Agency Owners: What to Do If a Client Won’t Take Your Advice

As a web agency owner, learn how to navigate challenging situations with stubborn clients. Use strategies such as being patient, using clear and concise language, providing context and education, and recognizing when it's time to let go. Read on for more advice!
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As a web agency owner, I’m sure you can relate when I say it’s been the week for clients who won’t heed our warnings. And as a result, it’s been frustrating. Every agency owner, whether you’re in website design or a related industry, has encountered this situation at least once: the stubborn client.

It’s an unfortunate reality, and despite your best efforts to share your experience and expertise, some clients won’t listen to your advice. So, let’s look at some strategies to manage these challenging clients and maintain your sanity.

Be Patient

First and foremost, it’s important to remember to be patient. Remember, the client may need a clearer understanding of the implications of their decisions or the finer details of web design. Therefore, providing them with context, education, and examples is crucial to help them visualize the outcomes of your suggestions.

  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Refer to previous successful projects or industry examples. (Here are some of ours).
  • Offer alternative options, if possible

Ultimately, it’s important to remind yourself that you’re the expert and have dealt with numerous successful projects in the past. Keep your cool and try your best to help the client see your point of view.

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farewell say goodbye bye road agency client

Sometimes You Have to Just Let Them Go

As much as it may pain you to turn away business, sometimes it’s the best option for both parties. If a client is consistently resistant to your advice and it’s affecting the project’s overall success, consider parting ways.

Ask yourself:

  • Is the client causing unnecessary stress for you and your team?
  • Will the final product reflect poorly on your agency’s reputation?
  • Can the situation be resolved amicably?

If the answers to these questions seem unfavorable, it might be time to have an honest conversation with the client and discuss the possibility of going separate ways.

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Contrary to the popular adage, the customer isn’t always right. As an experienced professional, you have the right to stand up for your expertise and defend your recommendations. However, it’s important to do so with professionalism and respect.

  • Present your case with reasonable evidence.
  • Be transparent about the potential negative consequences of the client’s decisions.
  • Make it clear that you’re acting in the client’s best interest

Remember that it’s essential to balance defending your expertise and accommodating the client’s preferences. Refusing to bend on even the most minor issues may lead to tension between you and the client.

Conclusion

Dealing with clients who will take your advice is challenging for any web agency owner. But with patience, honest communication, and recognizing when it’s time to let go, you can successfully manage these challenging situations. 

After all, maintaining strong professional relationships with your clients and prioritizing their satisfaction is the core of any successful agency. 

So keep your chin up, and remember that you’re in this business because of your passion and expertise in web design. Don’t let one stubborn client discourage you from continuing to provide exceptional service and advice to all your clients.

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finger gesturing hand male agency owner advice

Are you a web agency owner who has dealt with difficult clients?

Share your horror stories with us! We want to hear about the challenging clients who refused to take your advice and the strategies you used to manage them. 

Your experiences can be valuable lessons for other agency owners struggling with similar issues. 

Let’s come together and share our stories to benefit from each other’s insights!

Tonya Sanchez

Tonya Sanchez

Tonya has always been a creative soul. Her passion for creativity and an endless supply of patience (she’s married to Clint) make her an incredible art director. Prior to co-launching BlakSheep Creative, Tonya co-established a parent’s day out program at a local church, which through her marketing direction, is now one of the leading programs in Livingston Parish.
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