Smart businesses know that it is a continued level of targeted marketing activity that will keep them ahead of the competition and in their customer’s minds eye. Cutting back and reducing activity is not an option.
If your company isn’t big enough for a dedicated marketing person, you’ll find that the marketing often falls on your own shoulders. And then it only happens when you can find the time to do it, or it is reactive in response to competitor activity or when you need to launch a new product.
First Impression has launched new retainer marketing contracts to help customer’s spread their marketing spend across a twelve month period. But it’s not just about spreading cost, it’s about making sure that the activity happens and that it just doesn’t end up at the bottom of a very long to do list. And that it is targeted, relevant and part of an overall strategic plan. In our experience although a customer’s marketing spend may increase, so does the return on investment. That’s what marketing is all about; it’s about a return on investment, not a cost.
Bringing on a marketing company to support your marketing activity has many advantages but there are four key ones:
- Targeted activities against a strategic plan
- A better return on your investment
- More creative ideas and structure
- Leaves you free to run your business
A big advantage of working with First Impression is that you have a team behind you – marketing and sales professionals who can help you with ideas and structure the plan, talented graphic designers who can protect and grow your brand, copywriters who can develop your message and web developers who can ensure you are making the most of the internet. But First Impression will also look after all of your marketing needs, from advertising and PR opportunities, exhibition support, social media and internet marketing.
You only have one relationship to manage and we get to understand you and your business. In effect, we become your virtual marketing department, there when you need us, but we are working for you constantly, keeping an eye of your competitors and opportunities to move your business forward.
A retainer contract can start from as little as £800 a month, but for those companies looking to grow their business, they should be spending at least £1,000 a month. Customers also benefit from a free quarterly review to check that their marketing is on course, to review activity and results and agree the way forward for the next quarter.
If you would like to discuss how a marketing retainer could work for your business contact Martin or Helen Duncan on 01457 857111.