It’s difficult to choose the right marketing agency for your business’s needs when you’re presented with dozens upon dozens of options. Each marketing agency holds its own values, workstyles, and services. If you’re looking to partner with a marketing agency, follow these simple tips to help prepare yourself for making this big decision.
Conduct Internal Research
Before you venture into the world of agencies, it’s important to have a deep understanding of your company’s needs and a clear picture of how your selected agency will fit in with that. You cannot expect to walk into an agency with no concept of what you’re looking to accomplish! Agencies can’t tell you what to do, but they can tell you how to accomplish it. Define some of your goals and determine the specific requirements you see fit for working with your future partner.
Research Potential Agencies
Being picky is a good thing, especially with a decision so significant! Different agencies have different workflows and styles. Check out agency websites to see how they showcase their expertise, and if they offer any other valuable resources for potential clients. Many agencies will gladly offer free consultations – don’t hesitate to take advantage of these sessions. They can be a valuable way to learn more, and agencies love to show you what they can offer you. A demo of their technology or a meeting on their specialties is a great way to determine if the agency aligns with your business needs and goals.
Ensure you are on the Same Page
Once you’ve narrowed down your selection of agencies, you can begin asking the more specific questions to ensure all expectations are aligned. Some marketing agencies will prefer that your team be heavily involved with all steps of your marketing plan, while others prefer to take the reins with less involvement on your part. At DSG, we allow our clients to be as involved as they wish to be with our customized marketing approach. Pick an agency that can align with your expectations.
Also, ensure that you will have clear communication by specifying whom at the agency you will be in most direct contact with. Ensuring that you’re on the same page as your marketing agency to be will help all parties to be more satisfied in the long run.
Have a Plan to Measure Success
If your chosen marketing agency is aware of your goals, they should be able to select KPIs to help you visualize the progress of your campaigns. Ask them for projected results before the start of a campaign (or even before you sign on with them, if you have a specific campaign in mind) and hold them accountable for delivering the results!
DSG’s customizable marketing plans mean that our services are custom tailored to fit your needs and budget. If you’re interested in learning more about what DSG can do, reach out using the contact form below.