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Ep 48: How to Effectively Scale an Agency with Chase Clymer

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Problem: Scaling an Agency in a Competitive Market

From starting a band to starting an agency, Chase Clymer shares his background and knowledge about business, scaling, and partnerships.

The Steps of Scaling an Agency 

Running an agency can be difficult but once your agency starts to pick up momentum, it can get even more daunting. To help establish the steps needed to scale an agency effectively, Chase Clymer shares information he has gleaned from his experience, mentors, and resources he’s come across on his journey.

Step 1: Establishing Swimlanes and Ownership of Tasks

Establishing swimlanes and ownership of tasks, especially the tasks involved in operation and sales, are incredibly important as you scale. Not only do you want to avoid stepping on other people’s toes, but it is also important to be able to heighten efficiency as you scale up.

Those were really the keynotes, the keystones that got our business going. I don’t think I used either of those words right: keynotes or keystones. But if you use a word with so much conviction, someone might just look over it.

Step 2: Business Development

Early on, Chase got wonderful business advice from a mentor, which steered him toward business development. Chase’s mentor emphasized the importance of sales and marketing for a fledgling business and encouraged Chase to focus his efforts on that, while delegating other operational tasks.

You need to get everything off of your plate except sales and marketing.

Step 3: Content Marketing

Being able to share content with people in the industry or customers, through different platforms and utilizing various media and formats is important. Not everyone consumes the same type of information the same way and content can be conveyed through so many different formats: blog posts, social media posts, images, videos on YouTube, podcasts, and webinars, for example.

Our goal with partnerships is actually content marketing. 

Hiring Contractors and Building a Team

When it came to hiring a team, Chase and his business partner first started by hiring contractors to help with a core set of skills they were not familiar with. They started with Upwork, but in the long run, it was more trouble than it was worth to get over the language barrier, the time difference, and the concept of working with a contractor versus hiring someone to solely work for your company.

We found a great team, they did solid work but it was the language barrier was difficult.

Hiring Andy

The first hire that Chase and his business partner made was what some people call a strategist or a project manager. Chase just calls him the guy that gets sh*t done. Although he realized, after the fact, that project managers normally come later in the process. However, hiring Andy freed Chase to be able to work on the tasks he needed to spend time on.

QUOTE:  If the first hire you make is a project manager, you’ve made a mistake. So we lucked out.

PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT: I guess it would be a blend of “Do good work” and “Do honest work.”

A few resources on Scaling an Agency, which Chase suggests:

The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies, by Chet Holmes

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine, by Mike Michalowicz

Value-Based Fees: How to Charge – and Get – What You’re Worth, by Alan Weiss

Pricing Creativity. by Blair Enns

Dotcom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online with Sales Funnels, by Russell Brunson

Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, by John Warrillow

Mike’s Personal Mission Statement: “Helping ordinary people become extraordinary in all they do so they can live a successful and significant life.”

This interview is part of the How We Solve podcast. To hear more from industry experts who are solving everyday business problems, check us out on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and on our website.

About the guest

Chase Clymer

Chase Clymer is the Co-founder of Electric Eye, an agency that increases sales for ecommerce brands. Chase is also the host of Honest Ecommerce, a weekly podcast, community & educational resource providing online store owners with honest, actionable advice to increase their sales and grow their business.

How people can people reach the guest:

Website: ChaseClymer.com

Twitter: @ChaseClymer

Instagram: @ChaseClymer

Podcast: Honest Commerce Podcast

LinkedIn: Chase Clymer