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Once you have your strategy, speak to at least 3 companies to get a feel for what each could provide. Ask for a sample of prior work and proof of success with other clients. Interview the company for what they can offer your business specifically. Some companies might only be good with digital – SEO, analytics, and user experience. While others are good at writing content or creative design. Understand how they work. How many employees do they have? The number of employees could indicate how quickly they can respond to your need. Do they only employ freelancers? How many clients do they have on-the-go? Also take your time telling them about your business, your product and the size of your audience so far. Share your challenges and what you’ve tried and failed. Give them a verbal brief and see if they understand what you’re after. Just like hiring someone to work for you, make sure the company is invested in your business and generously give their time to understand your need. That you’re not just one of their many clients.
Once you set your objectives, you can ask them to provide you with a Reverse Brief. A Reverse Brief is a document your supplier send you after they have taken the initial brief for a campaign or a project. The Reverse Brief should include their interpretation of the deliverables, scope, metrics, timeframes, and costs. By seeing their reverse brief, you can tell if they can deliver what you need or not. At this point, it’s very important that you determine how success will be measured. Be specific by using quantifier and setting how long it will take to achieve each of the goals. For example:
You can’t know for certain if they will deliver their promise. But by setting specific metrics at the beginning, you can determine whether they have or have not delivered by the deadline and you can hold them accountable. Bonus tip: Remember to search for at least 3 quotes from different companies to get a comparison. Ask if there any additional hidden costs. Then choose the one that will get bang for your buck! Have you outsourced your marketing before? What was it like? Leave your tips below for others to learn!
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