214 episodes

Busy agency owners can have a hard time balancing delivering exceptional work with finding ideal new clients - all the while, ensuring the smooth running of their agency.


Every Thursday, join Rob Da Costa, agency owner and coach, as he explores the key topics that affect you and your agency. I share tools and ideas to aid your profitable growth as well as interview industry expert guests, who share their experiences of working in or with agencies just like yours.


Whether you are just starting out or running an established growing agency, whether you run an online or bricks & mortar agency, this is the podcast for you.


To learn more about Rob, his coaching and training, visit the website

The Agency Accelerator Rob Da Costa

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Busy agency owners can have a hard time balancing delivering exceptional work with finding ideal new clients - all the while, ensuring the smooth running of their agency.


Every Thursday, join Rob Da Costa, agency owner and coach, as he explores the key topics that affect you and your agency. I share tools and ideas to aid your profitable growth as well as interview industry expert guests, who share their experiences of working in or with agencies just like yours.


Whether you are just starting out or running an established growing agency, whether you run an online or bricks & mortar agency, this is the podcast for you.


To learn more about Rob, his coaching and training, visit the website

    Mastering Client Acquisition: Identifying Ideal Prospects & Avoiding Proposal Ghosting

    Mastering Client Acquisition: Identifying Ideal Prospects & Avoiding Proposal Ghosting

    Have you ever poured your heart into a proposal, only for your potential client to disappear without a trace?


    In this fast-paced world, where new trends shape the landscape of client engagement every day, the ability to secure ideal prospects and craft proposals that convert is more essential than ever. For anyone in the marketing agency space, dealing with prospects going silent post-proposal can be both frustrating and costly, hindering business growth and wasting valuable resources.


    By tuning into this episode of The Agency Accelerator podcast, you’ll discover how to:


    1. Precisely identify prospects that align with your agency’s expertise and values — paving the way to more meaningful connections and a higher success rate.


    2. Develop strategies to create proposals that resonate deeply with clients' needs, setting you apart and making sure your hard work is acknowledged.


    3. Employ effective communication and follow-up tactics to not only present your proposals with impact but also to avoid the dreaded 'proposal ghosting' that leaves you in limbo.


    Let's transform your proposal woes into wins!  So grab a coffee and let’s get started.


    Questions answered in this episode:


    Q: How do you effectively pinpoint your ideal prospects to save time and maximise agency success?


    Q: How do you qualify leads to ensure a focus on prospects with the highest conversion potential?


    Q: What are the crucial steps to take when presenting a proposal to prevent it from being ghosted?


    Q: How do you maintain client engagement while waiting for a proposal decision?


    Q: What methods have proven effective for soliciting honest feedback and adjusting client acquisition strategies accordingly?


    Quotations


    “Position yourself as the expert in your specific niche to naturally attract clients who are looking for exactly what you offer." - Rob Da Costa, Agency Accelerator Podcast


    “Be a ‘Rottweiler’ with your proposals; the only outcomes should be a yes or no, not an endless wait in purgatory." - Rob Da Costa, Agency Accelerator Podcast


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    “I enjoy listening to The Agency Accelerator Podcast. I always learn something from every episode.”


    If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people like you to move towards a Self-Running Agency. How to leave a review on Apple Podcasts


    Scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you loved most about the episode!


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    Useful links mentioned in this episode:


    Download the free Ideal Client Persona WorkbookGuide on niching for your agencyFurther information on the Creative Crew Community

    • 13 min
    The Perennial Puzzle: Why Marketing Agencies Struggle with Their Own Marketing

    The Perennial Puzzle: Why Marketing Agencies Struggle with Their Own Marketing

    Why are agencies so bad at applying the smart advice they give their clients, to their own businesses?


    I’m on a Mission this year to apply everything I teach my clients to my own business and this inspired me to record this episode.


    Time Stamp


    [01:45] - Why are marketing agencies not very good at doing their own marketing?


    [02:26] - Is the 'client service hamster wheel of doom' affecting marketing agencies' ability to market themselves?


    [03:13] - Why might agencies rely on word-of-mouth and referrals instead of active marketing strategies?


    [04:09] - What happens when marketing agencies experience the feast or famine cycle?


    [04:59] - How can agencies demonstrate the effectiveness of their marketing advice?


    [05:40] - What should an agency owner do if they recognise the need for marketing but lack the time?


    [06:21] - How can a marketing agency put a successful system in place for marketing efforts?


    [07:22] - Why is outsourcing, especially to a VA, beneficial for an agency's marketing?


    [08:03] - What is Rob Da Costa's approach to applying what he teaches to his own business this year?


    [08:57] - How can agencies make sure they are doing effective marketing and business development?


    Quotations


    “We live in an instant gratification world, yet most robust business development strategies deliver in the medium to long-term” - Rob Da Costa


    “Try and be your own best customer!” - Rob Da Costa


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    “I enjoy listening to The Agency Accelerator Podcast. I always learn something from every episode.” If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — move towards a Self-Running Agency.


    Scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!


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    Useful links mentioned in this episode:


    YouTube ChannelAskRobAnything AI Coaching Platform

    • 10 min
    Building a Resilient Agency: Strategies for Recession-Proofing Your Business

    Building a Resilient Agency: Strategies for Recession-Proofing Your Business

    Are you tired of the feast or famine cycle in your agency? Discover how to recession-proof your agency and ensure a steady flow of clients and revenue, even in challenging economic times, in today’s The Agency Accelerator podcast.


    In this episode, you will learn how to break free from the cycle of extreme workload fluctuations, achieve a more stable and profitable agency, and navigate the ups and downs of business.


    You will gain practical strategies to diversify your client base, implement consistent marketing and business development, and build a financial buffer for your agency.


    Tune in now and take the first step towards recession-proofing your agency for a more stable and profitable future.


    Questions answered in this episode:


    Q: How can agency owners break free from the feast or famine cycle and recession-proof their businesses?


    Q: What are the key strategies for diversifying a client base to ensure stability during economic downturns?


    Q: How can agency owners effectively balance diversification and specialisation when expanding their service offerings?


    Q: What are the best methods for maintaining a consistent marketing and business development process, even during busy periods?


    Q: How can agency owners prioritise effective time management to protect time for business development?


    Quotations


    "Protecting time for business development isn't just a nice to have, it's an absolute must-have." - Rob Da Costa


    "The key to a successful, profitable agency is consistency and proactive planning." - Rob Da Costa


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    “I enjoy listening to The Agency Accelerator Podcast. I always learn something from every episode.”


    If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people like you to move towards a Self-Running Agency. How to leave a review on Apple Podcasts


    Scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you loved most about the episode!


    Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not subscribed, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!


    Useful links mentioned in this episode:


    Learn more and join the Creative Crew CommunityLearn more about AskRobAnything, your AI Agency Coach and MentorJoin one of our FREE all-value, no-sales workshops

    • 17 min
    How AI is Crafting the Agency of Tomorrow: A Top Ten Breakdown

    How AI is Crafting the Agency of Tomorrow: A Top Ten Breakdown

    Are you ready to explore the AI revolution in the agency world and maximise your creative and operational potential?


    In an industry that is always evolving, agency owners and employees constantly seek ways to stay ahead of the curve, increase efficiency, and drive growth amidst fierce competition. The rise of artificial intelligence offers unprecedented opportunities to revolutionise how we run agencies, tackle common bottlenecks in project management, and exceed client expectations while fostering a stimulating work environment for employees. 


    In today’s show, I outline 10 ways in which AI is and will be used. You will learn how to leverage AI for pinpointing and engaging with ideal prospects, gain insights into blending AI-assisted content creation without compromising on originality, and discover AI's role in optimising project and financial management to cut down on costs and burnout.


    Questions answered in this episode:


    Q: In what ways is AI reshaping the journey from lead generation to customer engagement?


    Q: What improvements in media efficiency can agencies expect from leveraging AI in paid advertising campaigns?


    Q: Can you outline the role of AI in providing clear insights through reporting dashboards and how this affects decision-making?


    Q: How is AI automating the more mundane aspects of project management and what impact does this have on team wellbeing and productivity?


    Q: How AI is streamlining agency finance management?


    Q: How is the AI coaching platform 'Ask Rob Anything' designed to personalise support for agency owners and their team members?


    Q: Could you share insights into the implementation of AI within agencies for optimising internal communications and employee development processes?


    Quotations


    "Imagine your agency where AI takes you from 0 to 60%, leaving your human creativity to race from 61 to 100%. That's not the future, that's now." — Rob Da Costa


    "Empowering every agency owner with a coach, and every team member with a mentor – that's the vision. AI isn't just changing the game; it's personalising it." — Rob Da Costa


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    “I enjoy listening to The Agency Accelerator Podcast. I always learn something from every episode.”


    If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people like you to move towards a Self-Running Agency. How to leave a review on Apple Podcasts


    Scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you loved most about the episode!


    Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not subscribed, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!


    Useful links mentioned in this episode:


    Learn more about AskRobAnything, your AI Agency Coach and MentorLearn more and join the Creative Crew Community

    • 35 min
    Beyond Custom Work: Brad Hussey Explains How to Productise for Success

    Beyond Custom Work: Brad Hussey Explains How to Productise for Success

    Are you tired of the unpredictability of income and client work in your agency? 


    Transitioning to productised services could be the game-changer you’re seeking. This episode delves into the world of productisation and how it can transform feast-famine cycles into consistent revenue streams for agencies like yours.


    Agencies are striving to find sustainable ways to grow in a market that is increasingly competitive and where clients demand more for less. Agencies often find themselves at the mercy of variable income patterns, leading to instability and stress. Productisation offers a systematic approach to stabilising your agency's income and streamlining its operations.


    Join me and my guest, productisation expert, Brad Hussey and you will gain:


    1. An understanding of how to transform services into standardised, scalable products, fostering sustainable agency growth.


    2. Actionable insights from Brad on how to deliver remarkable client experiences while protecting profitability through effective service productisation.


    3. Practical advice on avoiding the trap of commoditising your services, with strategies for pricing and positioning your productised offerings to attract premium clients.


    Quotations


    "Productisation is about achieving clarity in marketing, sharpening your operations, and ensuring your profit doesn't become an afterthought. It's the game-changer for agencies striving for sustainable growth." Brad Hussey


    "Embrace the power of the niche; it's the lighthouse guiding your marketing messages to shore, resonating deeply with the clients who are searching for exactly what you offer." Rob Da Costa


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    “I enjoy listening to The Agency Accelerator Podcast. I always learn something from every episode.”


    If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people like you to move towards a Self-Running Agency. How to leave a review on Apple Podcasts


    Scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you loved most about the episode!


    Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not subscribed, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!


    Useful links mentioned in this episode:


    Join The Creative Crew CommunityReach Brad on Twitter/XRegister for the next Agency Accelerator LIVE event

    • 43 min
    Building Community: Overcoming the Loneliness of Agency Ownership

    Building Community: Overcoming the Loneliness of Agency Ownership

    Are you tired of feeling isolated and overwhelmed running your agency - making critical decisions without anyone to bounce ideas off of, or lacking the support of a like-minded community?


    In today's fast-paced and competitive agency world, the loneliness of running an agency can contribute to burnout, demotivation, and missed growth opportunities. This episode provides essential insights into overcoming the challenges of agency ownership and reaping the rewards of a supportive community.  


    Rob will share:


    Valuable insights: Discover the pitfalls of isolation and the immense benefits of being part of a supportive community of fellow agency owners.Practical tips on finding the right community: Learn actionable advice on integrating into communities, accessing diverse perspectives, and building genuine relationships that can lead to new business opportunities.Personal and professional growth: Understand how community connection provides motivation, accountability, and exposure to new ideas, ultimately propelling agency owners forward in their journeys.

    Dive into this episode to gain practical advice on finding the right community and reap the benefits of being part of a supportive network of agency owners.


    Questions answered in this episode:


    Q: What are some of the pitfalls of going it alone?


    Q: What are the benefits of being part of a community of fellow agency owners?


    Q: What types of communities are there?


    Q: How do I find appropriate communities?


    Quotations


    "Surrounding yourself with a tribe of like-minded peers provides diverse expertise, emotional support, and endless growth opportunities." Rob Da Costa


    Rate, Review, & Subscribe on Apple Podcasts


    “I enjoy listening to The Agency Accelerator Podcast. I always learn something from every episode.”


    If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people like you to move towards a Self-Running Agency. How to leave a review on Apple Podcasts


    Scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you loved most about the episode!


    Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not subscribed, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!


    Useful links mentioned in this episode:


    My free community, Agency Accelerator LIVEMy community of agency owners in The Self-Running AgencyGet support from AskRobAnything, your AI Agency Coach

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

Alex J Sanfilippo ,

Brilliantly curated content from a pro!

Rob not only brings on great guests, but he also has some incredibly helpful solo episodes. All around, this is a much listen to show for anyone who’s wanting to accelerate the growth of their agency! A+

Macstephen1 ,

Marketing is the key!

This show is a great resource for not only Agency owners, but any business owner. Listen in and grow!!

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Priceless information

Rob gives extremely important advice for anyone looking to run their agency properly!

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