But regurgitating that old proposal and playing lip service to social media is all you have time for now, right?
Or is not having the time to do it just part of the problem?
This is, of course, why we outsource those things not core to the business we are in – accounts; HR; Payroll etc.
But what of marketing, messaging, and sales lead generation? Why do so many businesses attempt to turn their hand to marketing with neither the time to do it justice, nor the skills to do it properly?
This is where outsourcing to an agency can actually help - an agency will be the catalyst for galvanizing thoughts and the mechanism for generating action.
Just engaging with an agency ‘forces’ you to find the time to sit down and talk about marketing, knowing that you won’t be responsible for the output and outcomes.
And it will nearly always lead to crystalizing those thoughts you’ve been having about messaging that you’ve not got around to telling anyone about yet; generating the core message and the critical sales-support content that is relevant to your prospects by turning lots of features and functions – the ‘what’, into benefits – the ‘why’.
Messaging and content generation though important, is not really much good without execution.
You may well have a cracking customer story and the odd endorsement, but if your last website update; news story, or tweet was a month ago, what message does that really send to your prospect?
This is where you PR agency – those masters of spin – will be generating weekly, daily, or even intra-day content, that engages with the prospect to get them into your sales funnel.
Once in your sales funnel, you’ve got them, right?
If only it were that simple.
Now you need to move them along the sales pipeline and keep them engaged with your evolving messaging – reminding them of the very reason they stopped at your digital door in the first place.
Your PR agency will be proactively repurposing press coverage, client stories, and thought leadership that will feed the regular website news updates; the pithy blogs; and the interesting social dialogue to keep the prospects up to date, interested, and engaged whilst you wrestle them to ground.
A decent PR agency should be able to get your content, messaging, and marketing up and running in a few short weeks, wooing and then entertaining your prospects for you along the way.
You don’t have to do it all yourself anymore, and you don’t have to feel guilty for never quite getting around to do it justice.
The time to get some help in is now – the economic upturn waits for no one.
Ashley Carr, Founder of Neo PR