Jay Baer has more than 20 years of experience in digital marketing and consulting for more than 700 companies, including 30 of the Fortune 500 companies. He is the founder of Convince & Convert, which provides social media and content marketing advice. The Convince & Convert blog was named the world’s #1 content marketing blog by the Content Marketing Institute and has more than 200,000 visitors monthly.
HubSpot Academy, for example, is a great place to go anytime you need to get up-to-date information on the latest marketing best practices, find answers to your questions, get certified in a new area of expertise, or renew certifications on subjects that you’re a little rusty on.
PPC University is a totally free online learning resource created by my own company, WordStream, to help build your PPC and digital marketing skills. We have access to thousands of accounts spending billions of dollars on PPC advertising, and over the years consistently found that small to medium-size businesses struggled to manage their accounts in a way that was cost effective and earned them the best results. Three streams offer lessons for beginning to advanced users, with additional modules for social advertising.
Online marketing strategies that are often outsourced include social media, search engine, and local search marketing, because unless you have time to dedicate it’s difficult to stay on the multiple changes that transpire when it comes to strategy. With content and email marketing, you can do much of it yourself, but it never hurts to ask experts for strategy advice to help get you started.
Despite our simplification of the term ‘strategy’, there’s no doubt it can be difficult to get started actually building one. Let’s see what a digital marketing campaign looks like, and then, we’ll jump into those seven building blocks to help you create an effective digital marketing strategy to set up your business for online success.
Google Analytics is indispensable for monitoring the results of your (or your clients’) website traffic and where that traffic comes from. The graph view is especially handy to visually see when your website traffic goes up and down so you can better understand how to capitalize on the actions that caused traffic to increase.
Today’s businesses need an online marketing strategy to succeed. While every business’s strategy may look a bit different, there are some common threads that hold most of those successful strategies together.
Rather than seeking the best digital marketing course (heck, I didn’t even take a marketing course besides the intro course when I got my MBA), find the top sources of information from the area(s) that truly interest you. These individuals and companies are going to be updating blogs and creating videos real-time to keep their followers up to date on the latest industry news.
How to use Open Site Explorer: Plug your blog’s URL into Open Site Explorer to see the high-level stats like page authority and incoming links. You can also click over to the Just-Discovered tab to see recent links and Top Pages to see which pages on your site get the most links.
The prospective client or customer is curious. They want a piece of information, so they contact you to in order to find out. And in doing so, they provide you with an opportunity to convert them from an enquiry, to a client.
A digital marketing strategy is an important part of the overall marketing strategy of a business. This is true whether or not a company is doing business online. It is also true for a small, medium or large size company especially true for a small company. Small business marketing for a local company can include many offline local advertising methods but needs to include a healthy portion of digital marketing strategies to be successful and maximize sales in today’s economy.
13. Complete and Optimize Your Site’s Metadata – Metadata on your website (like title tags, descriptions, and alt text) is a critical component of your website’s SEO. Leaving it out can negatively impact how you show up in search results.
Content Curation such as that offered by Curata comes close; however, I’d still recommend adding your own insight (or creating) content as part of the curation process to differentiate your content and customize it for your audience to create thought leadership, increase engagement and improve SEO performance.
^ Jump up to: a b Terlutter, R.; Capella, M. L. (2013). “The Gamification of Advertising: Analysis and Research Directions of In-Game Advertising, Advergames, and Advertising in Social Network Games”. Journal of Advertising. 42 (2/3): 95–112. doi:10.1080/00913367.2013.774610.
The quote above was taken from one of Baer’s presentations, Youtility, which talks about how marketing isn’t just competing for attention against other products, but other life elements around your target audience (such as family and friends). Companies shouldn’t be thinking about how they can become more exciting, but how they can help their target audience better.
These are great tools and I’m definitely trying the others! I also recommend Phlanx’s Collaboration Portal – you can find a lot of opportunities listed by business owners – small and big brands. Bloggers are also posting on that site to find collaborations. I use this free tool to find bloggers I can collaborate with – to help promote my products and boost my engagement rate and sales. Hope you can check it out!
Find a study that relates to your industry and polish it up. Highlight the most important or interesting parts of the study, add images, crank out some charts, and make your own thoughts and predictions based on the data.
Here you will find out what conversion optimization is and how to calculate conversion rate optimization. The chapter also features elements of CRO process and metrics to help you understand this process, as well as some important terms you should remember about conversion optimization.