The world has morphed into a global, interconnected network where everything seems to be going digital.
For a marketing agency, it feels challenging to keep up with the latest trends and continuously educate your teams to stay relevant. Both online and offline marketing is essential for any business. At the same time, digital marketing today has become more technical and competitive. The market grows saturated, and competitors seem just as creative as you and I.
After a stressful couple of years due to the pandemic, the world has started rebuilding and accelerating growth. A financial boom may be around the corner if governments and organizations succeed in moving on after the economic impact of the crisis.
Marketing agencies need to finish 2021 well to take advantage of a world full of opportunities ahead of us. Below is a list of five tips agencies can follow to have a successful year ahead:
Aim to rank high for keywords related to your digital marketing agency.
I have observed that agencies usually work more locally while serving brands across different states, countries, and regions. Therefore, they need to connect with local businesses. The easiest way to do that is to rank for the keywords directly relative to the services offered.
Agencies can utilize search engine optimization (SEO) to rank higher for search terms that describe their service and highlight their expertise.
A good SEO strategy helps with creating a brand identity with more visibility. A prime benefit of this is that whenever a new brand opens up, they will choose you over your competitors simply because they find you first.
Ranking well against your competitors and leading traffic to quality content that converts is extremely important in today’s business world.
Display your positive reviews on all your online platforms.
When I look for anything online, I read reviews all over the internet. Like me, consumers have a habit of comparing reviews of all brands irrespective of whether they are providing a service or a product.
Remember: while the collection of positive reviews is not technically a lead generation activity, the list of positive reviews does help generate qualified leads in a very significant way.
We all know that we trust others’ opinions when mulling over big decisions. Positive reviews and the ratings of a digital marketing agency give it credibility and significantly affect our decision to choose to work with a business.
Apart from the positive reviews, make sure you also respond to and rectify any negative comments you receive. Resolving negative feedback is key to any successful agency operation.
Convert your website into a growth machine.
Any digital marketing agency needs to have an active website, so when potential clients click on the website, they can get through it with ease. Moreover, this helps when they shortlist their options. You can be someone’s first choice if your website is informative and you position yourself as an authority in your industry.
So, how do you make sure that potential clients spend time on your website and keep coming back? The best way to do that is by converting your website into a lead generation machine.
The easiest way is for you to offer some free services to those potential clients. For example, for my digital agency website, I added a website auditing service. Users enter an email address and their website on a form we created, and now they can enjoy this complimentary service provided by us.
Not only have I gotten their email addresses, but I also know about their website, so if I have to approach any client in the future, I can do so very quickly. On the other hand, the auditing service generates a report for them and provides them with the essential details to act upon. So now, those users keep coming back to my website and keep referring it to their network.
You can also offer free webinars, courses, or e-books to generate and collect leads to come up with ideas that are directly related to your niche. If you need help jump-starting your lead generation process, check out the Agency Growth Machine, a proven system that helps digital marketing agencies grow exponentially.
Build relationships with well-known personalities.
All business owners look up to people who can influence them to do better every day. In addition, influential people in your field have many connections, which you can use to your advantage.
Interviewing them and building strong relationships with them helps you target more potential clients for our digital marketing agency. It significantly increases your reach. By interacting in the circles of influential people, you can grow faster and convert more opportunities that come your way.
Host them on your podcast. Have them write a guest blog. Reference their work on your own site. Become an affiliate marketer for their next launch, then ask them to do the same thing for you.
You can even consider giving some incentives to influencers in your field to be more involved in your growth. Some examples of incentives include advisory shares, equity, and commission. Building relationships with well-known personalities and further defining those relationships for long-term growth can take you a long way.
Revisit your business’ purpose.
Purpose-driven businesses persuade people. Showing empathy and a human side to your business makes an audience more lively and makes them feel connected. As a marketing agency, this can be a difficult task, but you need to brand yourself and present your team well.
Apart from your messaging for your potential customers that shows your business’s commercial purpose, align your brand with different social causes and start your purpose-driven, meaningful campaigns to attract more attention while doing some good.
You don’t always have to donate to a charity. You can provide free courses, take on more interns to help, start a scholarship, or help more startups. There are many ideas you can come up with to give your business and brand an edge. It will help you distinguish yourself from the competition and become more than just an agency.
We hope that these tips will help you and are easy enough to follow till the end of the year. We certainly took inspiration from some of the best agencies and some of our own experiences to curate this list for you. Here’s to finishing 2021 well!