It’s the summer. Medialand is on holiday, and even if you are at work there is a holiday feel around.
It’s harder to get hold of the right people, the decision makers that are required to input into your digital marketing. It’s a time, ideally, when marketers are under a little less pressure than normal.
The 21st century marketer needs an extensive toolkit. As well as the ‘standard’ skills of creativity, organisation and management, these days they also need to be web literate, social media savvy and equipped with basic data science skills.
Amongst all of these areas of technology competence one that is growing in importance, but is perhaps still misunderstood, is website testing.
Testing is the new intuition in site development and optimisation. Rather than relying on hunches, the modern web marketer will test potential changes to their site before deploying them thus, we are led to believe, ensuring their efficacy.
However, if all changes are now tested, how come we don’t all have perfect sites? If testing only tells us the truth, how come we still sometimes go down dead ends?
The answer lies not necessarily in the tests, but in the ways that they’re applied. We’ve seen thousands of testing processes run across a huge variety of sites and what’s struck us is that the issues that led to unsuccessful tests were common across industries.
Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian coined the phrase “marketing is the new finance”.
Varian foresaw great advances in ways to satisfy people’s needs, better matches between buyers and sellers, and a more robust advertising environment due to the availability of vast quantifies of rich, real-time, highly available “big data.” His predictions today ring truer than ever.
Now, the information-rich environment enabled by the net is transforming marketing into something more. Specifically, marketing is becoming the new research and development (R&D).
Marketers now have immediate access to consumer behaviors and reactions across multiple channels and media. This empowers them to take a leadership role in determining consumer preferences, meeting customer needs, and helping match supply with demand. In other words, driving the business.
Marketing software companies might orbit the planet marketing. But they certainly do not live on it.
Despite claims to the contrary, tech geeks still don’t ‘get’ marketers. But what can marketers do to improve relations with techies?
If you were to ask digital marketers how effective their marketing budget is at delivering results, they’d probably share some great statistics about metrics, return on investment and customer engagement.
The fact is that while few will admit it, not many companies are getting maximum return on investment for their digital marketing efforts.
The Central Office Of Information (COI) is being scrapped in a multimillion pound cost saving redevelopment, being replaced by the new Government Communications Centre (GCC).
The COI always had benefit in the past because it could collectively buy media in bulk at a preferential rate, giving Government departments net savings when advertising. However, that doesn't work in a digital environment as bulk offerings rarely offer additional savings. So what can the new GCC do to add value to the digital operations?
With all the negative attention that Facebook has received for its privacy approach recently, the media — and regulators — are especially sensitive about online privacy right now.
But there's another kind of site that is raising privacy flags. People search. These sites compile personal data without consumers' knowledge. It's just the kind of thing that is sure to draw regulators. But lumping these sites in with online marketing efforts is a mistake.
Do you believe the economy is now ready to recover or that we're in for a double-dip recession? Have you been worried about your business's survival? Are you simply looking forward to consumers becoming happier to spend their cash again?
Whatever your opinions and concerns, it's time to give some very real thought to your online marketing strategy and what you will do once the economy does finally pick up.
If there's one thing the web excels at, it's uniting people behind a cause. A number of successful marketers are using campaigns to create positive change within their industries, highlight their firms' moral integrity and generate a hell of a lot of good publicity.
Whether it's an international price comparison site campaigning against unfair bank charges or a local pub campaigning to protect a village green, bringing people together to put pressure on the authority has the power to create incredible buzz and excitement.
If you lose, then that buzz and excitement was still worth a lot to your company. If you win then that positive outcome is not only good in itself, it's generated a great deal of good will for your brand.
Here are a few tips for driving a successful campaign online. By picking the right cause and the right message, your firm can market itself through good deeds...
Online marketing may be low-cost but it often isn't no-cost, and for a number of charity and hobbyist websites this is a problem.
The advice provided through sources like Econsultancy, or my own
SEOptimise blog, offers help in maximising budgets and doing more for
less. But what about organisations that don't have any budget to start
with, what can they do?