Why you need a marketing agency for your business

Running a small business means you have to be ready to face countless challenges and find solutions on the fly. To be as effective as possible, you need to organize your work wisely, figuring out what you can handle yourself and what processes you should outsource. 

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And here comes the hard part: finding and choosing an expert who will meet your expectations.

Marketing agencies can be a true partner to reaching new success, but not all agencies are the same. Some specialize in very niche industries, others encompass different skills and services, and their price tags may vary. Before you make the leap to hire a marketing firm, read our step-by-step workflow on how to hire effectively. 

Benefits of Hiring a Digital Marketing Agency

Digital marketing is powerful, but it’s not as easy or simple as many business owners might think. That’s why having an expert team by your side can be particularly helpful. For businesses with super small teams, outsourcing could be one of their first considerations.

Let’s look at the pros of hiring a digital agency. 

  • A wider range of skills

Not every company can afford to have full-time SEOs, data analysts, web designers, content writers, PPC, or other specialists. If you choose to work with a marketing firm, you get access to a broad range of skills in various fields for the exact number of hours or activities you need at a particular moment.

If you’re planning to roll out a massive project and need help to fuel your campaign, you can go to an agency that will provide you with a team of professionals who are experts in different areas of marketing strategy.

Rather than having one person’s experience and expertise, you can benefit from several marketing minds and the skills you need to launch your project. So, rather than hiring one general marketing person for your business, hiring an agency means you are hiring an entire team of digital experts.

Professional agencies usually work with a large number of specialists in all kinds of areas, which allows you to apply the right mix of expertise to meet your goals. Let’s say you own a business and you want to hire an agency in New York that specializes in automation, branding, and analytics. Ideally, you’d want to find one with the industry specialty and experience to match.

When it comes down to it, brand managers are just people that are trying their best with lots of expectations and a looming deadline. It can be a difficult position to be in. That’s when they start shopping for an agency. And why not? Brands get on-call access to a team of experts specialized in Out-of-Home, Search Engine Marketing, Paid and Organic Social Media, PR, Events planning, and so on.

Jason T. Demorest, Digital Manager / SEO & SEA Specialist at WHITE Comminications

  • Lower costs (in some scenarios)

In some cases, it’s cheaper to outsource your tasks than have a full-time employee, especially in cases where you have one-off requirements. 

Hiring a qualified full-time specialist will take a lot of time and effort to find; and it can be more expensive than working with an external team.

According to Glassdoor, the average salary of a digital marketing manager is $123,899 per year, and of an SEO specialist is $47,752 per year.

Considering additional expenses that come with having an in-house team, like insurance, taxes, and retirement plans, the total sum rises to more than $200,000 per year. 

The services of a marketing firm aren’t free, but there are multiple agencies that work with different budget sizes and offer various pricing models. This could include a retainer with an hourly rate, or it could be project-based.

  • Access to industry tools and technology

Investing in the top software on a regular basis comes at a high price. However, a good marketing agency comes with many of the industry’s must-have tools, so their clients gain access to the best technology on the market. 

Or, if you need a graphics editor like Figma, which bills at $45 per editor/month annually, you can count on your agency to have a toolset for designers. The tool runs in the cloud, so teams can easily share up-to-date designs and collect comments.

If you hire an agency, you pay for both their expertise and the marketing software they invest in. 

  • Out-of-the-box vision

If you’ve ever heard about cross-industry innovation, you’ll know that many of the challenges we face might have been solved in other industries. One of the most successful examples is how the Formula 1 Pit Stop brought the idea of fast-food drive-throughs.

Most digital marketing agencies work with all kinds of businesses and industries and know best practices that they can share with your company. An outside opinion can give you a whole new angle from which to look at your company and your marketing strategy.

However, despite all the advantages of outsourcing your marketing activities, there may be some drawbacks. Here are a few reasons businesses may want to hire an in-house team.

  • Employees have a deeper understanding of your brand and company’s culture
  • Communication is streamlined because your team members work closely together every day
  • You have full control of creatives for your campaign