It may seem obvious that business owners, CMO’s and marketing VP’s want their digital marketing to produce results, but as a growing trend, this is becoming a requirement and not a want. Results need to be easily measurable so businesses have proof that their investment in digital marketing truly works. For proof of this trend, take a look at Gabe Leydon, CEO of Machine Zone, one of the biggest gaming companies in the world. This interview below should scare a lot of brand agencies and media buyers. Not because it’s shocking, but because it’s true. Watch the video here: Read More
There’s more than one way to skin a cat. And there’s more than one way to approach marketing for your business. Sometimes, it’s worthwhile to develop a full marketing department in-house, especially if you can keep salaries low and productivity high. But there’s a compelling case for using an outsourced marketing department also. Read More
Conventional ad agencies can be frustratingly opaque about the work they do and what results that work actually has on their bottom line. Client organizations merely receive an invoice for hours worked without any indication of how those hours have served their bottom line. Lots of “tasks” and “meetings” and “concepting”. But little in the way of ROI. That’s why outsourced digital marketing agencies have become so popular… Read More
One of the biggest questions C-level decision makers and business owners face each year is how to deal with their largest financial line item (and most important investment) – people. People drive organizations from both the top down and the bottom up. They are its lifeblood. However, having the RIGHT people in the RIGHT roles is what propels a business forward. Enter the marketing department. How many people do we need? What roles are critical? Should we outsource our marketing – any or all of it? Let’s go behind the numbers and reverse-engineer salary and revenue expectations. Read More
Traditional ad agencies are in trouble, especially small ones. In an industry where your capital walks in and out of the door each day, the value you can bring a client all comes down to thought leadership. And real thought leadership comes from smart, talented people with a knack for making things happen (hence outsourced digital marketing firms claiming more marketshare from business of all sizes). These people aren’t created overnight. They evolve. And when they hit a certain point, they get sucked up into the vacuum of larger agencies. And after that? They branch out on their own to take their skills direct to customers, or they white label their work to agencies, reaping more of the financial benefit. Read More
It’s time to tackle an outdated, and quite frankly absurd, practice that old-fashioned advertising agencies and second-tier digital marketing companies use. By the title, you can guess what that is.
Just think about it a little bit. If you’re paying a person or persons to actively manage your Google Adwords, BING Ads, Facebook Ads, etc, why should you also pay “markup” on the spend just to run it on an agency’s line of credit versus your own? Or, why is it fair to pay management fees AND a “percentage of spend” on top of that? Read More