Intelligence Led New Business
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%.
an Experienced Team
All of our team have previously worked in an agency or in the marketing department of a blue chip client so are confident discussing marketing at C suite level.
knowing who to target ...
The data platform we use tells us which clients to target and when through the tracking of reviews, investment, new appointments and historical patterns.
... HOW TO REACH THEM ...
The LinkedIn plugin we use unearths the contact details of even the most difficult to reach CMO. Direct lines, email addresses and even mobile phone numbers.
... and how to convert them.
We use A.I. to analyse the profile of the decision maker; knowing their personality type enables us to match their style which results in more conversions.
When we start working together you may not be sure what you need because you don’t yet know your conversion rate or the quality of the opportunities we deliver. So we’ve made it easy for you. For the first two months we will provide you with the GOLD package but at a special rate of £1,500 per month. At the end of the first two months you can then decide which package to continue with. Or not. It’s completely up to you. No tie in. If you DO decide you want to continue then we work on a one-month notice period thereafter so you have total peace of mind.
The above quoted number of opportunities are meant as a guide and no guarantee is given nor inferred because our clients and their propositions are all unique. By ‘opportunity’ we mean a meeting (either virtual or IRL) with a decision maker in a company you have specifically told us is one you would like to work with and who has a budget for the service you provide. If you feel you need more than our GOLD level provides please contact us for a bespoke quote.
Some of clients need more than lead generation – they need a flexible, full service Business Development Solution that not only generates the leads, but then attends the meetings, writes the proposals, manages the pitches and delivers new clients. For such clients, we have developed our Business Development Director Plugin.
Delivering Targeted Opportunities.
We specialise in helping companies within the creative and marketing services industry win more clients by finding 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.
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.
Here are a selection of recent new business wins our clients have had through Manifest
Won within one month of starting working with Manifest.
Their third win in twelve months, total value of fees a mid six figure sum.
The agency had only been with Manifest for four months when they landed this client.
This came from their first meeting set by Manifest, after two years and no wins with a competitor.
Zurich was their second win and they went on to win one more in their first year with us.
They went on to win another two within the first year of the programme.
#Platform88 was a huge success and generated enormous publicity off line as well as on.
The agency were delighted as this win took them into new territory which can be tricky.
A retained client with an annual budget of a the high five figure sum.
This win had them up against two ‘name’ London agencies.
The profit paid our fees for the next three years.
This win was their third in the first year of working with Manifest.
This win was one of half a dozen in year one alone.
We arranged for them to meet ten over a three week period and they duly converted one.
This win was valued in six figures and granted creative freedom to boot!
It took a year, but it worth the effort to get onto this PR roster.
This win was the first of three over a twelve month period.
Won within three weeks of first meeting, with no pitch.
This win was the second of three over a twelve month period.
One year later they came back to us after winning their biggest client via our work.
This win was after six months of working with Manifest.
An initial five figure project fee with more promised.
We have arranged for them to meet more than 100 brand managers and they have won more than £1m in new fees.
Who knew that a plane manufacturer might need one? Manifest, that’s who!
What Our Clients Say
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News and Thought Pieces
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