4 New Business Development Techniques That Will Never Work

4 New Business Development Techniques That Will Never Work

Newsflash: selling is tough and agency new business can be even tougher. Our new business directors operate on principles of polite persistence, consistency and reaching out with value. We strive to avoid overly aggressive reach-outs, generic messaging and the crappy tricks we see some salespeople use. And speaking of those crappy tricks, here are a…
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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

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Some things never change in agency new business development.  Like the daily “battle”, we fight trying to prove out to marketing agencies that we aren’t just another one of those hundreds of other lead generation firms with fancy names emailing agencies about how they can help them win it all. We have a number of…
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Your Agency New Business Report Card-You’re Going To Summer School

Your Agency New Business Report Card-You’re Going To Summer School

I talked about my recent inclusion in the latest HubSpot agency survey report and the risk of relying on referrals in this post. There’s some good information on pricing, rates and hiring in the report, and also an interesting section on new business. And if the key stats from that section (below) represented a new…
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Avoid Grave Missteps in New Business Development

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With the release of the new RSW/US infographic, Ups and Downs of Agency New Business, last week’s post told the story of a down: a “horror story” about a new business development prospect opportunity that went from hot to cold, seemingly at the click of the “Send” icon. Thinking they were being efficient, the agency sent…
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The Risky Business of Relying on Referrals

The Agency Pricing & Financials Report

I was pleased to be included in the latest HubSpot survey report, The Agency Pricing & Financials Report. New business is covered (with interesting results) but the bulk covers pricing, rates, and hiring, some great info for agency principals. And specifically in regards to new business, Jami Oetting, a section editor for HubSpot’s Blog, was kind enough to ask…
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Haunting. A Horror Story in New Business Development

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As we were developing the Ups and Downs of Agency New Business infographic, a colleague here at RSW/US who is a New Business Director, shared a “down” that relates closely to “Level 4” of the infographic: Manage the Meeting. This experience happened about five years ago, but was so painful, the memory still haunts. The…
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New Business Development “Summer Slump” … Feeling lonely as a Mars Rover?

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How has new business development prospecting been going this month? Are you on a brisk-as-a-crisp-fall-day kind of pace?   Or does it feel a little lonely out there? Are you bringing in new clients faster than rabbits seem to multiply in the spring?   Or does it seem like no one’s home? Honestly, is there REALLY a…
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Marketing Evolution…or Revolution? Burning Questions for New Business Development

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Advertising and marketing industry changes bear fresh opportunities for new business development; they also bring fresh challenges! The pace of industry change exceeds “evolution”.  Considering only  the explosive growth in marketing technology – and budgets associated with it – “revolution” could be a more accurate description. A recent MarketingCharts post gives us a peek at what Marketers…
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Your New Business Proposal: Feel Like All Your Shots Are Blocked? (Part II)

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Two weeks ago we presented Part I of a two-part series about why a good new business proposal may be rejected. The post was based on the Harvard Business Review article, 5 Reasons Good Deals Get Rejected. In Part I, we addressed the first three possible reasons why even a terrific new business proposal maybe declined: You…
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Ad Agency New Business-Are You Getting A Little Too Comfortable?

Ad Agency New Business Are You Getting A Little Too Comfortable

Agencies tend to push an active new business strategy to the side until something wakes them up.  That “something” generally tends not to be good. Then there are those agencies who get it, and they find a way to keep new business active, and while that’s to be commended, even these agencies tend to overlook…
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