Howdy! Yours truly recently had coffee with a friend of mine. And he reminded me of a great new business idea.
It’s easily worth a few hundred words for agency new business growth seekers. Because the idea will help build your relationships with prospective clients and referral sources. And is a great way to keep your network green and growing.
I’m talking about sharing job leads.
It’s one of the easiest and more rewarding way of networking. What my friend does is monitor The Ladders, as they send him an email based on some keyword searches he has identified. They also focus on senior-level talent. The kinds of jobs that people want. He has a list of folks that he knows is looking, and plays selective matchmaker.
It’s a great relationship valentine. And, since many of his friends are looking for client-side gigs…
This is the kinda thing that puts your agency in another new business pitch or two.
Of course, it can also work for prospective clients you may know who are also looking.
Beyond the really big potential benefit of knowing the decision-maker on a brand new to his or her job and them indebted to you for telling them about the job, putting you in an excellent position to pitch and win the business (and making this sentence even longer when you win said business, retiring to an Italian villa or paying off hookers, booze or gambling debts)… here are just three quick benefits you might realize should you share job leads:
Get the inside scoop on a pitch
Nowadays, no one can promise you will win a piece of business. But inside scoop is a major advantage that can dramatically increase your odds of winning a new business pitch.
Identify other companies looking for marketing talent
Learn a bit more about your friend’s search. Some of these could be potential new business pitch opportunities for your agency!
Become a Godfather
Relationships are currency in new business and growing your agency. Build goodwill and your relationship with this professional by sharing a job lead now. And gain something that just might make the difference in a new business pitch later.
Looking to be a bit more savvy with this approach? Consider doing what my friend does. He checks his LinkedIN network to see if he knows anyone at the company with the job opening. And then, if it makes sense, offers to introduce his job-seeking friend to his connection.
So, next time you hear of a friend or prospect looking for a job, help them. And yourself. And share a job lead.