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written by | October 11, 2021

How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency? Knowledge - Packed Guide

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The business of digital marketing agencies is increasing in India. The digital marketing industry is quickly expanding and is highly competitive. This industry is booming because of the great attention to social media platforms.

This is the right time to begin an agency for digital marketing in India. Before registering your digital marketing business, it is essential to learn the basic guidelines for beginning a digital marketing business. 

To run a business successfully, it is essential to complete registration formalities and taxation/compliance requirements. So let's start this exciting adventure of starting an online marketing company, and we hope you'll be able to extract the most value from this article.

Now, let's discover how to start a digital marketing agency.

Did You Know?

In 2021, the Indian advertising industry was worth ₹70,715 crores, an increase of 18.6% from 2020. Market size for digital advertising increased from ₹15,782 crores in 2020 to ₹21,353 crores in 2021, growing at a 35.3% compound annual growth rate. Growth in digital media is expected to reach 29.5% CAGR by 2023.

How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency?

Learn to Develop Your Digital Marketing Skills and Confidence in Yourself

First, you must acquire the self-confidence and skills required for running a successful digital marketing agency. It can be divided into three categories:

  • Digital marketing technical expertise
  • Management skills for business
  • Confidence 

Digital Marketing Skills

If you're looking to establish an agency in digital marketing, you will need to develop your skills in digital marketing. This means that you must be aware of the definition of digital marketing and how it functions. You should know how you can run campaigns to increase the number of visitors to your website and sales through one or more of the digital marketing channels.

Digital marketing is a complex set of sections. Although it's not necessary to know everything from the start, it is essential to have an understanding of these:

  • SEO
  • Content marketing
  • Facebook marketing
  • Google advertising
  • Email marketing
  • Social media marketing

Also Read: Guide to Starting An Affiliate Marketing Business in India

Work as a Contractor Before Becoming a Founder

Being able to work for a company that pays you well without much tension, burden, or debt is a privilege we all consider to be a luxury. Deciding to work on your own has a set of potential risks that could fill an entire blog. What can reduce a lot of this risk is creating the business's foundation before deciding to work full-time. We recommend doing some contracted work when you hold a full-time position. This allows you to strike independently without taking on a lot of risks.

Business Management Skills

If you aim to create an online marketing business and not be a freelancer, you must master the fundamentals of managing your own business.

It is not necessary to earn a degree to study business management, but you need to build up your capabilities that are related to:

  • Management of projects
  • HR management
  • Invoicing and billing
  • Contracts
  • Time management

As a business proprietor, you'll need to accomplish these things right from the beginning and possibly for a longer period before you reach a time point when you can employ dedicated employees.

Be Social, Literally!

Select a few appropriate social media places to help you connect with potential customers soon. Engaging in related content and making connections to your social media can help establish a solid online presence. This also helps potential customers feel confident in your company. It is possible to build long-lasting and beneficial relationships with the help of connecting with your customers on social media platforms.

A key point to note here is that it is unnecessary to be active on every social media platform. Select those most pertinent to you in your field of expertise and your area of interest, and keep them updated regularly.

Choose the Kind of Service to Provide

It is the next stage to choose which digital marketing services to provide to potential customers. A full-service digital marketing company usually provides some of the services listed below:

  • SEO Services
  • Web design and development
  • Conversion optimisation services
  • Services for marketing content (and content writing)
  • PPC services (Google ads, Facebook ads, Bing ads, etc.)
  • Email marketing services
  • Marketing services for social media

For a new business, it is very difficult to provide all these services at the start. Therefore, it is better to select those compatible with your abilities. For instance, if you're a social media expert, you could start by offering social media marketing-related services. Still, later, as you expand customers and earn more money, you could include additional services in your offer.

Make Sure You Are Building Your Brand

The essential aspect of modern times is creating an image that will distinguish you from your competitors. The best thing to accomplish is to create an identity and visiting cards that you can distribute.

A logo can help establish a brand identity and make your company's name distinctive. However, you shouldn't spend lots of time and cash perfecting the look or constantly changing it. Instead, look for something you like and think your future customers will also like. After your digital marketing company begins to grow, you can make a plan for a new design for the logo in case you believe it is necessary.

Keep your online marketing business cards close to you and give them out to potential customers at trade fairs at airport lounges, conferences, business centres, etc. It’ll be great if you can distribute more cards to potential clients. It is possible to get some flyers designed along with attending a trade show and simply distribute them.

Determine How You Will Manage Your Company

The next thing to decide is how you will manage your company.

There are three options:

  • Traditional business with an office and local employees 
  • A virtual business working from home and employing remote teams
  • A mixture of both

Each of the three options has its pros and cons, and your choice must be based on the location of your prospective clients and cost. If, for instance, you intend to provide services to clients within a particular city, having a physical presence in the vicinity can help establish your brand and attract more local customers.

If you intend to serve clients around the globe, the physical presence of your office will only add to the cost of your services. 

Develop Your Core Team

If you are planning to implement various digital marketing strategies, creating a core group is vital. Every member must have experience in a specific area of digital marketing. For example, you could engage an SEO expert, a social media, a Facebook expert, a coordinator, or a Google Ads expert. Solopreneurs can employ freelancers who are experts in various digital marketing strategies.

Also Read: Benefits & Drawbacks of Starting a Local Marketing Business

Register Your Company

Before moving on to subsequent steps, it's time to declare it official. This is what we’re referring to:

  • Select the name you want to use for your company
  • Register your domain name
  • Design your logo
  • Create a legal entity for your business with the relevant authorities.
  • Find an accountant and an auditor
  • Find an attorney
  • Design online marketing business cards.

It's important to begin this now and connect all the pieces even if you have no experience.

Conclusion

Establishing your own business is a fantastic way to begin your growth in the future. Do not try to build your agency in a hurry. Spend time in the process that can provide high-quality results. Follow our advice and build your digital marketing company in India.

To be a successful company, you need to learn, adjust and implement new strategies for digital marketing. If you can satisfy your customer, the sky limits your accomplishments. 
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FAQs

Q: How much does a digital marketing agency earn?

Ans:

A senior digital marketing manager generates ₹7,09,800- ₹10 lacs income per year. That's the income of just one person. If you establish a full-fledged digital marketing agency comprising a team of a minimum of 12-15 talented digital marketers, you can expect a huge yearly profit. It highly depends upon how you advertise your company and what type of clients you get.

Q: Is the digital marketing business profitable?

Ans:

Starting a digital marketing agency is among the most profitable decisions you can make for your digital marketing career. If you have keen skills and the art of delivering what you promise, your per-hour income can be stunning! A few big orders are enough to consolidate your business.

Q: How to start a digital marketing company with low investment?

Ans:

Low investment is also an advantage in starting a digital marketing company. You can even start working from home as a solo, start providing top-notch services and hire people to expand slowly. You just need a well-descriptive website and good skills to convey to potential customers. If you feel that you want to start with a staff, you can arrange funding accordingly through banks, contacts, etc.

Q: How to start a digital marketing business?

Ans:

Here are the steps for starting a digital marketing company:

  1. Find your niche
  2. Educate yourself in that niche
  3. Do competitor research
  4. Design and launch your website
  5. Build a strong portfolio
  6. Set a robust business model
  7. Make social media pages to reach more customers
  8. Generate leads

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