I Will Help Your Advertising Agency Get Unstuck.
It’s a fact of business life that most, if not all, advertising agencies go through cycles and will eventually get stuck. I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising when it got way stuck in the mid-1990’s. It was ugly.
Stuck is very bad in a fast-paced industry like marketing communications where falling even a few months behind on your business development program and pipeline will put you way behind your competition.
What STUCK looks like:
- Not being in weekly conversations with potential clients.
- Not having an active business development plan and system.
- Not having a distinctive advertising agency brand position.
- Worse, having a distinctive positioning or business proposition that isn’t promoted.
- Not having an outbound marketing strategy.
- Not having a 24/7 inbound marketing strategy (yes, social media) that works while you sleep.
- Not having a website that sells your agency because it looks and sounds like most other agency websites. And, it wasn’t designed to actually ‘sell.’
- Not being able to solve the problem of having a revolving-door business development staff.
- Waiting and waiting and hoping and hoping that things will change.
- Worse, waiting till you lose that large client before you activate a business development program because you were too busy to think about the future.
There is more, but for the sake of sanity, I’ll stop here.
Six Weeks To Unstuck.
I ran business development at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Worldwide in New York and London; at my Portland agency and as founder and CEO of two Internet companies. I’ve marketed, pitched and won new multi-national and large regional accounts from New York to London to Korea to Kuwait to Portland Oregon where I owned my own 30-person agency. And… I wrote the how-to book on pitching and presenting.
In six weeks we will:
- Clarify Your Business Objectives. We’ll work together to determine what services you should be selling and what categories you should be targeting. Focus is a good thing. I will take a fresh look at your agency, client work, current marketing, competition and business growth opportunities to find the market gaps you should be exploiting.
- Position your agency for growth. If you have a powerful agency positioning, we’ll look at how to craft a messaging program to get the word out and make your agency ‘famous’. If you are not positioned for success, we’ll look at how to build a brand positioning that gets you attention and client interest. Read about my advertising agency positioning ideas here. It is my second most read blog post – it’s been read by over 3,500 marketers.
- Build a kick-ass, action-oriented new business marketing plan that combines savvy inbound (I have been using social media since the mid-1990’s) and outbound programs (some developed at Saatchi & Saatchi and many at my own agency). You need to use both strategies. Good news for you, most advertising agencies do not have a business development plan.
- Win more pitches. Buy my book and win more pitches. You can buy it on Amazon.
An Offer You Should Not Refuse: Let’s Talk. Today.
If you want to grow your client list faster, I urge you to take me up on my Corleone Offer. Let’s meet for fifteen minutes—just 0.25 on the timesheet— to discuss how I could help you plan for growth.
I guarantee that you will come away with at least one super smart insight that you can use immediately.
Six weeks. Really? Don’t take my word for it.
Here is an email I recently received from Sam Yadegar of L.A.’s HawkSEM. I helped him reposition his digital agency to break out from the pack and then build out high ROI marketing strategies that are yielding incoming calls from brand new high-profit clients.
Pretty crazy stuff has been going on in new business… Crazy good stuff.
I started sending paid traffic to this new landing page concept (there are 50+ each with different headlines).
It’s less than a month old, but so far we’ve won 3 new clients. The crazy part, they call in, talk to us for 10 minutes, and then say the magical words , “what are the next steps to get started“ and some of the clients are pretty legit (Insert name of very famous client company here.)
There’s a lot more to do, working on more ideas to add stuff, but I think since the “about us” video you suggested, things are a little easier.
All the new stuff I want to add has the core idea of… Every single lead that contacts me is ready/excited to work with us, not someone that needs to be warmed up and “sold”. So far so good.
But for real, and an extremely huge thank you to you; you helped me tons. The business has a new timeline, BP and AP (before Peter… After Peter) everything (including financial numbers) are stronger AP. I’ll report them to you when the year ends.
Again, thank you so much for all of the smart advice!
Best Regards, Sam
Still with me but need even more third-party reassurance?
“Rarely have I seen a more creative advertising agency strategist or manager.”
Lance Mald, Executive Creative Director North America at Avon
“I have worked with Peter many times in varied projects over the past 25 years. Peter is one of the very few strategists that can think both analytically and creatively. All his recommendations were intelligent, appropriate, creative and ultimately, very effective.”
Beau Fraser, President, The Gate Worldwide, New York
“Peter is one of a kind. I have rarely seen anyone who could cut through the clutter to deliver rational, sound business-building insights any better.”
Steve Van Tassel, CEO, Weetabix North America
Thanks for stopping by. But… don’t be shy. Let’s get down to growing your agency. 2015 is a good time to start. 2016 isn’t.