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Running a balanced paid marketing operation can be a lot of fun. It can also be very frustrating.
In this post I will try to give you inspiration with new and fresh approaches to keep the fun going.
The project you are thinking of setting out to a paid marketing agent can be time consuming and difficult to learn, but it can be well worth the time spent and resourcesPutting the work out to a paid marketing agent 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 firm.
Use of your own employees in Zambia to manage projects outsourced to the paid marketing agentOften, people in the Zambia-department can have broader knowledge of what is going on locally than what you might expect from a paid marketing agent far away or what the people at the headquarters of your firm have detailed knowledge about. Although, this does not necessarily mean that it is good use of resources to engage internal human resources locally in relation to the paid marketing agent. Below I will highlight some of the things that need to be given some attention to.
Is there any difference when using a paid marketing agent in Zambia compared to working with this inhouse?
Should you hire specialists from a paid marketing agent in Zambia or can one just as well use someone in the company to handle paid marketing in the organization?
It has always been clear to me 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 paid marketing.
The questions you need to ask yourself needs to be addressed in a thorough way. Here, I will try to discuss some of the things you should be aware of before deciding whether a paid marketing agent can be useful or whether it is better using internal staff at the house at the local branch office in Zambia.
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 paid marketing agent knows that these things are time-consuming and are knowledge-intensive, so they have dedicated the resources necessary to handle the project in a proper and professional way.
Good paid marketing tools
There are some things you need to be aware of when using a paid marketing agent – whether this is handled by local staff in Zambia, 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 Zambia are doing, potential public relations disasters in the form of negative reviews and much else useful.
Ranks.nlRanks.nl has a bunch 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 paid marketing agent 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. Use this tool to find out everything you need to know about links to your own pages and what your competitors locally in Zambia 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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Questions or comments?Ask in the comments section below, or share with me your experiences with the use of a paid marketing agent compared to keeping things in the organization, whether it is about local searches in Zambia, or anywhere else.
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