If getting new clients and creating sustainable systems to market and scale your business is a priority, chances are you’ve landed on the pages of one of the latest overnight gurus telling you exactly how to do it.
Marketers, trainers, and coaches are a dime a dozen these days. With easy access to tools to promote businesses through Facebook, Instagram, email, and more, it’s harder than ever to figure out who to listen to and trust to help you build your brand, create an audience, and generate qualified leads for your business.
So, how do you figure out who to listen to?
Here are three things to look for before hiring a marketer, coach, or trainer to help you grow your business:
There are some great marketers who haven’t been doing it for all that long, but even they have something in common with the industry dinosaurs: results. To get consistent results and be able to repeat the same success in different markets, for different products, or in different industries takes hard work and lots of trial and error. If you hire a marketer, coach, or trainer, they should have ample experience and results to back up that experience.
What’s a better testimonial than getting your information right from the horses mouth? There are some cases where marketers aren’t able to disclose who all of their clients are, but you should be able to get the contact information for two or three and be able to have a quick chat to figure out if their systems are a good fit for your business goals. If a business of any kind is skeptical of letting you talk to their clients, run far and fast.
Social media marketing is a fad. It is only the latest delivery channel to garnish massive attention. This time twenty-five years ago, magazines, billboards, and telemarketing were the big cash cows. As times change, so do the platforms we use to market businesses. The best marketers and coaches are ready for the change. Their skills are adaptable to new technology and trends because they understand the fundamentals, not just how to create an ad on Facebook’s Ad Manager.
Choosing the right person or company to help grow your business is a huge piece of the puzzle and is only superseded by actually putting in the work. No matter who you choose to work with, a coach or marketer can only succeed if you’re equally as committed to working together as they are. Whether that means making sure to implement their systems and not procrastinating and making excuses, or being on the ball with your follow up to the leads generated for your business—seeing results is dependent equally on their skills and effort as it is on yours.