Many companies earlier questioned the need for a digital media team. With the growing importance, the rising necessity is now being recognized. Social media has the ability to unlock doors to new audiences and give a truly unique way to engage with those talking about a brand. But how does one create a perfect team?
The first thing to be understood when creating a digital team is to know what you are trying to sell. Are you a brand that is focused on selling your product, your creativity, your content, your concept or are you a company that sells itself as a whole. You also need to determine what is your position, who is your target market, what message do you want to spread and how you want it to reach them. Once you have planned and outlined these aspects, it’s time to start building your own team.
The general mistake, when creating a digital team, is to narrow your focus on the skills of the people you hire. A golden rule to a digital dream team is: “Focus on your Employee as a Person and Not as a Resume”. It’s more important to understand what an employee is truly capable of instead of simply looking at what he brings to the table at this point. Social Media, by itself, evolves faster than we can blink our eyes. When spearheading such a mission, to have someone who is purely keyed in on his own specific skill would act detrimental to the performance of the entire team. It is essential to have an employee who is not only dynamic in nature but also motivates himself to learn more and to explore more. An employee keeps building his skills over time, but an efficient employee builds his skill and keeps absorbing and moulding new skills every day.
The entire work of a Digital Team can be categorized into three main channels:
Client Service is one of the most challenging functions that any employee can undertake. Not only is he required to get a clear idea about the client’s vision, but it is also important to reassure the client and have a proper chain of communication.
The content writer focuses on delivering the vision of the client in the most concise, clear and correct way possible. He is burdened with the task of ensuring that there is no miscommunication of any sort to ensure that no false or incorrect or distorted information reaches the targeted audience.
The designer is the creative brain behind the entire show. He is required to be dynamic in the sense that he should understand the fine balance between being subtle and being loud. For example, if an ad jingle is too loud and in the entire pomp the true message of the product is lost, it becomes a useless expenditure for the company and for the client. In the same way, some ads require subtle designing and some require attractive designing. Therefore, a designer should be able to toggle between various aesthetics and should be able to perceive the response for all types of audiences.
If you manage to employ the right people or have already reached that stage, you need to focus on your role in the agency or the company. There are two major things that you need to focus on. The first is your strategy for growth and detailing it out in terms of milestones. Basically, you are creating the path that you want to follow to reach your aim. The second thing that you need to work on is your ad spends. Ad spends is a huge part of any media marketing and therefore it cannot be ignored. This would also include some kind of budgeting and adjusting of available finances to ensure that the goals are achieved without straining the resources of the company.
Lastly, it is very important to create and promote the right kind of work culture. It is not necessary to adhere to set specific norms, but it is essential that a general outline is defined. The thing about work culture is that it will grow whether or not you want it. So it is better if you create and mould it the way you want so you get the results that you desire. It is in an atmosphere that promotes an exchange of creativity, where ideas can be freely discussed and innovation knows no boundaries, that you will find your “Perfect Digital Team”.