Stop Asking Your Marketing Agency for Client References

The Point

As one of the principals at a B2B marketing agency , I get asked for them frequently (though not always) by prospective new clients and, quite aside from the hassle of selecting (who have we not asked recently?), Most agencies (ours included) provide their client list online for all to see.

Infographic: Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Full-Service Demand Generation Agency

The Point

Like any “build or buy” decision, whether or not a full-service agency makes sense for your company depends on a myriad of variables – notably budget, of course – but also how the scale of your objectives balances against the breadth of available in-house resources and expertise.

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Digital Marketing Agencies – How They’re Changing

Act-On

In this episode of the Rethink Podcast, we interview Kent Lewis, the president and founder of Anvil Media, a Portland-based digital marketing agency specializing in analytics, search engine and social media marketing. In this Episode: How digital agencies have changed over last 5-10 years.

Is Technology Making Marketing Agencies Obsolete?

The Point

Over at the IDC Technology Marketing Blog , analyst Sam Melnick posted an article recently with the intriguing title: “Are Ad Agencies Keeping Pace with the Marketing’s (sic) Massive Digital Uptake? It’s not enough for agencies to simply know how to use systems like marketing automation.

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Agencies Under Pressure to be More Digital

Act-On

And increasingly, those company leaders are turning to agencies to catch up, keep up, and move ahead of their competition. Digital Work Drives Agency Growth. According to AdAge’s Agency Report 2015 , digital’s share of US agency revenue reached 40% in 2014.

Are Agencies the Future of Marketing Automation?

The Point

It’s always been obvious that agencies were a sensible channel for marketing automation vendors to pursue, but I’m beginning to wonder whether agencies might turn out to be the primary channel for such systems, excepting only direct sales to large enterprises.

You’ve Signed Your New Marketing Agency. Now What?

Act-On

Agency Whispering… Three Key Ingredients for Success. We’ve talked through how to select the right marketing agency for your business. You’ve selected your marketing agency. Every new agency relationship should be a goal-based relationship.

The Importance of Market Attribution for Agencies

ActiveDEMAND

Why Agencies Need Market Attribution. Attribution is a vital part of any digital marketing agency’s planning strategy because marketing attribution highlights which marketing efforts are working and the cost in relation to the result.

How to Select the Right Marketing Agency for Your Business

Act-On

An agency might be your answer. Increasing your reliance on an agency – even in the short term – can be a smart way to bridge the skills / organizational / technology marketing gap. How do I know which agency is MY agency? We’ve all lived through the agency pitch.

Smart Agencies are Investing in Technology

ActiveDEMAND

Investing in Technology for Smart Agencies. According to the RWS/US 2017 Outlook Survey Report, while Marketers and Agencies share a common business and often work together, their concerns about trends for 2017 differ. Smart Agencies are Investing in Technology.

Agency Focus: How Content Marketing is Changing, & How to Measure It

Act-On

Agency leaders agree. Businesses and agencies of all types and sizes are investing in content marketing. 2016 New Business Tools Annual Report from Mirren-RSW, more than 200 agency executives weighed in on the most important business tools to support and grow their businesses.

One Question to Ask When Selecting a B2B Marketing Agency

The Mx Group

Over the last 25 years, I’ve seen companies go through countless scenarios when selecting a B2B marketing agency — from detailed RFPs to chance meetings at networking events. Because the answer will reveal a great deal about how the agency approaches B2B marketing.

War and peace — managing the agency-client content marketing relationship

Tomorrow People

Stop flirting with your content marketing agency — have a loving relationship with them and get the most out of your marketing investment. An agency they can rely on during the tough times, as well as the good. An agency they can build an enduring relationship with. Marketing consultancy R3 recently put the industry average for the length of a client-agency relationship at just 3.2 Do all parties have the right knowledge to embark on an agency relationship?

Why Virtual Agencies Might Be More Creative

Hubspot

Since I recently left behind big New York agency life to focus exclusively on writing and consulting, I’m able to do that -- work by pools. Is the distributed agency, therefore, an innately more creative business model? And that’s something agencies can’t afford to ignore.

Why Publishers Are a Huge Threat to Ad Agencies

Contently

Back in the days of Mad Men , agencies were bulletproof institutions. But once the digital revolution hit a few decades ago, the traditional agency model splintered into an array of concentrated niches. Agencies like R/GA and 360i used to rely on their digital fluency to win work.

5 Mistakes That Will Bankrupt Your Agency

Hubspot

These days, agencies tend to get caught up in near-constant talk of creativity, innovation, and disruption. That’s why it’s crucial to avoid certain catastrophic mistakes agencies make every day. Even smart agency owners make some of these painful mistakes.

How to Apply Lifecycle Marketing for Your Agency Clients

Act-On

Let’s face it, agencies don’t have it easy. Each client may need a different technology configuration, and your next client might pick you over another agency for your expertise in using certain marketing technologies.

Are B2B agencies adapting quickly enough?

The B2B Research Blog

Of the 70 agencies that feature in this year’s B2B Marketing Agency League, 10 show no or negative turnover growth. So why are these agencies struggling? Three years ago 40 agencies featured in the league table, now there are 70.

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How 8 Agencies Are Building Their Brands on Snapchat

Hubspot

But does any of that matter for agencies? For agencies looking to diversify their reach and prove their digital de xterity in a competitive field, Snapchat has proven to be an unexpectedly valuable tool. 8 of the Best Agency Snapchat Accounts. Is your agency on Snapchat?

How the Best B2B Client & Agency Teams Implement Successful Marketing Campaigns

Tomorrow People

Discover 5 best practices for clients and agencies working together to implement successful B2B marketing campaigns. b2b promotional campaigns

20 Creative Agencies You Should Follow on Instagram

Hubspot

Instagram has evolved into a perfect visual platform for agencies, filled with photos of office parties, company outings, and creatives hard at work behind their Macs. A must-follow if you want a glimpse of what life is like at a top agency. 8) Agency V CPH: @agencyvcph.

Smart Agency Tips: How to Design Better Websites for Your Clients

Act-On

Agency marketers hear this all the time. Talented agency marketers embrace the opportunity to gently shepherd clients through the process of creating a great website in a way that makes them feel included, invested, and that sets reasonable expectations regarding timeframes and cost.

15 of the Coolest Agency Offices We've Ever Seen

Hubspot

To showcase how marketing and advertising agencies around the world are accommodating their teams, we've compiled a list of 15 amazing offices. 15 Examples of Cool Agency Offices. The agency's 11,000 square foot space is set up without permanent desks for employees.

Why Agencies Should be Doing More Webinars

ActiveDEMAND

Webinars Offer Agencies So Much More Than Just Lead Generation. In addition to being good for agencies, they are good for their clients. Webinars showcase what an agency or their client can do while providing value to the attendees, plus they boast a wide geographical reach.

Financial benchmarks for B2B marketing agencies

The B2B Research Blog

You may have read my recent post about B2B Marketing’s 2014 Agency League Table (if not, take a peek here ). I’ve been wading around in the raw data which underpins the League Table and in doing so have unearthed some benchmarks which agency leaders will find especially useful. The average agency turnover is £4.08 These can be used to see where your agency sits relative to the rest of the agency population. 1st 25% of agencies) turnover up to £1.3

6 Client Acquisition Tips for Agencies

Sharpspring

It was more about pitching the agency than pitching the skill set and results. We’re not in the market for a new agency to work with.” By tracking everything you do in a CRM , you’ll have the ammunition you need to say: “OK great, we’re not here to pitch an agency relationship.

Agencies Have a Morale Problem

Contently

Like most industries, the agency world is in an intense period of transition. As competition heats up from media and tech companies, and brands turn to in-house teams , agencies are being forced to evolve or die. That pressure has had detrimental effects on agency employees.

Why Consider Hiring an Outside Marketing Agency?

BOP Design

Hiring an outside B2B marketing agency comes at a cost, but can provide a significant value. In most cases, the value of working with an outside agency greatly exceeds any monthly retainer fees. Wait, hiring an outside agency means cost savings?

16 of the Most Creative Business Card Designs From Agencies

Hubspot

Whether you work at a bigwig agency or as a freelancer, your business card should make a memorable first impression. To help you out on the inspiration front, we've compiled a list of 16 top-notch business cards from agencies and designers around the world. Marketing Agency Daily

11 Ad Agencies You Need to Follow on Twitter

Hubspot

It's quite simple: You can't expect to sell the merits of your agency's social media expertise if your Twitter presence is underdeveloped or inactive. Your agency's Twitter shouldn't be a jumble of PR announcements and random links -- it should be a reflection of your agency's personality.

Why Agencies Should Abandon Advertising and Invest in Owned Media

Hubspot

Unfortunately, many enterprising agencies continue to waste money, time, and effort on traditional marketing pathways. Blue ocean opportunities abound for any agency that focuses on what consumers desire: advice, information, stories, and sometimes entertainment. Marketing Agency

8 Ways Marketing Automation Can Expand Your Search Marketing Agency

Marketing Action

Search marketing agencies are experts at generating leads, building brand awareness, and increasing sales. If you’re looking for a way to expand your agency offerings – without significant additional resources or investment – marketing automation is the key.

Have You Heard About the New Marketing and Agency Model?

Modern Marketing

A recent study by Forbes Insights and sponsored by Oracle Marketing Cloud revealed 60% of brand and agency executives say their roles and responsibilities have changed significantly over the past two years.

Why Bots Are the Next Big Frontier for Agencies

Hubspot

Marketing Agencies and Bots. The good news for savvy marketing agencies is that due to advances in natural language processing, A.I. Because of this, agencies have the right skill sets for bot development. Marketing Agency Daily

How Agencies Price Their Services, In 4 Charts

Hubspot

There's a standard market price for milk, speed boats, and even birthday clowns, but the going rate for agency services is a little more of a gray area. HubSpot Research recently conducted a survey of 782 agencies to get a better picture of how they set prices for their offerings.

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Content marketing en MaaS: 8 reasons why your content marketing agency is your new competitive advantage

Tomorrow People

How to build meaningful competitive advantage with your content marketing agency to differentiate your offering and stand out from the crowd. Work with a content marketing agency to build competitive advantage and differentiate in your industry.

Bluetext Tagged as Top 10 Naming Agency

Bluetext

Bluetext has always prided itself as one of the leading naming agencies in the U.S. Naming is, in fact, one of the more challenging elements of a brand, and the one that often stumps top branding agencies. That’s why we were so gratified to learn that Bluetext has been tagged as one of the top 10 naming agencies in the market by Clutch, the leading agency review site that provides market insight to guide business buying decisions.

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The Wild and Woolly World of Marketing Agency Names

Marketing Action

One of the best things about working for a marketing agency is that creativity is part of the job description. In a crowded industry, a little bit of creative branding can go a long way to make your agency stand out from the multitudes. It’s a veritable terrarium of amphibian agencies.

10 Ultimate All-Inclusive SEO Tools For Business Owners and Agencies

Marketing Insider Group

Many business owners and agencies understand that SEO is very important for the success of their online business Websites with the strong SEO perform well in search generate more traffic and sales.

What Does the Future Hold For Agencies and Marketers?

Modern Marketing

If the past is any indication there is change in the future for agencies and marketers. “As the changing nature of marketing impacts product development, sales and company culture, closer collaboration between brands and agencies is becoming more important than ever.”