I have been a major fan of Google Trends as an insight tool for eons. It plays a big role in my list of Advertising Agency Resources. In fact, I just used Trends to help me decide (I’ve been here before) if my target market (you) are an advertising agency or a digital agency. So, are you a digital agency or an advertising agency?
In the olden days, you were called an advertising agency because you were a business that helps clients create advertising programs. This was an all-inclusive term. In fact, you are still an advertising agency. But, you also have to take into account what a client is looking for. So using Google Trends, I have to say that it might be time to call your agency (yes an anachronistic term itself) a ‘digital agency’.
Why You Are A Digital Agency
First of all, these days all marketing services agencies (full service, experiential, PR, retail, mobile, TikTok, even out-of-home, etc.) are digital agencies. And, yes, they are also advertising agencies. So, rather than using my gut feel for what to call your agency, I went to (Ta-Da) Google Trends to help me answer the question. If your litmus test is to be what most clients are looking for, well you might just be a digital agency. Here is a chart to help you see what I mean.
Numbers Matter – Like Three Times!
According to Google, in the most recent period, there were three times the number of searches on the term ‘digital agency’ as there were for ‘advertising agency’.
So, you decide what to call yourself.
Of course, if you are an experiential agency then you’ll need to leverage that term as well – if you want to be found by a client looking specifically for an experiential agency. The same goes for a TikTok agency. How might I play this out? XYC Agency is a digital agency that specializes in TikTok advertising. Just get your SEO and credentials right.