Is there any difference when using a sem bureau in Helsinki compared to having the staff working on this at the house? Should you hire experts from a sem bureau in Helsinki or is it better to use internal resources at the house to take care of sem at the house?
The questions above needs to be addressed in a thorough way. In the article I will discuss some of the things you should be aware of before deciding whether a sem bureau is needed or whether it is better using internal staff in the organization at the local branch office in Helsinki.
Use of your own employees in Helsinki to manage projects outsourced to the sem bureau
Often, people in the Helsinki-department can have broader knowledge of what is going on locally than what is reasonable to expect from a sem bureau far away or what the people at the headquarters of your firm are aware of. Although, this does not necessarily mean that it is good use of resources to engage internal human resources locally in relation to the sem bureau. Below I will highlight some of the things that need to be agreed about before proceeding.
The project you think of setting out to a sem bureau 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 sem bureau 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.
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 sem. The sem bureau knows that these things are time-consuming and are knowledge-intensive, so they have put the resources necessary to handle the project in a responsible and thorough way.
However, 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 sem.
Good sem tools
There are some things you need to be aware of when using a sem bureau – whether this is handled by your department in Helsinki, or centrally at the head office. 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 Helsinki are doing, potential public relations disasters in the form of negative reviews and much else useful.
Ranks.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 sem bureau 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. Use this tool to find out everything of interest about links to your own pages and what your competitors locally in Helsinki 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 sem bureau or manage the project yourself?
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