Juggling outsourced help be it web developers, content writers or web designers can sometimes feel like a mess, but for many small to mid sized marketing agencies it’s a reality. The cost of hiring developers or designers in-house is not always the best financial decision and outsourcing is necessary component of running a fiscally-smart business.
This means with each new design and web development project you need to recruit and hire a web design or web development team. If you’re an established agency, you’ve probably worked with a number of web partners from freelancers or other small agencies. Each time you outsource a project you worry. You worry about development costs, about timelines and about the process of managing a large web project from multiple angles on top of that, there is no guarantee that your go-to web partners are always available.
As a digital team that works with marketing agencies all the time we have ideas on how you can work better with your outsourced web partners to ensure successful web projects every time and that starts with choosing the right one.
Know what you want in your outsourced help
There are a number of qualities you will always want in a web designer or web developer. They start with technical competence to complete the job but then extend out to personality. Your outsourced help should be competent in the technologies needed to complete the build, for instance we work often in HubSpot, in order to build a HubSpot website, a developer should be certified by the software. When you go with a developer who isn’t fluent in a system it more often than not causes problems down the line. Look for outsourced help that checks the following boxes, once you’ve found them don’t let them go.
- Technological competence
- Flexibility and reliability
- Easy to communicate with
- Resourcefulness and creative
Reliability works best
When you find outsourced help that works, it really works. The right help can strengthen your service offerings as an agency and deliver better product to your clients. In our opinion, the right outsourced help is reliable. They make time and have time for your web projects, they deliver your projects on time and find digital solutions in creative places. This is why we recommend looking for an outsourced team, having access to an entire team of technical digital experts often ups the reliability ante.
Cheaper doesn’t always mean better
It’s easy to go with the outsourcer that best fits your budget, but cheaper does not mean you will get the results or product that you need. There is value in experience and getting the job done right. Be comfortable in getting what you pay for.
Believe in project management
The best way to work well with an outsourced partner is to manage that partner. Choose one account manager to follow the project and request the same from your outsourced team. Setting up points of communication is your best move towards success.
Marketing agencies can work better and produce better product with the right outsourced team. When you find a team that fits with your style and produces work to your standards they can feel like an extension of your agency. When your outsource team feels like an in-house team you'll have found your rhythm. See what Computan's team of digital experts and outsourced web development experts can do for your agency, request a free quote below.