The strategist Matt Kendall has written about his view of the agency of the future. And it’s not an agency, he argues.
Pitch Perfect and the Elevator Pitch
I’ve never bought into the elevator pitch.
We don’t have elevators in the UK, we’ve got lifts. And we stare at our Starbucks coffee or the ground – lest we make accidental eye contact. And, most importantly, if you’ve got just a minute talk, then I’ll talk about the weather and leave matters of state be discussed in a more appropriate fashion.
Rules for upping your presentation skills
Presenting skills come naturally or not, to presenters. Some relish the opportunity – as I do – and these are ten tips to up your game.
Nurturing your black book network
Years ago, I became aware of an individual – a mid-level executive – who joined or was recruited (dependent on your angle) because of their Black Book contacts. Somehow, someone believed them. The situation that resulted is somewhat obvious. It all fell apart and turned nasty. And for everyone involved.
Bright future for agencies, just not as we know them today
I’m always interesting in (and share relevant) articles on the nature and make-up of the agency of the future. Cited in this article is what marketers seek from agencies and in summary:
A new research report out is showing that “52% of companies worldwide will increase marketing spend this year, an 11% drop from last year’s high”. 52% of companies globally will increase overall marketing spend this year, compared to 63% last year.
The Ad Agency of the future is coming, are you ready?
The ad agency of the future must “[meet] clients’ needs [which] have changed. They must manage marketing across devices and serve customized ads to specific audiences based on real-time analysis of constantly changing data. That data must inform creative, CRM and media buying strategies tied to new commerce and brand experiences. At the nexus of this confusing and continually evolving mashup of business operations and marketing are clients, who need a partner”
Expanding your LinkedIn influence
I’m an advocate of LinkedIn – it is the business network of choice. Expanding your network sometimes requires hints.
Stop managing your pipeline and start managing your people
Andrew Adams talks about “… most companies spend[ing] too much time, money and energy on measuring and managing the pipeline rather than managing and improving the quality of leads that go into – and ultimately come out of – the pipeline” – a really valid point.
Having also making the point that “… the pipeline is a vital part of the sales process, it is also where the most fundamental mistake is made” it is always interesting to understand where a business places focus.
The seven dimensions of pitching – which ones do you recognise?
The 7 dimensions of pitching identifies:
- The Consultant
- The Persuader
- The Adapter
- The Stonewall
- The Educator
- The Partner
- The Columbo
From owning your car to using a taxi, the ‘As a Service’ model
If the ‘As a Service’ model was a motor vehicle, from owned to a taxi, this explains the owner/user relationship.
A Marketingprofs article on why client/agency relationships and communications breaks down lists five reasons:
- There’s little trust
- There’s no unity
- No one is on the same page
- Discussions about money get fuzzy
- Everyone wants smooth sailing
6 communication blunders to avoid
If there are 6 communication blunders to avoid, this lists them in an article I read.
The full #typed note is here …
Scott Brothers of Oncam sees empathy as a vital trait. And he uses it within the context his business on a daily basis.
If the new business food chain is composed of cold email, no response, follow-up email, no response, failed cold call then what are some tactics that can interrupt this?
Some initial considerations:
Who can we find through research that is likely be best candidate for a decision maker?
Whomever, they will be receiving up to 100 cold email per day so they won’t be likely respond
We can’t track if they read the email
The follow-up is then another email or a cold call