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The national average cost for social media marketing services is $50 to $100 per hour. The national average cost of a monthly social media marketing package can range from $399 to over $5,000 a month, depending on the type and amount of help you need, your industry, and whether you opt for an agency or individual consultant.
Social media marketing (SMM) means using social media platforms and social networks to market your company’s service and products so potential clients can find you.
Many social media marketing consultants and agencies will offer a package that fits in your budget. Before you hire a social media company, freelancer, or consultant, learn more about social media marketing costs so you can find the best professional for your budget and brand.
When you hire a social media consultant or agency, they will work with you to develop strategies and run marketing campaigns — both paid and organic — on social platforms that meet your business goals. They can also help you maintain the day to day needs of your social channels.
Social media strategists help you reach audiences on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Yelp and others that may be relevant to you. They can also assist with advertising and marketing blogs. The number of services you decide to have them help you with and the length of the campaign will impact the price you pay per hour or per social media package.
As with many services, where the professional is located, the size of their business, the services you wish to address in your marketing campaign, and the social media professional’s experience factor into the cost of social media marketing. Here’s what to consider as you search for a professional:
If you’re based in an urban center and require the freelancer or agency to meet in person, that can result in higher prices for local social media services. It can be more cost-effective to work with a remote agency or social media consultant.
You will likely pay more if you hire a large advertising agency to help with social media management and advertising campaigns. A smaller agency or individual consultant is generally less expensive.
While going smaller can result in lower costs and potentially more individualized attention (if the freelancer doesn’t have too many clients), a large agency has additional benefits. Some specialize in multi-channel advertising campaigns, and can provide additional services beyond social—like SEO, Landing Pages or Copywriting.
If you’re a small business and only need assistance with simple social media maintenance (i.e. posting regularly on Instagram, maintaining a basic brand presence on social, responding to comments and messages), an individual freelancer or social media consultant will be a better fit than a large agency.
For example, Morissa Schwartz, who runs Dr. Rissy’s Writing business in Matawan, NJ, quotes clients about $52 to $89 per hour for social media services. In Los Angeles, CA, Jacqueline Basulto runs a digital marketing company, SeedX, with 15 employees. Her business’s rate is usually $75 to $150 per hour.
A social media marketing professional can help with a variety of social media services on different platforms. These all factor into their hourly rate or package offerings. Some examples of services offered by professional social media managers include:
It’s usually a wise business decision to outsource social media management and marketing if you have the budget. Maintaining a good, consistent social presence is time-consuming, and your employees may not have the bandwidth to run a large in-house campaign. A social media consultant or agency can help you get the results you want without compromising your employees’ time.
Social media marketing services generally include management, strategy, and paid ad campaigns.
When you hire a marketing agency to manage your social media accounts, it’s very individualized depending on what you want them to do. Services that can be included in the price of these services may include:
Social media isn’t the only form of digital marketing. A digital marketing agency—and many consultants—may also be able to offer the following services:
Think about your business’s goals and what you want most from a social media consultant’s before hiring them.
If you’ve ever found yourself spending more time than you planned to on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you know social media is “always on”. Running these platforms for your business takes up a lot of time. Some reasons you should hire an agency or social media consultant / freelancer are:
Agency and freelancer rates vary, but any business can find someone whose rates meet their budget and needs. To save money on social media marketing costs:
Many freelancers and agencies offer packages for set services and hours per month.
You can save a lot of money on the hourly rate by hiring a less experienced professional. The national average for freelancer rates for a social media manager based on experience:
Keep in mind that if you want to run complex social media campaigns with a large budget, you may want to consider a more experienced individual.
Twitter and Facebook tend to be the top social media marketing platforms for businesses. If you’re looking to save money, social media professionals recommend you start there.
Adding on channels like Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or Instagram may cost an additional $1,000 per channel for a package, according to The Content Factory.
Asking your consultant to create original videos for YouTube will cost more than scheduling weekly posts for Twitter. Especially if you’re just starting out with social, start with simple content strategies and expand once you’re happy with the consultant’s results.
As you’re interviewing marketing agencies or social media professionals, ask them about these factors to ensure you’re hiring a high-quality professional:
With more than one billion global users (and still growing), Facebook has become an important channel – regardless of your business type and your customer target. Our deep understanding of the Facebook news-feed algorithm, real-time search, Facebook analytics and other features will help you fully discover the true power of your growing audiences on Facebook.
Instagram is a goldmine of 700 million monthly users. It is named as “king of social engagement,” delivering 29 percent more engagement than Facebook and 60 percent more than Twitter. Therefore you should never miss Instagram as your business social channel! With the power of visual contents, we commit to deliver appealing stories which capture people’s attention and engagement. We also deliver useful insights which help you tailor your business to the customer’s changing needs.
Boasting over 3 billions viewers per day, Youtube is an excellent place for marketers to find customers. To unlock this potential, we will help you connect with this large size of audiences by creating emotionally engaging marketing videos that make your brand stand out from the crowd. We also use Youtube analytics to bring extra insights on your customers.
A game changer for B2B businesses, Linkedin is a great place for generating leads and communicating your brand. With Aurora Digital, your company Linkedin page will be regularly posted with new contents that fit your corporate culture and your audiences. Using our Linkedin marketing service, we can even help you target your industry influencers and reach a larger base of customers.
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