After reading a post about creating a marketing team, which was aimed at ad agencies and large firms, I asked our team how they would build a small business in-house marketing team—what positions they would fill. The article from INC. Tips and Tools for Building a Marketing Team is a good start. The piece discusses the need for a VP of Marketing, Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, Marketing Analyst, and Business Development Manager. This structure is geared more towards planning and execution rather than creation but what if your team needs to plan, execute, and create?

What do you Need to Create?

To build a marketing team you first must determine what marketing media you will want to create. For example, if your business is food service, you may want a staff photographer. If, however, new products are far and few between then outsourcing photography may be your best bet. Create your marketing team around your product and service. Consider how you will go to market, where you will present your wares, and who your target audience is—then build a team to fit your needs. You may also want to consider the cost effectiveness of in-house verse outsourced.

Who do you Need?

Marketing Manager– Whether the title is VP, director, or manager someone needs to oversee and direct the team. Management and communication skills along with an understanding of the organizations culture and mission, as well direct marketing knowledge are key to successfully managing an in-house marketing team.

Copywriter – How much content will you need to create? If your marketing initiative includes a blog, web copy, email campaigns, newsletters, and collateral materials, an in-house copywriter may be cost-effective with the added benefit of being more in tune with your mission.

Graphic Designer – How much design work will be a part of your plan? If all you need is a logo and an occasional banner ad—outsource it. But if your need includes E-book typography, trade show displays, web pages, and brochures an in-house designer is a good investment.

Photographer – How many photos do you need? How often do you share new work? For example, at TKO Graphix we install new one-of-a-kind vehicle wraps every day, which makes it cost effective to have a photographer on staff.

Web Developer – Businesses are beginning to understand that websites aren’t static—they’re fluid. Effective websites change, grow, and improve. They find ways to better serve their audience and incorporate new technology. If your site is more than a simple landing page, it may be wise to add a developer to the team.

Videographer – Visual content is one of the best ways to reach a targeted audience for B2B or B2C corporations. Customer testimonials, how to videos, and behind the scene productions all market products to prospects and customers; you may have more to share than you realize.

Depending on your business and marketing strategy you may want to consider adding other specialist to your team. For example, copy editor, events team, public relations, E-mail marketer, or a direct mail manager.

How Many Hats can One Marketer Wear?

In 2010, I became the third member of the TKO marketing team, which consisted of a photography/web developer/copywriter and a designer/copy writer/marketer. Today the team numbers five and all five of us wear many hats; from sales management to web development and everything in between. For a small business such as ours, hiring generalists, people who enjoy learning and are willing to take on a challenge, has proven to be a successful strategy.

Will Building an In-house Marketing Team work for you?

It depends on your organizations needs and marketing vision. What products and services will you market, who will you market them to, and through what media? Building an in-house team around these needs may be more desirable than outsourcing. The advantages to an in-house team include cultural buy-in and understanding, a unified mission, and the increased creativity of working as a team. If you’d like to discuss who should be on your marketing team we’d enjoy hearing from you. Leave us a comment. Do you have an in-house marketing team? Who’s on your team?