CultureLeadershipMental healthStrategy
May 19, 2022

I am student and an Agency owner

This week, we are delighted to have Lloyd Morgan, Founder & MD of Rockadove Video Production, to guest blog for us! Lloyd talks about what it's like to go back…
CultureMental healthStrategyWomen 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…
Sales & MarketingStrategy
March 10, 2022

Cash: how to get it and then what to do with it. An interview with Peter Czapp, Co-Founder of The Wow Company

This week, we recount the insights gained from an AC Community event hosted by Peter Czapp, Co-founder of The Wow Company, an accountancy firm that works with agencies to help…
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…
CultureOperationsTeam 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
CultureLeadershipMental health
July 5, 2021

Treat mental health like your best client

Rob Key is the founder of Studio Change (Brand Strategy + Design) and Change Space (Mental Health Community for Creatives). In this blog post, Rob focuses on how mental health…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
LeadershipMental healthOperationsTeam 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…
OperationsPersonal 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 tribe 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…
CultureLeadershipMental healthOperationsPersonal 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.…
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…
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…
CultureLeadershipRecruitmentWomen 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…
LeadershipWomen 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:…
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…
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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