Agency GPS

Discover where your agency is now — and how to get where you want to go.

Have the agency you always wanted.

Our Global Performance Study uses the AIM-GET Framework for Agency Success to examine every aspect of your business today to help plan for tomorrow.

Ambition

What do you want from your agency?

IDENTITY

Who are your ideal clients?

MANAGEMENT

How is your business structured?

GROWTH

What is your path to win the right clients?

EXECUTION

What processes help you achieve profits?

TALENT

How do you recruit and retain the best talent?

No two agencies are exactly the same.

That’s why we don’t sell a one-size-fits-all program or formula for you to use. We work with each agency owner to utilize our AIM-GET Framework to ask the right questions and help guide you to create a business that achieves your personal goals.

You're not alone.

Being an agency owner is hard. Sometimes it is lonely. Most agency leaders have never run another business. Many became agency owners by accident. 

We’re here to help.

Ready to undertake an audit and planning process for your agency business?

The Agency GPS program takes an intensive approach to reviewing everything you are doing today, how you got here, and what your vision of a successful future looks like.

Agency Owner Questionnaire
We start every Agency GPS engagement with a detailed set of questions that starts a deep dive into your business so that we begin with a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities.

Agenda Planning
We work with each client to customize the Agency GPS process to their most immediate needs. We use the answers to the initial questionnaire, plus preliminary conversations with the agency owner, to develop a clear agenda for all work sessions.

On-Site or Virtual Work Sessions
Whether we conduct our meetings on-site at your agency, off-site, or via video conference, we spend many hours reviewing the state of your business and starting to plan for the future.

Key Conversations
In addition to the agency owner work sessions, we identify key employees and other individuals to have confidential 1-on-1 and group conversations. Often, we uncover insights that the owner may have overlooked.

Report Card and Roadmap
Based on the information we gather through all of the work sessions and data-gathering, we reflect on what is working — and what isn’t. Then we make suggestions for improvements.

Ongoing Support
The Agency GPS process doesn’t end with a final report that sits in your email inbox to gather digital dust. We remain available in the months following the completion of the project to help you implement change.

Who is this for?

Just because just about any agency can use the AIM-GET Framework to build a better business doesn’t mean they’re all a good fit for our Agency GPS process.

Here are some of the characteristics that help identify those agencies that we can help the most.

  • PR, public affairs, or marketing communications focus
  • Independently owned by an individual or partners engaged in daily operations 
  • Between 5 and 99 employees
  • Annual revenue greater than $1 million
  • Already experiencing change or seeking to make changes
  • Hungry for innovation and learning
  • Open to challenging preconceptions

Frequently Asked Questions

The typical engagement starts with an investment between $5,000 and $15,000. The exact cost depends on the number of owners and employees, the location of the work sessions (on-site, off-site, or virtual), and any customizations to the process. 

We typically require upfront payment for the Agency GPS process. However, we offer payment plans for clients who pair the initial GPS project with a commitment to ongoing Agency Whisperer advisory services at the conclusion of the audit and planning process. This ensures greater support for implementation while allowing the agency owner to spread out the total investment over a longer time period.

Once you make your initial deposit, we can lock in the exact schedule. Typically, we give owners about 2 weeks to respond to the initial questionnaire. We space out these engagements to ensure each agency receives intensive focus, but most work sessions can be scheduled within 4-6 weeks of the deposit.

Most Agency GPS engagements are completed within 60-90 days of the initial commitment. After that, we remain available for a couple of months to follow up on implementation.

Chip Griffin, Founder of Agency Leadership Advisors, brings his two decades of agency ownership and management experience to every engagement.

Yes. After the initial audit and planning process, you can take advantage of our ongoing Agency Whisperer advisory service.

While solo or micro agencies (less than 5 employees) can use the AIM-GET Framework to improve, they are more likely to benefit from a combination of our Agency Whisperer advisory service alongside self-guided implementation of the Framework.