When you first get started in business, you and maybe one or two other people wear all the hats. Not only are you the owner of your business, you’re its accountant, IT manager, customer service representative, and marketing rep all at the same time.
Over time though, as your company grows, you’ll find it necessary to branch out and establish teams of specialists. And when this happens, one of the first teams you’ll want to consider building is your digital marketing team.
While there are any number of professionals you could hire at this point, building your digital marketing team will allow you to expand your promotional efforts, bringing in the additional revenue that will enable you to bring on others in the future.
But before you begin hiring these professionals, you’ll want to take a few key steps, including documenting your processes and determining what specialists you’ll need. Once that’s complete, it’s time to get hiring!
Below are the five people you should look for first when building your digital marketing team.
The Marketing Strategist
Your marketing strategist is the person who’s ultimately responsible for deciding on and overseeing your digital promotion efforts. As a result, he or she needs to understand both your company and your buyer personas extremely well.
Once hired, your strategist will work with the rest of your digital marketing team to create a content calendar and keep your efforts on track.
You’ll want to choose someone who already has a strong online presence and a good track record, as well as somebody who’s able to balance the competing priorities of budget and outreach.
Because the strategist needs to have a combination of both analytical and creative skills, filling this role can be a challenge. Ask around for referrals and be sure your interview process is thorough enough to weed out those that won’t actually be able to move the needle for your brand.
The Social Media Manager
Your social media manager will be responsible for putting the strategist’s social media marketing plan into action.
He or she will engage customers and other stakeholders on social networking sites, while also staying informed about trends and shifts in social media demographics. Your social media manager should be an expert in knowing how to communicate your voice to the outside world in a way your customers will love.
When hiring this position, thoroughly investigate the candidate’s social media presence. It should show both maturity and flair. Anybody can claim to be a social media expert, but a quick check of a candidate’s social profiles should tell you whether he or she is truly able to walk the social media walk.
The Content Creator
Content creation is a major priority for most businesses these days. Having a skilled content creator on your digital marketing team will allow you to create more content, more efficiently than if you’re constantly relying on outsourced workers.
Your content creator will work closely with both your strategist and social media manager to create on-voice content for your company. As a result, the person you hire needs to be skilled at both written and verbal communication, and be able to create anything from blog posts to YouTube videos. Ideally, the employee should also be trained in copywriting so that he or she can create content for your website and landing pages.
A good content creator knows you have only seconds to get someone’s attention, and is skilled at doing so. That said, finding candidates with all the skills you want can be tricky but they are out there. As you interview possible content creators, ask to see samples of their work, or ask them to create an interview video for you to demonstrate their skills.
The Data Analyst
Without somebody looking over your analytics data, you’ll have no way of knowing whether or not your marketing content is making a difference to your audience. That’s where your new data analyst comes into play.
Your data analyst is responsible for knowing the goals of your marketing efforts and knowing how to measure the results of your social media, written, and video content compared to these target metrics. With the analyst’s help, your digital marketing team will be able to focus its efforts on creating content that connects with customers, and avoid wasting time and money on things that aren’t effective.
When hiring this important role, look for data analysts who are familiar with major social media networks and third-party analytics tools, as well as those that have the ability to present detailed data in a usable, understandable, and actionable format.
The Technical Specialist
Last, but certainly not least, is your technical specialist. This digital marketing team member will be the technical implementer of your marketing strategies. Since most tools used in digital marketing these days require some level of coding, this person must be well-versed in HTML and CSS.
After joining your company, your technical specialist will work to create templates and help build out your campaigns. He or she must also stay engaged in the realm of emerging technologies, and keep informed about the changing trends in digital media. With these skills, the technical specialist can add the polish that simple content alone lacks, making him or her a valuable part of your digital marketing team.
When you’re interviewing for this position, it’s a good idea to have another person with you who’s comfortable with technology to ask specific software and coding questions – the last thing you want is to hire a technical specialist who can talk a good game, but can’t actually execute your important projects. If you don’t already have a technical person on your team who can fill this role, have a friend or fellow entrepreneur stand in to thoroughly vet your candidate’s credentials.
Will you have the budget to hire all five of these people right away? Probably not, unless you’re the lucky recipient of some serious venture capital funding. But even if you can only bring on members of your digital marketing powerhouse team one at a time, keep these recommendations at the back of your mind so that you can address different needs at the appropriate time, depending on your internal priorities and your budget.
Whether you hire one person or five, having a digital marketing team on hand to manage your efforts will make a big difference in your ability to promote your brand and encourage customers to buy your products and services. With the right specialists in place, you can rest assured that your marketing efforts are in good hands, freeing up your time to focus on other aspects of your business.
How have you considered building a digital marketing team?