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Category: Ad Agency New Business Challenges

nov 26

Why Do Agencies Struggle With New Business?

Why do agencies struggle with new business? A loaded question. Selling for RSW I get asked, why should we consider outsourcing our new business effort and more specifically, working with your firm? Part of that conversation will ultimately lead to how we, specifically, work with our clients, but another part speaks to why agencies struggle […]

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nov 17

6 Ways An Agency’s Pitch Can Get Picked

The following is a post I published on the blog for RSW/AgencySearch.  In addition to marketers reading it, we had a few agencies read it that felt it was helpful content for them as well.  So consequently, I decided to post it here, in the hopes of helping make your next agency’s pitch as productive […]

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nov 13

Agencies, Please, Stop Using These Terms To Describe Yourselves

Like cold water to the face, agencies need new business reminders every now and then. After 2008, agencies (and everyone else) got an unfortunate wake up call, and in terms of new business, realized there was no better time to get a lot better at it. Fast forward to today and clients are spending. That […]

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nov 07

Your Agency Services Are Not A Commodity, But They Sure Look Like It.

Your average CMO or VP of Marketing gets a lot of contact from agencies wanting to work with them. If you asked one of those CMOs or VPs of Marketing to name one of those agencies, 9 times of 10 they couldn’t do it. Because in their eyes, your agency is a commodity. What your […]

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oct 29

78% of marketers manage their own agency searches. Here’s how agencies screw up that golden opportunity

How did you acquire your latest client? For a good majority of small- and mid-size agencies, getting on the search consultancy radar is tough; however, findings from the latest RSW/US new business report show that 78% of marketers surveyed managed searches on their own. That’s good news for agencies, but it means you have to […]

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oct 17

Prospects Want Your Agency On The Cutting Edge But They Don’t Want To Be The Experiment

Some interesting words from Nissan’s marketing chief, Roel de Vries in an article from The Drum, (Why is it my job to herd all these cats’? Nissan marketing chief Roel de Vries on agency relationships) where he points to “a lack of integration within agencies as the main factor for brands failing to achieve a […]

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oct 08

Marketers Want Aggressive, Persistent ( & pleasant) Follow-up

After the first meeting with a new prospect, what do you do? This is a question born out of our recent RSW/US Agency – Marketer Business Report in which 53% of marketers related that agencies are not sufficiently aggressive following up after a meeting. Getting a meeting with a new prospect can be an adrenaline-charged […]

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oct 03

Creating Lasting, Productive Partnerships Between Agencies & Marketers

In this video interview, RSW/US Owner and President Mark Sneider taps into his 25 years of experience working with agencies and marketers—and working in agencies and as a marketer—to discuss why marketer-agency relationships fail. He shares survey data gathered from our most recent new business survey report to explain what marketers (and agencies) can do […]

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oct 01

Your 2015 Planning-Is New Business Part Of It? 5 Questions To Ask Your Team

Now is that time of year-you’re thinking about 2015 and knee-deep in planning for the new year. Agency new business is typically part of that plan (if not, it should be!) and certain questions come to the forefront-should we keep it internal or outsource, should this be the year we actively create and incorporate content […]

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sep 26

Agency New Business-You Need More Than Just A Hunter

The search for an effective new business director is one tough position to fill at marketing services firms. (No Sh*t Lee.) Yes, it’s hard because finding an individual who can sell agency services well is simply a difficult task. (It’s also hard to keep them: What’s the Most Dangerous Job at an Agency?) But what […]

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