What does a digital consultant actually do? It’s their job to develop a digital marketing plan that doesn’t just focus on tactics, but has long term strategic goals in line with where you want your business to go. The plan should involve building your brand, increasing your results in the search engine rankings and converting new customers.
The benefits of all that should be obvious, but why would you really want to work with a digital agency, rather than doing everything yourself or having your staff do it?
1. They are the experts
The digital world moves incredibly quickly. There’s always some new social media platform or new technology to assess and learn, and if you’re running your business, chances are you haven’t got the time to keep up with the latest in everything digital and do the important work of taking care of your clients.
It’s part of a digital consultant’s job to know exactly what’s going on and what the latest digital trends are, and to be able to assess new social platforms for their advantages and disadvantages.
Digital consultants are also the experts when it comes to your marketing strategy. They can look at your business and make highly-educated decisions, based on their experience, on what platforms and marketing tactics will work best for your company and your goals to put together the perfect long-term strategy for you.
They know what metrics to track, and how to track what’s working and what’s not to adapt your strategy regularly to improve your results.
The best digital agencies will also offer consultations on a regular basis to discuss your changing aims and look at new ideas with you.
2. Time saving
Having read the above section, that’s a lot of work! If you really can do all of that, *and* manage your business, then we take our hats off to you.
If not, imagine how much more you could get done in terms of bringing new business in, improving what you offer your clients and developing new products and services if you didn’t have to take time out of your day to post on your social media, update your website, launch another pay per click campaign, and so on.
3. Money saving
If you hire an agency, you don’t have to pay out a staff salary, with the associated tax, benefits, pension, maternity pay, sickness pay and holiday pay. You just pay one fee to the agency so it’s less expensive long term, and you can more easily manage your budget.
You don’t need to pay for expensive specialist software licenses, like the Adobe Suite, or Co-Schedule. You don’t need to find more office space to house new staff, or pay for new furniture and computers, and you don’t need to manage any staff and go through the learning curve involved when a new staff member joins.
A digital marketing consultant really can lift your business to another level, and the time, money and stress you save on not having to do everything yourself can make a significant difference to your life, both at work and at home.