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Digital Marketing Strategy For Beginners

Digital Marketing Strategy For Beginners

June 13, 2021

By Kaleb Alexander

So you want to use digital marketing for business, but don’t know where to start?

You’ve found the right article. Even if you’re a seasoned marketing veteran with your beginner days far behind, there’s still value in going back to the basics. Digital marketing changes fast, and many of the topics covered here could stand alone as their own blog post. This is a broad article to help you get started in choosing the right objectives and channels, and wrap it all up into a marketing plan. Let’s dive in.

Why Digital Marketing Is Important

To quickly see how important digital marketing is to businesses, open any social media account you use. I bet you will be served an ad or promotion within seconds. Currently, companies all over the world spend over a third of their entire media budget on digital marketing. Statistics like this keep on rising year-over-year. This growth is due to the many benefits of digital marketing. Here are just a few of them:

Cost-Effectiveness
You could spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on traditional marketing methods such as billboards or television, and it would still be effective. But you will find the ROI to be much greater in the digital space. Digital marketing also levels the playing field for smaller businesses. If you run a coffee shop and Starbucks moves in next door, you still have a fighting chance thanks to the cheaper cost and the ability to focus on local efforts.
Targeting, Tracking, and Measurability
Thanks to the data-driven platforms used in digital marketing, targeting can be granular, actions can be tracked, and performance can be accurately measured. Digital marketing allows you to find internet users wherever they hang out online, which is at least 8 different social media accounts per user on average. Every ad, every action, and every step of the user’s journey can be measured to see the value of your marketing efforts.
Consistency and Flexibility
With digital marketing, you can craft a system that consistently delivers leads to your business. Since you are getting more bang for buck, you can continue this pipeline indefinitely. If it breaks or starts dropping in performance, you can quickly change things up or conduct some A/B testing.
Types Of Digital Marketing
All digital marketing efforts can be categorized as either organic and paid. Let’s take a look at them individually.
Consistency and Flexibility

Organic marketing requires no direct advertising spend and is useful for building trust and gathering leads. It takes longer to build up an organic presence online, but the return on your investment is often much higher than paid advertising. This growth is largely fueled and supported by content marketing. Here are some examples of organic marketing channels:

 

  • Social Media
  • Blog
  • YouTube
  • Email
  • Podcast
  • Whitepapers
  • SEO
  • Conversion Optimization
  • Website
  • Word Of Mouth
Paid
Paid marketing is synonymous with digital advertising, where you spend money to make money. If organic marketing is the long game, paid advertising is the short game. It is effective at gaining exposure and driving traffic in a short amount of time. Assuming everything is set up properly and you have a positive return on ad spend (ROAS), then the more money you spend, the more money you’ll make. Here are some examples of paid marketing channels:
  • Search Advertising
  • Display Advertising
  • Video Advertising
  • Over-The-Top (OTT) or Connected TV (CTV) Advertising
  • Social Media Advertising
  • Influencer Marketing
  • Ecommerce Advertising
  • Mobile/SMS Campaigns
Omnichannel Marketing
Any one of the marketing channels mentioned in this article so far can be effective and beneficial to your business. However, they are far more effective when seamlessly working together. Think about it. If organic is the long game and paid is the short game, why not use both and win the game? Utilizing all channels together is known as omnichannel marketing. What is omnichannel marketing, exactly? Omnichannel is creating an experience for your customers (or potential customers) with your brand that is seamless for them across all platforms and channels. For example, instead of only offering support on your website, you would offer it on the website, mobile app, email, live chat, and phone. I can buy a phone plan from Verizon from their app, in store, or over a phone call. The key is to make the experience identical and consistent no matter where or how the customer interacts with your brand. So, how is this different from multi-channel marketing? Omnichannel is a seamlessly integrated experience across all platforms. While multichannel maintains a presence on many platforms, it may not be on all platforms and the experience isn’t connected. Reaching customers on your website, Facebook, and YouTube is good, but creating the same experience and messaging on all those platforms across every device is better. Omnichannel marketing takes into account every possible way a customer can interact with the brand.
Marketing Plan
Now that you know all of your options, what should you do? How do you know what channels to use, how much to spend, and when? These can be daunting questions, but the answer is fairly simple. You need to research what others are doing, use that information to build your own strategy, and then put it all into a written plan of action. Put simply, you need a marketing plan, and it typically comes in two pieces. So, how is this different from multi-channel marketing? Omnichannel is a seamlessly integrated experience across all platforms. While multichannel maintains a presence on many platforms, it may not be on all platforms and the experience isn’t connected. Reaching customers on your website, Facebook, and YouTube is good, but creating the same experience and messaging on all those platforms across every device is better. Omnichannel marketing takes into account every possible way a customer can interact with the brand.
Research
This part of the plan contains all of your market research. You should examine your past marketing efforts, as well as the marketing and advertising of competitors in your industry. Don’t aim small. Go big and look at what everyone else is doing. You can use other processes to help, such as SWOT analyses or SEO audits. Find areas of the market that are underutilized and other areas that do really well for other brands like yours. When you feel like you’ve gathered enough information, put it all in the first part of your marketing plan document.
Strategy
The research from the first part of the plan combined with your new ideas is what will become your strategy. The strategy contains your target audience personas, brand positioning, organic channels, paid channels, and marketing objectives. You need to decide how you want your brand to be perceived in the marketplace and how you will interact with customers. Devise how you will attract the attention of customers, what you will do with them once you have their attention, and how you will retain them after they buy. Your marketing strategy can be boiled down to what you will do and how you will do it to achieve your marketing objectives.
How To Develop A Digital Marketing Strategy
Everything mentioned in this article can be summarized into a step-by-step process. If you are a small business, focus on one thing at a time. Use your bandwidth wisely and play to your strengths. If you are an enterprise company, you can focus on several marketing objectives, as long as there is a team in place for each channel and someone is in charge of maintaining the integrated experience for the customer. Sometimes, small businesses just can’t keep up with competitors in their industry, and enterprise companies often don’t have the time to keep up with rapid changes of digital marketing. We work with both small and large brands at our agency. If you need help developing or executing your digital marketing strategy, then send us a message. We’re always up for a chat!
  1. Conduct business and market research
  2. Choose your marketing objective
  3. Choose your marketing channels
  4. Create a marketing plan document
  5. Build a seamless, integrated experience across marketing channels
  6. Execute your strategy
  7. Measure your performance and make data-driven decisions

If you are a small business, focus on one thing at a time. Use your bandwidth wisely and play to your strengths. If you are an enterprise company, you can focus on several marketing objectives, as long as there is a team in place for each channel and someone is in charge of maintaining the integrated experience for the customer.

Sometimes, small businesses just can’t keep up with competitors in their industry, and enterprise companies often don’t have the time to keep up with rapid changes of digital marketing. We work with both small and large brands at our agency. If you need help developing or executing your digital marketing strategy, then send us a message. We’re always up for a chat!

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