Agencies: Have you Checked Your Client Alignment Recently?

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The quality of alignment between Agencies and their clients is a theme that resonates through the RSW/US 2016 New Year Outlook Survey. Based on “troubling trends” that respondents from both the agency and marketing side of the industry offered, the quality of their alignment seems to be suffering. Just one example of this appears in…
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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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Mark O’Brien of Newfangled: No Silver Bullets for Agency New Business

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I’m delighted to introduce a guest post from Mark O’Brien, the CEO of Newfangled. Newfangled empowers agencies to generate ideal new business opportunities through creating and nurturing digital marketing systems and habits that have a measurable impact on their bottom line. Mark is the author of “A Website That Works: How Marketing Agencies Can Create…
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Unfiltered Marketer Responses You Should Read-Most Troubling Agency Trends

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My favorite part of our annual survey reports are the addendums. We get unvarnished, raw feedback from agencies and marketers that you don’t typically get to read or hear. I highly recommend you take a look at the addendum in our 2016 New Year Outlook Survey Report. It features unedited answers to a question we…
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New Year Outlook Survey: A Flip-Flop in Agency-Marketer Forecasts

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A distinct flip-flop in Agency-Marketer forecasts appeared in the New Year Outlook Survey we recently completed. Since 2011, in each annual RSW/US New Year Outlook Survey, we have asked these two questions: Of Marketers: Thinking about the year ahead, how do you anticipate your marketing spending (across the board) will change, if at all (in comparison…
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