Once you know that you need the assistance of a social media agency, it can be hard to determine which one will be the best fit for your business. There are so many agencies out there that it can feel like comparing apples to oranges, and you’ll want to be sure you choose the one that matches your budget and needs most effectively. Luckily, with this ultimate guide, we’ve boiled down the most important factors to consider when choosing a social media agency, so all you have to do is fill in the blanks! Let’s get started!
Realize There’s No Magic Bullet
At some point, it’s possible that you may have considered using a social media agency as an instant fix for your social woes. After all, who wouldn’t want a Social Media Fixer Upper, right? Unfortunately, that kind of thinking can lead to misunderstandings and trouble. For example, if you think a ready-made solution will solve your issues without any work from you or your company (or if they claim they can do so), run away! There is no such thing as a magic bullet and there are no silver bullets. (No matter what anyone tells you.) Agencies can help make social media management more efficient—but it doesn’t make it easy!
Assess What You Need From An Agency
For starters, you need to know exactly what it is you want. What sort of audience do you want to reach? Do you want your brand or product featured in press outlets? If so, are there any specific publications that would be good for exposure? How many posts a day would you like an agency to create on your behalf? Are there certain kinds of posts (e.g., long-form, link roundups) that would be better suited for your business than others (e.g., contests and images)? Do you want any SEO or analytical work done as part of your service agreement with an agency?
Vet Out Good Agencies By Looking At Their Work
Finding a good social media agency is hard. There are no credentials for social media experts, there’s no social media degree, and there’s a lot of bad advice floating around out there. To help you separate social media gold from dirt, check out an agency's work before handing over your cash. Google brand name + [insert company name] + Pinterest or something similar to see what kind of content they've been making for other companies—this will give you a good idea of what they're capable of producing.
Research Current Clients
Before hiring a new social media agency, do your research and learn about their clients and past work. While agency staff members can provide you with information about their capabilities, their statements are not always 100% truthful because they want to win your business. When you see examples of previous clients' campaigns it allows you to get a better idea of what types of results they have previously produced for others in similar industries as yours. Before hiring a new social media agency ask them if they can provide two or three examples of recent campaigns they have worked on that are similar in size, goals and industry to your own business (if applicable). If an agency is confident enough in their work that they're willing to let you speak with recent customers then that's probably an indication that they do great work.
Meet With Potential Agencies
The first step in finding an agency that's a good fit is meeting with them. Use these meetings as a way to get an idea of how long they've been in business, what clients they've worked with, how many people are on their team and how you'll be able to reach them in case you have questions or concerns along the way. This way, you're not just hiring based on one conversation—you're also considering things like experience and reputation. Before your meeting(s), make sure you have answers prepared for common questions like: What is your budget? What is your timeline? And why are you looking for an agency?
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