Experienced People Asking Smart Questions.
We love to do the thing our clients hate doing most and do it better than they ever imagined possible.
Our role as a new business agency is to unearth opportunities for our clients within the companies they want to work with and get them in front of the decision maker for their service .
The Manifest new business team are rightly recognised as the crème de la crème of agency new business lead generation and will tell your story with passion, eloquence and conviction
Our techniques are channel agnostic, disruptive and engaging. Our results astounding.
Our clients expect, and our team deliver, 100%. We are so confident in our abilities that we guarantee the results we tell you to expect.
The average tenure of an account director at Manifest is five years and several have been here more than ten. Our staff turnover rate is just 10%
A pre-requisite for a job at Manifest is a background in either an agency or marketing department. 90% of our staff have more than 10 years such experience.
The power of persuasion. The dark art of making another see things your way through the use of language. Our average conversion rate is 25%.
You are passionate about your agency; we get it and you can be sure we will be as passionate as you are. Your brand is 100% safe in our hands.
Manifest is a new business agency.
We specialise in helping companies within the creative and marketing services industry win more clients by creating new business opportunities for them with the decision makers for their service within the companies they want to work with.
Only those companies and brands we have identified as being a good fit for your business and that you have agreed for us to target will be approached on your behalf. Why would you spend money with an agency if you don't know exactly who they are speaking to on your behalf?
The channels we use fall into three categories: Broadcast, Listening and Narrowcast.
Your PR, SEO, AdWords and social marketing, together with your reputation and networking, will drive prospects to your website. We would suggest using software to identify your anonymous website traffic. You may also want to undertake email campaigns to further drive inbound web traffic and we can help here with provision of data.
Our tech stack includes ALF Insight, Crunchbase as well as various LinkedIn plugins which when combined enable us to predict where there is likely to be a greater need for your service. Using this intelligence, we will tailor niche messages to each prospective new client to make every approach sound like the only one that matters to your agency.
What is the best and most appropriate channel to use to get your proposition and the niche message we have developed noticed by the prospect we are approaching? Some companies and marketing teams are best approached by email, others are more likely to warm to a personal telephone call and others a well written letter or social approach.
Sam Reardon Smith
Things some of our clients have said about or to us
Our thoughts on the agency new business landscape and some other insights that we hope you will find interesting.
Building trust for business development is essential since a lack of trust can prevent you from warming up your leads. A potentially fatal consequence that will likely lead to a deterioration of the business relationship, hindering it from progressing positively which is why building trust is so important for agency new business. Fortunately, there are[…]
The Secret to Winning New Business? Most agencies focus on the pitch, the show, the capabilities presentation. This is putting the spotlight on the wrong place. By then, most of the really important decisions have probably been made. The really good agencies win early: the pitch merely confirms a decision. There are only four obstacles[…]
The perfect telephone sales pitch and jazz have an awful lot in common. In jazz the skilled performer will interpret a tune in very individual ways, never playing the same composition exactly the same way twice. Depending upon the performer’s mood and personal experience, interactions with fellow musicians, or even members of the audience, a[…]
Want to know how to win more pitches? be the ONLY agency pitching! Here we are again on the brink of another autumn of reviews, pitches, RFI’s and tenders. So, what can you do to gain an advantage in what is a VERY competitive marketplace? Well, for one thing, you could try selling your agency[…]
Kalarhythms and Interpersonal Style were the focus of a website we came across the other day and we thought you might find it interesting. It takes us back to our “Spark and Torch” training!! It explores how different personality types need to be sold to in different ways. Agency heads often ask me “what should[…]
Agency positioning and proposition development has been a key part of our offering ever since we set Manifest up. As a leading new business agency, we have been helping agencies of all shapes and sizes to articulate their agency positioning and proposition in a compelling and differentiating way. One thing we have learned about agency[…]
Tell your client these things. The MD of a PR firm sent me this – his view on ten things PR agencies should tell their client, but would probably get them fired… 1. The main reason journalists aren’t covering you is because the proposition’s crap. It has no clear differentiators over its competitors, it doesn’t[…]
The Problem Stalling agency growth and agency new business is an issue many of us encounter and can, if you are scaling for sale, become a very real concern and cause of much hand wringing. “Why is it …” we were asked the other day by a new client “that so many agencies of our[…]
The Importance of Face-to-Face New Business Meetings came to mind whilst reading The Globotics Upheaval by Richard Baldwin and I was reminded of just how important it is for agency new business people and heads to resist the simplicity and convenience of the conference call. In chapter 9, Globotics Resolution: A More Human, More Local[…]
Patience is key in agency business development and here is a tale all too familiar to anyone who has worked in agency new business for any length of time and one that still shocks me to the bones even today. At the back end of last summer we arranged for one of our clients to[…]