How Well Do You Know Your Digital Agency Clients?

By Jason Swenk on November 9, 2020

How Well Do You Know Your Digital Agency Clients?

Do you struggle with client retention? Are you worried you aren’t providing what your digital agency clients need? Client retention is a problem many agencies deal with. But think about it, how well do you really know your digital agency clients? For most agencies, they just need to get back to the basics.

In today’s episode, we’ll cover:

  • #1 mistake new agencies make.
  • 2 simple tips to increase client retention.
  • How to better understand the needs of your digital agency clients.

Today I sat down for a really informative chat with John Florey, president of SAMA Labs, an e-commerce marketing agency based out of Boca Raton, Florida. While John runs a successful digital agency, he also has several brands of his own. He’s here to share what he has learned about what it means to run a successful agency, from the perspective of an executive, as well as a client.

#1 Mistake New Agencies Make

When you’re running an agency, it can be difficult to recognize what you’re doing wrong. So I asked John where he saw agencies failing from the client perspective. John says the number one thing agencies fail to do is understand the infrastructure.

What does this mean? Too many agencies don’t take the time to understand the basics of the brand they are working with. How does the business run? Does a particular type of marketing make sense? Why are you doing what you are doing?

This is one of the main reasons I tell my clients you need to niche down. If you understand the market better than your client, only then can you provide the right type of guidance. If you go after everyone, you might be able to get a few shiny retainers, but how long will those clients stick around?

2 Simple Tips to Increase Client Retention

When I talk about client retention, I always think about the words of Joey Coleman — What you do in the first 100 days can increase client retention. Think about it, if your client isn’t happy in the first 100 days, chances are slim you’re going to successfully turn things around. John says there are 2 things he does to focus on clients during this time.

  1. Know what type of clients are right for your agency. It’s not just about making sure you are right for the client, it’s about making sure the client is right for your agency. What type of client will help your agency grow? Focus on the relationships that are mutually beneficial and stop wasting your time on the rest.
  2. Keep the client excited. If you’ve got a good sales team, they’ve already done their job and got the client excited to work with your agency. But the momentum can’t stop here. The fulfillment team has to keep up this same level of energy. If you sign a client on and they quickly realize they are getting the same level of attention and excitement they were expecting, any mistake you make along the way (because we’re not perfect) will stick out like a sore thumb.

How to Better Understand Your Client’s Needs

We often look at the big picture and skip over the more granular things. This is a mistake. If you don’t know what makes a brand tick or where they are spending their money, you’re going to have a hard time finding success.

Take expenses for example. If your client’s expenses are really high and their ad budget is really low, chances of profitability are probably going to be really low as well.

Ask a lot of questions. The more insight you have, the better chance both you and your client will have at success.

Client retention is all about relationships and relationships are built on getting to know each other. The more effort you put in and the more time you take to learn what your client needs, the better off you both will be.

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Elevating Your Agency

Taking on great digital agency clients can help you in the early stages or as an established agency to take your business to the next level. But apart from hiring new digital agency talent, what other obstacles are in your way?

I have experienced many different struggles with my own agency and I can help you deal with bad agency clients, how to build authority for your agency and more.

If it’s challenges growing your business that you are experiencing, I have agency growth hacks, the best ways to improve management of your business as well as why building a remote team can be beneficial in the long run.

Learn more about my career as well as tips, tricks and insights by checking out my blogs that cover a wide variety of topics.

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