By Carly Ries
Over the past five years, Hubspot's Partner Program has grown rapidly. With countless partners to choose from in the directory, how is a company supposed to choose which HubSpot agency would be the best to work with? Below are a few steps to help you decide.
Discover If The Agency's Services Match Your Needs
Create an inventory of all the things you need an agency to assist you with and start your search from there. Agencies vary from full-service inbound marketing to web design agencies. If you have a certain budget in mind, look and see if the agency you're interested in offers different pricing levels and packages to fit your budgetary and marketing needs.
Look for Cultural Fit
This belongs near the top of the list, because even if the agency partner is extremely credible and fits your needs, if they don't seem like people you can work with on a daily basis, then the credibility doesn't matter. The agency partner should be just that...a partner. They shouldn't dictate your strategy but rather be an extension of your pre-existing team. Understand who will be working with you most closely and see if you click with them. This is very important. You have to have chemistry.
Decide If Location Is Important to You
Is it important for you to have your agency in the same town as you? Or do you just want the best agency for you, regardless of the location? If meeting in person doesn't really matter to you, you may want to consider an agency with a distributed team, as they tend to look for the best talent, no matter where they are.
Research The Agency's Track Record
An easy way to review a partner agency is by looking at their star ratings in the HubSpot Partner directory and reading through the reviews of the agencies you're considering. HubSpot also has a partner tier program designed to highlight partner agencies that not only spread inbound messaging to the most clients, but also showcase those who have implemented inbound marketing tactics to the highest standards. This is another useful tool in deciding which agency is best for you.
Additionally, check and make sure the agency's employees are HubSpot certified and have passed the offered courses including the Inbound Certification, HubSpot Certification, and Contextual Marketing Certification, among others. Basically, the team you work with needs to be able to practice what they preach.
Are you currently looking for a HubSpot Partner Agency? What criteria are you using in your selection?