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Setting priorities when failure isn’t an option

When you’re refocusing strategy and need to bring the team with you, objective prioritisation is critical for taking good decisions quickly. Although growth is usually on the to-do list, at...

Defining your agency’s path to growth

To meet modern client demands, agencies must fully develop their own unique customer experience. Step one is to understand what’s working well and prioritise what needs to change. Modern...

Why it’s time to tell agencies the truth about pitching

Until you tell agencies how painful pitching really is, you’ll keep fuelling their insecurities - damaging effectiveness and making everyone’s life harder. (This article first appeared in...

Are you lagging behind changing client needs?

As client needs continue to evolve, too many agencies are failing to adapt. To address their unfamiliar challenges, you need a more progressive approach to growth. Clearly clients are...

Your competitors aren’t your competitors

Standout happens fastest when you focus on your audience over your competition. Being defined by your peers limits your ambitions and results in ‘me too’ genericism. I went to a great...

Becoming a better leader

Accelerating growth by creating a bespoke customer experience is as much about mindsets and behaviours as strategy, so I interviewed Executive Change Mentor Sally Henderson to explore where growth...

Birth of a salesman: making selling feel natural

If selling doesn’t come naturally, then traditional sales training won’t help - instead a different mindset and approach is needed. I recently advised a newly acquired innovation...

It’s Brand Experience – but not as we know it

It’s great that Brand Experience budgets are rising. But with ad agency tanks on your lawn, it’s time to raise your game and avoid the fate of previous ‘hot’ disciplines. Whether...

Better selling when it’s not your day job

Whether it’s you, your consultants or an account handler who does the selling, owning a sales target when it’s not your core competence can be risky. Of the various challenges my clients...

Why it’s time to pay more for your agencies

Marketers have long needed to do more for less but there’s a commercial and moral case for investing more in agencies and improving wellbeing in the industry. (This article first appeared in...

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