“Consistently nourish your YouTube Channel with quality videos.”
“Write one ‘can’t miss’ search engine optimized blog post per week.”
“Publish ‘x’ number of tweets every day.”
“Review your latest Web analytics reports every month… and don’t even think of letting your company’s profiles on Google Plus, Pinterest and LinkedIn fall by the wayside.”
STOP! THINK! How many hours have you retained from your agency, or how many hours is your in-house team able to devote to implementing your online marketing strategy and accomplishing these tasks? You wouldn’t have an architect draw plans for a house without first assessing your financial resources. In this case, the resources that you must consider are time and skill.
A competent digital marketing agency or consultant will identify the tactics that will yield the most impact on your digital goals, based on the hours at your disposable. In the case of in-house teams, they must also weigh the skill set that your human resources bring to the campaign.
That is why The Online Strategy House always launches projects with new clients by embarking on Discovery Sessions. Amongst other objectives, our Discovery Sessions enable us to understand our clients’ “bandwidth reality” so that we can develop their strategies based on their assets. This is not the time for clients to be boastful or to have strong egos. If your agency asks you how much time your staff will have to devote to the implementation of your online marketing plan, then be frank and realistic. If you hire us, or another agency, on a retainer basis, then both parties must be mindful of the number hours available per month for your account.
As a client, ask the hard questions if need be: what areas should be the priority? You may extrapolate this question to a more granular level. For example, when optimizing YouTube videos for enhanced search visibility, what is most important if there isn’t enough time to get everything done at once? Should your staff first optimize the titles, descriptions and tags? Or should they invest their time in transcribing your videos so that they can upload the closed captioning?
Likewise, before you’re seduced by the latest online marketing “shiny toy”, have your agency explain the impact that it will potentially have in achieving the goals set out by strategy. This is especially applicable to social media, where it seems that a new platform is launched every month.
As my father says, “tempus irreparabile fugit” (Latin for “time irretrievably flees”). So use your company’s or agency’s time wisely. Focus on what matters, and on what is realistic.