Choosing the best business-to-business (B2B) marketing agency is something best done in strategic steps. There are many B2B marketing agencies looking for lead generation and sales just as your business must be concerned with doing. In order to increase leads and sales to your business clients, your task is to select a B2B marketing agency that has the desire as well as the ability to achieve results for those who hire them. In narrowing your choices, look for marketing companies with a proven track record in getting the results you hope to achieve.
Unless you are in the technology sector, having a B2B agency in the same industry isn't always necessary for effective marketing campaigns and promotions. Proven experience in executing similar programs is crucial, since you'll basically be paying a B2B marketing agency for their strategic performance. Never hire an agency based on their website copy alone, but rather at least speak with a knowledgeable executive from the company in a telephone interview.
In order to arrange a telephone interview, you may need to first fill out a contact form or leave a message with your basic reason for calling. It can be wise to view the B2B marketing agency's website to see if it mentions free evaluations. If the company does, an account executive may speak with you on the telephone or first have you send the particulars of the marketing services you need. While you wait for further contact, notice the level of customer service and follow through.
After receiving several evaluations and quotes for your project from B2B marketing agencies, you should be armed with enough information to make a final decision. If you aren't ready though, then you shouldn't feel pressured to choose any B2B marketing agency because of a complimentary evaluation and project bid. After all, marketing agencies must be persuasive to be effective; if they've failed to convince you of their worth, it may be just as well to follow your instincts and look elsewhere.
On the other hand, if you've found a B2B marketing agency that seems to not only understand your objective in hiring them, but has specific results from similar past campaigns to show you, this could be the best choice. Make sure you know exactly what services and/or products you'll get for your money — especially before you sign any contract. If the agency you chose gives you a profitable business-to-business marketing campaign, you'll save yourself the need for looking for another company next time around.