Agency bizdev, prospects who ghost, and reaching higher-profile clients: Agency Q&A with Karl Sakas

Office Hours Recording from December 12, 2023

Get agency advice on business development: how to avoid being “ghosted” by sales prospects, how to fix a Client Concentration problem, how to reach high-profile prospects, and more—in the December 2023 episode of Agency Office Hours with Karl Sakas.

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Click the links below, to “jump” directly to the Q&A video segment:

  1. Sales Proposals: “How do we avoid clients who ghost us after they get the proposal?” [starting at 2:11]
  2. Sales Management: “How can agencies avoid over-proposing?” [starting at 12:03]
  3. Qualification: “What should we do if a prospect isn’t the final decisionmaker?” [starting at 15:44]
  4. Client Concentration: “What’s the best way to prevent an agency Client Concentration problem?” [starting at 22:32]
  5. Team Motivation: “How can we rally the team to overcome a big obstacle?” [starting at 27:16]
  6. Self-Marketing: “What did Joe Pulizzi advise Karl about hiring agencies?” [starting at 30:31]
  7. Leadership Development: “How can agencies save money on the 2024 Agency Leadership Intensive?” [starting at 33:15]
  8. Referral Models: “How should we handle sales inquiries from clients that are too big to fulfill?” [starting at 36:17]
  9. Business Development: “What’s the best way to get a 1:1 conversation with high-profile prospects?” [starting at 49:46]
  10. Networking: “What are smarter ways to think about professional networking?” [starting at 56:58]

Top resources from the live event in December 2023:

  1. Why did they “ghost” you after you sent a sales proposal?
  2. See the highest-ROI self-marketing activities, from our recent research with Databox
  3. Here are 37 sales ideas to try (but start with just 1-2 first)
  4. Step-by-step advice to create a “Fast-Failure” Sales Process
  5. Consider the buying process, as if you were buying services from another agency

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