No matter what the size of your business – whether it’s a large organization or a small business, hiring a full-service ad agency is essential if you want to get the word out about your business. Creating invaluable marketing campaigns for your business, that can advertise your services/products over a multitude of platforms (including radio and TV), they have the expertise you need, can offer an unbiased opinion and will save you time that you would have spent on marketing in-house. So what are the five steps of hiring an ad agency?
1. Research, research, research
The first step in finding the right ad agency for your business is doing your research online. If you have noticed any advertisements that other companies have produced, find out who did the advertising for them and get in contact with them. Alternatively, ask other business owners directly who they would recommend. You can also do a simple search online before arranging to meet with an ad agency. Many specialized magazines for business owners will also advertise ad agencies that you can enquire about and discover what campaigns they have worked on previously.
2) Arrange an initial meeting
When you have decided on an ad agency, you should book in an initial consultation with them. By meeting with them you can get a better idea of what they have worked on in the past and how they can help you with your marketing in the present. You can showcase your vision for the marketing campaigns and see what they can do for you.
3) A formal pitch
Once you have had your initial consultation, you can arrange a formal meeting with them. They will demonstrate a detailed plan that they have designed especially for your campaign/s, recommendations on what they can do for your business and what you are currently doing that is working effectively.
4) They will create an assessment
After the formal meeting, the ad agency will create an assessment that will thoroughly analyze the web traffic that comes to your website, how the business is doing within its industry, previous ad campaigns (if there are any), your competitors and other factors.
5) They will create a marketing campaign and analyze how it has performed
The ad agency will then create marketing materials based on your vision. This can either be advertisements for radio or TV, web design, email campaigns, etc. They will then closely monitor the performance of the campaigns, building upon the campaigns which are successful and seeing how they can create an even more successful campaigns in the future.
Hiring a full-service ad agency can have many benefits for your business. Adding value to your company and giving it the exposure it requires in order to succeed, it is an expense that is worth spending for any size business – but especially so if you have a small business that’s just starting out and needs to get the word out about what you’re offering.
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