As a B2B marketing agency, Shaping Business has been successfully operating in the heart of Macclesfield for over 13 years. During this period, we have been providing specialist marketing support to clients, both large and small, throughout the UK, Ireland and Western Europe. We have also been heavily involved in running business support programmes to help businesses with their business growth strategy, export marketing plans and lead generation planning. Having worked with a variety of businesses across Europe we have been keen to share our knowledge and experience with local businesses so they can also benefit.
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With a heavy focus on generating revenue from clients and using retainers, many agencies operate with the knowledge that they will get paid whether agreed levels of activity are met or not. Fixed-term contracts can also tie clients to restrictive agreements, whereby they aren’t given the scalability they need to grow an agile business or respond to the changing marketing environments.
I was intrigued to read about Kevin Roberts’ speech at the recent IoD Annual Convention. As CEO of one of the worlds largest marketing groups, Saatchi & Saatchi, it was somewhat self-defeating to hear him declare that ‘marketing is dead‘. However, he had, at that stage already told the audience that “strategy is dead”, “the big idea is dead” and “management is dead”. Amusingly, as a CEO, he also went on to say “the further up in a company you go the stupider you become and the further away from new things”. By this stage I was starting to wonder if he was looking in the mirror. So apart from successfully being controversial and grabbing a few headlines, is this type of thought leadership valuable?
There are typically two situations which we regularly see when we talk to professional services firms about lead generation. In the first scenario, it may be a firm that appears to be quite proactive in generating leads. They have a mix of regular marketing activities including email marketing, telemarketing etc that they implement, yet they are simply not generating the level of business leads they need. In the second scenario it may be a firm that has previously been quite successful and has now embarked on ad-hoc marketing activities to generate leads. But the overall feeling within the firm is that it’s a case of ‘spray and pray’.
In our experience, the firms that are highly targeted in Lead Generation and make it a habit, are the businesses that are currently experiencing the most success – domestically and internationally.