November 29, 2017
Every day, we make choices. Choices about what to wear, what to eat, where to go and what to do. Sometimes the choices are clear cut and easy to make. Other times they are muddled in a sea of gray.
In marketing and advertising, there are copious options for quick, easy and even good-looking solutions. Just think about all the logos-by-tomorrow/$500 website options there are out there. Unfortunately, what we’ve all come to learn at one point or another is that “quick and cheap” is not always the best option. While they may sound good in theory, they often lead clients to other challenges.
While you might spend more when you partner with an agency, you’ll get more. More of what you want, and more of what you need. Let me explain.
When you partner with an agency you get people.
Agency people love and understand your brand and your business as much, if not more, than you do. That’s because they are invested in your success. When you purchase products through an online resource (i.e. 99designs.com) the person on the other end of the transaction is in it for a paycheck. Nothing more.
When you partner with an agency you get strategic thinking.
Those partners I mentioned above think strategically about how your marketing and advertising dollars are spent. To the best of our abilities each dollar will be working for you to achieve your goals. Strategic thinking involves outlining target audiences, determining goals for your business and defining and executing the steps necessary to reach them. If you’re not getting that from another resource, you have to wonder how effectively they’re spending your money—even if it’s a small amount.
When you partner with an agency you get honesty.
We’ll let you know when your marketing and advertising decisions might be hurting more than helping. We’ll tell you like it is, but we’ll still be friends at the end of the day. Remember, your success is our number one priority—because we don’t succeed if you don’t succeed.
When you partner with an agency you get “full service.”
That’s a term that gets thrown around a lot in agency world. What it truly means is that we’ve got your back. No matter the need, no matter the problem you bring to the table, we have the tools and expertise to help solve that problem. And if we can’t do it in house, we have trusted partners and consultants who can.
When you partner with an agency you can worry less.
You don’t have to worry about how your (often limited) marketing dollars are being spent. You can trust that your agency understands your business, has your best interest in mind and is working every day to ensure your money is doing all that it can to achieve your goals. Sure, you may spend more, but the value you get for that money is significantly higher. The intangibles often outweigh the tangible, and that is where the value lies.
At S&B we work to be our clients’ biggest advocates and best brand ambassadors. We care about your business, your customers and your products/services. Thinking strategically is part of our DNA and we don’t know how to execute a marketing plan without it. If you’re interested in learning more about how partnering with an agency can help bring your brand success, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.