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 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 […]

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 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 […]

Boring Presentation Decks Kill Ad Agency New Business

Keynote presentation for 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Business Development is the Most Precarious Job in Advertising

ad agency new business is tough

  The role of the agency new business executive is the riskiest position due a dramatic change in the way business is acquired and the skills rainmakers need to make it happen. 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 […]

What Is Your Lead Generation Process for Ad Agency New Business?

ad agency new business pipeline

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 […]

Planning for Ad Agency New Business

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 […]

Build a Community for Ad Agency New Business

Building an engaged online community should NOW be a core responsibility of business development. The battle for new business has moved online which makes community development indispensable in marketing your agency online. Knowing how to build an online community has become an important skill-set for those charged with agency new business. Community development comes before business development.  How to Build an Online […]