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February 12th, 2024

Developing Your Digital Marketing Strategy

by Rahimah Sultan






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As a marketer, considering the creation of the best marketing strategy, you need to have a clear understanding of your business, product, and demographics before choosing one that will be effective for your needs.

To grow your online visibility, you need a plan for using different channels to do so. In this plan, you should consider factors such as your target audience, strengths and weaknesses, and your competitors.

To help you decide which marketing channels to use or test, check data from across your business, your target audience, and how you want to communicate your message or brand.

We’re NOT talking tactics here, but actual strategy. Tactics are what you use to implement your strategy.



What is a marketing strategy?


When developing your digital marketing strategy, there are a few key elements to consider.


1. Understand Your Customer

Your digital marketing strategy will not be successful unless you have a clear understanding of who is buying your product, why they’re buying it, and where they buy it.


1. Create a profile of your audience using data and demographics

2. Speak your customers’ language

3. Understand what their pain points are and how to switch on emotions

4. To help customize content and predict buying patterns, create buyer personas

5. Be culturally aware

6. Consider influencer partnerships

7. Focus on results and action-oriented experience rather than your product

8. Use automation tools to segment and target


2. Review

Creating an effective strategy requires auditing and assessing. You need to know the digital marketing channels and assets you currently have and use.

So conduct a complete channel and content audit and include everything on a spreadsheet for a full picture of your marketing activities across owned, earned, and paid media.

Then link each part to your goals. If your main goal is to drive revenue, look at each channel and asset (you may only want to look at top performers if you have a lot of content) and map it to revenue.

By doing this, you’ll get a better understanding of what is currently driving revenue and what isn’t. You can then put more effort into what’s successful explore new content pieces or channels for any further effect.

3. Focus on the End Result

In marketing and product development, there’s usually more emphasis on product and revenue than on the products’ purpose.

What really matters is to whom you’re marketing and why. When you demonstrate what the product does, people will remember why they need it in the first place.

4. Review and Improve

When developing your digital marketing strategy, you must include KPIs (key performance indicators that fit with your crucial business goals.

Have a plan in place to understand your goals and objectives and monitor the metrics to get insights about the KPIs that matter. To do this:

~ Forget about vanity metrics(numbers that aren’t crucial to long-term success like Facebook likes

~ Use KPIs to measure success, but don’t have them set in stone

~ Set up continuous intervals for understanding, analyzing, measuring, and reporting

~ Know how to isolate critical metrics if it seems like something is not working


What are the most effective digital marketing strategies?


The digital marketing strategies you’ll use depend on your needs and goals – to grow leads or build brand awareness.

Any strategy you use should align with your brand and message. Here are a few that are proven to get results and help you build online visibility and generate leads.

Content Marketing

Offer valuable content and use digital channels to promote it. An example is tying an Instagram post to a specific offer using a landing page. This could be done by promoting an E-book that is relevant to your audience which contains a form to get a visitors’ details.

When using content marketing, don’t stick to just one content type. You can use a blog, create videos, create a valuable E-book, or host a webinar using in-house staff or experts to drive leads and engagement.

Social Media Marketing

You can reach and influence 4.6 billion people across the globe with social media marketing. And depending on the network, you can target specific age groups and locations. While you can use social media for brand, product, or service promotion, it can also be used in developing a community. This will allow you to have meaningful engagement with prospects or customers and create brand advocates that will promote your brand without being asked. Each channel requires its own strategy and metrics.

SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is an important digital marketing strategy for making your brand, product, or service more visible online.

The goal of SEO is to optimize your content – a homepage, landing page or blog – so it gets found easily by existing and prospective customers. It not only helps to drive traffic but improves user experience and helps boost your authority.

A few elements of SEO you should consider are:

Keywords
Backlinks
Links
Meta descriptions
Images
and
The key is to use SEO to target the people searching online that are most likely to be interested in what you’re offering.

Paid Advertising

Organic marketing can go a long way to help drive traffic and generate leads, but using a paid channel can help you to be targeted and reach different audiences.

These are only a few of the most effective digital marketing strategies.

So know your business, product, and demographics before developing your digital marketing strategy then choose the most effective one for your needs.


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