Brands are testing out different agencies on a more regular basis, trying new tactics and straying from their agency of record.
As a digital agency that develops social media strategies, creative campaigns, and manages production for your clients, you need to make sure they recognize the value of your work. It’s cheaper to keep a client than it is to find a new one, and it looks better to have a major brand on your roster than it is to have a headline splashed across the trade pubs that says they left for another agency.
So how can you keep your clients from bouncing to a competitor? It’s all in the details.
Your clients are the experts on their product, but you’re the expert when it comes to what you can do for that product. Make sure you’re showing your clients why they should be with you.
Assuming you have access to social media data (which you do: either you have a comprehensive solution like Simply Measured, or you have access to native analytics in Twitter, Facebook, etc.), you’re already able to do this.
It’s easy to forget that we live in a marketing and advertising echo chamber, but chances are that your clients don’t know as much about their audience, competitive tactics, and what people are talking about in regards to their industry or product. By digging into social data, you are able to provide a level of expertise that your competitors aren’t.
Baselines and Best Practices
How many times have you met with a client who wants a campaign to “go viral” — but when you ask them what that means in their industry, they have no idea? In many cases, your clients don’t have a baseline for success, or a good idea of how to improve performance through solid creative work. That’s where you come in.
As an agency, you should be leveraging social data on a regular basis, and if you have a software subscription (I hear Simply Measured is rad), you can take a look back at your clients’ past campaigns. This will allow you to set baselines for campaigns you’ll manage for your clients, and forge a relationship in which you’re the experts and can show accountability.
At the end of the day, your clients want to know one thing: Did it work?
They just spent a lot of money on your services; why should they do it again? Your post-campaign report is a critical lynchpin for an ongoing relationship with that client. Make sure you’re demonstrating value, but not wasting their time with metrics they don’t care about.
Your job is to bring something to the table that they don’t already have. In order to do that, you need to put yourself in their shoes. What do they need? What do they struggle with? What’s important to them?
Your clients are looking to increase sales, drive brand awareness, and be seen as industry leaders. How can you help them do that, and just as importantly: How can you show them that you’ll keep doing it?
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