At 3 Screens, we’ve been in the game since 2009, working with clients from all walks of life. With over 14 years of experience spanning diverse industries and business sizes, we’ve observed a trend among the clients we truly enjoy collaborating with.
Regardless of your background or where you’re coming from (apologies for the Backstreet Boys reference), we’ve discovered that the most successful partnerships start with a resounding “yes” to the following questions:
1. Do I Grasp the Significance of Digital?
Many associate digital marketing with social media, banner ads, or creating the next viral video. But it’s far more comprehensive than that, encompassing channels like paid search, SEO, email, websites, and every aspect of the customer journey.
Digital marketing isn’t a niche or solely youth-focused platform, as it might initially appear. In reality, it’s the primary channel for reaching audiences across various demographics. This is evident in the substantial investments in digital media, not only in Hong Kong but also globally. Moreover, it’s essential to recognize that digital isn’t a separate channel; it’s seamlessly woven into all forms of communication in today’s world.
If you don’t recognize its importance, you’re unlikely to provide the resources necessary for a successful, long-term marketing campaign.
2.Do I Appreciate the Complexity of the Digital Landscape?
Digital is in constant flux. Platforms have their own systems, algorithms, communities, and cultures that evolve daily. What works today may not work tomorrow.
Traditional brick-and-mortar businesses are also increasingly incorporating digital elements into their operations. Concepts like “Offline-to-Online,” “Online-to-Offline,” and “Omnichannel” have become prominent strategies in this evolving landscape.
Staying agile and open to new approaches is thus very crucial.
Those who neglect the learning process are less likely to grasp the intricacies offered by experienced consultants that are closely aligned with their objectives. This lack of understanding could lead to unrealistic expectations regarding the potential and limitations of digital marketing.
3. Is My Brand Ready to Embrace Transparency in the Digital Realm?
Becoming a “digital” brand demands openness—sharing who you are, what you do, and how it benefits others. Online users crave personality and engaging stories. Sharing your company’s culture, values, and showcasing your team builds audience engagement. Working openly with consultants is equally essential for crafting compelling stories.
You don’t have to reveal everything, but some level of transparency is essential for successful digital engagement.
4. Am I Aware of the Costs Associated with Digital Marketing?
While the initial financial barrier to entry for digital marketing is low, it doesn’t mean your budget should be. You can start small, but as you identify the most cost-effective channels, you can scale your budget accordingly. It’s about finding the sweet spot. Digital marketing offers an excellent return on investment, but a larger budget can take your efforts to new heights.
If you find yourself answering “yes” to all these questions, then you’re well-prepared to collaborate with a digital marketing consultant. If not, we recommend delving deeper into digital marketing to make informed decisions.
Best of luck in your digital marketing journey!