For some companies, the prospect of finding and appointing a marketing partner can be a daunting challange especially if this is an area they are unsure of. There are a number of questions which are needed to be asked – Where do you start? How do you know if you’re talking to the companies that are right for your business? And what is ‘right’ for your business anyway? Is it their experience or cultural fit? Is it the people? Is it the cost?
In my view, the process of finding the right strategic marketing partner can follow the same basic steps as those you’d go through when buying a house. And whether this is for your business or on behalf of a someone else, having the right mindset before you start the search will pay dividends.
Like most business projects, more research at the beginning will lead to a better brief and ultimately deliver the best result. First, decide on the sort of marketing company you think will suit you in terms of size, location and type. Then start to narrow the search, collating written specifications for those that are available and meet your initial criteria.
Once you’ve looked through these, visit a few of them to see how they feel and whether you could be comfortable there. Finally, get some detail on how they like to work, what they could do for you specifically and how much it will cost you.
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