3 Digital Marketing Strategy Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

ACCESSWIRE Blog | 3 Digital Marketing Strategy Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
According to BrightEdge, 68% of all online interactions start with a search engine.

Your business is competing for the attention of your desired audience, and it can feel like you’re a car stuck in the mud -- the wheels are turning but you’re not getting anywhere.

Breaking through the noise and the volume of content on the internet takes patience, skill, and expertise in using digital marketing tactics.

In this blog post we’ll cover:
  • The basics of digital marketing
  • Why digital marketing is important
  • 3 digital marketing mistakes and how to avoid them
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What is Digital Marketing?

Digital marketing includes all online marketing efforts that are meant to connect companies with current customers and prospects.

Examples of digital marketing include:
  • Content Marketing - The creation and distribution of informative and relevant content for a target audience. Examples include:
  • Blog posts
  • Podcasts
  • Press releases
  • Videos
  • Email Marketing - Effective email marketing campaigns help brands stay connected with their audience by sharing company updates, educational content, special offers and more.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - The use of keywords to help internet users find a company’s website and content through organic searches.
  • Social Media Marketing – Brands can increase exposure, build brand awareness, and create meaningful relationships with customers on social media platforms.
  • Pay-Per-Click (PPC) - Choosing specific keywords or phrases to trigger an ad’s appearance on a search results page. With PPC advertising, the company pays only when a consumer clicks on the ad.
  • Website – A website is essentially a company’s home base. It’s where incoming traffic from other digital marketing efforts land to connect the dots, inform the user, and compel them to take action.

Why is Digital Marketing Important?

Simply put, digital marketing is important because it’s where society’s attention is focused. Think of it this way, it's reported that 4.6 billion people around the world use the internet.

The opportunity’s there for brands to capitalize on this attention through strategic digital marketing efforts.

Digital marketing helps companies meet their audience where they are and when campaigns are optimized correctly, can create a positive bump in a brand’s return on investment (ROI).

To get a better understanding, consider a traditional marketing tactic like a billboard.

Yes, it still might be effective in building brand awareness, but it comes with a hefty price tag and no real way to measure the ROI.

Compare that to a digital marketing approach like email marketing which is more affordable and targeted. This can help companies focus their message and identify the campaigns that drove revenue.

How to Create a Digital Marketing Strategy

The first step in developing a digital marketing strategy is defining your goals.

What are you trying to accomplish?
  • Do you want to build brand awareness?
  • Generate leads and close more deals?
  • Build your email list?
Whatever your goal(s) are (we suggest starting with three), write them down and map out a plan, and reverse engineer your efforts to achieve them.

This involves researching your audience and understanding who they are (demographics), their pain points, interests, questions, and more.

Knowing who you’re talking to will help you create more powerful content that speaks directly to them.  Think of a digital marketing strategy as a GPS.

Once you’ve set your destination (goals), you use the GPS (digital marketing strategy) to guide your journey from point A to point B.

Sure, there will be roadblocks and detours which cause you to reroute and change course, but the GPS helps you move in the right direction and get you to your destination.

3 Common Digital Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

We all want success to happen overnight. It’s like doing a crunch and expecting six-pack abs immediately -- It just doesn’t happen and that’s OK.

To fully understand if a digital marketing strategy is working, you need to give it time.

Don't give up if you don't get the results you envisioned immediately.

Digital marketing requires patience.

A campaign’s success (or failure) can be a result of:
  • Time and day of posting
  • The campaign’s creative and messaging
  • The channels the content was posted to
  • How much money you’re putting into paid advertising efforts
Give your campaigns time to see if you’re on the right path or if you need to readjust your approach.

Disregarding data.
There’s more data out there than we know what to do with.  Rather than spending countless hours sifting through it, start by pinpointing data that’s relevant to your overarching goals.

Examples of data points to consider include:  
  • Engagement – Are people interacting with your social media content or is the sound of silence overwhelming?
  • Website traffic & visit duration – Are your digital marketing efforts driving more traffic back to your site? Have you seen an uptick in visits? Are people staying on your website longer?
  • Click-through-rate – Are your calls-to-action compelling enough that people are clicking?
Once you have a clear understanding of the data you should be paying attention to, it’s easier to see what aspects of your digital marketing strategy are working and which are not.

Doing too much.
Don’t spread yourself a mile wide and an inch deep. It’s a recipe for lackluster results and frustration.

Instead, prioritize the platforms that matter most to your target audience.

If you’re not sure what those platforms are, head to the native search function on each social network and type in relevant industry keywords.

Is your target audience talking about these topics? Are they engaging with your competitors’ content?

Their activity, whether it’s a lot or a little, is an indicator of whether you should build a presence on a platform or not.

Now, this is just a starting point, but it gives you a better understanding of where your audience spends their time so you can meet them where they are with the content they want to consume.

Overall, investing in the right resources to devise and implement a cohesive digital marketing strategy can help you build brand awareness, attract attention, and generate more sales.