Ad Agency Prospects are Looking for Expertise 

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Agencies fail to realize the importance prospects place on having a knowledge of their industry and a positioning of expertise. Small to midsize agencies continue to promote themselves as full service, even though it’s rare for an agency to have a full service client. They use “full service” to broaden their appeal to most prospects. […]

Successfully Executing a New Business Strategy Requires a System

A System for Ad Agency New Business

A plan is just a plan until it’s executed. Execution is the battleground that determines success or failure. According to the RSW/US survey report, 66% of agency execs stated their new business hire was unsuccessful because the person lacked a methodology. How many annual planning meetings has your agency gone through to create a strategic new business plan only to […]

Social Media Isn’t Working for Ad Agency New Business

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  If your agency’s social media participation isn’t developing new business leads, it’s important to know WHY.  From my experience, most agencies finally got on board with social media in 2010. They created their agency’s blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram accounts and jumped in. 70% of marketers report that social media marketing delivers poor or […]

Podcast: Inbound prospects in 30 days

Inbound Marketing for Ad Agency New Business

How to speed up the process of developing inbound leads for ad agency new business. I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jake Jorgovan for this episode of his, Working Without Pants Podcast, sponsored by Outbound Creative. I share in-depth tactics to help agencies with their inbound marketing strategies. A lot of agencies have a hard time seeing new […]

8 Primary Problems for Ad Agency New Business

Problems for Ad Agency New Business

  Agencies have lots of problems when it comes to new business. Almost my entire career in advertising was spent in business development. I’ve been a consultant to advertising, digital, media and PR firms for over ten years. I’ve worked one-on-one with over 270 agencies. From my experience, new business is becoming more complex and […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

How to Fuel Ad Agency New Business With Content Marketing

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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 […]

Boring Presentation Decks Kill Ad Agency New Business

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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 […]

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 […]