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This week on Inside PR, Terry Fallis, David Jones and Martin Waxman discuss the ways PR agencies approach the pitching process.

00:28 Dave opens the show.

02:24 A special announcement: Terry has signed a publishing deal with McClelland & Stewart for the sequel to The Best Laid Plans.  Congratulations Terry!

04:33 Producer’s note – to see the hideous sweaters the guys are talking about, go to: wearetightknit.ca

05:45 Terry introduces this week’s topic: how PR agencies approach the pitching process to win new business.

30:08 Dave kicks off this week’s -30- segment.

33:04 Terry closes the show.

Our theme music was created by Damon de SzegheoRoger Dey is our announcer.

This week’s episode was produced by Sarah Laister.


  1. Hi Terry, Dave and Martin,

    I enjoyed your discussion on agency pitches in your last show. I agree with you on the whole issue of budget. There seems to be a real reluctance on the client side to specify the budget upfront, out of fear that they are giving up a bit of control. They’d rather pose the problem/issue and see what the agency comes back with in terms of strategy. Some of that is legit, in that they may not know what a particular style of campaign might cost. However, I think a better approach would be to set a ballpark, and then ask 2-3 agencies to come forward with a proposal outlining what they could do for that amount of money. Then you’re comparing apples with apples.

    My question relates to an aspect of pitching which you didn’t touch on during the podcast. Have you ever been asked by a client, as the successful agency, to incorporate aspects from other agency pitches into a final campaign? I don’t agree with that and I don’t think it works, but I’ve been in situations on the client side where the senior person, having just seen three good pitches, wants to start cherry picking. Having selected the winning agency, there are some aspects of the unsuccessful proposals that he or she likes, and wants the successful agency to consider. How common or ethical is that?

    I enjoy your show, and have been following it for a couple of years now. I hope you get some time off to relax with family over the holidays.


  2. David Author

    Hi Cindy,

    Good question. I’ve never won a pitch and then been asked to incorporate another agency’s ideas into our plan. That would certainly feel strange.

    I just noticed your comment now, and we’ve just recorded IPR 185. I’ll try to remember to raise your question when we record IPR 186. Thanks for checking in…


  1. Inside PR » Blog Archive » Inside PR #186 – Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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