The Most Valuable Free Communities, Paid Collectives and Consultants for Digital Agencies

The Most Valuable Free Communities, Paid Collectives and Consultants for Digital Agencies

Joe is CEO & Founder of Ajax Union, a B2B Digital Marketing Agency based in Brooklyn NY, and helps B2B companies create stellar marketing funnels. He is also a professionally trained EmCee, Keynote Speaker, and Workshop Leader, speaking regularly on using LinkedIn to Generate Revenue and how to reach 7 figures in revenue.

We asked our agency friends who they go to for guidance and where they spend most of their time online when they want the most actionable strategy for growth.

The list below is who we know, and who we were told we should know, under the umbrella of agency collectives, trainers, consultants and communities that help digital marketing agencies thrive.

With their help, you can get access and insight into relevant agency trends, agency leader talks, online communities, group Zoom meetings, and more!

First, Top Agency Collectives and Communities to Join:

The Agency Collective

Daniel De La Cruz is the Founder of The Agency Collective

About this agency advisory group: Founded The Agency Collective in 2013, Daniel runs a community of mostly independent agency owners from around the world, where they all help each other run better agencies.

Additional Links: The Agency Collective on Youtube

Why you should join this agency community:

Digital Marketing Agency Owners – Facebook

Community/Trainer Name: Digital Marketing Agency Owners

Admins: Brian Anderson & Tabitha Thomas

Size: 28,000 Members

About this group: The “Digital Marketing Agency Owners” is an open discussion group created to support those that provide Digital Marketing Services to Business Owners all over the world.

Why you should join this agency community:

The Agency-Partners Community

This is our community – the only agency community we are aware of focused entirely on partnerships strategy.
Link: https://community.partnerprograms.io/
About this community: We created it initially to support the q/a our agency partners had around how to gain and leverage better strategic partnerships with saas and other agencies. Then we started to grow it with training courses, backlink opportunities, partner offers and other resources so now it’s incredibly valuable.
And, it’s all free.

Here’s why you should join:

Digital Agency Network – Facebook

Community / Trainer Name: Digital Agency Network

Size: 2,500 agencies across 76 cities worldwide

About DAN: DAN is a network of carefully selected, highly talented, independently operated marketing & advertising agencies with digital DNA. DAN’s mission is to support member agencies’ businesses and enhance the intelligence, expertise, reach and effectiveness of the members through knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Why you should join this agency community:

Digital Marketing Growth & Scaling Community – Facebook

Community / Trainer Name: Digital Marketing Growth & Scaling Community

Founders/Admin: Jonathan Kiekbusch and John Shea

Size: 3,100+ Members

About DMGSC: DMGSC is a group for everyone wanting to either create their online business or scale their online marketing business.

Why you should join this agency community:

R/Marketing – Reddit

Community Name: Marketing & Stuff

Created: 2008

Size: 268,000+ Members

Moderators: u/Gustomaximus, u/JonODonovan, u/sixwaystop313, u/shampine

About RR/Marketing: For marketing professionals to discuss and ask questions related to the marketing industry.

Why you should join this agency community:

R/JustStart – Reddit

Community Name: Just START!

Created: 2016

Size: 64,000+ Members

Moderators: u/W1ZZ4RD, u/ThePowerHungryMod, u/TheLawless0ne, u/HumbleSales

About R/JustStart: A community about affiliate marketing, search engine optimization and related topics. Learn what works, what doesn’t and what’s new through real experiences from both beginners and experts.

Why you should join this agency community:

R/Agency – Reddit

Community Name: Advertising Agency Professionals

Created: 2010

Moderators: u/hivoltage815, u/givertex, u/jonbish, u/OliveIsCute

Size: 4,300+ Members

About R/Agency: A community for people working in advertising, creative, design, PR, and web agencies.

Why you should join this agency community:

Agency Hackers

Community Name: Agency Hackers

Founder: Ian Harris

About AH: Agency Hackers lets you meet other people who run agencies like yours. If you come to an Agency Hackers event, you can meet other agency owners and leaders and talk confidentially about what’s going on in your business – and in your head.

Why you should join this agency community:

Agencies 2 Inbound

Community Name: Agency Mastermind Group

About A2I: Join a group of fellow agency owners with similar challenges, and spend two hours a month working through a set of specific challenges, including pricing, staffing, sales, engagement structure, reporting, tools and other mission-critical issues.

Why you should join this agency community:

Agency Trailblazer

Community Name: Agency Trailblazer Community (Facebook)

Created: 2015

Moderators: Nicole Osborne and Lee Jackson

Size: 3,400+ Members

About Trailblazers: We are creating a community that is “no bull”, straight to the point, easy to consume and equips you to take action.

Why you should join this agency community:

Agency Management Institute (AMI)

Community Name: Agency Management Institute

Founded: 1995

About AMI: Home of agency owner peer groups, Build a Better Agency podcast, agency leader workshops, and AE bootcamps, AMI offers two kinds of owner peer networks and a network for an agency’s right hand man/woman that we call the key executives network.

Why you should join this agency community:

To stay up to date on agency partnership strategies and insights, join our Partnerprograms.io Agency Partners Linkedin group!

The Top Agency Consultants and Trainers:

Clodagh Higgins

Clodagh Higgins is an advisor to Partnerprograms.io and CEO of GrowIt Group.

About Clodagh: Clodagh specialises in consulting & coaching the owners of Digital Marketing & Sales Agencies across the world on how to market, sell, service and scale their businesses. She also is the author of the book A Happy & Healthy Digital Agency.

What to go to this consultant for:

Rachel Jacobs

Rachel Jacobs is the Partnerprograms Advisor and Founder of eCommerce Partners

About Rachel: Rachel helps ecommerce agency owners step away from the day-to-day of running an agency, so they can focus on growing their agency vs serving their clients. She focuses on the four corners of every ecommerce agency: Positioning, Acquisition, Delivery and Retention and helps ecommerce agencies move away from being dependant on projects in favour of profitable retainers.

What to go to this consultant for:

Max Traylor

Active Since: 2012

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About Max: Max Traylor is a speaker and author of the award-winning “Content Marketer’s Blueprint.” He brings a unique brand of knowledge sharing to the inbound marketing industry. As a trainer-to-the-trainers for Value Added Resellers working with Hubspot, Max is known for his innovative additions to inbound marketing, marketing and sales alignment and employee motivation.

What to go to this consultant for:

Jason Swenk

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Jason’s website

Active Since: 2013

About: Jason has 12+ years running a successful digital agency that built websites for clients like Lotus Cars and Legal Zoom. Discover the Agency Strategies & Systems That You Can Use to Grow, Scale, & Sell a Multimillion Dollar Digital Agency.

What to go to this consultant for:

Drew McLellan

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Active Since: 1995

About: Drew is an agency owner, consultant, speaker, blog author, and podcast host who provides consulting services in two formats — remote (phone/zoom and email) or onsite. You can buy remote counsel/consulting by the hour and his minimum on-site engagement is one full day at your company with phone and email follow up.

What to go to this consultant for:

Lee Goff

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Active Since: 2003

About: Since founding GetUWired in 2003 in Lee’s upstairs bedroom, GetUWired has helped thousands of business owners around the world break through the glass ceiling and live the lives they deserve — making more money with less work and having more time for all the things they love. Lee is living proof that his formulas work.

What to go to this consultant for:

John Bertino

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Active Since: 2012

About: John is the founder and CEO of The Agency Guy, Inc, as well as a Digital Strategist, Consultant, and Earned Media Specialist with an expertise in Content Marketing, Link Acquisition, Technical SEO, Thought Leadership and Lead Generation.

What to go to this consultant for:

Joe Apfelbaum

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Active Since: 2011

About: Joe is CEO & Founder of Ajax Union, a B2B Digital Marketing Agency based in Brooklyn NY, and helps B2B companies create stellar marketing funnels. He is also a professionally trained EmCee, Keynote Speaker, and Workshop Leader, speaking regularly on using LinkedIn to Generate Revenue and how to reach 7 figures in revenue.

What to go to this consultant for: