. We have entered a productive phase where companies are starting to crack social’s code to turn it into a genuine marketing advantage.… Continue reading

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 agency presentations are nothing but recycled insights or predictable services. They use the same agency speak with nothing note worthy or memorable.… Continue reading

3 Things An Ad Agency New Business Director Needs for Success

ad agency new business training

How ad agencies acquire new business has changed dramatically and that effects the knowledge and skills new business directors need to make it happen.

People who have done this job in the past are struggling. The tenure of a new business director is now two years or less. In a recent survey conducted by RSW/US, only 26% of new business directors were considered successful.

A 4A’s report sited that 90% of agency staff say they have to figure things out on their own due to the lack of training.… Continue reading

To be an effective writer, spend more time planning and less time writing

content marketing for ad agency new business

Successful writers spend 75% of their time in the preparation and editing process and only 25% of their time writing the content.

There are big rewards from content marketing, but it’s also a big challenge. Writing is a process that takes time and effort. Even the best writers have difficulty putting their ideas into words.

Most of us aren’t born with the gift for writing. We have to work at it. 

According to a study conducted by McLuhan and Davies, a Toronto based consulting firm specializing in communications training, effective writers spend:
  • 40% of their time planning
  • 25% of their time writing
  • 35% of their time revising

Less effective writers usually spend:

  • 20% planning
  • 60% writing
  • 20% revising

Here is an easy to follow formula that will help fuel your writing:

1.

Continue reading

A Fresh Look at How to Market Your Ad Agency for New Business

Marketing Your Ad Agency for New Business

Stop selling your services, that’s not what prospects are buying.

Agency business development programs are often sales focused. They’re built around outbound, interruptive sales tactics that are 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.… Continue reading

How to Fuel Ad Agency New Business With Content Marketing

content marketing for ad agency new business

Why is content such a valuable strategy to help ad 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

Boring Presentation Decks Kill Ad Agency New Business

ad agency new business

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

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 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 Events is Good for Ad Agency New Business

events for ad agency new business

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

Top 10 Agency New Business Articles of 2016

Top Ad Agency New Business Articles

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