Technology has evolved so big and fast with an over-saturation of hype, it’s resulted in over-stimulation of migraine proportions.

Yet there’s an incalculable number of marketing agencies that claim to have all the answers in both B2C traditional and experiential marketing.

Basically, traditional marketing includes radio or television while experiential marketing is building inter-active customer-relationships via the Internet.

Countless marketing agencies claim to create buzz with unique experiences to build brands. Many do. But many don’t. It’s all about building trust with consumers.

You’re about to partner with an unknown entity. So investigate the agency’s capabilities.

For example: Make certain the firm isn’t promising services outside their expertise.

It must know how to invest your money in traditional and digital ways to increase sales. They have to develop the right metrics to measure the desired return on investment.

To hire the best to insure a wise marketing investment, here are seven tips:

1. Authenticity

Just because a vendor can ostentatiously demonstrate awards or reference cute campaigns, it’s often nothing more than puffery.

Because this is a serious matter in a new economy of hard-earned revenue, marketing dollars should be a wise investment. Look for an agency partner that demonstrates a quiet confidence and achievements.

2. Relationship history

Success is a long-term achievement proposition. Check references. An ideal indicator is whether maintains relationships with clients. Don’t pick an agency that has a history of trading up – cancelling client relationships in favor of others.

3. Reliable metrics

The agency must be able to cite a pattern of authoritative ROI success. That means providing you with objective, independent research. Accuracy is critical.

You’re about to partner with an unknown entity. So investigate the agency’s capabilities.

4. Staff’s Abilities

Consider that the agency’s human or intellectual capital is important. You want an agency that hires and keeps the right people to provide a consistently quality service.

5. Financial management

Make sure to hire an agency that can manage your affairs financially. You don’t have to see their financials. Personally, I’d be offended. But there are ways to check out the agency’s financial situation so you’re not left holding the proverbial bag in an uncertain economy.

6. Crystal clear, reliable pricing

Nobody likes unpleasant surprises. All budget discussions are held in advance. Hire an agency that agrees to operate within your budget and won’t hit you with billing surprises. Project billing is preferable to hourly billing.

7. Candid, open relationship

Look for marketers who aren’t people-pleasers, or offended at being challenged to innovate. Don’t settle for someone who only gives you what you want. You want expertise from someone who will diplomatically tell you the truth – challenge your preconceived ideas.

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“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

– Plato


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.