An agency principal asked me a really interesting question recently: Would you ever hire a telemarketing firm? Obviously, I had to set aside the fact that we’re a new business development firm and he meant of course, if I were in his place. I’d never been asked it before.  In our 13 years of business, […]

As we were developing the Ups and Downs of Agency New Business infographic, a colleague here at RSW/US who is a New Business Director, shared a “down” that relates closely to “Level 4” of the infographic: Manage the Meeting. This experience happened about five years ago, but was so painful, the memory still haunts. The […]

  Seasonal habits die hard.  It just feels like agency new business planning should be in the air! Years ago, as a Consumer Marketing Manager for top household cleaning products, spring brought flowers, birds returning from winter homes, and the hatching of the business planning process for the upcoming calendar year. It’s highly likely that the […]

You use it don’t you? You probably just used it. Take the word “just” out of your new business vocabulary now and your outreach will improve for it. It seems harmless and it’s ubiquitous, but it can undermine your efforts. I’ve found myself doing it and it wasn’t until a recent agency client brought up […]

The numbers are enough to make you howl.  Our recent survey shows: 59% of Marketers told us they have been consolidating agencies recently. 63% indicated they expected this trend to continue. At the same time, 88% of agencies say they are getting more aggressive with new business strategies. Accordingly, 79% of Agencies indicate the industry […]

On a regular basis, we survey Marketers individually for input that establishes benchmarks on how their current agency is performing. One of the questions asks Marketers to assess the ability their agency exhibits in keeping pace with the evolution of digital marketing.   With only 47% of Marketers saying their agency is ahead of the “digital […]

  Tenacious.  Competitive. These are just a couple of words to describe the Badger, one of the animals highlighted in our Infographic, 8 Animal Traits You Need to Future-Proof your Agency. It’s fairly obvious that these are traits an Agency needs to possess for success.  But yet another trait of the Badger is very relevant […]

Two recent posts have addressed the importance of managing the introductory meeting process with new prospective clients, from pre-meeting planning and strategy, to managing the meeting itself. Following the meeting, the work is likely to continue. In Our “Check the Boxes – Getting to Close” webinar  (or slides) for agency new business, we related that […]

Our e-book, 10 Agency New Business Questions, features interviews with five agency executives who have responsibility for new business within their firms. What is interesting is that each new business leader takes a slightly different approach and succeeds. Variables include inbound and outbound emphasis, channels for delivering thought leadership, even who within their respective firms […]