Agency New Business Prospect Volume-What’s The Magic Formula?

Agency New Business Prospect Volume-What’s The Magic Formula

I was on a call with a few agency principals and the subject of prospect/list volume came up. They were in the position of having an abundance of work with one (large) client, a very smart, talented mid-size agency, and wanted to be selective about what they went after. I mean, really selective, like potentially…
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The Agency New Business Component You Can’t Gloss Over

The Agency New Business Component You Can't Gloss Over

Geoffrey James of Inc. wrote a post on sales development, 6 Steps for Developing Sales Opportunities and he makes a good initial point (with a caveat I’ll add below): Salespeople similarly expend a huge amount of thought and energy on closing deals that turn those sales leads into real, live paying customers. Ironically, the beginning…
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Phone-o-phobia: Fear of Rejection in Agency New Business

Fear of the phone

“NO” stings. A recent Wall Street Journal post offering a CEO’s recommendations for dealing with rejection brought my thoughts to remarks people make when they hear about my work. “Oh!” they say.  “Where do you get the courage to pick up the phone and call people you’ve never met before and try to sell them…
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The Back Half Of The Year Is Here-Is Your Agency Ready? A checklist.

The Back Half Of The Year Is Here-Is Your Agency Ready A checklist 2

Believe it or not, the back half of the year is here. The smart agencies will be prepared with a new business plan, especially as your prospects start their planning several months from now. Too many agencies, using the old adage, don’t see the forest for the trees.  Their new business focus is on appointments,…
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Looking At Your Competition Like Looking In The Mirror?

Looking At Your Competition Like Looking In The Mirror

It’s always annoying when you see the click-bait “Death of” or ‘Is X Dead” headline regarding a platform or service, so I was pleasantly surprised with Twitter’s Death Warmed Over in the MediaPost. The author does a nice job of pointing out what Twitter is, and isn’t, in its current state of existence, kicking things…
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Straight From the Marketing Prospect’s Mouth


Agency New Business is tough business. Many agencies make it harder than it should be by doing it the wrong way when reaching out to a marketing prospect.  As an example, you can have the greatest sales person in the world, but if they don’t understand your agency, or they pound and pound and pound,…
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Best of the Worst Agency Searches

Best of the wurst

Having now managed over 30 searches for brands like Mariano’s, Mercy Health, Jack-in-the-Box, Duck Tape, Mizkan Foods, Cayman Islands, and Motorola, we haven’t seen it all…but we’ve seen quite a bit. Here are some of the “best of the worst” of agency searches – and some pointers for agencies if they’re listening/watching/reading this post! In…
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Agency New Business-No Prospect Left Behind!

Agency New Business-No Prospect Left Behind

One tenet we abide by at RSW/US= No prospect is ever “dead”. But I heard that put in a better way this week: No prospect left behind. So I’m sticking with that from now on. What does that mean to your agency new business effort? Two stats I’ve used in the past that I’ll revisit…
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