New Business
April 3, 2024

Mastering the Art of Networking: How Agency Owners Can Expand Their Reach

As an agency owner, effective networking skills can both enrich your career and be a fantastic source of leads. It’s not just about collecting business cards; it's about forging meaningful…
Niche specialisation
March 20, 2024

The Power of Specialisation: Finding Your Niche in the Agency World

As agency leaders, we often celebrate versatility and the ability to wear multiple hats at once. But, where is the line between being versatile vs. being a jack of all…
Sales & Marketing
March 6, 2024

Looking after #1: Why agencies need to prioritise marketing

In the agency world, client demands tend to take centre stage, meaning that internal marketing efforts often get relegated to the back burner. However, the importance of robust and consistent…
Kit Days BlogCultureDE&IHRLeadershipOperationsRecruitmentTeam StructureWomen In Agencies
January 18, 2024

Keeping in Touch (KIT) days

When an employee is on maternity leave, they are entitled to Keeping In Touch (KIT) days, but do you know enough about them and how best to use them? In…
Krystal HostingCultureFutureproofingGuest blogOperationsSustainability
January 4, 2024

Partners with a Purpose: A Deep Dive into Krystal’s Mission and Environmental Approach

This year we've been delighted to work with Krystal as one of our partners and to offer their services to members of The Agency Collective. Krystal are also joining forces…
Agency Changemaker AwardsCultureDE&IFutureproofingLeadershipPersonal developmentSustainabilityTeam StructureWomen In Agencies
December 6, 2023

Launching the Changemaker Award

At the Agency Collective, we support agency leaders to collaborate, do good, learn and grow. As part of this mission, we are committed to helping our agencies create more diverse,…
Picture of trees in a forrestCultureDE&IFutureproofingSustainability
November 29, 2023

Why Did Regency Become a B Corp?

It’s easy to say you care about people and planet, but that alone isn’t enough anymore. We have to go beyond the signalling and noise to ask for more action.…
Navigating christmas partiesCultureDE&IHRLeadershipRecruitment
November 21, 2023

Navigating Christmas Party Season

'Tis the season for joy and celebration! But as the holiday lights twinkle and the festive spirit fills the air, it's crucial to recognise that the work Christmas party can…
Simplify the sales processNew BusinessSales & Marketing
November 20, 2023

Simplify Your Sales Process and Boost Your Close Rates

Are you struggling to generate leads and close deals for your agency? If yes, then you’re not alone. Many agencies face challenges in acquiring new clients and increasing their close…
financialGuest blogLeadershipStrategy
November 13, 2023

Creating an Accurate and Well-Researched Scope of Work for Agency Leaders

As an agency leader, have you ever found yourself in a situation where you underestimated a project's scope of work? Or maybe you missed out on pricing some essential tasks…
UtilisationfinancialGuest blogLeadershipStrategy
November 6, 2023

Utilisation and Forecasting In Times of Uncertainty

The last couple of years have been economically uncertain for businesses. Agencies have been putting their focus on key metrics and figures to help navigate the rocky terrains of the…
New BusinessStrategy
October 30, 2023

The power of human interaction – new biz November

The power of human interaction is often overlooked in an age of automation and social media. In the first of our new biz November blogs,  Scott Purves, Founder, Managing Director…
Focusing on the Wildly ImportantLeadershipStrategy
October 27, 2023

Focusing on the Wildly Important

Focusing on the wildly important is crucial when it comes to achieving your business goals. With so many good ideas to execute, it's easy to get sidetracked and lose sight…
New BusinessSales & MarketingStrategy
October 23, 2023

Building a Scalable Sales Engine

Building a scalable sales engine is something which Ryan Hall, founder of Friday Solved, is an expert in. We were lucky enough to sit down with him and he took…
ADHD Awareness Month: My ADHD JourneyGuest blogPersonal developmentWomen In Agencies
October 11, 2023

ADHD Awareness Month: My ADHD Journey

It's ADHD Awareness Month and very generously, Rosie Symes, our DEI Lead and one of our Community Managers has shared her experience of receiving a diagnosis, the preconceptions that she…
Exit StrategyFutureproofingLeadershipStrategy
October 4, 2023

I’m an Agency Owner, Get Me Out of Here!

Selling your agency, might be something that you haven't even started thinking about, retiring, maybe even less so. But, an exit strategy is something that we should all be planning…
Unconscious biasCultureLeadership
October 2, 2023

Understanding Unconscious Bias: How It Shapes Our Lives and Ways to Tackle It

You've probably heard about this thing called "unconscious bias." It's not the same as being prejudiced, and it's something we all deal with, whether we realise it or not. Unconscious…
Navigating Stakeholder DynamicsNew BusinessNiche specialisationSales & Marketing
September 25, 2023

Navigating Stakeholder Dynamics: A Guide to Effective Pitching

In the dynamic world of business pitching, the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders is a game-changer. Whether you're dealing with a small startup or a corporate giant, understanding the…
Building your brandSales & Marketing
September 18, 2023

Build your brand, build your confidence

Diane Lurie is a brilliant brand strategist and executive coach (as well as one of our members!). This week we're delighted to have a guest blog from Diane, with some…
AIStrategyTechnology
September 11, 2023

AI and Automation: Reduce your workload by 20%

AI has been probably the talking point 0f 2023, especially in terms of creativity, hence the WGA and the SAG AFTRA strikes in the US. And much of the focus…
Authenticity in salesNew BusinessSales & MarketingStrategy
September 4, 2023

Sales Without the Ick: Embracing Authenticity in Sales

Authenticity in sales - do these two things even go together? Amidst a world saturated with impersonal sales pitches and aggressive marketing tactics, the concept of authenticity often appears as…
Embracing AuthenticityLeadershipNiche specialisation
August 29, 2023

Embracing Authenticity: Forging Your Unique Path in Agency Life

In a realm often dominated by conformity, Charles Sladdin, Founder of Purple Banana explains the absolute imperativeness of embracing authenticity and following one's heart and why instead of following a…
Navigating the TransitionLeadershipWomen In Agencies
August 21, 2023

Navigating the Transition: Embracing Leadership Beyond Creativity

Navigating the Transition: The Evolution of Agency Leadership Starting an agency is a rollercoaster of experiences, marked by stress, uncertainty, and immense satisfaction. However, as your agency grows, the role…
How to Make Yourself FamousPRSales & Marketing
August 14, 2023

How to Make Yourself Famous

How to Make Yourself Famous - PR has shifted dramatically over the past two decades with the meteoric rise of social media (and influencers). Zara Deegan, Founder of EXT MKTG…
Becoming a B CorpFutureproofingHRLeadershipStrategySustainability
August 7, 2023

Becoming a B Corp: Embracing Purpose and Impact

In a world where businesses play a pivotal role in shaping society and the environment, becoming a B Corp is a conscious choice to be part of a global movement…
Creating a strong brandSales & MarketingStrategy
July 31, 2023

Creating a Strong Brand

Creating a strong brand: We’ve had the idea, we’ve made it happen and we’ve created our brilliant agency. Maybe we’re new kids on the block, maybe we’re seasoned agency leaders…
The Power of PRPRSales & MarketingStrategy
July 24, 2023

The Power of PR: Revolutionise Your Marketing Strategy!

We all know that the best marketing works in collaboration with other strategies, right? That's why we're here to talk about the incredible power of PR in your overall marketing…
Right to workHR
July 17, 2023

Right to Work: An Agency Leader’s Guide

One of the most common questions that comes up from members at the AC is around Right to Work and what obligations agency leaders have in determining whether their team…
Protect & Increase what you earnfinancialFutureproofingNew BusinessSales & Marketing
July 10, 2023

Protect & Increase What You Earn

In this week's blog, we explore strategies to protect and increase what you earn. Recently we were lucky enough to be joined by Ben Johnson, the Founder of Buddha on…
WorkflowCommunicationCultureLeadershipStrategyTeam Structure
July 4, 2023

Overcoming the Hurdles on the Way to £5M Income: Workflow

Workflow plays a pivotal role in the growth and success of any agency. Paul Muggeridge-Breene, a seasoned professional with extensive experience in various industries, emphasises the importance of a well-designed…
Content creationNew Business
June 26, 2023

Using Content Creation to Generate New Biz Leads

Selling your services can be tough in today's fast-paced business world. But don't worry, Katie Street, Founder of Street Agency, has a great solution. Using content creation to ramp up…
mumGuest blogWomen In Agencies
June 19, 2023

Part Three: Building An Agency As A Mum in Marketing – Sometimes a struggle, always a juggle but a trip worth taking

In the concluding segment of her captivating three-part blog series, Lauren Yaxley, the visionary Founder of LY Copywriting, sheds light on the extraordinary journey of mothers who create and run…
mumGuest blogWomen In Agencies
June 13, 2023

Part Two: Building An Agency As A Mum in Marketing – Sometimes a struggle, always a juggle but a trip worth taking

In the second part of our guest blog by Lauren Yaxley of LY Copywriting Limited, she looks at the challenges of maternity leave during a lockdown, highlighting the impact of…
mumGuest blogWomen In Agencies
June 5, 2023

Building An Agency As A Mum in Marketing – Sometimes a struggle, always a juggle but a trip worth taking

In this first part of a three - part guest blog by Lauren Yaxley of LY Copywriting, she reflects on her 10-year journey from freelancer to mum of two and…
4 Day weekSales & Marketing
May 30, 2023

4 Day Week: How it Could Revolutionise Your Agency

The 4 day week has recently become a hot topic in the agency world. But how could it work for your agency? We were joined by Dr Charlotte Rae, a…
Why You NEED to Know Your CompetitorsSales & Marketing
May 24, 2023

Why You NEED to Know Your Competitors

When it comes to building a successful business, understanding your competitors is a crucial aspect that should never be overlooked.  In our monthly Marketing Clinic, Zara Deegan, Founder of EXT…
Finding Balance: Navigating Stress and Cultivating Well-BeingMental health
May 18, 2023

Finding Balance: Navigating Stress and Cultivating Well-Being

In our fast-paced lives, stress has become a common companion for many of us. But did you know that our bodies have a built-in mechanism to respond to stress? It's…
bidsLeadershipNew Business
May 11, 2023

Bids and Tenders: Finding Opportunities

A great deal of publicly funded opportunities for agencies are put out to tender. But where can we find them? And when we should be making bids for them? Alex…
Access to Work GrantCultureDE&IHRLeadership
May 2, 2023

Making the Workplace Accessible: Access to Work Grants

Access to Work is a government scheme with the aim of supporting disabled workers into work, or helping them remain at work. There is no set amount for each grant…
7 Blind Spots You Should Consider In Agency Operations and WorkflowGuest blogOperations
April 25, 2023

7 Blind Spots You Should Consider In Agency Operations and Workflow

This blog is sponsored by Productive As a digital agency, you encounter challenges with managing your team, projects, clients, and budgets daily. From ensuring your team is motivated and tasks…
Hiring InternsHR
April 19, 2023

Hiring Interns

Hiring Interns can be tricky. Internships can be a hugely enriching and valuable experience, both for you as the employer and for the intern too. But how can we ensure…
Leadership
April 13, 2023

Leadership

Good or bad leadership can make all the difference between a company sinking or swimming. It can hugely impact staff retention too, of course. Did you know that 80% of…
Tik Tok
April 5, 2023

Tik Tok For Agencies

Tik Tok - What is it and can we really use it in a business context? I was joined by Rob Mayhew, Creative Director at Gravity Road & Tik Tok…
GravitasStrategy
March 30, 2023

Gravitas for Agency Leaders

Gravitas is something that we all want to have as agency leaders. But how do we achieve this? We’re all familiar with the adage about “faking it till we make…
Selling your agencyFutureproofingStrategy
March 23, 2023

Selling Your Agency

Selling your agency may not be the first thing on your mind when starting one up. But maybe it should be. In many founder’s cases, their end goal is expressly…
Imposter SyndromeMental healthPersonal development
March 14, 2023

Beating Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome happens to so many of us. Do you find yourself saying phrases like - “I’m not good at this.” I’m not an expert on that.” “They are better…
Creating Video Content for LinkedInTechnology
March 8, 2023

Creating Video Content for LinkedIn

Creating Video Content for Linkedin Linkedin is a powerful tool for networking and connecting potential new clients or partnerships and so many of us use it every day. And yet,…
The Cost of LivingHRLeadership
March 2, 2023

The Cost of Living Crisis and How to Help Your Team Weather it

During the current cost of living crisis, how can we plan to ensure that our staff are being compensated fairly? And that this is in line with these increases? And…
Listening to Your TeamHRLeadership
February 20, 2023

Listening to Your Team

You have spent ages recruiting the best people for your agency.  You are feeling pleased that you have managed to get the perfect person and they are settling in well. …
MeetingsLeadership
February 13, 2023

Making the Most of Meetings

Meetings. Hands up everyone who’s either sat completely zoned out in a meeting and left none the wiser as to what went on. Or found a meeting so cyclical and…
From A Corp to b corpSustainability
February 3, 2023

From A Corp to B Corp

Becoming a B Corp has fast become a key indicator of your sustainability, values and ethics as a business and more and more agencies are joining the application process.  But…
referralsNew BusinessStrategy
January 30, 2023

Referrals: Give and You Shall Receive

Referrals are a cornerstone of new business, in fact, 84% of B2B decision-makers say they start the buying process with a referral. Also, revenue generated via referrals is much higher…
Start-upLeadershipStrategy
January 24, 2023

Reigniting that Start Up Spark

When we first started our businesses, most likely as  start-up, what we may have lacked in experience and experience, we certainly made up for in  enthusiasm. Co-Founder of The Agency…
Cold CallingNew BusinessSales & Marketing
January 18, 2023

Cold Calling Shouldn’t Bring You Out in a Cold Sweat

They say honesty is always the best policy. But what about when cold calling? Should we dive in there, feet first and announce that’s exactly what we’re doing? Well… yes,…
RedundanciesHR
January 12, 2023

Redundancies: What you need to consider first.

Did your 2022 not turn out as well as you had hoped?  Perhaps you broke even, or even made a loss? Have some of your client contracts not been renewed for…
GhostingHR
January 4, 2023

Ghosting – A Modern Day Recruitment Nightmare!

We have all heard of ghosting.  A modern term that until recently was confined to the world of online dating and social media.  But in the past two years the…
A Marginal Gains Approach to Agency GrowthNew BusinessNiche specialisationStrategy
December 18, 2022

A Marginal Gains Approach to Agency Growth

Joe Perkins, Founder & MD of Chaptr started to use a marginal gains approach to agency growth in the last twelve months. It has made a huge difference to the…
Monshur AliLeadershipStrategy
December 16, 2022

Agency Story: Monshur Ali – WeAgile

Monshur Ali has taken We Agile from inception to a £3M + agency in just three years, working with team across the world and working extensively with freelancers. What have…
Diverse and Inclusive eventsCultureDE&I
December 8, 2022

Creating Diverse and Inclusive Events

Diverse and inclusive events are something we should all be aiming for. But what do we need to do to make an event inclusive? Having online versions of events, however…
Introducing the AC AcademyHRLeadership
November 30, 2022

Introducing the AC Academy

This year there have been a lot of new, exciting developments at the AC, including our introducing the AC Academy. The course is run by the AC's Head of People…
How to run successful webinarsCommunicationNew Business
November 28, 2022

How to Run Successful Webinars

Since… you know what… webinars have become even more prevalent than before. In many ways this is both a blessing and a curse. Webinars have made events hugely accessible for…
Flexible WorkingHRLeadershipTeam StructureWomen In Agencies
November 23, 2022

The Beauty of Flexible Working

The way we work was forever changed during the pandemic with many workplaces moving to the working from home model. But this also afforded a lot more flexible working and…
Nailing Your Agency PositioningNew BusinessNiche specialisationStrategy
November 21, 2022

Nailing Your Agency Positioning

Nailing your agency positioning has become an integral part of new business over the last few years. But what does this actually entail? How can we look at our own…
Life Begins at menopauseHRTeam StructureWomen In Agencies
November 16, 2022

Life Begins at Menopause

Over fifty percent of the population will go through the menopause during the course of their life. So why is it talked about so little? Why is having a menopause…
Mental Health for Agency OwnersMental health
November 14, 2022

Mental Health for Agency Owners

With so many plates spinning at once, things like mental health for agency owners can be overlooked in the midst of the other million and one things that need to…
Mental healthCultureHRLeadershipMental health
November 6, 2022

Treat Mental Health Like Your Best Client

Prior to becoming our Community Manager, Rob Key, set up a number of projects aimed at improving mental health both in the creative industries and in the LGBTQIA+ community. This…
Campaign-Driven engagementLeadershipNew BusinessNiche specialisationSales & Marketing
November 1, 2022

Campaign-Driven Engagement

Finding our niche and our solidifying brand identity is a hugely important part of what we do as agencies when it comes to growth and business development. But what comes…
AR Is for EverybodyCommunicationFutureproofingNiche specialisationStrategyTechnology
October 17, 2022

AR is for Everybody

AR has become less and less of a novelty. It's becoming much more a part of the furniture in our everyday lives. Whether it’s beautifying ourselves on social media, or…
Maternity LeaveCultureHRLeadershipWomen In Agencies
October 17, 2022

Maternity Leave and Pregnancy – What Do Employers Need to Do?

If one of your team told you they were pregnant today, would you know what to do?   I think all of us would know to say congratulations and ask them…
True SustainabilityCultureStrategySustainability
October 10, 2022

True Sustainability Depends On Company Culture – Guest Blog by Matt Greg, Nosy

Would you like your business to be more sustainable? Of course! We all know how important the planet is to us, and to our children. Yet if we all desire sustainable…
winning new businessLeadershipNew BusinessNiche specialisationStrategy
October 7, 2022

Winning New Business: It’s all in the details

Winning new business has become that much harder over the past few years, after everyone's pockets being hit hard. So how can we stand out? It's really all in the…
New BusinessOperationsPersonal developmentStrategy
September 15, 2022

Time Management for Agencies: How to Optimise Your Time

As an agency founder, time management is essential. How do you manage your time?When running an agency, especially if you are in the sub 20 staff stage, you tend to…
Door with two signs. Both read WE ARE HIRING and APPLY TODAY.HRNew BusinessOperationsSales & MarketingStrategy
September 12, 2022

Hiring Staff for Agency Growth – Advice from an Expert

What comes first: wait for your agency to grow before hiring new staff, or hiring new staff to grow your agency? Kathryn Strachan started Copy House in 2020, growing it…
A doctor typing into a laptop, a stethoscope is next to it.CommunicationNew BusinessSales & MarketingStrategy
September 5, 2022

The Role of Symptom Language in Lead Generation

What is symptom language, and why is it important in lead generation? Our Agency Relationship Manager Jeni Bond explains in depth how you can use symptom language in your business…
CultureLeadershipNew BusinessOperations
September 1, 2022

Clutch: Is It The Right Platform To Gain New Business Leads?

Clutch has brought new business leads to thousands of agencies and businesses worldwide since its inception. The big question is how can you get the most out of it? As…
A game of scrabble with health and safety related wordsCultureHRLeadershipOperations
August 24, 2022

Health & Safety in Agencies: The Facts You Must Know!

Health & Safety is serious business. In 2020/2021 a total of 441,000 working people sustained an injury at work! Helen Shoebridge from Omnicon shares her experiences of working in Health…
A crowd of black and white figures stand in regimented lines. In the centre, a single man in folour stands out from the rest.Niche specialisationPersonal developmentStrategy
August 15, 2022

How To Build a Personal Brand – Advice from a Branding Expert

Does an agency need a personal brand? Sam G. Winsbury, Founder and CEO of Kurogo shares his thoughts with us. Building trust A big component of a personal brand is…
A white mug with a spoon in I, surrounded by a pair of glasses and tissuesCultureHRLeadershipNiche specialisationPersonal development
August 15, 2022

Sick Pay – Is It Necessary For Your Agency To Pay Sick Pay?

To pay or not to pay sick pay…It’s a contentious issue for agencies and one that we discussed recently at one of our events. Our resident HR specialist Sarah May…
A group of office workers sit in front of a white wall.CultureHRLeadershipNiche specialisationPersonal development
August 11, 2022

Remote Working: How to Create a Great Remote Working Culture

Valued members of The Agency Collective came together with our resident HR expert, Sarah May to share what they have learned about remote working. The good, the bad and the…
CultureLeadershipNiche specialisationPersonal development
August 2, 2022

Defining Your Version of Success

What if we made success as much about our own values, passions, and what drives us as individuals? Pete Heslop, Managing Director of Steadfast Collective spoke to us and shared…
A virtual city and a cloud are beaming out of a smartphone.CommunicationLeadershipNew BusinessSales & MarketingStrategyWomen In Agencies
July 29, 2022

Business Development Strategies with Jane Heath

This month, we sat down with the brilliant Jane Heath, Founder and MD of Growth KnowHow to talk all things business development. “Funnily enough, prospects aren't sitting around just waiting…
A man in a shirt is looking at a a large computer generated bar chart on a wall.CultureLeadershipOperationsStrategyTeam Structure
July 26, 2022

Introduction to Project Management

Managing a huge project for the first time can be a daunting task. With so many different methods, mindsets and pieces of software to choose from, working out HOW you’re…
Pregnancy LossCultureHRLeadershipWomen In Agencies
July 26, 2022

Pregnancy Loss Policy in Agencies – Why Should We have One?

Does your Agency have a Pregnancy Loss policy? Have you considered having a pregnancy loss policy for your employees? 58% of UK businesses don't have one.  But why should you?Does your…
Two people are wrong out figures using a calculatorfinancialStrategy
July 18, 2022

Reducing the Cost of Living (and Working)

The cost of living crisis is set to have a profound effect on us all, both personally and as business owners. But there are simple things that we can do…
Man is watering a bonsai tree in the same of a graph line in an upwards trajectory.New BusinessSales & MarketingStrategy
July 14, 2022

From Freelancer to £1M Agency Founder in Just Three Years

Naeem Alvi really has had a meteoric rise to success in the agency world – starting out as a freelancer, he is now the founder and MD of a £1M…
CommunicationNew BusinessSales & MarketingStrategyWomen In Agencies
July 8, 2022

New Business Strategies with Dana Publicover

Generating, meaningful and compelling content that inspires potential clients to work with us can be tricky to create. This week, we spoke to Dana Publicover, MD of Publicover&Co about how…
A man in a brown suit waves his fists in the air. His head has exploded and all that remains is smokeCultureMental healthPersonal developmentStrategy
July 7, 2022

How to Avoid Burnout

The world has changed in the last 18 months … The modern way is to develop the ability to 'dial it up' and or 'dial it down' on demand. This…
CommunicationHRLeadershipOperationsPersonal developmentRecruitmentStrategyTeam Structure
July 7, 2022

Hiring a Second in Command.

Your business is booming but you're finding yourself exhausted, overwhelmed and turning down jobs. The day has arrived to hire a second in command. This week, we spoke to Neil…
CommunicationLeadershipOperationsPersonal developmentStrategy
June 30, 2022

Google Analytics to GA4: What does it all mean?

Google Analytics is one of the most widely used tools for understanding marketing activity and website performance. And it's changing. A lot. With a deadline looming. Are you ready? This…
DE&IHRLeadership
June 16, 2022

Fighting discrimination and providing opportunities for everyone: Why Language Matters

This week, we recount the insights gained from an AC Community event hosted by Nathan Nalla, Founder & Director of Be The Riot. In this post, Nathan discusses how we…
CommunicationLeadershipPersonal developmentStrategy
June 9, 2022

Awards entries: How to pick the right awards for you and your agency

This week, we recount the insights gained from an AC Community event hosted by Andrea Sexton, Founder of Admire PR, an ethical PR agency. In this post, Andrea went through…
CultureLeadershipStrategy
May 19, 2022

I am student and an Agency owner

I am student, and an Agency owner. Hold on, let me give you some context. I founded Rockadove Video Production back in 2010, now in our 13th year of business.…
CultureHRStrategyWomen In Agencies
May 10, 2022

Supporting our teams through parenthood – An interview with Mel Berry, Founder of Social Firefly

This week, we recount the insights gained from a recent interview with Mel Berry, Co-Founder & MD of Social Firefly, a social media agency that cares about your achievements just…
Sales & MarketingStrategyWomen In Agencies
March 24, 2022

Score new business without really trying – An interview with Zara Deegan, Founder of EXT MKTG

This week, we recount the insights gained from an AC Community event hosted by Zara Deegan, Founder & Director of EXT MKTG, an agile modern B2B marketing agency built to…
CommunicationSales & MarketingStrategy
March 16, 2022

The second conversation: what is it and why does it matter?

This week, we are delighted to welcome Michael Green from Luna 9 to guest post on our blog! In his post, Michael discusses "The Second Conversion", unearthing what exactly it…
LeadershipPersonal developmentSales & MarketingStrategy
March 3, 2022

An interview with Rob Pierre, Founder of Jellyfish: Building a worldwide agency

This week, we recount the insights gained from an AC Community event hosted by Rob Pierre, Co-founder & CEO of Jellyfish.  Launched in 2005, Jellyfish has achieved 45% compound growth…
CultureHROperationsTeam Structure
February 17, 2022

Remote Working – is it right for your agency?

This week, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Richard Lloyd-Williams, MD at Flavor Sampling to guest write on our blog! In this post, Richard discusses the steps that Flavor took to…
CommunicationCultureStrategy
February 2, 2022

How we maintain productivity as a search marketing agency

This week, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Chloe Mitchell, Client Services Manager at Tao Digital Marketing to guest write on our blog! In this post, Chloe will be discussing how…
Sales & MarketingStrategy
January 13, 2022

5 B2B lead nurturing strategies for agencies

We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming Laura Hannan, founder of Pitch121 to guest write on our blog! In this post, Laura will be unveiling 5 B2B lead nurturing strategies for…
CultureLeadershipStrategySustainability
January 6, 2022

Fighting Climate Change in 2022

Sustainability is going to play a key part in all of our futures as agency owners. But how do we implement sustainable actions in a practical and meaningful way? And…
HRRecruitment
December 17, 2021

How to attract great employees in 2022

We're delighted to be welcoming Alison King of Bespoke HR to guest write on this week's blog for us! In this post, Alison focuses on todays' topsy-turvy jobs market where…
The Agency Collective LogoCultureHRLeadership
August 30, 2021

Why should we care about healthier agencies?

We're thrilled to be welcoming Andy Wright from Streamtime to guest write on this week's blog for us! In this post, Andy focuses on the health of our agencies. We're…
CommunicationLeadershipSales & MarketingStrategy
August 16, 2021

5 ways to build a new business pipeline

In this blog we’re very pleased to welcome Joe Gosling from Bearded Fellows who has some terrific tips for any agency looking to create an effective new business pipeline. Whether…
CultureLeadershipWomen In Agencies
July 6, 2021

Diversity in PR… the race is on!

We're delighted to welcome Tara Tomes, the Founder and Managing Director of EAST VILLAGE PR to guest blog for us as she discusses diversity in the PR world. In the…
CommunicationCultureHRLeadership
July 5, 2021

Let’s make change, for good

David Ogiste is the founder of Nobody's Café, established in June 2020. In this blog post, David discusses the importance of keeping the momentum and the conversation alive when it…
CommunicationCultureHRLeadership
July 5, 2021

Why we encourage our team to add their pronouns

Pride month falls in June every year and many organisations get involved to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. Once 1st July rolls around though, how can you continue…
SteadfastCommunicationLeadershipStrategy
June 21, 2021

Adjusting our trajectory for success

In this post, we welcome Pete Heslop from Steadfast Collective who talks about the impact of the first UK lockdown and the plans he and his co-founder put in place…
GlowCultureLeadershipWomen In Agencies
June 8, 2021

Celebrating Woman Founders in the Creative Industry

In this post we're welcoming founder of Glow, Lisa Lavis who is sharing an interview with Streamtime - talking about woman founders in the creative industry. Originally posted on The…
the accidental leaderCultureLeadershipPersonal development
June 1, 2021

The Accidental Leader

Streamtime's CEO Andy Wright has learned a lot of lessons during his career in what a great leader should be. In this personal and insightful blog post, Andy tells his…
Liberty Marketing team photoLeadershipPersonal developmentStrategy
May 25, 2021

How to Run an Agency: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned Over the Last 13 Years

Gareth Morgan is the founder of marketing agency Liberty, which recently celebrated its 13th birthday. In this blog post, Gareth talks us through how he set up the company and…
Communication
May 18, 2021

How to do PR when you hate being the centre of attention

We were speaking to Amanda Jackson at Tigerfish PR recently and she was talking about PR, self promotion and how uncomfortable it can feel to shout to the rooftops about…
CommunicationSales & MarketingStrategy
May 5, 2021

Sales strategies for agency owners

How to approach ‘sales’ is different for different types and sizes of businesses but there are naturally some common themes. In this blog post, we welcomed Zara Deegan from EXT…
Katy HowellCommunicationSales & MarketingStrategy
April 21, 2021

Developing a personal brand to win more clients

Developing a personal brand might feel like an ego trip - maybe you’re used to quietly whittling away at your workload, and the thought of putting yourself front and centre…
CultureOperationsStrategy
March 29, 2021

One year on

One year in to lockdowns, working from home and life changing as we know it. Simon Jones, Founder & MD of The Agency Collective member Studio 24, put together some…
OperationsSales & MarketingStrategy
March 16, 2021

How to make agency partnerships work for you

We all know how valuable good partnerships with other agencies can be. Whether it’s for lead generation, referrals, peer support or simply working up a pitch together - we see…
CultureLeadershipWomen In Agencies
March 9, 2021

Female founder: What I’ve learned from launching my own company at the age of 27 in a male-dominated industry

As part of our women in agencies series, member of The Agency Collective and agency founder Xenia Muether wrote about her experience of launching a business within a male-dominated industry. …
Sales & MarketingStrategy
February 25, 2021

How to use LinkedIn for new business

Among the myriad of social media options available to agencies, LinkedIn offers something unique: it’s business-focussed. Now, don’t confuse this with meaning ‘formal’. You absolutely should convey your personality on…
HRLeadershipOperationsTeam Structure
February 23, 2021

Working from home – advice from an ergonomics expert

We recently ran a session with the wonderful Joanne Allpress from Allpress Ergonomics, who offered some fantastic practical advice about workplace set up when at home. With some useful insights…
CommunicationSales & MarketingStrategy
January 13, 2021

Introducing our biggest client: our own agency

2021 has signalled many things. A potential end in sight of the pandemic with the vaccine roll-out, an overhaul of US politics, and, closer to home, a change in strategy…
Niche specialisationOperationsStrategy
December 14, 2020

Pivoting & running virtual events in a pandemic

If 2020 has shown us anything it's that any agency can now run their own virtual events. During a recent session with The Agency Collective, 23 Digital's Marc Convey and James…
HROperationsPersonal developmentStrategyTeam StructureWomen In Agencies
November 30, 2020

Planning for co-founder maternity leave

After working together in the communications team at Sussex Police, Mel Berry & James Armstrong left to start their own agency. Over time the business evolved into what Digital Firefly…
CommunicationPersonal developmentSales & MarketingStrategy
November 10, 2020

How I built my troupe of agency owners (during lockdown)

Who is this guy? I’m so pleased you asked. For those that don’t me, I’m Joe, the founder of a small web agency called Chaptr. I’ve been running an agency…
CommunicationPodcast recommendationsSales & MarketingStrategy
November 3, 2020

What agencies need to know about starting a podcast

It feels like everyone is starting their own podcast now, doesn’t it? With audio equipment and production tech more accessible and affordable than ever, plus in the time of lockdowns…
CultureLeadershipOperationsPersonal developmentStrategy
October 26, 2020

Starting a business – the importance of hanging on to your personal goals

Matt Scaysbrook, founder of WeTeachCRO, writes about the reasons people have for starting their own business - and how you need to hang on to your personal goals to keep…
OperationsPersonal developmentSales & MarketingStrategy
October 19, 2020

How to: B2B Prospecting on LinkedIn

Linkedin is undoubtedly the best platform for B2B prospecting. Yet most people fail to learn how to harness its power. Instead, they turn up sporadically, then claim that “Linkedin doesn’t…
OperationsPersonal developmentStrategyWomen In Agencies
October 13, 2020

5 Tips on Balancing Young Kids While Running Your Own Agency

My dream, probably like many of you, was always to work from home so that I could be around my kids more and have a flexible schedule. What I didn’t…
Mental health
October 8, 2020

Looking after your mental health as an agency owner

With World Mental Health Day upon us, we wanted to talk openly once again about mental health and the challenges many of us will feel as agency founders and directors.…
Strategy
September 20, 2020

What every agency owner needs to know – a Q&A with Blair Enns

We’ve heard this statement time and time again from agency owners. Blair Enns’ ability to provide tangible, intelligent, actionable advice is truly second to none - and the framework in…
OperationsStrategyTeam Structure
September 15, 2020

Project Management – Advice & Top Tips

We recently ran a session on project management tips for agency owners (members can play catchup on TAC101 here) - there were lots of good questions around delivery, implementing new…
CommunicationCultureLeadershipRecruitment
July 10, 2020

Understanding Young People Report

This report is fascinating! It shines a light on our lovely younger generations. It helps us understand young people: How they feel about the world, life, changes in behaviour. It…
CultureHRLeadershipRecruitmentWomen In Agencies
June 3, 2020

Job applications: Men vs. Women

Have you actively looked to hire more women but just don't seem to get the applicants? This is probably why... We recently spoke to the team at Illustrate (an epic…
HRLeadershipWomen In Agencies
June 2, 2020

Women In Agencies

Last year our epic chief of community Ellie Hale initiated our Women In Agencies movement. To highlight and address the disparity between male and female agency owners. We thought we'd give…
StrategyThe Unstoppables (COVID-19)
April 29, 2020

Animation Studio: The Animation Guys

Creativity goes a long way to cut through the same old COVID19 crap you see being put out at the moment. Video, experiential and animation agencies have unarguably been hit…
StrategyThe Unstoppables (COVID-19)
April 22, 2020

The Unstoppables: Andrew Dobbie MadeBrave

Today's unstoppable agency owner: Andrew Dobbie from MadeBrave® - another super star of The Agency Collective community ⭐️✊ MadeBrave - a top creative agency - have celebrity status in Scotland.…
StrategyThe Unstoppables (COVID-19)
April 14, 2020

The Unstoppables: Madelyn Postman Leidar

Today's unstoppable agency owner: Madelyn Postman from Leidar - another one of our epic members! After merging her agency Grain Creative, which mainly provided brand and design services, she now…
Personal developmentSales & MarketingStrategyThe Unstoppables (COVID-19)
April 9, 2020

The most important lesson I learnt about negotiation

As a kid you probably experienced this situation before with an adult: Adult: “Time to go to bed.” (goal: adult wants kid to go to bed) Kid: “OK in 15…
StrategyThe Unstoppables (COVID-19)
April 7, 2020

The Unstoppables: Simon Schnieders Bluearray

Today's unstoppable agency owner: Simon Schnieders from the SEO agency BlueArray. A top agency purely focussed on SEO. Another super star of The Agency Collective community ⭐️ Just like many…
StrategyThe Unstoppables (COVID-19)
March 31, 2020

The Unstoppables: Ian Cassidy Share

Today's unstoppable agency owner: Ian Cassidy from the agency Share Creative. A social insights led marketing agency. As a long standing member of The Agency Collective community - I know…
CultureTeam Structure
March 18, 2020

Top tips for agencies with remote working teams

We held a great Zoom call session yesterday with our peer support community for agency owners - around 60 agency owners attended. Various perspectives from people who had remote working…
Mental healthPersonal development
March 17, 2020

Take care

Our amazing community manager Ellie Hale is a certified mental health first aider. She also spends a lot of time understanding how you can be resilient and keep calm. Here…
Women In Agencies
March 11, 2020

#ACpledge: Women Who Help Agencies: Anne Harlow & Ellie Hale

I decided to extend International Women’s Day 😉 Because I want to say something. Feel free to reject my extension and stop reading here. Every week I make an #ACPledge…
Personal development
March 10, 2020

When you lose your mojo, don’t let this happen to you

Things are going really well - “too well” - the pessimist’s conclusion. And as if their prediction was, correct the landslide begins. One thing after another goes wrong. That feeling of:…
Culture
March 6, 2020

How transparent are you about your working processes?

One thing that always stands out to me when I look at agencies that have technical heritage, is their transparency around ‘how they work’. Something really confident about releasing a…
Women In Agencies
February 26, 2020

#ACpledge: Women In Agencies. Sue Keogh founder of Sookio

This woman overcame all odds to starting her agency! Thanks to our wonderful Ellie Hale for setting up the Women In Agencies movement in 2019. We celebrate epic women who…
Sales & Marketing
February 25, 2020

What’s behind your agency name?

What’s behind your company name? Sometimes it does what it says on the tin: The Agency Collective. A peer support community for agencies 😉 Other times there are really clever…
Personal development
February 14, 2020

Working 100 hours a week is OK…

Hustle porn alert: If you love it, there’s no problem with working 100 hours a week (incl the weekend)! Thanks to Clodagh Higgins for inviting me onto her podcast Agency…
Women In Agencies
February 13, 2020

#ACpledge: Women In Agencies. Liz Corless founder of ICHI Worldwide

⭐️ Ellie Hale set up the Women In Agencies movement in 2019. To celebrate the epic women who run agencies. We debate topics that effect female agency owners - both…
Niche specialisationPodcast recommendationsSay No Podcast
February 10, 2020

Say No Podcast: S1EP1 With Peter Czapp (Co-Founder of The Wow Company & The Agency Collective)

15 years ago, Peter Czapp set out to disrupt the accountancy world, a space traditionally associated with numbers and generally not the most exciting, setting up the UK's first accountancy…
Women In Agencies
February 5, 2020

#ACpledge: Women In Agencies. Rebecca Brennan Managing Director Of Cubo

⭐️ Ellie Hale our superstar community manager initiated the Women In Agencies movement in 2019. To celebrate the epic women who run agencies. Discuss topics that effect female agency owners…
Strategy
February 5, 2020

10 things we’ve learnt about Scaling from agency owners who have been part of building agencies in excess of £15M fee income

We just came out of a brilliant session with 3 absolutely epic people. Giving raw stories and no BS advice about how to scale an agency. Thank you for giving…
Women In Agencies
January 29, 2020

#ACpledge: Women In Agencies. Kelly Molson Co-founder Of Rubber Cheese

Here's the response from women in our industry, when I asked: What can I - as Dan The Agency “MAN” - do to support female agency owners… "Champion them!" I…
LeadershipRecruitmentTeam Structure
January 23, 2020

Agency leadership team: Promote from within or hire new people?

Spoke to an agency owner just now who grew his agency by 45% last year (they were a team of around 35 people before that growth). One of the things…
LeadershipTeam Structure
January 22, 2020

15 person agency team: Too much, too little

"Mental quartering" Agency owner: “I don't want a massive agency!” Me: “What’s the reason for that?” Agency owner: “Don’t want the stress that comes with running a 100+ people agency.…
Niche specialisation
January 17, 2020

Resources for agencies looking to niche or are already niche specialists:

Finding your niche Bill Gates “Inside Bill’s Brain” Documentary Inspirational documentary about Bill Gates and how he approaches finding problems in the world to fix. Both as part of Microsoft…
Sales & Marketing
January 15, 2020

Tips for agency podcasts

Agency podcasts - are you planning, launching or already running a podcast? Here are some useful tips I learnt today. James Bishop the founder of the podcasting consultancy OneFinePlay and…
Personal developmentPodcast recommendationsUncategorized
January 12, 2020

Top 10 Podcasts Agency Owners Listen To

13 mins of your attention There are agency owners who love podcasts and those that hate them. I asked over 1,000 agency owners whether they listen to podcasts.  The ones…
Personal development
January 8, 2020

Agency owner personal development: January is the best time to do it

January is the month agency owners either dread or look forward to the most.  You’ll either stumble into January still half asleep, hoping this will be your year. Or you…

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