Content is king. It always has been and it always will be. Creating insightful, engaging and unique content should be at the heart of any online marketing strategy. Too often, people simply don't obey this rule. The problem? This takes an extraordinary amount of work. However, anyone that tells you that content isn't important, is not being fully transparent with you. You cannot excel in marketing anything on the internet without having quality content.
Make sure that you understand all of the potential marketing opportunities on LinkedIn. All of your customer’s key employees should have complete profiles on LinkedIn. Those managers should also post articles and blog links to the site frequently. People use LinkedIn to network, find business and also look for jobs. Use your marketing knowledge to ensure that your clients have a presence on LinkedIn.
Maybe you’re not necessarily interested in a career focusing solely on digital marketing. In fact, you might have plans to start your own business entirely, which has nothing to do with advertising, marketing, or computers. But as any entrepreneur knows in this day and age, a strong online presence is imperative, regardless of the industry you want to launch a business in. Because, digital marketing will be such an important part of your company’s success, learning this invaluable skill can help your own company take off. Alternatively, you’d likely have to hire a digital marketing consultant or agency, which can quickly increase your business expenses.
In this new world of digital transparency brands have to be very thoughtful in how they engage with current and potential customers. Consumers have an endless amount of data at their fingertips especially through social media channels, rating and review sites, blogs, and more. Unless brands actively engage in these conversations they lose the opportunity for helping guide their brand message and addressing customer concerns.
Copyblogger is a content marketing company that creates content about content (so meta). Its blog provides a ton of great resources about digital marketing, and this class, "Internet Marketing for Smart People," is made up of ebooks and emailed lessons and other course materials. Copyblogger espouses four pillars of content marketing success, which it delves into over the course of this class.
Digital marketing became more sophisticated in the 2000s and the 2010s, when the proliferation of devices' capable of accessing digital media led to sudden growth. Statistics produced in 2012 and 2013 showed that digital marketing was still growing. With the development of social media in the 2000s, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, consumers became highly dependent on digital electronics in daily lives. Therefore, they expected a seamless user experience across different channels for searching product's information. The change of customer behavior improved the diversification of marketing technology.
This definition emphasizes the focus of marketing on the customer while at the same time implying a need to link to other business operations to achieve this profitability. Yet, it's a weak definition in relation to digital marketing since it doesn't emphasize communications which are so important to digital marketing. In Digital Marketing Excellence my co-author, PR Smith and I note that digital marketing can be used to support these aims as follows:
When traffic is coming to your website or blog, nearly unfettered, it gives you the opportunity to test out a variety of marketing initiatives. However, without that traffic, you're forced to spend money on costly ads before really determining the effectiveness of your offers and uncovering your cost-per acquisition (CPA), two things which are at the core of scaling out any business online.
This AI-based technology uses instant messaging to chat in real-time, day or night, with your customers or site visitors. With 1.4 billion people interacting with chatbots, 80% of savvy businesses are already using or plan to use chatbots by 2020. And by 2022, chatbots will help businesses save over $8 billion per annum, especially in the banking and healthcare industries.
Hold your career lightly, don't take it too seriously, and hold firm to flexibility as you consider your future. "Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men." Marketing will never change (problem->solution->message->market->profit), however, the modalities will. Today it's Twitter, Facebook, and maybe even a bit of Google plus; tomorrow it's something else altogether. Embrace life-long learning, get the fundamentals now, affirm them with experience, and attain greatness in marketing by harnessing the tools to support your strategy and become world class.
It is important to remember that just because digital marketing uses different communications techniques to traditional marketing, its end objectives are no different from the objectives that marketing has always had. It can be easy to set objectives for digital marketing based around ‘vanity metrics’ such as number of ‘likes’ or followers, so it is useful to bear in mind this definition of marketing advanced by the Chartered Institute of Marketing:
Another way to learn digital marketing is to learn it on the job. In some situations, it can be somewhat easy to get a job in the digital marketing field and then learn how things work. For example, you may take on an internship or an entry-level position that requires little to no experience. Although learning digital marketing on the job can certainly be helpful, especially if you’re a hands-on learner, most of the people miss out on the latest changes and strategies if this is the only way they are learning about digital marketing. Also, there are a lot of terminologies in this field; if you don’t learn what these terms mean from authorized sources or through your professional training, then you may end up making some unavoidable mistakes that could potentially set you back, or even worse: cost you your job.
Except those who understand the workings of the digital landscape. Negative reviews need to be taken as an opportunity, particularly, an opportunity for the customer service team. By taking the time to respond to them properly and address your unsatisfied customer’s concerns, you can right wrongs, win over their affections, and most importantly, build your reputation as a trustworthy and devoted company. Furthermore, some bad reviews will help you identify your weak points and develop ideas for improvement.
Sharpe, who's presently running a company called Legendary Marketer, teaching you how to duplicate his results, is a prime example. By understanding how Sharpe has constructed his value chain, positioned his offerings and built out his multi-modality sales funnels, you'll better get a larger grasp on things. As confusing as it sounds at the outset, all you need to do is start buying up products in your niche so that you can replicate their success.
I’ve learned a lot about online marketing on my own own/forums/blogs/working on my own projects, but l’ve learned A LOT more by working at companies with established online marketing programs, that provide paid training, and working on teams. I think the average person getting started, unless they are the lemonade-stand type of kid their entire life, will learn a lot better taking a entry-level gig at a good digital marketing agency, rather than work on their own business from scratch. It’s high pressure, but you’ll learn the ropes a lot quicker and have the benefit from a steady paycheck if you have bills (not everyone can live in their mom’s basement). Then once you have a year or two under your belt, if you desire you can jump ship and apply that knowledge to your own business.
On the other hand, marketers who employ digital inbound tactics use online content to attract their target customers onto their websites by providing assets that are helpful to them. One of the simplest yet most powerful inbound digital marketing assets is a blog, which allows your website to capitalize on the terms which your ideal customers are searching for.
Digital strategist Dr Dave Chaffey is co-founder and Content Director of Smart Insights. Dave is editor of the 100+ templates, ebooks and courses in the digital marketing resource library created by our team of 25+ Digital Marketing experts. Our resources are used by our Premium members in more than 100 countries to Plan, Manage and Optimize their digital marketing. Free members can access our sample templates here. Please connect on LinkedIn to receive updates or ask me a question. For my full profile and other social networks, see the Dave Chaffey profile page on Smart Insights. Dave is a keynote speaker, trainer and consultant who is author of 5 bestselling books on digital marketing including Digital Marketing Excellence and Digital Marketing: Strategy, Implementation and Practice. In 2004 he was recognised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing as one of 50 marketing ‘gurus’ worldwide who have helped shape the future of marketing.
There are many entities that need Internet marketing, but only budget a small amount for the work. If you’re willing to volunteer or offer a discounted rate, you can find projects. Non-profit entities and political campaigns need marketing help, but don’t have much money budgeted for the work. These types of organization may present an opportunity for you.