collaborationDigital marketing is essentially a creative field, and like any large scale artistic production, requires the influence of multiple skillsets. Promoting your business online therefore requires collaboration.

It is impossible for one person to proficiently undertake everything that is required to effectively market a business online. You need technical knowledge of SEO, an eye for design, an understanding of web architecture, the ability to curate content and a flair for writing sales copy.

And that’s even before you get round to social media marketing and general PR – which has a whole new skillset of its own. Your promotional dream team should therefore consist of web developers, designers, copy writers and marketing/PR specialists.

Building a proficient team may be difficult for some firms, both on a financial level and a lack of office space. Fortunately, the digital arena enables specialists to work from remote locations so firms can work directly with digital marketing agencies who already have their quota of specialists.

But once you have assembled your team, you need to be able to co-ordinate its members so that everybody is batting and everybody is bowling at the same time.

Communication is key

To pull everything together, projects need a manager who disseminates information to all parties. This takes excellent communication skills so that every member of the team know the precise goals and how they will be targeted.

Once a strategy is in place together with a timeline, all members will be set their own tasks. But do not leave individuals to furrow ahead if their work will have an impact on another party’s work.

Encourage communication between your team and discuss ideas and build on inspiration. Everybody needs the same vision every step of the way.

Use team management software

There is a fair choice of management software programs on the market that enable you to set up individual projects and invite members into the circle. This type of software makes it easier for the project manager to keep track of the timeline and ensure deadlines are being met.

Be prepared to change the original plan

Note that changing plans does not necessarily mean changing the goal of the final vision. However, in large scale projects, theories and ideals cannot always be executed.

For example, you may find that your preferred option is out of your budget so you have to backtrack and come up with another solution. If this ever is the case, you and your team have to be flexible and find an alternative solution.

Create a community environment

People are more dedicated to their work when they feel involved. The software management tools gives you the opportunity to build a community and actively encourage communication between parties during big projects.

A sense of community is an important piece of effective collaboration, especially when your team are isolated from each other in remote locations. They need to be able to feel they can contribute ideas and comment on the ideas of others.

It is of course human nature to bite back when bitten and it is easier to do this with strangers in remote locations. As project manager, you therefore may want to keep a rein on how ideas are shared.

Collaborating with a digital team can be an exciting and cost-effective proposition, but if it is not managed well can also be fraught with difficulties. Therefore select your team carefully, or work with an agency you feel you can build a strong rapport with.