New Business Tool Kit

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Agency Search Agreements

Best practice guidance on new business agreements with client prospects.

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Own Your New Biz Artifacts

The 4A’s recommends that agencies preserve ownership of new business-search ideas, plans and work product.

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New Business Questionnaire

A recommended guideline for agencies when evaluating participation in an agency search.

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New Business Pitch Tips

Nine tips to improve your new business pitch process.

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New Business – All Materials

Agency search consultants provide “One Piece of Advice” for agencies (2020) |

The 4A’s asked industry-leading agency search consultants to provide “One Piece of Advice” that we could share with 4A’s members as they begin thinking about their 2020 new business plans.

R3 New Business League Global and US- November, 2019

The excel document, available only to 4A’s Members, includes detail related to identified wins, including the incumbent agency and the new successful agency.

Published: September 2019

New Year Outlook | 2020 Survey Report |

RSW/US highlights marketing trends, challenges, and predictions based on a survey of both marketers and agencies.

R3 New Business League Global and US- October, 2019

The excel document, available only to 4A’s Members, includes detail related to identified wins, including the incumbent agency and the new successful agency.

Published: September 2019

Agency Search Consultants List

The 4A’s is pleased to provide its list of Agency Search Consultants. This list is updated on a regular basis.

Positioning is the Foundation for Ad Agency New Business |

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Does your agency have a position?  Michael Gass of Fuel Lines explores why agencies should undergo the difficult task of positioning.  Benefits include allowing your agency to stand out from your competitors.

Perspective on the Agency New Business Environment |

RSW/US surveyed agency leaders to learn about their new business efforts, including team structure, tools used, top challenges, and more.

Webinar: Dave Beals, JLB+P – “Agency Search Trends, Issues” |

This presentation was delivered to the 4A’s Central Region New Business Committee on November 6th, 2019 by Dave Beals of JLB+P.   Download the presentation here: JLB+P 4A’s Presentation Nov. 2019    

Webinar: New Business 2019: What’s Going On? What’s Working? |

This presentation was delivered to the 4A’s Southern Region New Business Committee on October 23, 2019 by Michael Palma of The Palma Group.   Download the presentation here    

4A’s Releases 2019 New Business Activity and Resources Survey Report |

The 4A’s 2019 New Business Activity and Resources Survey Report provides members with relevant new business-related benchmarks and information, in aggregate and broken down into four categories by agency size as defined by number of employees.  The information is also broken down by Retainer/Ongoing Relationship (AOR) Reviews vs. Project-Based Reviews.  The reported data reflects 2018 […]

R3 New Business League Global and US- September, 2019

The excel document, available only to 4A’s Members, includes detail related to identified wins, including the incumbent agency and the new successful agency.

Published: September 2019

Reform Your Language, Transform Your Firm |

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Tim Williams of Ignition Consulting group offers advice on how a change in vocabulary can lead to the development of more collaborative partnerships.

Webinar: The Top Ten Things I’ve Learned In Thirty Years Of New Business Fun |

This presentation was delivered to the 4A’s Southern Region New Business Committee on June 4, 2019 by Diane Fannon of The Richards Group.

Webinar: Stop Negotiating – it doesn’t work |

This presentation, originally delivered to the 4A’s National Large & SAMS New Business Committee on July 31, 2019, by Brett Colbert of Colbert Group Consulting, was re-recorded by Brett Colbert on August 22, 2019.

R3 New Business League Global and US- August, 2019

The excel document, available only to 4A’s Members, includes detail related to identified wins, including the incumbent agency and the new successful agency.

Published: August 2019

Kick-start Your Online Leads |

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Social proof, public speaking, and calls-to-action are three of the 7 Helps for Consistent Online Leads for Ad Agency New Business offered by Michael Gass of Fuel Lines.

R3 New Business League Global and US- June, 2019

The excel document, available only to 4A’s Members, includes detail related to identified wins, including the incumbent agency and the new successful agency.

Published: June 2019

Fuel Lines |

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View Fuel Lines, a blog by Michael Gass, for ideas on the use of social media, content, and inbound marketing strategies to fuel agency new business.

The Post-Pitch Follow Up |

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Peter Levitan explains why once you’re connected, you should stay in touch and follow up with your future client.

R3 New Biz League Global and US – July 2019 |

The excel document, available only to 4A’s Members, includes detail related to identified wins, including the incumbent agency and the new successful agency. Published: June 2019

Streamlined Strategy for New Business |

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With “tidying up” Marie Kondo style all the rage, learn how to apply these same principles to your new business strategy with advice from Tim Williams of Ignition Consulting Group.

Webinar: Perspectives on New Business and Client Relationships |

This presentation was delivered to the 4A’s Central Region New Business Committee on June 13, 2019 by Deb Giampoli of Stone Soup Consultants.

CMO Average Tenure Decreases to 43 Months

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Spencer Stuart’s annual CMO Tenure Study finds that the average tenure for chief marketing officers is decreasing.

Webinar: Our World in Transformation – What does it mean for growth? |

This presentation was delivered to the 4A’s Western Region New Business Committee on June 5, 2019 by Catherine Bension of SRI.