What Are the Prices for Digital Marketing Services? Everything You Should Know

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It is almost impossible to create a budget for digital marketing services.

If you’ve ever tried to budget for marketing work or outsource digital marketing, you’ve probably asked some of these questions:

  • Should I hire an independent worker or a company?
  • Should we think about putting this person on staff?
  • Should we hire someone for a one-time job and then let them handle it on their own, or should we pay someone a retainer?
  •  What kind of services do we need?

We’ll answer all of these questions and more as we go deeper into:

  • Common services for digital marketing (and what kinds of businesses are a good fit for each)
  • The pros and cons of working with freelancers versus agencies
  •  How much does each digital marketing service costs in Singapore and around the world

Most Common Services for Digital Marketing

You wouldn’t be reading this post if you didn’t know about the different kinds of digital marketing. But let’s go over the basics and look at which services make the most sense for other businesses.


SEO, which stands for “search engine optimization,” is the process of ensuring that a business’s web pages rank well for the keywords and phrases its customers search for. SEO usually starts with researching the topic and keywords. It includes technical optimization, on-page optimization, content strategy, link building, and more.

SEO is an excellent way for most businesses to market online, but it gives the best return on investment (ROI) for companies that sell products and services in high demand. The more people search for your product or service, the more money you will make from SEO.

On the other hand, if you sell a product or service that isn’t well-known, you might be better off with ads that introduce your brand to the people you want to buy from you.

PPC and Advertising on the Internet

Pay-per-click (PPC) and digital advertising include any advertising you do on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google Display Network, Google Search Network, TikTok, etc. PPC includes strategy, design, copywriting, audience research, targeting, account management, optimization, and more.

Digital advertising is something that almost any business can do well. Still, companies with good SEO can spend less on ads because they get so much traffic and leads from other sources.

Businesses in industries that aren’t as popular should use PPC, digital advertising, and social media marketing to get the attention of their target audience.

Content Marketing

Material marketing is the use of content to attract, persuade, and convert customers. Blog entries, whitepapers, videos, podcasts, and other types of content may be found here. Audience research, lifecycle mapping, keyword research, topical research, content planning, authoring, editing, publishing, and content distribution are all part of content marketing.

Content marketing may assist all firms, but it is most successful for those with a long purchasing cycle, particularly in the B2B area. If your prospects and leads have many questions about their journey and require education, content marketing will be really beneficial.

Social Media Marketing

The use of social media channels to interact with your audience, establish your brand, improve sales, and generate traffic is known as social media marketing.

It entails creating material for distribution across various social media channels. Audience research, topical research, content production, copywriting, publishing, and other activities are all part of social media marketing.

Social media marketing is a wonderful concept for any business, but those who can develop interesting material that their target audience is interested in will see the best results.

Internal, Agency, or Freelancer?

If you’re thinking about getting into digital marketing, doubling down on a certain channel, or changing up your present strategy, you have a few options:

You can accomplish it on your own. We will not endorse this if you are a company owner. You just do not have the time to understand digital marketing. You may have experience in one of these areas if you are a marketing director or manager. If so, it may make sense for you to carry it out; otherwise, outsourcing it will be well worth your money.

You can bring in an expert from within your organization. Hiring an in-house employee can make sense, but you typically end up paying significantly more in overhead than you should, and it may not be worth it unless you have enough work to keep them occupied 40 hours a week.

You can work with a freelancer. Freelancers are the most cost-effective option to get work done, but they are also the riskiest.

You can seek the advice of a professional. Digital marketing companies are frequently the ideal compromise between employing an in-house professional and relying on a freelancer. Most agencies specialize in numerous channels and have vast teams with diverse skills and skill sets.

Advantages and disadvantages

DIY Advantages

  • Outsourcing can help you save money.
  • You may have extensive knowledge of the channel.

DIY Disadvantages

  • You should be focusing your time on more vital business duties.
  • In the long term, you may lose money.

In-House Pros

  • You have someone working on the channel full-time or part-time.
  • Once the new recruit understands the goals and expectations, they can take ownership of the results.

In-House Cons

  • You end up paying for overhead, perks, and other expenses.
  • It may not be essential unless it is a channel in which you are significantly invested.

Freelance Pros

  • Affordable.
  • There are no additional charges to have them work for you.

Freelance Cons

  • Frequently untrustworthy and inconsistent.
  • Freelancers are free to leave at any moment.

Agency Pros

Large groups have a diverse set of talents.

A dedicated account manager will keep you updated on outcomes and progress.

Agency Cons

Onboarding and execution can be time-consuming.

Pricing transparency is lacking in certain agencies.

Web Leads Digital Agency uses Hubstaffs for transparency between clients, agency, and employees. 

Different pricing types for Digital Marketing

Not only are there several options to outsource digital marketing, but there are also several price structures to be aware of when working with freelancers and agencies:

Hourly Work: Hourly work will be the most popular among freelancers. You will define your requirements, and they will write a scope of work based on the number of hours they think it will take them.

By Project: If you simply require one-time work, some freelancers and most agencies may charge you a flat cost for the whole project, which may or may not be based solely on hours spent.

Monthly Cost: The majority of agencies will charge a monthly fee for a variety of services. Some are adaptable, allowing you to change where your money goes on a monthly basis based on real-time goals and outcomes.

Result-based: They may charge per lead or per KPI, and if you don’t see any results, you don’t have to pay. This approach is not common in APAC.

When weighing your alternatives, make sure you properly examine any freelancer or agency pricing strategy. Be mindful of how they charge and don’t sign anything unless you fully comprehend it.

What Factors Influence Digital Marketing Costs?

We’re going to delve into actual pricing for various services, but to be honest, they all vary greatly. So let’s start with the aspects that have the most influence on digital marketing expenditures when employing a freelancer or agency:

Industry and Business Type: Some industries and businesses are more specialized and demand more skill, which might affect digital marketing expenditures. Furthermore, the more competitive the business, the more you may have to pay for digital marketing, particularly SEO.

Experience with an agency or freelancer: Marketers and agencies with more experience will charge more than those with less – and it will typically be worth it.

Speed of Execution: If you need something done quickly or want to see results immediately, you may have to pay a premium.

Internal Agency Charges: When working with an agency, you may encounter higher-than-average costs since they must pay internal expenses such as a large office, frequent lunches, travel, etc. Smaller agencies can charge a bit less.

It’s critical to understand what factors influence how much you spend on certain services. As you evaluate other possibilities, ensure you know why you’re being quoted a given fee. You may not receive an itemized list from an agency or freelancer, but you should have an idea.

What Are the Prices for Digital Marketing Services?

We’ve finally arrived. You’ve been wondering this as you’ve read through all of our caveats: how much does digital marketing truly cost?

It’s probably no surprise that we can’t offer you a specific figure. However, there are several aspects to consider. We tried our best to provide you with averages and outline what you could end up paying for certain services.

We can tell you that the average hourly rate for marketers globally (including freelancers and agencies) is roughly SGD 153 per hour.

A complete overview of each service and channel follows:

All pricing estimates and ranges were calculated using data from payscale.com, getcredo.com, upwork.com, glassdoor.com, and agency websites.

What Does SEO Cost?

There are several SEO tasks, objectives, and goals that you may require. Although you may need one-time services such as a technical assessment or one-time on-page optimization, most suppliers provide monthly SEO services that include on-page optimization, link building, and maybe some blogging or content marketing.

A freelancer will most likely charge an hourly fee or a project rate for particular jobs. For example, SEO service companies in Singapore charge an average of SGD 182 per hour. A one-time job, such as a technical site audit for a small-to-medium-sized site, might cost roughly SGD 1500.

Monthly fees for small or local company SEO can vary from $1,200 to SGD 2,500, and eCommerce, SaaS, or more extensive business SEO can range from $3,000 to SGD 12,000, depending on the monthly tasks.

Hiring someone in-house will cost SGD 40,000 per year for an entry-level SEO specialist post and SGD 100,000 per year for a more seasoned strategist.

The Most Important Factors Influencing SEO Costs

Competition: The goal of SEO is to outrank your competitors. If you have a lot of rivals that are actively invested in SEO, it will cost you more to outrank them. For example, SEO shouldn’t be prohibitively expensive if you’re a tiny firm attempting to rank in a small town. 

If you have an eCommerce store that sells popular items worldwide, SEO will be a substantial investment.

Speed of Execution: It will be costly if you need to raise ranks in months. If you’re willing to take a gradual and steady approach, you’ll spend less initially. The frequency of marketing reports and meetings might also have a role.

What Is the Price of PPC / Digital Advertising?

Pricing for digital advertising and PPC services like Google Ads, Facebook Ads, and LinkedIn Ads varies greatly.

A freelancer will charge an average of SGD 155 per hour for specific jobs such as short-term marketing or developing ad creatives. For example, you may pay a freelancer roughly $2,000 or $2,500 SGD to design, set up, and optimize a modest campaign that runs for one month.

In the case of monthly retainers, an agency may charge you a one-time setup cost followed by an ongoing fee dependent on how much you spend. In addition, some charge a percentage of your ad expenditure, while others charge a flat price or a combination of both.

For instance, if you spend SGD 10,000 per month on Facebook Ads, an agency may charge an SGD 2,500 fixed fee plus 25% of ad expenditure. So, on top of your SGD 10,000 ad expenditure, you’d pay SGD 5,000 each month for ad management and optimization, for a total of SGD 15,000.

Hiring a PPC professional in-house would cost roughly SGD 40,000 for a PPC specialist and SGD 75,000 for a PPC Manager or seasoned strategist.

The Most Important Factors Influencing PPC Costs

Scope of Work: Graphic design for creatives, copywriting, technical setup (for tracking), platform knowledge, audience targeting, funnel strategy, and more are all part of the PPC campaign activities. If you require someone to manage an entire campaign, you’ll pay more than if you only need help setting up the account or with creatives.

Ad Spend: To some extent, most PPC gurus and firms will charge depending on how much you spend. Compared to a huge effort, a small campaign will cost less administration and optimization expenses.

What Is the Price of Content Marketing?

Regarding content marketing, the most critical issue is whether you need a whole content strategy or just blog posting.

Blog writing is inexpensive, but it takes planning and direction to get the most out of it. Therefore, content strategy and planning need knowledge, experience, and study. 

Many businesses may hire an expert content strategist to research topics, construct a content calendar, and then generate outlines to distribute to writers who charge much lower rates.

Agencies will handle the entire procedure.

Most freelance writers charge per word for specific writing tasks or blogs. Therefore, you may be charged between $0.08 and $0.20 per word for the primary topic matter. For skilled writers in specialized topics, expect to pay between $0.20 and $0.50 per word.

An agency may charge anywhere from SGD 5,000 to SGD 30,000 per month for monthly content marketing retainers, based on your sector, competitiveness, and volume of material created each month.

A content marketing strategist would cost an average of SGD 75,000 annually to recruit in-house. A content marketing manager would cost between $80,000 and SGD 100,000.

The Most Important Factors Influencing Content Marketing Costs

Amount and Frequency of Material: The amount of content you require regularly is determined by your preferences and ambitions. Depending on your sector and competition, a few posts every month may be sufficient to develop your authority, rank for keywords, and educate your target audience. 

If you genuinely want to create an impression, you should consider publishing ten pieces of content monthly.

SEO: If you want to include SEO into your content marketing approach, expect to pay more.

What Is the Price of Social Media Marketing?

The cost of social media marketing is likely to vary the most from any digital marketing solution.

Audience research, content planning, visual design, copywriting, platform knowledge, and more are all part of social media marketing.

An amateur freelancer may charge SGD 20 to SGD 80 per hour, but an expert social media marketer may charge between SGD 120 and SGD 200.

Monthly social media retainers can range from SGD 5,000 to SGD 20,000, depending on various criteria.

Depending on experience and competence, you might pay between SGD 45,000 and SGD 80,000 to employ an in-house social media manager.

The Most Important Factors Influencing Content Marketing Costs

Frequency of Material and Number of Platforms: The amount of content you need or want to release regularly will significantly impact expenditures. One post per week on Instagram will be pretty inexpensive. However, 3-5 posts per day across five channels would be more expensive.

Amount of Strategy: As a small firm, you may only wish to keep in touch with your clients by posting odd generic messages. A growing company that wishes to engage with its target customer will need in-depth persona research and lifecycle mapping, which will cost more.

Conduct your research

Finally, before making any digital marketing selections, conduct thorough research. Many excellent freelancers and companies are available, but there are also those who would gladly accept your money without generating results.

Inquire about preferred services, properly assess freelancers, get assistance reviewing estimates, and don’t sign any contracts unless you’re sure.

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