Digital marketing is advertising delivered through digital channels such as the radio, tv, social media, mobile applications, email, web applications, search engines, websites, or any new digital channel. Basically, digital marketing is any form of marketing products or services that involves electronic devices, which is the reason it has been around for decades. It can be done online and offline, and in fact, both kinds are important for a well-rounded digital marketing strategy.
As technology has evolved, the use of one over the other has also evolved. On the one hand, you still need to have a website, another one for an email, a social media page, and a podcast or video every now and then. On the other hand, more companies are moving towards an e-commerce website. It is not just a matter of adding a few more pages onto your website. A website is where you present a list of products or services, while an e-commerce website gives you a space for business owners to create an online store with some of their retail goods. Unfortunately, there are some common mistakes that can ruin your digital marketing strategy. Let’s see what these are. Out of all the channels you can use for your digital marketing strategy, why does your radio or tv advertising still reign supreme over everything else? Yes, you can still use radio or tv commercials. But what are you telling businesses who run their own online businesses? It’s high time you upgrade your strategy and rethink that old radio ad that keeps winning the bets to get those results. In today’s digital world, nothing comes without a price tag. You have to find out what that price tag is and what you get for your dollar. If you stay stuck on that radio commercial, you are going to waste a ton of money on that ad that was never going to get you that sales result. For example, let’s say you are a small business that wants to get on the radio in your area. Your thought process would be: If you kept on doing these steps, you’ll never get buy-in because your sales goal is too low or you could never convert enough traffic to your promotion. If you found yourself stuck with this dilemma, your first step would be to reach out to radio stations or tv stations that play the type of ads you’re looking for. Once you get these results, you can incorporate that into your next million-dollar digital marketing strategy. What about social media? Maybe one of your favorite celebrities and brands uses social media pages such as Instagram or Twitter. In fact, we stopped focusing on social media for a bit there. But what you should do and look out for is that your posts are liked or commented on by the relevant audience. Something as simple as that is worth a million dollars in laser-targeted marketing. It’s time to face reality. There is a limit to digital marketing.
Online It is estimated that online advertising accounts for 58% of the market share in 2020. According to a study conducted by BottoICON International, 63% of millennials declared themselves to be actively engaged online, while 77% of Gen Z-ers viewed their digital marketing activities as critical to successful marketing — basically, it has become an essential marketing activity. This means that more and more people tend to spend more of their time communicating online, hence, a digital marketing strategy with various online channels is essential for trading success. On the other hand, I get more and more questions regarding social media marketing — specifically Facebook Ads. My personal opinion is that these days, not everyone knows what it means to use social media. Basically, social media is now a tool for marketing and community building to be more clear. It is estimated that social media accounts for around 33% of total digital marketing in the US. However, that is not the whole story. Data from Google reveals that 47% of digital marketers use Facebook ads to reach, connect, and retain customers online. A lot of writers like to use Twitter — sometimes for good and other times for bad. However, 18% of marketers segmented by social media use reported that the usage of Twitter significantly reduced over the past year — this means that it is well worth paying more attention to the social media marketing strategy, if you’re not doing it already. People also use Instagram and Facebook Groups for marketing purposes — and marketers have never been more excited about using these digital platforms. Furthermore, Instagram recently launched a new Facebook Ads integration, meaning marketers can also run Facebook ads through Instagram. On the other hand, you might notice that online communication tends to be a lengthy process sometimes. This could be because platforms like Instagram and Facebook present different levels of engagement, which is decided by different factors. Creating a valuable digital marketing strategy is probably the most daunting task for a lot of marketers and business owners. Currently, a lot of steps and costs need to be taken into account before you can start planning and creating a successful strategy, especially in the beginning, when you lack the right experience, tools, and investment points. Nonetheless, a well-thought-out strategy and a whole portfolio of marketing assets and marketing activities are a guaranteed recipe for a successful campaign. If you have dealt with any aspect of marketing in the past, it would be a virtual dream.
Over the years, online marketing has changed a lot, from the context it was used to target towards, the tools available, how it was delivered, and how it evolved. Let’s review the various aspects of digital marketing that affect its success today. Starting out, the Internet has revolutionized human society— it has all kinds of opportunities and possibilities available to all of us. While the bigger problem plaguing this platform was the lack of privacy and security in the beginning, the people quickly realized the possibilities it brought. As a result, people began to utilize these networks as a new form of marketing, which continues to progress each and every year. Of course, home computers are still contributing to the overall decline of the print media campaign, but technology has allowed the world to be entertained and educated at the same time. Living in a digital world, everyone has immediate access to the latest and the best content, products, and technologies. As many of us can freely publish and share our work now, it begs the question: What ever happened to the idea of a “pay-per-click” advertisement? The main reason a traditional pay-per-click advertisements never took over the digital space is because of… They attract far too much competition that outmatches the pay-per-click service. As a result, when people get frustrated by being bombarded with digital ads in search engines, it leads them to switch over from the digital advertising campaign to a traditional one. In other words, when the results are not in that desired direction, people tend to switch from paying per click to selling ads. But it’s not just difficult to get results with old pay-per-click approaches, it’s also much more nefarious to sell clicks. As certain types of online advertisements got scrutinized by our respective regulatory bodies, marketers started to reinvent themselves as conversion advertising providers. Converting subscribers from one brand to another form of advertisement is the silver bullet many marketers speculate they need. Conversion advertising thrives on the principle of humans make purchase decisions based on what products are attractive and persuasive, thereby, convincing them to decide to part with their money. Unfortunately, the rules for setting up a conversion-based advertising campaign are strict in the sense that it’s specific to every product and brand. But the biggest reason why marketers blame conversion ads for their demise is that it’s not profitable for them anymore.