How to find a reputable independent online marketing consultant?

by ootu
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Please let me know if this is posted in the wrong forum or off-topic.

As a new startup, one of the most important first orders of business is getting a marketing plan in place to help grow traffic and adoption / sales of your product / service.

However, there are so many "marketing" firms on the Internet it can be overwhelming. And further, they all think that the very specific services that they provide will be the answer to your problems.

There is nothing wrong with that, but how can a new startup with a marketing budget decide the most effective way to spend their precious money?

The traditional answer for this type of problem is to hire an independent consultant, and follow their recommendations. Since they aren't selling services, other than their expert advice, it is easier to trust that advice.

My question is do independent consultants even exist for the different aspects of online marketers?

If so, where can they be found / hired.
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  • Profile picture of the author usemyteam
    Originally Posted by ootu View Post

    Please let me know if this is posted in the wrong forum or off-topic.

    As a new startup, one of the most important first orders of business is getting a marketing plan in place to help grow traffic and adoption / sales of your product / service.

    However, there are so many "marketing" firms on the Internet it can be overwhelming. And further, they all think that the very specific services that they provide will be the answer to your problems.

    There is nothing wrong with that, but how can a new startup with a marketing budget decide the most effective way to spend their precious money?

    The traditional answer for this type of problem is to hire an independent consultant, and follow their recommendations. Since they aren't selling services, other than their expert advice, it is easier to trust that advice.

    My question is do independent consultants even exist for the different aspects of online marketers?

    If so, where can they be found / hired.
    Hi There!

    First off good work on the startup business. Not everyone takes risk.
    To answer your question, a good way to start is through referral of friends or people who you think have utilized the services of marketing firms. Their experience is enough of a testimonial to ensure you would be working with the right team. If you cant find referrals, you can also try searching in your location if there are firms who offer the service you need. Also you can check Facebook and Twitter for thought leaders and trusted speakers.

    The use of an independent consultant is also good but you have to think about the results and his performance before. Firms can better show you their previous work and may be better in giving you results. I am not saying independent consultants wont do, they can but if you want to jumpstart your business and go forward, a team is needed.

    Budget wise, you can request quote from firms. You can even give your budget.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author ootu
      That is good advice in general.

      The point about previous results is particularly good advice.

      Our problem is that there are no friends with previous experience with online marketers.

      So we are back to start again.
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