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Swenk Today: The Digital Marketing Agency Show

Oct 15, 2019

Do you need to win agency awards to grow your agency? Will winning awards actually land you more clients? In this video, I'll share my feeling on awards and how my opinion has changed over the years.

I have told the story before, but in 20 years I only lost one client to an ADDY Award-winning agency. And ever since then, I really had an issue with agencies that are just looking to win awards in order to win business. I mean, don't get me wrong my agency won plenty of other awards in the past.

But recently while working with a new client of mine I had a change of perspective. This client has been running their agency for 15 years and doing an amazing job. They've won a ton of awards too, and are super proud of them. That's when it dawned on me -- winning awards is creating their legacy.

Agencies are the middle man, right? We're always behind the scenes propping up our clients and making sure their businesses succeed. We create awareness for a brand or generate more leads for them. But, we rarely get recognition for what we do. Clients don't usually say thank you, they just reap all the benefits of the agency's hard work.

I now realize that awards provide that recognition. They give us the motivation to keep chugging along working long hours and producing amazing work for our clients. I used to think awards were stupid, but I've switched my perspective. Awards are amazing if you use them the right way...

Awards should be used as motivation for you to be creative. Use them as motivation for your team. Awards can be amazing at keep morale up! But using awards to get clients is a mistake. Clients who only care about awards are the wrong clients.

Awards are for you and your team. When my agency won "Best Workplace in Atlanta" we started getting amazing talent applying to work with us. That's a great way to use awards to your agency's advantage.

If you need awards to get the recognition you deserve, I'm all for it! :) Tell me what your thoughts are on winning awards by commenting below.

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Fresh out of college Jason was off to work for Arthur Anderson, one of the big 5 consulting firms. He quickly realized that he could never work for anyone other than himself. He decided to change direction, launch a digital agency that quickly grew to a multi-million dollar operation working with brands such as AT&T, Hitachi and Lotus Cars. After 12 years of steady growth, the agency caught the attention of bigger agencies and Jason sold it in 2012.
Now, Jason leads, a unique media company & consultancy helping marketing agencies grow & scale their agencies faster by applying the framework that he used to grow, scale and eventually sell his agency. Jason has helped over 10,000 agencies in 23 countries meet or exceed their business goals.
Jason currently hosts two shows that are available for download…

The Smart Agency Master Class Podcast, dedicated to providing tactics and strategies to agency owners and decision-makers that cut through the BS, focus on exactly what works and what doesn’t; and

SwenkToday a weekly VLOG that documents the entrepreneur journey of building another multimillion-dollar business, where he shares the latest strategies and answers the most burning questions entrepreneurs have. 

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