Marketing companies are specialized firms that help businesses create, implement, and maintain marketing strategies. They use various strategies, such as search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising, to drive traffic to their website and improve the value of that traffic. They can also redesign their brand and online website to improve conversion rates and sales size. Advertising agencies create, develop, and produce advertising campaigns in print media, outdoor, television, and radio.
Brand agencies focus on developing brand identities, such as the company name, visual identity, and positioning. Market research firms provide information to help businesses make marketing decisions. Direct marketing companies help plan and manage direct mail campaigns. Telemarketing companies provide marketing services over the phone by acting as a call center for businesses.
Digital marketing companies offer services that help businesses use the Internet or social media in their marketing program. SERM agencies monitor the infospace 24/7 to detect the seedbed and form a positive image of the company. Social media agencies help companies build and maintain a presence on social media platforms. Printing agencies take care of a company's print jobs and outsource them to a printer.
When choosing a marketing agency partner, make sure they are able to drive the results they promise. Research the services offered by a marketing agency to determine if they're right for your business. Make sure the agency has experience with the marketing services you want, as well as with your industry. Also, if there's a marketing company available that specifically caters to your industry (or, better yet, the small businesses in your industry), it might be worth taking a look at them.
Analyzing a marketing company's efforts is another great way to find out how well they could work for your small business. Outsourcing to a marketing company helps free up internal resources, but the real benefit comes from having experts handle what is a nuanced and broad part of the business. Digital marketing requires a nuanced understanding of a wide variety of channels which many small business owners simply don't have the time or expertise to manage them optimally.