Michael Gass of Fuel Lines: Fish Away from the Boat

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Our 2016 Thought Leader Survey presented questions from six industry Thought Leaders about current developments and trends in the industry. Although each panelist presented different questions for the survey, a common thread across many of them centered on the need for an agency to have a strongly differentiated positioning. In addition to the survey questions,…
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You’d Love To Meet Your Prospects, They Get It-Now Stop Saying It

You’d Love To Meet Your Prospects, They Get It-Now Stop Saying It

In a recent client kickoff with an agency client, one of the principals said, “You know I get so many sales calls and emails and in the majority of them, they end with “we’d love to set some time to meet, we’d love to introduce ourselves, we’d love to. . . .something.” She went on to…
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Have I Got a Project for You!

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To project or not to project? That is the question. Turn the clock back to 2005 when I started RSW/US and agencies could be much more discriminating. They didn’t have to accept project work, they could be more selective relative to their client base, and if you were a big networked agency, you could dismiss…
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Blair Enns of Win Without Pitching: The Only New Business Indicator That Matters

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Our 2016 Thought Leader Survey presented questions from six industry Thought Leaders about current developments and trends in the industry.  Each panelist also offered a piece of agency new business advice. Blair Enns, founder of Win Without Pitching is one of the Thought Leader panelists.   Win Without Pitching is a sales and marketing training…
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WHO You Know?… WHAT You Know?

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Marketers must feel like they live under a waterfall with the steady volume of agency new business contacts they receive each week.  We DO talk with a lot of them every day, and a common refrain we hear is some variation of: “Do you know how many (fill in the blank: calls, emails, letters, etc.)…
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Analysis says:  Be Relentless for Agency New Business

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And Persistent.      Okay.  I said it.  AGAIN. We do talk about polite persistence a lot at RSW/US.  Actually, we do more than TALK about it, we practice it.   But if you’re a bit weary of us talking about being “politely persistent” in pursuit of new business prospects for clients, we could call…
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A 10 Year Anniversary Reflection: Three Words of Wisdom I Live By

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There are three words of wisdom I live by and have impressed upon our team since the start of the business 10 years ago (11/11/2005). Add value Continuously re-invent Stay true to your core Actually there’s a fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh that are more important than any of these three: Be nice, respectful, thankful,…
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Is Silence the Sound of Influence?

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INFLUENCE.   In agency new business – where facing prospects who hold the decision making power that can potentially carry your firm to new heights – influence is a coveted ability. At every phase of the new business development process, building credibility and influence is vital. It’s quite an art to accomplish this pleasantly and…
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What’s Your Agency’s Bumper Sticker?

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Ever put a bumper sticker on your car? I have – usually during political election seasons. Bumper stickers typically very clearly and very succinctly articulate an idea or a position. If you had to create a bumper sticker for your agency, what would it say? How would it define your point of difference in a…
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