We get many clients looking for help with their online marketing. It’s what we do, after all – and we like to think we are good at it. However, you would be surprised how many people out there don’t know a thing. They pay for a website to be built and…well, that’s just about it. Their interest ends right there.
If you’re guilty of this, then perhaps it’s time for a change of mindset. Getting to know the basics of online marketing doesn’t take a genius. Nor does it take a lot of your time. But getting that essential knowledge inside your brain ready for immediate recall is crucial. Here’s why.
It doesn’t cost much
There is a lot of information online these days about the basics of online marketing, and they are pretty much covered everywhere. There are no excuses for spending a half hour’s commute reading some articles and how-tos. That’s your starting point, and it will help you get to grips with the language that is used in our industry. Once you are confident, think about doing a course. Have a quick look over at Simplilearn.com/sales-and-marketing/smac-certification-training. They run online courses from $10 and up, which anyone can afford if they put their mind to it.
You will save money in the long-term
How much does it cost to hire out a marketing consultant or an SEO expert? They don’t come cheap, I can tell you that. But if you want to make the most out of your online presence, you are going to need some help at some point. So, with a little bit of knowledge in the online marketing essentials, you can save – a lot – on the amount you will be paying them. Why? Because all the basics will be in place, and those you hired will just be making tweaks. See it like how hiring a removal van works. You know that the longer they spend with you, the more it’s going to cost. So you get everything packed and ready before they turn up. The basics of online marketing aren’t difficult, so why waste money?
You can make sure you hire the right people
Unfortunately, the online marketing world is full of charlatans and cowboys. And to make sure you don’t get taken for a ride by the wrong people, you will need to know how to talk the lingo. Not only that, but you will have to have even the vaguest of ideas what they are talking about. That’s not to say you have to be an expert – you don’t. But you should have enough basic knowledge to sniff out trouble from few dozen yards away. There are some excellent examples of the sort of thing you need to know in our website set up article.
OK, so that’s all for now. I suppose a marketing agency telling people they should brush up on their knowledge is a little like cutting off our nose to spite our face. But at the end of the day, we want our customers to be as cost-efficient as possible. Sure, it looks better for us, but it will also help restore the sometimes-tarnished image that is attached to this industry we work in. So, in effect, we hope this has helped!