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Digital Marketing Approach – SMART

Digital Marketing Vs. Traditional Marketing

Stepping into 2019, we all understand the difference between traditional Vs. .

In some cases, there are some traditional approach of marketing in digital environment such as IO buy on premium websites or online media / newspapers. We shall still regard this as traditiional marketing. All in all, we shall adopt a SMART approach to define the digital marketing

S – Specific to a an objective (e.g. web traffic, video views, conversions, facebook page likes, social media engagements, et.c)
M – Measurable in terms of reporting metrics (such as nos of click throughs, nos of views, nos of conversions)
A – Actionable that we can act on the gathering of the data
R – Relevant (Relevant KPIs to measure the success)
T – Time Bound i.e. to reach the goal with a time limit

Yes, there are a percentage of people who don’t use the Internet for conducting any transactions. However, a considerable chunk of the population is regularly using the Internet for multiple purposes, including making their day-to-day transactions.

Even if you do acknowledge the need for effective marketing, the whole digital marketing vs traditional marketing debate might stump you. The reason for this confusion may arise due to the fact that even though a lot of marketing is done in the traditional way, digital marketing is steadily gaining an edge.

Running a successful business is not just about choosing the appropriate market or having a high quality product. It’s also about leveraging the right kind of marketing techniques in order to reach out to your target audience and convert them into leads or customers. Some businesses may give less preference to marketing, but if any serious business wants to increase profits, it will almost always have set aside a proper budget for marketing.

By gaining clarity on the digital marketing vs traditional marketing aspect, a business can get a better idea of which marketing method is appropriate and how it is should be applied. For instance, if you decide to use social media marketing to build your brand and increase your customer base, you could do it yourself or hire a reputed digital marketing firm like LYFE Marketing to take care of it.

While having a marketing budget is important for any small business, it’s equally important to spend it in the right direction and make the most of it. How do you know where to spend it when it comes to digital marketing vs traditional marketing?

Curated from Digital Marketing vs Traditional Marketing: Which Produces Greater ROI?

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The rise of vertical video ad format – Capture the moment

Programmatic Digital Advertising

Vertical videos formats in video advertising are getting more and more popular. This trend is pioneered by Snapchat as the vast majority of video content captured on smartphones is shot vertically.

In line with this trend and following Snapchat, we have seen Instagram Stories, facebook and youtube all move to embrace vertical content formats

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4 questions to check if you truely understand SEO

Search Engine Optimization | SEO

is almost the first discipline emerged when digial marketing came to the scene. This buzzword has been around for almost two decades. Brands have been given lots of education from different digital agencies or consultants that this is not a new topic. However the algorithm of search engines ranking factors have been constantly changing. Some brands or consultants are still holding many beliefs on SEO rules that they thought were working, however indeed outdated.

Below are 4 questions to check if you truely understand SEO:

1) Google to some extent considers Meta Description and Meta Keywords as one of the ranking factors?
Answer: No (even as an unimportant factor) 10+ years ago (I found some practising SEO consultants still didn’t know that in 2018)
2) Link Building is no longer important since Penguin Update?
Answer: Yes, it is still important especially when you are aiming at competitive keywords with higher search volume
3) www.example.com and example.com are duplicate content in SEO context?
Answer: Yes, even if the the two links are pointing to the same location in the physical web server
4) SEO friendly CMS (Content Management System) meant the accommodation of an interface for users to type Title tag, meta tags, and H1 tag?
Answer: No – every SEO exercise should start with Keywords research. Without SEO research just filling up title meta tags are meaningless, not to say meta tags are no longer important as a ranking factor. H1 tag is the heading for each of your web page that should also be readable by human audience, not just for SEO purpose. And sometimes I saw some CMS put invisible H1 tag which will be penalized by Google.

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SEO Friendly Website Not the Same as Executing SEO

SEO Friendly Website not equivalent to Executing SEO

Brand owners launch a professionally looking website and then planned for their promotion. may be the starting point of their promotion. And then they found out the website is not SEO friendly from the aspect of on-page optimization and technical optimization. Some of these non-SEO friendly elements can be rectified without a big modification of your website. However some of those non-SEO friendly elements may need big investments to modify your website such as website design and layout or content structure.

Therefore the best practice is to have SEO in place before planning your website, but not the reversal.

Many web developers will promise to make sure your website SEO friendly. However the fact that you have a SEO friendly website is not equivalent to that you have done SEO on your website and rank your website high in any keywords in the organic SERPs. SEO friendly website means your website is not in fringe of any search engine algorithms such as the use of static page URLs, no invisible text, no use of whole flash or image on your page, etc. Being SEO friendly alone will not rank you high on any organic web rankings if you have not done any SEO on your website. Having done SEO in your website means you have done most or all of the following tasks which is not exhaustive here:
– starting with your SEO keywords research
– title tags and SEO tagging in line with your selected keyword theme in adequate intensity
– sufficient markup language to let Search engines understand your website
– content well written for your selected keyword theme
– a separate SEO recommendation specfic to each of your page
– off page SEO tactics such as link building, local map listing
– Technical optimization

Worse than that some web developers may be just putting the same duplicating title tags across your website or invisible H1 tags on your website which will be penalized by major search engines; or may be putting meta description or meta keywords in the head section of all your pages, however with no value to your organic web rankings

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Deep Dive into Digital Marketing Metrics

Digital Marketing KPIs

As mentioned, or replies on indepth analysis of campaign data. Let’s deep dive into the different reporting metrics:

Impression. An ad view or impression refers to the point at which an ad is served on displayed on a web page. On RTB platform, this is the numbers of times the ad won an auction.

Viewable impression. An ad view or impression is counted as “viewable” when 50 percent of your ad shows on screen for one second or longer for display ads and two seconds or longer for video ads.

Click-Through or ad click is process of a visitor clicking on an online ad and going to the advertiser’s Web site.

CTR% (Click-Through Ratio) is the ratio of how many visitors who are served with the ad will end up clicking through the online ad.
Formula: (Nos of Clicks / Nos of Impressions) x 100%

Conversions / Acquisitions are the action as defined by the advertisers, which can be sales, document download, completion of online form (for leads), registrations, etc.

Tracking digital marketing metrics and KPIs gives your marketing team a real-time view into campaign performance. Using a dashboard to display your digital marketing analytics can help your team take make more data driven decision and help the business grow.

Scroll down further to get inspiration of other top digital marketing metrics you and your team can consider to start tracking today to measure your online performance.

Digital Marketing Metrics and KPIs are values used by marketing teams to measure and track the performance of their marketing campaigns. Digital marketing teams use a number of tools to promote their services and products, and tracking the results can often be time consuming and difficult. By creating specific digital marketing KPIs, it’s easy to determine targets and goals and measure performance based on those values.

Curated from Digital Marketing Metrics and KPIs | Klipfolio.com

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5 Ways to Optimize SEO after Google RankBrain

Google SEO Algorithm RankBrain

RankBrain is a component of Google’s core algorithm which uses machine learning (the ability of machines to teach themselves from data inputs) to determine the most relevant results to the “intent” behind the search queries, not the search keywords itself. In keywords with ambiguous or multiple meanings such as “apple” as fruit or a computer brand or a newspaper title in Hong Kong, search engines can come up to the most appropriate SERPs to the user.

Here in this article, we share 5 ways to optimize for the Google RankBrain. After all, web page for one keyword may not be as effective as one web page for multiple keywords under the same keyword theme.

There’s no question that good content is one of the most important aspects of SEO in general, or that RankBrain is amplifying the importance of quality content. And it’s true that RankBrain isn’t technically a ranking factor that marketers can check off on a list.

Google announced and unleashed RankBrain, their machine learning ranking program, in 2015 — and digital marketers have been watching carefully ever since. RankBrain was referred to as a “top ranking factor,” which led many to ask how to optimize for RankBrain. However, it’s not really a factor like links or mobile-friendliness.

RankBrain technology is eerily derived from earlier G-350 technology. You may know it better as Google AdWords’ Quality Score. This intelligent AdWords technology never needed external signals (e.g., links) to rank paid search ads for relevance. Soon it will be the same for organic search. The future of SEO isn’t about beating another page based on content length, social metrics, keyword usage, or your number of backlinks. Better organic search visibility will come from beating your competitors with a higher than expected click-through rate.

Google’s own engineers tell me and others they don’t even really understand how it works. Ultimately, the best way to “rank” for RankBrain remains that same boring thing no one wants to hear despite it being true. Have really good, descriptive content.Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land

You can’t optimize for RankBrain. RankBrain is a deep learning algorithm performing unsupervised learning. It’s creating its own rules.AJ Kohn, Blind Five Year Old

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Performance Marketing – 3 Pillars

Digital Marketing Concept

or Online Marketing also gives birth to the concept of . Performance marketing give the most benefit to conversion based advertising campaigns. The 3 pillars of Performance marketing are:
(i) Innovative prospecting and remarketing strategies
(ii) Deep insights on Audience data
(iii) Indepth analysis of campaign data and attribution reporting data for ongoing optimization

The various players include advertisers, merchants and retailers, networks, publishers, affiliates, outsourced program managers (a.k.a., OPMs), agencies, and solution providers. Companies range from publicly-traded global Fortune 500 companies to small, sole-proprietor businesses.

Unlike other forms of traditional advertising where fees are paid up front and do not depend upon the success of the ads, advertisers in performance marketing only pay for successful transactions. Performance marketing has successfully reversed the traditional value proposition of advertising and also allows for real-time measurement of ROI.

Performance Marketing is a combination of advertising and innovation that helps retailers and affiliates grow their businesses in ever-changing ways. Campaigns are highly targeted for each retailer in such a way that everyone can be successful. Performance marketing done right creates win-win opportunities for both retailers and affiliates.

Performance Marketing is a comprehensive term that refers to online marketing and advertising programs in which advertisers (a.k.a., “retailers” or “merchants”) pay

Performance Marketing is a comprehensive term that refers to online marketing and advertising programs in which advertisers and marketing companies are paid when a specific action is completed; such as a sale, lead or click.

Curated from What You Should Know About Performance Marketing | The PMA

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Alphabet soup in Digital Marketing or Programmatic Advertising: A look into DMP, DSP, SSP, RTB, DBM and DCM

Programmatic Advertising and Digital Marketing acronyms

In and Big Data era, a digital marketer comes across many .

Here in these article, we shall share the definitions of acronyms like DMP, DSP, SSP and RTB. On top of that I would like to add DBM and DCM as I came across some digital marketer who might be confess with the features and functions of these two products.

DBM – DoubleClick Bid Manager (now renamed as DV360 or Display Video 360)
DCM – Doubleclick Campaign Manager (now renamed as CM or Campaign Manager)

The DSP facilitates the real-time bidding (RTB) on multiple RTB exchanges, which are brokers for ad inventory across thousands of publishers. This enables marketers to reach their target audiences through demographic, behavioral, and contextual targeting, and optimize based on the best-performing media strategies.

Why DMPs matter: They centralize audience data, analytics, and reporting and allow marketers to optimize their targeting efforts using multiple data sources.

DMPs can also act as the marketer’s data distribution hub by “forwarding” first and third-party data sets to the publishers and ad networks that the marketer wants to use for digital campaigns.

The DMP enables marketers to centralize and make use of all different kinds of data sets—offline and online, first-party (your own audience data), third-party, etc.—to make more informed decisions as to how they can most effectively reach their target audiences online and realize the best ROI.

In today’s digital landscape there are an infinite number of acronyms. As a marketer, you might have KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for your RoS (Run of Site) campaign with the end goal of driving new MQLs (Marketing-Qualified Leads). While I could go on for days describing all of the acronyms that you might run into, there are a handful that are tossed around quite often in digital marketing speak that are a bit more difficult to digest:

 

Curated from A Look Into DMP, DSP, SSP, & RTB Acronyms | LinkedIn Marketing Blog

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5 Major Google Algorithm updates Summarized in the Past 2018

Google SEO Algorithm Update 2019

In this article, we share 5 Major Google Algorithm updates in 2018 that you should focus on. On top of this list, I would also like to add Google RankBrain, which is always regarded as the third important update at this moment. Google RankBrain will be further elaborated in the coming blog posts.Check how suited your website currently is to mobile browsing with Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test, which will tell you if your website is easy to use on a mobile device.

With 60% of searches now performed on mobile devices, mobile compatibility is increasingly important as Google shifts its focus from mobile-friendly to mobile-first. The search giant has already split its search index in two—one for mobile, one for desktop, and announced back in November 2016 that mobile would eventually take priority:These frequent and tight-lipped algorithm changes lead to much speculation around how businesses can change their strategy to stay at the top of the rankings.

While we never know exactly how the algorithm changes, in this post, we’re going to look at five areas you should pay attention to, to help adapt your SEO strategy accordingly.

Google’s search algorithm changes a lot. Since 2000, there have been hundreds of large and small updates (you can view the full list here) that affect whether your content climbs or falls down search engine results pages (SERPs). For marketers, this means a new Google algorithm is always on the horizon.

“Our algorithms will eventually primarily use the mobile version of a site’s content to rank pages from that site, to understand structured data, and to show snippets from those pages in our results.”

 

 

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The face behind Google’s organic search team

Google SEO & Danny Sullivan

As mentioned Matt Cutts as the face behind Google’s organic search team left Google in 2016; and being replaced by Danny Sullivian who became the public face of Google organic search team. Matt laid the foundations of earlier Google organic web ranking’s principle i.e. promoting relevancy being the central theme for all organic ranking algorithms updates. Danny is following the footpath of Matt to make sure Google search isn’t evil. Besides Danny, John Mueller is another important figure behind Google’s search team. The organic search team is independent to the Sales and Marketing team to make sure the organic search results are free from influence from advertisers of any Google Ad products.

Therefore Googlers from Marketing team may not be the expert to tell you the Google , but only guys from this team.

Google’s search algorithms, in particular, have produced a string of high-profile mistakes in recent months. Part of Sullivan’s job is to explain those errors. He’s responsible for bridging the gap between Google’s engineers and the outside world and, ultimately, using feedback from both sides to make its systems work better.

In hindsight, his appointment seems well-timed: In the months since Sullivan took on his role, the tech industry has faced increased scrutiny over how its algorithms affect the public. Critics have lambasted Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter for exacerbating filter bubbles, serving consumers fake news or conspiracy theories, and failing to adequately support the creators they rely on.

When Sullivan announced he was joining Google as a “search liaison” late last year, only a few months after retiring from his reporting job, it surprised industry observers and other writers alike.

The bafflement arose because before he joined Google last October, he was a sometimes-critical outsider who had written stories about the company for nearly two decades. As a journalist, his trips to the Googleplex would include a prominent visitors’ badge and a public-relations handler at his side.

from Danny Sullivan on being Google new search liaison

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