Seemingly a constant topic of agency new business discussion, the in-house agency looks to be losing its luster. Granted, it’s only one report, but in a survey of marketers by the ANA, 63% report challenges around keeping in-house agency talent energized. Rejoice!  You no longer have to worry! All kidding aside, I mentioned in a […]

We’re excited to partner with Mirren again this year to release the RSWUS-Mirren 2017 Agency New Business Tools Report. Thank you to all of you who participated, we had a solid turnout of 400 agencies this year. You can download it at no cost here! We’re consistently told by agencies that this report holds up as a […]

  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. Best-selling author and consultant, Jay Baer is one of the contributors to the survey.  Jay’s blog, Convince and Convert, is the #1 content […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It was back in 2012 that I first experienced Hubspot’s Inbound conference. I was asked to speak on topics related to agency – marketer relationships. In 2012, I remember thinking “holy cow…this is like a revival…everybody is drinking the kool-aid!”   Thousands of marketers and agencies hanging on the edge of everything told to them about […]

This past week Tony Mikes, the founder of Second Wind, passed away after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. In 1988, after many years as an agency owner, Tony founded Second Wind: his self-professed “second life.” Tony felt strongly that smaller agencies needed resources and information designed to help them build better agencies and it […]

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 […]

Last year, we asked Peter Caputa, VP of Sales at HubSpot, if he might provide some perspective around what was then, our most recent survey, The RSW/US-Mirren 2014 New Business Tools Report, and Peter was kind of enough to pen a guest post for us. Peter’s post corresponds to one of the chapters in our […]