Category Archives: new business agency

The Reluctant Consultant

I love the phrase ‘The Reluctant Consultant.’ Let me explain what it means to me. To begin with we need to look at the word ‘Consultant’ – what’s one of them? It seems like everyone is a Consultant of some … Continue reading

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Do ‘they’ even need new business people?

Death of the salesman? It is amazing the amount of things you can buy today without meeting a sales rep / new business person. I bought conveyancing online and it was great and it was dead cheap.  I bought it … Continue reading

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Column Thinking v BANTs

Column Thinking – is a lead qualifying tool. A way of thinking really, to determine whether you are likely to win a piece of new business or not.   You’re attempting to imagine what the buyer is most likely doing behind … Continue reading

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You need an edge in new business.

This is a response to an article I recently read in PR Week – see here My point is you’ll never understand selling unless you understand buying.  How people buy (creative  services) is where you should take the majority of … Continue reading

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The 9 most populars arguments for setting KPIs deconstructed

This is an updated blog post from June 2013.  I love it so much for its clarity. I thought it well worth an update for 2015. I actually have a really fond memory of meeting an MD in 2013 and … Continue reading

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The Wason Task and new business

Psychologists or Behavioural Economists as they now like to be called have used a logic task called the Wason Selection Task as a measure of people’s reasoning powers. It is one of those pesky little tests that ‘they’ use to prove we are not … Continue reading

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How expensive is lead generation? Stop beavering around.

I recently met up with an agency head.  We’d met before, when he was looking for help with lead generation. Alas we didn’t win his business then.  All water under the bridge. However, he did tell me what had happened … Continue reading

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Why we should still diagnose before we prescribe.

 (Clip features – Mahan Khalsa – Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play: Transforming the Buyer/Seller Relationship) How do people make decisions? Okay, how do we make business decisions ? Okay, how do you get a marketer to choose your agency? It’s not a … Continue reading

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New Business / Splitting the Atom

Do you know how physicists split an atom? No, me neither,  That is why I have wisely used that analogy to talk about how agencies can find more clients. Of all the hundreds of agencies that I have worked with over the … Continue reading

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Can you reason someone out of their beliefs?

Sam Harris makes an interesting point here – that people often prefer to change their mind in private. Rather than do it when they are face to face with you. This should be interesting to new business people.  If you are face … Continue reading

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