Creating a IT marketing campaigns is a rewarding experience.
I have always been of the opinion that it is you who know your product 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.
If you already have limited resources, the project will almost guaranteed not get enough attention and dedication from in-house staff without adequate resources dedicated to handling the project. The IT marketing professional 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 way.
The million dollar question
Is there any difference when using a IT marketing professional in Vietnam compared to having the staff working on this inhouse?
The questions you need to ask yourself has a number of aspects that you should think about. Here, I will try to discuss some of the things you should be aware of before deciding whether a IT marketing professional can be useful or whether it is better using internal staff at the house at the local branch office in Vietnam.
The project you think of setting out to a IT marketing professional can be time consuming and difficult to learn, but it can be well worth the time and resources
Putting the work out to a IT marketing professional 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 organization.
Should you employ professionals from a IT marketing professional in Vietnam or can one just as well use someone in the firm to take care of IT marketing in the organization?
Use of own employees in Vietnam to manage projects outsourced to the IT marketing professional
Often, people in the Vietnam-office can have broader knowledge of what is going on locally than what one would expect from a IT marketing professional far away or what the people at the headquarters of your company 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 professional. Below I will highlight some of the things that need to be thought about.
Good IT marketing tools
There are some things you need to be aware of when using a IT marketing professional – whether this is handled by your department in Vietnam, or centrally at the corporate 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 Vietnam are doing, potential public relations disasters in the form of negative reviews and much else useful.
Ranks.nlRanks.nl has a number of 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 professional 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 of interest about links to your own pages and what your competitors locally in Vietnam 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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Do you do IT marketing for a business in Vietnam?
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