Today's advertising mediums include more digital channels than ever before. Factors such as faster reach capabilities, lower advertising costs, and global branding opportunities make digital marketing a viable avenue for building awareness. When creating a digital marketing strategy, it's imperative to plan out each messaging deliverable, communication channel, and content strategy so that you don't lose yourself in a whirlwind of social media accounts and content deadlines.
Approaching your strategy means taking initial steps to determine what your end goals are and then devising a practical plan to bring them to fruition. Here's a 4-step process for creating a solid digital marketing strategy.
- Create A Finish Line
Know what your goals are before you embark on your strategy. Create a list of measurable short and long-term goals. For example, are you looking to increase sales? If so, by how much exactly? Are you looking to increase your social media followers? If so, by how many exactly? And on what platforms? Don't rely on vague goals that can't be measured.
Put numbers to your goals. For instance, we want to generate 800 leads in one month, Increase sales by $5,000 this month or gain 1000 Twitter Followers in one week. Whatever it is you want to achieve, make it a number and then you can figure out a way to get there. Then you can track and measure your results to see whether you were successful or not in achieving the goal.
If you achieve your goal successfully, great. If not, look at what worked and what didn't make some adjustments and try again. Try different messaging or images or maybe it was just not enough budget. If you're tracking everything you should be able to figure out how to improve your results. Expect that there will be some trial and error.
Setting realistic goals gives you accountability and allows you to forecast things such as cost, time, and resource allocation. You don't want to have to guess what your marketing budget is, and you certainly don't want to assume which team members can complete certain tasks. Create realistic goals and milestones.
- List Your Mediums
What digital marketing channels do you plan on using to get your message to your audience? Are you planning to focus on one main channel or a combination of three or more? Consider making a list of 10-15 potential marketing channels and then narrow it down to your top five. Next, find out which platforms work best for your target audience based on their demographic and online behaviour and then decide which ones work best for your plans. Laser focus in on your main channel to help you get the initial traction that you need when you first begin your campaigns.
- Plan Out Your Content
Knowing what type of content you'll create and how often it'll be delivered is crucial to your digital strategy. Whether it's article writing, social media posting, or video production, there should always be content that's being created behind the scenes. Find out which types of content work best for your products and your audience and then create a calendar to keep a steady messaging stream flowing your audience's way. Content calendars are essential to digital marketing, as they help you avoid the headaches and confusion that can come with last-minute content development.
- Implement, Monitor, and Measure
Once you've outlined your digital strategy it's go-time. Make sure that you have all of the resources you need. Make sure that all of your team members know their deliverables and when they're due. And most importantly, make sure that you're monitoring and tracking your progress throughout the entire time. Know what metrics will be used to track each goal, and if you fall short of meeting a goal, use it as a lesson for your next project and campaign. The more you monitor and track your activities, the better insight you'll have on what types of content your audience responds to best.
Setting up Google Analytics is the most important step to track all your results. There are many online tools out there to help you track all of you digital marketing activities and choosing the right one depends on the depth of your campaign. If you are only using Google ads, then tracking through your Google Analytics and Google Ads control panel are probably sufficient. However if you ad Facebook Ads or any other advertising channel to the mix, there is a lot more to track and you'll want those reports to be side by side for easy evaluation and comparison. As I mentioned, there are a ton of tools out there price according to their level of capabilities. We have a free tool that is great for tracking your Facebook and Google Ad campaigns. It's called Advertising Intelligence and you can read more about it on our pricing page.
A well-planned digital marketing strategy will ease the confusion that can come with setting up marketing campaigns. Once you have your content and channels figured out, it's just a matter of setting up the right goals and metrics.
This sounds simple but it can be overwhelming without some guidance. We would be glad to help you with a Free Marketing Strategy Consultation where we will discuss your goals and we can provide you with solid advise to start building your successful Marketing Strategy!