The Hand Talks

Not just in it to win it

08.02.2019 by Natasha Ellard-Shoefield

Relationships are important in our family and social lives; they are also key in agency business. But what are the essential ingredients to creating long and sustained relationships? Relationships that are not just focused on immediate return. But those that can convert into long-term and significant business, which in turn can generate good will and referrals, as well as repeat business?

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Effective new business

01.11.2018 by Natasha Ellard-Shoefield

To admit that, in life, we are all selling something to someone else is hard.

But we do sell, each of us, in every communication we make. Whether the stakes be conveying a particular point in a meeting to gain a desired response or negotiating your next trip away with your loved ones, we are each selling. Selling is about need and fulfilment. Selling and buying are fundamental to gaining food, a roof over our heads and warmth in the home.

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Enter the business development age…

30.08.2018 by Natasha Ellard-Shoefield

When we say, that person is really good on the phone, or is great face-to-face, or writes compelling propositions, what is the key ingredient – their great personality aside? It is the fact that they are a good communicator.

So, when you are thinking about how to approach selling your agency’s creative services and technical skills, what will be key to being armed with the right tools to do this? Stretching your communications skills, improving them, developing them, just like you would limber up before running a race.

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Six key new business tips

20.07.2018 by Natasha Ellard-Shoefield

It’s summer holiday season, it is a good time to take stock and create some time to prepare for the months ahead. Business development should be a continuous process and using all the marketing tools available to grow your business will help you succeed where others fail. Use the next few weeks wisely and plan for a healthy future.

Here are some top tips on gearing up your business for an effective new business programme. Previously written for DBA members, we are sharing these insights with you today. We hope that you enjoy reading this article, as always any feedback is welcome.

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Take an agile approach to new business

16.06.2018 by Natasha Ellard-Shoefield

Having an action plan — you might call it a Roadmap, Critical Path, New Business Plan or Marketing Plan — in place for the months and potentially years ahead is crucial for your business’s success. But so too is having the flexibility and ability to change it, if and when necessary.

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