Spark and Torch

Spark and Torch

Spark and Torch is a new business system used primarily in the UK but has been gaining ground overseas for many years now and is seen as the most powerful methodology used by the most progressive agencies in the world. Here is how it works. Suspect – The Company has been identified as one that[…]

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Looking at Agency Websites

We spend a lot of time looking at agency websites: advertising agencies, integrated agencies, media buyers and planners, experiential, digital and design agencies. There’s a lot of them out there, although their websites almost seem to have settled into the same – or similar – design: a landing page, which you navigate either by scrolling[…]

Desk Telephone

Fewer New Business Calls

With the advent of all these social channels available to agency new business people and the ease of sending an email, I suppose its no real surprise to hear that there are fewer new business calls being made these days, but the reply we got from one CMO recently was really quite revealing. One of[…]


Manifest Featured in Workspace Website

Manifest, having been a Workspace tenant for a number of years now, were invited to write about our experiences. “Having worked both in-house at various agencies and at another new business agency some time ago, Adam Whittaker, managing director of Manifest, grew increasingly frustrated by the smoke and mirrors employed by many out-of-house business development[…]

The Stories We Tell

Storytelling in Agency New Business

The stories we tell will inspire and engage is a clarion call for storytelling in agency new business. You shouldn’t be ‘pitching’ your agency and ‘selling’ yourself to your potential clients; you should be engaging them with compelling stories that inspire them to want to know more about you. But just how do you do[…]

Cold Calling

Cold Calling

We just had this writ large on the wall of our new office to remind ourselves of how important what we do for our clients (cold calling) is to them. Many people don’t like what we do and many others, whilst liking the outcome, think the mechanics involved are simply outdated.  […]


Importance of Face-to-Face Meetings

If you are looking to make a sale or to hire a new recruit, you cannot beat meeting someone in person as face-to-face meetings can’t be beaten.

That’s according to the Measuring Face Value report, from the Centre for Economics and Business Research, which says that when a London-based company does business face-to-face, it stands to gain an average income boost of £248,100 a year. […]