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How Digital Marketing Agencies Find Clients


Today's world is driven by technology and data, which is no different for businesses. Businesses must have a strong online presence and utilize data-driven marketing strategies to survive in this competitive market.

This is where digital marketing agencies come in. Digital marketing agencies provide businesses with the expertise to create and implement effective marketing strategies. However, the question arises – how do digital marketing agencies find clients?

In this blog post, we will explore the different methods digital marketing agencies use to find clients.


Referrals are a powerful tool for digital marketing agencies. Whenever an agency provides excellent service to a client, the client is likely to refer them to others.

Referrals are also cost-effective, as the agency does not need to spend money on advertising to get new clients. To encourage referrals, digital marketing agencies must provide exceptional service to their existing clients.

In my experience, this is one of the most prominent ways of finding new clients. A good referral can go a long way, as it serves as an endorsement from a satisfied client and can lead to potential clients being more likely to trust and hire the agency.

Often, agencies set up a referral program that pays a commission to existing clients or agencies for bringing in new business. This is a win-win situation as the agency gets new clients, and the existing client receives financial benefits.

Traffic from Organic Search with Content Marketing

Driving traffic from organic search (or SEO) with content marketing is another effective way for digital marketing agencies to find clients. By creating high-quality content optimized for search engines, agencies can attract potential clients searching for digital marketing services. 

Remember that this effort usually takes time and resources to achieve results, but once the agency ranks well for relevant keywords, it can generate a steady stream of qualified leads.

Blogging, social media, and email marketing are ways agencies can promote their content and increase their visibility. By consistently producing valuable content, digital marketing agencies can establish themselves as thought leaders in their industry.

I know agencies who have strategically invested in SEO to rank well in Google and that niche search for specific agency services will increase the probability of acquiring qualified leads. 


Advertising is a more traditional method of finding clients, but still effective. Digital marketing agencies can use various forms of advertising, such as Google Ads, Facebook Ads, and LinkedIn Ads, to target potential clients. However, advertising can be expensive, and agencies must have a well-defined target audience and compelling messaging to make their campaigns successful.

Also, working with marketers who know how to run a successful ad campaign is important, as it requires a deep understanding of the platform and its features.

Advertising can also be used for retargeting, showing ads to people who have already visited the agency's website or engaged with their content. This can help keep the agency top-of-mind and increase the chances of converting leads into clients.

Be careful with retargeting; if your website attracts people who are generally looking for information or job search, you might end up setting up a retargeting campaign on bad traffic.


Networking is another essential aspect of finding clients for digital marketing agencies. Attending industry events, conferences, and seminars allows agencies to connect with potential clients and build relationships.

These events also provide opportunities for agencies to showcase their expertise through speaking engagements or sponsoring booths, which can help attract clients.

Speaking at events and conferences is also a great way to position the agency as an expert in their field. By sharing valuable insights and knowledge, agencies can establish themselves as thought leaders and gain credibility in the industry. This can also lead to potential clients approaching the agency for their services.

In general, if you're a founder of the agency or even in business development, it's important to invest your time in networking with potential clients and partners. These connections can lead to future client partnerships and referrals.

Cold Outreach 

Cold outreach involves reaching out to potential clients without interest in the agency's services. This can be done through email outreach, LinkedIn outreach, or direct mail. Digital marketing agencies need a well-defined target audience and a compelling message to succeed in their cold outreach efforts.

Tools like or support finding leads and sending cold outreach emails. In my experience, in recent days, cold outreach efforts have become easy to manage, but modern capabilities have enabled more competition. That said, it has become a volume game, and if not done right, it could suck a lot of your time with low results.

Digital marketing agencies need to be proactive in finding new clients. Referrals, organic search with content marketing, advertising, events and conferences, and cold outreach are all effective methods of finding new clients. 

I have primarily emphasized those sources that would constitute a significant portion of business resources for numerous agencies. These are the tactics you'd invest in for most agencies, but there could be other ways of driving business to your marketing agency.

The important thing is that agencies must have a well-defined target audience and a compelling message and provide excellent service to their existing clients to make their marketing efforts successful. By combining these methods, digital marketing agencies can establish themselves as thought leaders and attract new clients.

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