Creating a IT marketing campaigns is a rewarding experience.
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.
Should you hire professionals from a IT marketing company in Afghanistan or is it better to use staff at the house to take care of IT marketing in the company?
The project you think of setting out to a IT marketing company can be time consuming and difficult to learn, but it can be well worth the time spent and resources used
Putting the work out to a IT marketing company 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 inhouse staff.
The questions you need to ask yourself needs to be addressed in a thorough way. In this article I will discuss some of the things you should be aware of before deciding whether a IT marketing company can be useful or whether it is better using internal staff at the house at the local branch office in Afghanistan.
Use of internal staff in Afghanistan to manage projects outsourced to the IT marketing company
Often, people in the Afghanistan-department can have broader knowledge of what is going on locally than what is reasonable to expect from a IT marketing company far away or what the people at the headquarters of your organization 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 company. Below I will highlight some of the things that need to be agreed about before proceeding.
If you already have limited resources, it is unlikely that this type of task will receive sufficient focus and attention from internal staff without adequate resources dedicated to handling the project. The IT marketing company knows that these things require a lot of attention and are knowledge-intensive, so they have dedicated the resources needed to handle the project in a responsible and thorough way.
The million dollar question
Is there any difference when using a IT marketing company in Afghanistan compared to working with this internally?
Good IT marketing tools
There are some things you need to be aware of when using a IT marketing company – whether this is handled by your department in Afghanistan, 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.
Google AlertsTo 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 Afghanistan are doing, potential public relations disasters in the form of negative reviews and much else useful.
Ranks.nlRanks.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 company you are planning to use is at all professional, they probably use the tools available from ranks.nl – or similar tools extensively.
Majestic.comMajestic SEO is the world’s largest link index. You can use this tool to find out everything you need to know about links to your own pages and what your competitors locally in Afghanistan 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.
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