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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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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Your New Business Proposal: Feel Like All Your Shots Are Blocked? (Part I)

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As if rejection isn’t bad enough, this is the first of a two-part series on the topic. This Harvard Business Review article, 5 Reasons Good Deals Get Rejected, refers to situations outside the realm of the agency new business proposal specifically, but the reasons DO apply. The article does a great job describing the “why”…
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Getting Past Gatekeepers – Stark Statistics for New Sales People

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  First, the technicality: it was a bridge keeper that Sir Lancelot faced in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Yet, this is a scene that has come to mind more than once over my career as I’ve worked on getting past gatekeepers. Granted I never met any who required me to provide the correct answer…
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There Will Never Be A Perfect CRM For Agency New Business-So Stop Waiting For It

There Will Never Be A Perfect CRM For Agency New Business-So Stop Waiting For It

I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the Mirren 2016 New Business Conference in NYC titled New Business Tools & Productivity Hacks, with Matt Chollett from AgencySquared, Ryan Barry from ZappiStore and Dave Currie from Winmo. The structure of the panel came from our report, RSW/US-Mirren Agency New Business Tools-2016 and we focused…
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Holding Company Problems (They Have To Restructure)-Use Them To your Advantage

Holding Company Problems (They Have To Restructure)-Use Them To your Advantage-2

Per Adweek, Publicis Groupe CEO and chairman Maurice Lévy spoke at the 4A’s Transformation conference and said, amongst other things: “I am convinced that existing ways of agencies and particularly holding companies have to come to an end,” Lévy said. “We must invent new strategies and new ways of doing business.” And Adweek further explained: in…
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Peter Caputa IV of HubSpot: Differentiate and Articulate – Emphatically

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The importance of differentiated agency positioning comes through from yet another of the 2016 RSW/US Thought Leader Survey panelists, Peter Caputa IV. Peter is a Vice President of Sales at HubSpot, where he oversaw HubSpot’s global agency partner program from inception in 2009 to 40% of HubSpot’s new business and 2900 agency partners by the…
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Be an Animal with Analytics

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Back in the day, analytics were something that agencies shied away from. Agencies didn’t like testing their creative work because they loved and lived and died by their creative. And marketers put very little pressure on their agency counterparts to prove out the value of what they were doing. This was even true at the…
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