Making a intriguing social media campaign can sometimes be frustrating when you need to come up with ideas to market your company.
Should you employ professionals from a social media specialist in Paris or is it better to use someone in the firm to handle social media in the firm?
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 social media specialist can be useful or whether it is better using internal staff at the house at the local branch office in Paris.
Use of your own employees in Paris to manage projects outsourced to the social media specialist
Often, people in the Paris-department can have broader knowledge of what is going on locally than what you can expect from a social media specialist far away or what the people at the headquarters of your company 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 social media specialist. Below I will highlight some of the things that need to be discussed.
If you already have limited resources, the project will almost guaranteed not get enough attention and dedication from company staff without adequate resources to handling the social media. The social media specialist knows that these things require a lot of attention and are knowledge-intensive, so they have put the resources necessary to handle the project properly and professionally.
The project you think of setting out to a social media specialist can be time consuming and difficult to learn, but it can be well worth the time spent and resources
Putting the work out to a social media specialist 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.
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 social media.
The million dollar question
Is there any difference when using a social media specialist in Paris compared to having the staff working on this inhouse?
Good social media tools
There are some things you need to be aware of when using a social media specialist – whether this is handled by your department in Paris, 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.
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 Paris are doing, potential public relations disasters in the form of negative reviews and much else useful.
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 Paris 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.
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 social media specialist you are planning to use is at all professional, they probably use the tools available from ranks.nl – or similar tools extensively.
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