Is there any difference when using a IT marketing agency in Alta compared to working with this inhouse? Should you employ specialists from a IT marketing agency in Alta or is it better to use someone in the organization to take care of IT marketing in the company?
The questions above needs to be addressed in a thorough way. In the article I will highlight some of the things you should be aware of before deciding whether a IT marketing agency is needed or whether it is better using internal staff in the organization at the local branch office in Alta.
Use of your own staff in Alta to manage projects outsourced to the IT marketing agency
Often, people in the Alta-department can have broader knowledge of what is going on locally than what one would expect from a IT marketing agency far away or what the people at the headquarters of your firm know about. However, this does not necessarily mean that it is good use of resources to engage internal human resources locally in relation to the IT marketing agency. Below I will highlight some of the things that need to be given some thought.
The project you think of setting out to a IT marketing agency can be time consuming and difficult to learn, but it can be well worth the time and resources used
Putting the work out to a IT marketing agency can certainly pay off, but it is still important that there are available resources that can handle this in a proper way on the part of the company.
If you already have limited resources, it is unlikely that this type of task will receive sufficient focus and attention from in-house staff without adequate resources to handling the project. The IT marketing agency knows that these things require a lot of attention and are knowledge-intensive, so they have put the resources necessary to handle the project in a professional way.
But, I have always been of the opinion that it is you who know your service and your market best, so if you have the resources needed, it is definitely the best thing to do it yourself. This is something that must be carefully considered before making a decision on how to proceed with IT marketing.
Good IT marketing tools
There are some things you need to be aware of when using a IT marketing agency – whether this is handled by local staff in Alta, or centrally at the headquarter. Below is a handy checklist of things you need to think about, as well as the best tools you can use for either free or commercial tools where free alternatives are not available or significantly inferior to the commercial ones.
To be on top of things, it is important to know what happens as early as possible. Google Alerts sends you an email every time someone mentions the words and phrases you specify. This can be anything from trademarks that are important to you, people of interest or general words and phrases that are important to your business. You can have alerts for all employees, freelancers you use, your trademarks including websites you run and words and phrases you focus on. All of this gives you a good overview of what is being talked about that matters internally. Google’s notification is free to use and helps you to be early in terms of being on top of what your competitors in Alta are doing, potential public relations disasters in the form of negative reviews and much else useful.
Ranks.nl has many professional SEO tools that I can really recommend. One of the tools I use most is Page Analyzer. With this tool, you can check keyword density on each subpage of your domain to optimize for keywords or phrases. If the IT marketing agency you are planning to use is at all professional, they probably use the tools available from ranks.nl – or similar tools extensively.
Majestic SEO is the world’s largest link index. You can use this tool to find out everything of interest about links to your own pages and what your competitors locally in Alta are doing, or what national and international competitors are up to. Links to your website and subpages are crucial to your search engine rankings, so this is important to keep tabs on.
Need help deciding whether to use a IT marketing agency or manage the project yourself?
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