How To Know When You Need A New Advertising Agency

Even though many of us don’t own or run our own businesses, we know that times can be pretty rough in the business world. In order to stand out and compete, businesses will take on the services of an advertising agency so that while the business focuses on having a solid product or service to offer, the advertising agency can focus on making the business a consumer juggernaut.

In practice, this sounds great. In fact, the argument can be made that this is the way to go for businesses looking to stay ahead of the game versus their competition. Far more often than you’d think, businesses will try to take on advertising internally, figuring that no one knows their business better than they do. The problem with this is that at some point, you’re too close and drawing conclusions on advertising strategy is being done based on emotion rather than analysis & assessment. In the same way you can’t really tickle yourself, it’s hard to handle your own advertising.

But, sometimes the job isn’t getting the job done. What was once an exciting partnership isn’t quite as productive, and you wonder what the future holds. Moreover, you hope you see the signs of decline before it starts affecting your bottom line.

How can you tell it’s time for a new advertising agency? Well, that be harder than you think. Here are a few tell-tale signs it’s time to part ways:

You Encounter Nothing But “Yes” Men – A business owner may find the idea of uniform agreement pretty nice simply because it makes you feel as though you’ve got all of the answers. The problem is that an advertising agency needs to be able to challenge their client to think differently.

You Lose Track of the Numbers – How advertising dollars are spent weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly helps a business know where they stand financially, where they need to re-group, and how best to move forward. Transparency is key, but if an advertising agency isn’t keeping communication about these numbers open, the business who hired them is flying blind.

Your Advertising Agency is Missing in Action – When things are new & exciting, the advertising agency you hired for your business is maintaining regularly scheduled communication, providing a breakdown of all that is happening with your account. Over time, though, the communication becomes less frequent, and the business starts feeling left out and less important. Tension can fester, making subsequent meetings with the agency feel forced and uncomfortable. Both sides may dread appointments. It’s time for a change.

The one thing businesses need to keep in mind when working with an advertising agency is that in order for plans and strategies to play out, it takes time. Each side plays their part in achieving goals & milestones along the way. However, keep in mind that an advertising agency works for your business, and if they aren’t cutting it anymore, you have to find an agency that will.

The Austrian Oak’s Brilliant Positioning Secret

People think that Arnold was the luckiest bastard alive especially considering his “subpar,” acting in his earlier movies and somehow he became famous overnight.

But that’s not the case at all.

His first movie was Hercules in New York and that movie was horrible but I digress.

Let’s get to it.

Arnold moved to the US in 1968, couldn’t speak a lick of English, became a world champion bodybuilder and then an iconic movie star.

But yet what people don’t know is that when Arnold landed his first movie role he was already damn successful.

He had a brilliant mind for business that no one could match.

When he was 21 Arnold started his first business in the Hollywood Hills.

He noticed a demand for bricklayers around the high-end homes and also noticed the “keeping up with the Jones,” mentality.

He formed his own bricklaying company with his bodybuilding friends and demand for his company skyrocketed.

His business wasn’t much different from the other bricklaying companies around YET they couldn’t get the same high paying gigs that Arnold got.

And that brings me to ANOTHER point…
… Arnold charged MORE for his bricklaying services and people PAID for them.

There was nothing special about what Arnold’s business. They did the exact same work as other bricklaying businesses…
… YET..

HE STILL CHARGED MORE.

AND…
… PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO PAY!

Why?

Why did Arnold get more business than the other bricklaying companies? He wasn’t known among the other bricklayers.

Why was he able to charge more?

The answer…
..Positioning.

Positioning allows ANY business the ability to compete in an evergreen cut throat market.

Now more than ever as more and more businesses pop up, having a damn good position is more important than ever.

It’s no longer enough to just launch a product and hope for the best.

Right now if you are a business owner, you aren’t thinking about positioning but you’re about your competitors sweeping in like a thief in the night and stealing away your business.

So here’s a quick easy way to establish a fast Position in your market..

STAND OUT.

Arnold’s Bricklaying business stood out because he positioned the business as a European Bricklaying Company.

But it wasn’t just how he positioned his company as a European Bricklayers, he hired his bodybuilding friends. Now imagine a group of large muscle bound men laying bricks in and around the neighborhood. That’s an image that stands out!

HIGH PRICES.

People believe that high prices means HIGH VALUE(including yours truly.) Depending on the market and your product you can charge a higher price.

In Arnold’s position he could have charged whatever he wanted and people would have still paid for it.

He worked around the Hollywood Hills area and we all know how slick and rich that place is.

Arnold KNEW the market around that area and knew that people would be willing to pay for a European Bricklaying Company.

Even if Arnold couldn’t become an action star he had he business chops and know how to fall back on.

He’s said it in the past that he probably would have built several multi million dollar companies if he wasn’t acting.

Prospecting Made Easy

Today’s message is very short and sweet… well maybe not so sweet but short for sure… and hopefully helpful to you.

We’ve all felt the frustrations of trying to get good clients. Heck, trying to get new clients period can be a real challenge.

So today I wanted to share a few ideas that have worked for me…

Start by making a list of who you’d like to work with. Think: “Who’s my perfect prospect?” If you could hand pick any client, who’d that be?

This could be connections from a past job, or business associates that you know and who like and trust you or a vendor who you’ve done business with in the past. As a last resort you could put together a “cold list” of prospects.

Study that target market intensely and find out what problems they’re dealing with today, who are they (male, female), how old they are, what magazines they read etc.

Learn all you can about your perfect prospect and the marketplace in general. This is a critical step. This is very important step and should done before you start your marketing message. I know that I’ve talked about this many times, but it’s super important.

Once you have a target group in mind, create a mailing list. You’re going to be sending them numerous messages, offers, and various messages over and over until they become clients, so I suggest that you put these names in a program like Excel so you can keep up with them easily.

Study the competition and learn what they’re doing what offers they’re sending out, go to their websites, landing pages, and direct mail etc. This way you can position your business uniquely.

Once you feel you have enough “intel”, create a lead generation letter and send it to your prospect list.

It’s going to take more than one letter. I like using a letter series sent over a couple of weeks. Sure, you can sometimes close the deal on a single letter but it’s very unlikely. The power in direct mail is by mailing several letters not just one.

So, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a response on the first letter you sent. This is typical. Again, the power of a letter series goes a long way to landing that client.

You got to remember, people are busy, they are preoccupied, and flooded with lots of distractions, junk mail, and advertising messages in today’s super-busy world.

Lastly, I encourage you to study the masters. Learn all you can about your craft. If you can afford a mentor, then by all means hire one. A good mentor will save you tons of money, time and frustrations. It’s as good as money in the bank… provided you follow through and act on what you’ve learned.