Hey BLOOMS! In today’s episode of Operation Agency Freedom, we’re diving deep into the world of regional agency marketing as a niche, with the man himself, Nick Ponte!

Nick hails from the beautiful shores of Maui and he’s here to drop some serious knowledge bombs on building a successful agency by tapping into the culture and heartbeat of your local community. We’re peeling back the layers of the agency onion and getting real about what works, what doesn’t, and how to laugh in the face of adversity – like a business ninja!

But hold up, it’s not just about riding the waves in Hawaii. This chat also uncovers the risks of putting all your eggs in one niche basket. We’re talking about an agency that kissed goodbye to paradise because of COVID-19. Yet, our guy Nick stood strong, showing us how being a resourceful generalist can help you pivot like a pro when times get tough.

And if that’s not enough, get this – we’re also talking about old-school print advertising. Think it’s dead? Think again! Nick’s strategies for client acquisition using print could just be your golden ticket to a local agency jackpot.

Wanna stay ahead of the AI wave in graphic design and advertising? We touch on that too! Plus, hear a heartwarming tale of a Mississippi agency that’s making big splashes by mixing videos with marketing packages. Growth from $1 mil to possibly $5 mil? Yes, please!

By the end of this chat, you’ll be stoked to connect with Nick for more collabs and insights. So grab your board – or just a pen and pad – and let’s ride this wave together! If you’re ready to turn local peculiarities into your superpower and make bank while you’re at it, then you gotta tune in. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this vibe. See ya in the episode! 🌊🤙

Discussion Points

00:00 Intro

03:32 Discovered talent for digital marketing, potential income.

07:16 Collaboration, information gaps, and sharing experiences.

11:14 Challenges and advantages of starting a business.

14:51 Struggle with niche in business and revenue.

20:18 First official SWOT analysis.

23:42 Create agency in non-urban areas for success.

30:07 Sell ad space for $500, reach 10,000 homes.

33:48 Perceived risk of intangible vs tangible advertising. 

36:44 Nick emphasized local agency niche with AI.

38:16 Outro


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