A lot goes into running a business, particularly when it comes to running a business online. Content, images, diverse products, etc all have roles to play. Now you may excel in all those previously mentioned fields, however, getting your business out online requires some savvy website marketing. Luckily this is a tall glass you don’t have to try to guzzle down all on your own. Various agencies offer solid advice and help when it comes to website marketing. Yet there are always qualities you can pick up on which separate the mediocre web development agencies, and those that are truly exceptional.
Below are six traits that will help you distinguish a credible digital marketing company from a poor one:
Ethics: Despite the obvious fact that you wouldn’t want to get involved with a development agency that was fraudulent, it is crucial to partner with an online marketing agency that adheres to Google’s guidelines of proper website construction filled with interesting and unique content. If you run into any agencies that offer to use ‘tricks’ to bypass Google to guarantee a higher SEO ranking, they are more than likely using unethical or unfair advantages that will most definitely be detected by Google.
Flexibility: It be best to find a web development agency that can work around your preferences and needs as a business. Finding an agency that can work with your business rather than impose their agenda on you.
Results: The pros to online marketing is the immediate results that can be yielded and assessed. It is a lot easier to track the progression or regression of online marketing. Therefore, make sure to employ a company that clear outlines on how to track your website’s marketing progression and have reports/updates delivered to you on a regular basis.
Communication: Unfortunately it is common practice to get the best form of communication from a web developing agency when you’re in the early stages of customer and service. But once you become a paying customer the lines of communication begin to close down. While some web developing services only communicate via e-mail, that does not have to be the only option for you. If you desire written statements on updates, or discuss matters over a phone, or need actual face-time to chat (whether in person or via Skype), you should find an agency willing to cover and satisfy those needs. The more communication between you and the service you’re paying for, the higher chances of exposure your website achieves.
Experience: Always go with a more seasoned agency who have proven their worth over the years rather than an up and coming one.
Passion: Work with individuals who trust and enjoy what they do. You will find they make your job much easier and perhaps more enjoyable as well.
Granted these six qualities are in no way the end of the line in terms of what a great web developing agency can/should offer; but finding one that possesses all six of these qualities is a good place to start.