If you’re thinking about looking at your options for marketing consultancy services, fees may be an item you’re concerned about. Choose the right consultant and fees will be well spent and provide you with results that could dramatically improve your business. Let’s have a look at some of the fees you may be charged and get some information on how you may want to measure return on your investment as well.
Many marketing consultancy firms will talk to you and give you an initial consultation at no charge. It’s probably best to stick with free assessments to help you choose the right firm. Most professional firms consider it time well spent to demonstrate their value added proposition and have an opportunity to talk to you about what they can do for you. After that, a marketing strategy and implementation plan will be discussed, along with a discussion about marketing consultancy fees. Your marketing firm should articulate their full pricing fee so there are no surprises.
Marketing Service Fees
Various items may be chargeable, such as: staffing, research, and execution of the plan. Other charges may apply as well, such as design services, printing fees if you use marketing collateral such as in print, for instance, and other charges that relate to your campaign(s). Your consultant should be able to provide a breakdown of some of those charges. Paying for expert services won’t be free, though, so be prepared to pay a chunk of change for the consultancy aspect of the marketing services. Skilled marketing consultants do fetch a decent hourly rate for their time as well but it should be money well spent.
Consultants work with you to help you reach your desired results. A marketing specialist doesn’t just take over your business operations and make changes to your business infrastructure without your say. The right consultant works along side of you and will help you learn to manage your marketing efforts more effectively and whether or not those efforts are paying off should be apparent fairly quickly.
Measuring Consulting ROI
Return on investment is important. When you invest in your business it helps to see in real data where that investment brings you. You’ll spend money, time, and you may spend resources on implementing a marketing campaign or overall plan so seeing the fruits of that labour is important.
If results aren’t apparent in terms of bottom line profits alone, the marketing firm may be able to provide you with detailed reporting, particularly if you’re advertising on the internet, to help you see results in other areas, such as search engine rankings, increased website traffic, increased brand recognition through web analytics, and other areas that show a marked improvement between now and prior to hiring the marketing consultancy. It may take time to reach your results but the right firm can help you and demonstrate their worth to you along the way.