Five Frontiers of Digital Marketing


Digital transformation triggered several shifts in traditional practices especially in marketing. Marketing professionals spend lot of time in learning ways to conquer frontiers of digital marketing. Often it has been witnessed that when it comes to implementation then veterans find it difficult to apply digital marketing concepts due to ambiguous understanding of the subject.

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Let’s try to look at digital marketing components and their frontiers to grab the concept crisply!

Digital marketing components are classified into several groups which need to be ascertaining before digging into them:

  1. Customers

Customers are the pivotal component of the entire digital marketing paradigm. It is always helpful to visualize customer as the dart board and number of rings in the board are its needs. Therefore, developing customer personas is one of the key functions in this frontier. There is comprehensive blog written on developing personas which is a must to read “How to Create Detailed Buyer Personas for Your Business”. Customer feedback is another very important activity of this layer which force entire model to improve.

  1. Strategy

Once the target is set, then strategy becomes next priority whose role is to navigate organizational resources to their ultimate goal. I have written the blog on the subject which could be useful Four Pillars of Digital Marketing Strategy.

  1. Interfaces

It cannot be over emphasized that interfaces should be user friendly and intuitive in nature. Moreover, they should be seamlessly integrated with marketing automation platform in-order to drip real-time analytics and other functions. There is noteworthy article, which will assist in this knowledge area “10 Rules of Good UI Design to Follow On Every Web Design Project”. 

  • Website
  • Emails
  • Social Media
  • Advertisements
  1. Processes

On back of interfaces there are three mission critical processes which are recurrently running and moving the wheel of digital marketing in the direction of strategy to realize growth. Processes are tightly coupled with marketing automation platform.

  1. Content Management : Follow the link to read more on content management “Six Stage Process Of Content Marketing!”
  2. Search Engine Optimization : Follow the link to read more on SEO “How To Do Search Engine Optimization!”.
  3. Lead Nurturing Management:
  1. Platform

This is the platform which glues interfaces with processes and provides insight to the management for better decision making and controlling marketing activities.

Marketing Automation – platforms such as Sales Force are some of the examples.

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Social Media Investment Trend for 2013

Social Media Investment

Social Media Investment Trend for 2013

Surprisingly, LinkedIn turned out to be THE DARK HORSE for social media investment survey by “The Creative Group”, having top most growth on Y.o.Y basis. While Facebook kept its lead, having 62% investors shown their intent to increase social media investment in the social network. Google is keeping up growth rate with Facebook, however possess more satisfied investors than competition except from LinkedIn. Twitter and Youtube seems to be dissipating away from the competition.

Data derived from following blog post:
http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2013/07/marketers-plan-to-kick-social-media-investment-up-a-notch-facebook-and-linkedin-land-on-top.html

B to i to C in Social Media Marketing | DIVIDE & RULE!

B2i2C

B2i2C
B2i2C

Social media marketing is the sizzling topic of recent times. Worldwide web is flooded with articles and tips on how to use social networking. It is very important to note that social media marketing is not preference of gigantic businesses only; rather small businesses find it equally effective.

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Schedule for publishing posts on Social Networks!


Schedule for publishing posts on Social Networks!

1. Breakfast with LinkedIn.
2. Midday Coffee break with Google+.
3. Lunch with Twitter.
4. Evening Tea with Facebook.
5. Dinner with Pinterest.

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Increase audience engagement through social media communities!

Social Media Communities

Social Media Communities
Social Media Communities

Personal experience tells that posting messages in communities and groups trigger more visits to your website or blog, than postings on the wall as public messages.

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Magical Six Figure Earnings in Social Media – Fox News Review

Social Media Job | Digital Marketing

Social Media Job | Digital Marketing
Social Media Job | Digital Marketing

Introduction and progression of social media has triggered a change in traditional marketing approach. Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Delicious and Digg has revolutionized marketing strategies. Companies use innovative articles, videos and info- graphics to stimulate interest in internet customers. Organizations influence buying decisions by giving references of mutual connections. Consequently, companies seeking to create social buzz on social networking sites announces jobs in the field of social media marketing.

West is the forerunner and United States is leading in creating social media jobs. Forecast is that US will beat previous year’s opportunities created by more than twenty-five percent. Fox news did an independent review in which it was claimed that some social media pros are earning in MAGICAL SIX FIGURES.

Social media savvy are utilizing their skills such as blogging, social networking or media sharing for earning their livelihoods, which is interesting aspect of web 2.0. Web 2.0 is not a technology rather a concept in which websites and applications integrate with social networking platforms. Although hardcore programming and marketing skills are preferred but these are not mandatory skills in order to get social media marketing jobs.

Social Networking profession is complete career stream having different levels of management. There are positions at top management level such as Digital Strategist, Director Social Media etc. Middle management has positions like Social Media Marketing Manager and Content Manager etc. At lower management, there are bloggers, SEO technicians, moderators of forums and social networking technicians etc.

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Bulls’eye ! publish winning ‘Posts’ on social media.

Postings on Social Media | Digital Marketing

Postings on Social Media | Digital Marketing
Postings on Social Media | Digital Marketing

Marketers’ communicate with the help of ‘Posts’ in inbound marketing, in other words we can say that posting is the protocol of communication in inbound marketing. There several types of posts in social media world, such as status post, blog post, micro-blog/tweet, Graphic Posts, Video Posts or Audio posts etc. Success of online interaction relies on in-depth analysis of target market behaviors, interests, needs, wants and convenience. In this article, we will analyze some of the major factors involved in posting brand messages.

  • Alignment – Understanding Background
    • Understanding Marketing-Mix to align posts
    • Understanding Customer Needs & Wants to align posts
    • Understanding of Social Media Mix to align posting strategy 
  • Segmentation – Creating Groups, Lists or Circles as per following demographics:
    • Gender
    • Age or Generation
    • Time Zones
    • Interests
    • Irritants & Grievances
    • Triggers: This is another aspect to put weight in leads. Escalating or Deescalating triggers increases or decreases the chances of getting customer engaged. Trigger can be holidays in the specific localities and it may mean that customer is not approachable or it may mean that customer is more than ready to be engaged as he has to do shopping.
  • Content Management
    • Diversity to attract all demographics
    • Keywords are important for Social Media Searches
    • At least two or more topics or ideas to counter monotonousness
    • Supporting facts & examples for all topics and ideas
    • Real life Analogies help in engaging audience 
  • Planning, Monitoring & Control Posts
    • Identifying Influence-rs through social network data analytic tools like Google Ripples etc.
    • Identifying like-minded communities, groups, lists or boards etc.
    • Unique short URL for specific post to track its effectiveness
    • Mapping customer irritants, needs & product/service features
    • Hash-tag keywords to increase visibility of post among social network search engine
    • Always post to specific list, group or circle. Public post is like a talking-brochure sales person and most of the people ignore them.
    • Acknowledging and encouraging shares, comments, likes
    • Follow-up Posts with paraphrasing and with little tweaks in the post
    • Acknowledging and encouraging shares, comments, likes
    • Continual Improvement Process until objectives are achieved

Unveiling Social Media SPIDERS & BOTS | Integrated Optimization

Social Media Spiders ! Integrated Optimization

Social Media Spiders ! Integrated Optimization
Social Media Spiders ! Integrated Optimization

We are living in the era where information and communications technology is leading and triggering changes in all walks-of-life. For the last few years, search engine optimization remained one of the most touted buzzword in online fraternity and then came social media optimization. However, like always technology is not going to wait for anything to grow mature and continue to keep on taking strides forward. Owing to this tendency, we are witnessing another change in optimization world, where Google is showing its predilection towards social indicators as the basis of page ranks. Discover, to the point blog post by Samantha “Google Has Changed Their Website Ranking Advice” to have background information. However, in this article we will try to explore compelling reasons due to which search engines are drifting towards social media indicators and future scenario of optimization world.

Firstly, we have to reiterate the real objective behind setting back-links one of the significant criteria to rate websites; previously, this was the only option available that reflects reputation and demand of the content on the site by digital consumers. This led to introduction of new tactics of building back-links to the website so that its page rank is improved in the eyes of search engines. Due to the very reason, focal point of all resources and efforts were to gain back-links and not on the content of the website, this where problem lies as search engine as we speak most of the time show search results with irrelevant content because owners of the websites have optimized them. Thus, the state of affairs were such that search engines have to take some corrective measures in order to raise the quality of the organic search results.

With the inception of Web2.0 and rapid popularity of social networking sites, search engines have realized that there is another more efficient way of determining the reputation and demand of the content on the website and that is social sharing, comments and likes/dislikes. There are several reasons why this approach is being proffered over previous approaches and they are stated below:

  • Ultimate goal of search engines are to provide organic search results as, per consumers demand, and what could be the better option than social media indicators (such as sharing, ratings, likes or comments) as these are the verdict of the same consumers.
  • There are several aspects about the content, and these all are not related to the quality of the content. Rather, some of them points to the relevance as well, relevance of time, relevance of language, relevance of culture and to name but a few. It is hard to determine relevance with the help of algorithms, so why not to transfer that burden back to online consumers as they are selecting relevant content and rate them daily on social media sphere.

Finally, to recapitulate, social media has acted as catalyst here, and triggered change in search engine algorithms for rating websites. Thus, in times to come we will make web2.0 compliant websites in order to make them search engine friendly and all types of optimizations (such as Search engine optimization, social media optimization, On-page Optimization) will integrate with each other to form “Hybrid Optimization or Integrated Optimization”. Moreover, social media interactions will act as the key performance indicator for search engine bots or spiders and i will not be surprised if facebook or twitter launches its own social search engine. Furthermore, keywords in the content will be highlighted as hash tags ‘#’.

Coming to end, I think we are moving in a right direction and we are going to see interesting changes in times to come. Like always my advise is “Change with the Change! Otherwise Change will Change You!”

Social Media & Search Engine Optimization Vs Social Media & Search Engine Marketing

Facets Of Marketing | Digital Marketing

Facets Of Marketing | Digital Marketing
Facets Of Marketing | Digital Marketing

Lately we have seen countless jargons in the field of digital marketing. Owing to this, professionals working in online marketing have ambiguous understanding of the subject. For instance, terminologies like social media optimization (SMO) and then social media marketing (SMM), moreover, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) and to name but a few. In this article without giving any references, we will try to explore clear understanding of the subject.

Lets discover about online optimization, it is the process by which your brand/website is synergized with other mediums like search engine and social media. In other words, it is the infrastructure laid for linking your website with search engine and social networking, in a way that exchange of information is performed with ease. Further to illustrate, integrating sharing options in the website, making website search engine friendly, making social media pages and having back-links from other sites, are all examples of digital optimization. Therefore, optimization is just like building a skeleton of digital network and tying everything to it.

As we already know, marketing is the process of communicating value to potential customers. Therefore, all activities, which we conduct online for communicating value, come under the umbrella of marketing. Furthermore, if social media page or its posts are being promoted on social network then that will be considered as social media marketing not social media optimization. Moreover, if you promote your website/brand on search engine then it will be termed as search engine marketing. Thus, it is clear from above that running digital campaign, understanding customer needs or making strategies of marketing are the facets of digital marketing (SMM,SEM, Internet Marketing, Email Marketing, Display advertisements, Digital Billboards etc.). Moving forward on the analogy mentioned in the last paragraph, marketing is the process of giving life (Spirit) to the skeleton build above.

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Social Media Management

Social Media Management - Digital Marketing

Social Media Management - Digital Marketing
Social Media Management – Digital Marketing

In recent times, if business is not managing their social media presence, then they are missing huge opportunity in grabbing market share. It is important to understand that how social media management is practically implemented in existing organizational structure. There are three levels of management in a typical organization. Top Management works on the vision, mission, and developing business strategies.

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Classification of Social Media!


Social Media Types - Digital Marketing
Social Media Types – Digital Marketing

In the last decade, there has been a lot of buzz of social media worldwide. There are so many elements in social media that at times it becomes very difficult to comprehend the entire context. The purpose of writing this article and sharing it with the audience is that to bring clarity in understanding of this very popular term “SOCIAL MEDIA”.

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