Category: Strategic Planning

What’s the difference between a Product & a Brand?

  Over the years, I’ve consistently been asked this question by most entry level marketers, entrepreneurs, startups, small and mid size business owners, product managers or even advertising trainees for years. And, I’m still being asked this question! So, I thought I should write an article to layout how I …

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Why Advertising Agencies must create Powerful Business & Marketing Plans

One of the first things I have always done, for both my own new clients or the Agencies for whom I have worked, was to start creating high impact Business and Marketing Plans for them. Although I have been in the Advertising, Digital, PR and Direct space for over 30 …

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Secret Tips of responding to RFIs & RFPs

Before I kick off with some of the tips and secrets of how I have been responding to Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposals (RFP)  I’d like to start with my definition of both, so we can all start on the ‘same page’. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and …

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WHY CHEMISTRY MATTERS WITH WINNING NEW BUSINESS

For the past 25 years, I have always studied, fixated and tried to better understand how to win more new business, win new clients, grow my business and improve my ‘batting average’ for pitching and winning every brand or new account that I pitch for whether in San Francisco, Sydney …

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8 NEGOTIATION TACTICS THAT WON ME THE BEST DEALS WITH CLIENTS

I thought I would share one of my favorite, but rarely discussed topics in the news, media and with other senior Advertising and Marketing leaders today. In fact, I thought I would outline some of the key findings that have been responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising …

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AGENCY REMUNERATION, AGENCY RETAINER OR BILLABLE HOURS ?

I thought I would address a quick question, I get asked each and every week by brands or clients looking to understand how to work with a Brand Agency, Digital Agency or even a PR Company. They want to understand in how do I get more ‘bang for my bucks’ ? …

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WHY A GROWTH MINDSET IS CRITICAL TO WIN NEW BUSINESS

Over the years I have always found if you are dedicated, focused and have clarity on winning business and growing, in areas like: improving motivation, innovation, or productivity, your mindset  must always be certain, reachable and obtainable.  I have also found that before you chase your dreams and goals, it’s critical …

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HOW TO BUILD TRUST & INFLUENCE WITH YOUR CLIENTS

One thing I have learned over the past 25 years in marketing, advertising and communications is, nothing erodes personal credibility faster than a lack of trust. If you want people to show up daily, and do amazing work, you need to create a culture fueled by trust. As a leader, you …

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Organic Growth & Customer Loyalty is the BEST Agency Business

  I have worked in digital, branding and direct agencies for the past 25 years, and an agency’s organic growth is the most misunderstood aspect of seeking new agency business. It is also vastly underrated and unappreciated aspect of its contribution to an Agency’s growth Since the downturn of business …

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HOW TO GAIN MORE INFLUENCE AND BE A THOUGHT LEADER

  If you’re a marketing expert, speaker, singer, business executive, company leader, author, entrepreneur, ‘thought leadership’ matters to you! In fact, thought leaders come in every shape and size, they do come from any background or community and they can be any age, gender or ethnicity too! Your target audience …

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