In a world where more and more activities are centered online, digital marketing is one of the most effective ways to build customer relationships and promote your organization’s products or services. But it can also be a struggle to make sense of the sea of acronyms, technologies and platforms.
Once you’ve enticed people onto your email list and warmed them up with great content, you can automate the entire process. Subscribers should receive a welcome email, a multi-message onboarding sequence, and an occasional “newsletter.” Every now and then, as circumstances warrant, you can drop in a powerful offer that they’ll already be inclined to go for.
“Pay-Per-Click” (PPC) search engine advertising is the most targeted advertising money can buy. Why? Because PPC allows you to place your advertisements directly in front of hard-to-find prospects at the exact time when they’re searching for your type of product or service. No other form of advertising can do this for you! (except for maybe yellow pages)
About this course: Video marketing is making a huge splash online and on social media. But one thing what we consistently hear is that marketers aren’t quite sure where to start. Yet, videos have the potential to engage an audience in new and exciting ways – Just look at BuzzFeed Tasty for an example of the power of video!
Make your services as valuable to the marketplace as possible and then charge accordingly. If you do, your prices will match your promises and you will have made it easier for future clients to trust your marketing message.
Coursera offers MOOCs (massive online open courses) created and taught online by universities such as Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California system. These courses start at various times throughout the year, so browse the catalog to see when one lines up with your schedule. Below are a couple courses that are perfect for content marketers — here’s what a module for #4 looks like:
Referral-generated customers are the least expensive and most profitable and loyal source of new business you can get. In fact, these referred customers also tend to buy quicker, negotiate less, buy larger quantities, and refer even more business to you. Plus, today’s advertising rates are not inexpensive… so use referral systems to leverage (increase) the results generated from all of your advertisements and marketing techniques by getting your customers to spread the word about your company to bring in even more sales.
Social Media Quickstarter. This collection of online marketing guides from Constant Contact will help you master social media marketing in no time. Featuring quick, easy-to-read guides, social media novices can browse this extensive knowledge base at their leisure.
The ICC Code has integrated rules that apply to marketing communications using digital interactive media throughout the guidelines. There is also an entirely updated section dealing with issues specific to digital interactive media techniques and platforms. Code self-regulation on use of digital interactive media includes:
I can’t believe I missed this post. I practically live on the Buffer blogs! 🙂 Unfortunately somehow I didn’t see it faster. I think we have another tool that qualifies for this list and would be hugely beneficial to the readers here.
The Hemingway App is geared towards cleaning up content. It analyses your content and delivers simplified, color-coded alerts when you use complex and lengthy sentences, a passive voice and unnecessary adverbs.
So if you find a unicorn, CLONE IT! An idea or piece of creative that does well in one online marketing channel is bound to do well in your other marketing channels as well. As I’m always fond of saying, you have to go all in on your unicorns.
Quite simply, earned media refers to the exposure you’ve earned through word-of-mouth. Whether that’s content you’ve distributed on other websites (e.g., guest posts), PR work you’ve been doing, or the customer experience you’ve delivered, earned media is the recognition you receive as a result. You can earn media by getting press mentions, positive reviews, and by other people sharing your content on social media, for instance.
I’ve heard Segment described as the one and only interface you’ll ever need for all your third-party apps. And I sure do see it recommended a lot. From what I can gather, Segment makes it easy for anyone—engineer or not—to connect new software to your website; once the Segment snippet is added, you can connect other apps like MailChimp, Google Analytics, etc. just by clicking around in your Segment dashboard. Segment handles all the visitor data for you.
Annie, I can see why local online search results would be a major area of importance for online marketing. It seems like such an excellent way to increase awareness in your local area. I’d assume that this would work better for smaller businesses.
I would love to suggest the free YouTube audit I helped create that takes into account all ranking factors, benchmarks against competitors and advises on the most popular content to guide your own video creation.
Certifications will help establish your knowledge and prowess in the domain. Ensure you take up Google Analytics IQ, Google AdWords Exams etc. once you feel you are fairly competent and want to test that theory. Also, a lot of recruiters place more value on the Google exams than digital marketing courses.
QuickSprout is Neil Patel’s content and business marketing blog, and QuickSprout University features a ton of helpful videos breaking down and explaining a myriad of concepts and best practices. Each video also includes a transcript in case reading is more your learning style than watching a video. Here’s what one course video looks like:
As mentioned above, earning a degree in marketing can be accomplished independently or as part of a larger academic curriculum, such as an MBA program. While the latter route will educate you on the fundamentals of business administration, earning a degree in marketing itself is just valuable, if not more so, to employers who are looking to hire the best and brightest in the field.
Pawan, your articles are amazing, definitely a reference on content marketing universe! However reading this one was a bit overwhelming… It felt like diving into Martech landscape infographic, so cluttered and not that informative. I’ll save this link for the future, though.
On the flip side, you can also mention your social media profiles on your other marketing platforms. For example, you can guide people to your social media profiles with your content, email newsletters, and even other social profiles.
Another tool that would go for #14 would be Google Tag Manager. For #14 I would re-label either tag manager or analytics integration manager – reason is because that’s what segment is + it’s a way to send data to all your other integrations and tools.