Choosing the Right B2B Marketing Agency for Your Business

In today’s constantly shifting markets, many companies decide not to invest time and resources training marketing personnel, perfecting SEO methods, embarking on large-scale online campaigns, or writing content for a variety of channels and media types. In looking for external marketing agencies to accomplish their marketing and sales strategy, businesses are looking for the optimum mix of services, a clearly defined work process, accurate measurements, strong project-management skills and, last but not least, proven experience.

360-degree view of all marketing needs and goals

A good marketing agency should carefully analyze the needs of the company, product or service being promoted, the marketing goals, the strategy, and the target audiences. They must be experts in the market where the company operates, be it IT, high-tech, biotechnology or medical sciences. They must build together with the customer an optimal marketing plan with clear and measurable objectives that is the right fit for the specific business. Whether digital or traditional, inbound or outbound, the perfect marketing agency must also have in-depth understanding, knowledge and expertise of the most current marketing channels and media.

Target-audience education

A good marketing agency should be able to educate the market. Ideally, it should have a clear stepped methodology according to which potential target audiences go through several ‘stations’. At the end of the process, they should have learned enough about a company, product or service to reach the engagement stage.

Educating the market involves several dimensions, including content, process and marketing channels. The prospect marketing agency should be able to analyze and work on each to maximize results and increase exposure.

The education process should yield clear and measurable objectives:

  • Awareness – the target audience becomes aware of the product or service
  • Education – potential customers learn more about the product or service
  • Overcoming concerns and objections by providing clear facts and benefits and answering questions

This education practice should convey the right message, to the right people, at the right time.

Structured process methodology

A killer marketing agency should offer a clear, structured, almost scientific marketing methodology. Marketing experts should have the skillsets required from an entire marketing department.

From definition of the objectives, target audience and channels, through delineation of the activities in each channel and preparation of the required content, to lead generation, acquisition and measurement, the process should be clear, precise and virtually foolproof.

Taking a lead-acquisition process as an example, it should have a clear path – understand the essence of what the customer wants to promote and gain, develop the proper channels (digital or otherwise) to present suitable content, and then decide when and how to take optimum advantage of each. Obviously, none of these can be accomplished without in-depth knowledge and experience in B2B marketing, digital marketing, inbound marketing and/or traditional marketing.

From A to Z, everything should be measurable

As soon a marketing campaign is conceived, everything in it becomes measurable. Is the content good enough? Is it driving sufficient awareness to the product or service being promoted? Has website traffic increased? Has LinkedIn proved beneficial as a key social-media channel? Have the webinar and events conducted reached the target registration and attendance rates? Is the cost per lead on target?

The questions are infinite. The methods to measure success or failure are infinite too. A good marketing agency should spare no effort to make sure that each marketing endeavor and campaign is as successful, or even more successful, than the one before.

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FAQ

Xtra mile is a B2B lifecycle-marketing agency that operates in Israel, Europe, and the United States.

With over 15 years of experience working with leading customers in the high-tech, medical and technology industries, Xtra mile helps businesses increase customer lifetime value (CLV) while dramatically reducing customer acquisition 
cost (CAC).

Xtra mile provides A-Z marketing services that drive results. From engaging new prospects with digital campaigns to create marketing qualified leads (MQLs), through account-based maximization of sales qualified leads (SQLs), to the retention and increased CLV for existing customers, we are a 360-degree marketing-services provider that walks the marketing journey.

In today’s transformative economy, we integrate a coherent system that leverages customer engagement from acquisition to retention and offer clear marketing methodologies and processes that truly improve the bottom line. 

We are proud of our team of seasoned professionals in all marketing fields – from digital marketing and social media experts, through content writing to marketing strategists. 

All this knowledge and hands-on best practices are put at the disposal of our customers and help them succeed in today’s competitive space.

As a lifecycle-marketing agency, we do not only take care of customer-facing marketing.
We also work closely with businesses in employer-branding strategies that create their unique character brands. 

We help companies deliver the right message to differentiate themselves among their potential employees’ market, hire top talent, and maintain the best employees through ongoing iComm activities.

At Xtra mile, we do go the proverbial extra mile for our customers.

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