It is time to hire a marketing agency, and you have no idea where to begin. How do you identify which advertising and marketing agencies are best for you? Sometimes online reviews are simply not enough to measure an agency’s quality. When shopping for the best agency, here are the top items to evaluate.
While watching your business grow is great, it can be overwhelming. However, a stagnate or declining business is even more stressful, and at some point something must give. Marketing is key for continued growth; therefore, it should be a top priority for our business. However, when production, management, and quality control become overwhelming, often times marketing is the first area to suffer. While, hiring a marketing firm may seem expensive, it’s worth the investment to have it done right. The experts at Ad Age have repeatedly said hiring an external firm can reduce the likelihood of mistakes, and a botched reputation, which can spell death for your business. Here are five reasons that it may be time to hire an advertising agency:
Are you struggling to make an impact on social media? Did you create a Facebook page because every other business was and now you’re failing to see the benefit of the platform? Are your posts getting lost in the sea of information? By following these three “rules” you can beef up your social media presence in a jiff!
Rule Number 1: Be open and patient.
Think of social media as a marathon, not a sprint. Growing on social media is a process and you won’t see results overnight. Similarly, producing creative content that performs well takes time and proper preparation. In some cases, it can take months to plan one short campaign. Continue to dream big and think ahead while being patient and working diligently towards the larger, long-term goals of the brand.
Rule Number 2: Create original content.
Whether you create videos or other posts, you’ll want to create original imagery that conveys your brand messaging. Do you want to dive into meme culture? Use your own content to create relatable memes rather than taking one from another site. At its core, social media marketing is rooted in gaining additional visibility for brands and organizations.
Use your creativity to convey your messaging clearly. Create content that speaks to your audience’s individual needs and encourages interaction and conversation. This will help you have more meaningful interactions online with customers and create experiences that were never before thought possible.
When using social media (even as an advertising tool), it is important to remember that audiences want more than a sales pitch; they want experiences, useful information, and connection. Every social media platform has its own unique properties and these affect how different forms of content perform. You must learn your audience(s) across each platform and adapt your content accordingly.
Rule Number 3: Plan content with consideration.
When planning your content, it is important to consider the demographic of the audience and what users expect to see online. Do you need to post something new every day? No; take into consideration the platform, algorithm updates, and audience insights to have an idea of how often you should post. Should your tweets be copied from your Instagram posts, or vice versa? No, they should reflect the culture that exists on the specific platform in order to be successful.
While it can be helpful to follow a schedule for posting, when you post and react to what is happening in real time your audience is more actively engaged. In doing this, you encourage conversations organically. Following a plan too closely can result in your content becoming stale and inauthentic over time, leaving your audience apathetic to your messaging.
At BG Digital Group, we are experienced, knowledgeable, creative, and have access to tools thatdetect and analyze your audience. By partnering with us, we will help you become a part of something bigger. Contact us to learn more.
Ever wonder what a social media manager does? With over 2.3 million social media users in the world, the social media team at BG Digital Group works around the clock to reach as many of those as we can for our clients. It is a tough job, but filled with dynamic experiences, events, and content.
Meeting all the wickets for successful marketing in today’s digital climate can be daunting for a business owner. Thankfully, BG Digital Group is here to help ease the pain and allow businesses to focus on taking care of their customers, which is what they do best. One great example of a business that is using inbound marketing to market their business is Bender Apparel and we are excited to call them one of our client partners. And what an exciting and energizing experience this relationship has been!
We’ve seen the growth of visual content in the past years. The proof is there – Snapchat and Instagram are the fastest growing social media platforms. Audiences young and old are gravitating toward picture and video, and influencer marketing is helping brands reach their audiences in a more natural way.
Whether we are ready or not, the holiday season is officially here. The last couple months of the year are filled with family gatherings, great food, traditions, and lots of spending. So much spending, in fact that the National Retail Federation forecasts a 3.6 percent increase in retail sales in November and December of 2016, and online sales are predicted to rise between 7 and 10 percent over last year.
Our agency is currently mourning the loss of a beloved friend – Vine, the six-second social media video app. Alas, its parent company, Twitter, announced that they have decided to discontinue the mobile app, as a last ditch effort to minimize costs and hope to boast a profit in 2017.
What an exciting season it’s been on the Crystal Coast! Our team is still recovering from Beaufort Wine and Food’s inaugural craft beer festival, where we enjoyed delicious local barbecue, small batch brews and attended several craft beer seminars. If you didn’t make it to Beaufort for this year’s festival, don’t worry! Beaufort Wine and Food holds events year round, and all in the name of charity. Here’s a look at what you missed at Beaufort’s Brewin’.