Part of digital marketing is the use of the most effective tool to earn more sales and boost website traffic. But because there are a lot of tools on the Internet, there are certain factors to be considered before buying or installing one. Here’s a guide to choosing software for lead generation and other marketing needs.
1. The tool should be functional.
Some software provide an all-in-one functionality. They even offer a toolbox or a kit that provides a smooth system for directing traffic, earning sales, and developing CRM. Most of the softwares sold now have advanced features, but this does not equate to functionality. When buying marketing tools, it’s better to reflect whether one’s business needs such advanced features because they also add to the cost.
2. Marketing tools should be integrated.
One will often hear of marketing tools that can be fully integrated with cloud-based apps and other digital business solutions. Integration delivers personalized experience, but this may go to waste if data are automatically synchronized or updated every day (software updates interfere with real-time customer interaction).
3. The tool provides the best user experience for the business.
The most important factor in choosing a marketing tool is having the best user experience. The software must be relevant to one’s business. For example, blog owners should get tools that promote, develop, and improve affiliate networking.
4. The tool is supported by proper system maintenance.
Software and other marketing apps undergo system maintenance every now and then, although the complexity of the process depends on the software brand and the its features. Things that have to be considered are: security, backup, updates, performance, and availability. However, these factors contribute to a higher price.
5. The tool should still be affordable.
Product price cannot be taken out of the equation. Since the tool will be used in the business, one should consider the total cost of ownership (TCO). In approximating the cost and liabilities, one can make a better decision before splurging on unnecessary tools and apps.
Product price, for instance, easily grow depending on the demand for the tool. Business owners should likewise predict license costs, because software vendors have different licensing structures.
Integration and development cost should also be thought of. In fact, upgrade and system maintenance will also be shouldered by the business owner.
6. The tool should come from credible vendors.
No marketing tool is perfect, and certainly most vendors would not disclose any flaws in the system. Deal with honest vendors who would thoroughly explain how the tool works. Although the vendors will not be accountable once the product has been bought, it won’t hurt to ask them questions and clarify things about the use of the product.
Lastly, one should choose marketing tools not just because they are on top of the trend. They should be able to cater the needs of the business and the target clients. Price doesn’t always mean quality, so be sure to ask for a free trial to check whether the software works and delivers what it promises.