Millions people have Internet access today, out of which 70 percent uses it daily. It is for this reason that companies are investing an average of 12 percent to 20 percent of their annual income on digital marketing.
Digital marketing includes a raft of Internet marketing techniques, such as search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM) and link building. It also extends to non-Internet channels that provide digital media, such as short messaging service (SMS), multimedia messaging service (MMS), callback and on-hold mobile ring tones, e-books, optical disks and games.
A key digital marketing objective is engaging customers and allowing them to interact with the brand through servicing and delivery of digital media. This is achieved by designing digital media in such a way that it requires some type of end user action to view or receive the motive behind that media’s creation. For example, to receive a free e-book, a customer might be required to register or fill out a form, benefiting the advertiser with a valuable customer or lead.If most digital marketing programs or campaigns have a weak area, it’s analytics. One recent study identified that the biggest talent and hiring gap in online marketing is in the analytics space. 37% of companies surveyed said that they desperately needed staff with serious data chops.
Digital marketing is on a continuous growth path thanks to the ever growing number of always-online users – mostly due to the explosive growth in the mobile space. It is important for marketers to evaluate different strategies in seeking out where to invest their marketing budget to get the best results and increase conversions.
If you’re in the field of online marketing or content marketing and want to ensure that you’re bringing the best data to bear on your projects, here’s a quick look at some strategic approaches that can help you improve your performance in 2014. This applies whether it’s upgrading your own skills, adding strategically to your freelance stable, or improving your content planning skills.