We have been hearing a lot about digital marketing these days and how it is absolutely necessary to have one for any business. Just like how internet users grow minute after minue, new and traditional business owners and brand managers are now exploring online opportunities through running a digital marketing campaign. With this exploration of online opportunities comes the basic question in the minds of business owners, brand managers and the likes – What is digital marketing?
Here comes the tricky part: so many sets of information are available online that it has become quite a challenge to filter out the good and accurate definitions, more so to arrive in one complete and substantial definition. In fact, when you type in the phrase “Digital Marketing” in Google, you will see around 504,000,000 results. That would mean millions of varying interpretations and definitions on the same subject.
A good number of blogs and websites would say that digital marketing or online marketing is a type of marketing and sales approach that invovles the use of popular and authoritative online channels and websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. in promoting a product or service; such approach increases traffic and popularity to their website and ultimately to their business. Therefore, online marketing as others would say is the type of marketing that enables a business to reach a mass audience in the shortest possible time using popular online platforms.
Aside from appearing in popular social media pages, others closely associate online marketing with a dominating online presence. A dominating online presence is usually determined by the webpage’s rank in the popular Search Engine Results Page (SERP), such approach is referred to as Search Engine Optimization.
On the other hand, other practitioners focus on the “ends” or the outcome of the campaign in defining digital marketing. They say it is one of the most convenient ways of measuring online sales and conversion of website visitors. Because of the technology involved, business owners are able to easily measure how they score with their target consumers. A lot of software and services (for free or for a fee) are being offered to accurately measure website hits, unique page views, likes, shares, comments, Tweets, and even sales. Thanks to the internet, online business owners can now conveniently measure their reach in detail, so they would know if a campaign is working as planned.
While all explanations mentioned above are correct, each is just an aspect of a greater and more complete definition:
We define Digital Marketing as a branch of marketing that makes use of integrated digital technologies to disseminate communication that is targeted and measurable with the end goal of acquiring and building relationships with new and existing customers.
If you carefully disect the definition above you will find that each word used is indispensable in determining the true essence of digital marketing. Through integrated digital technologies, businesses are able to promote their campaigns and reach the masses with just a couple of clicks. The advancement of technology, the way people react and use them at an amazingly fast rate and a business’ ability to adjust and adapt to the way technology changes the marketing landscape connects the business to its consumers like never before.
This type of marketing campaign should be integrated in such a way that multiple avenues are utilized in a harmonious manner to work towards one goal – to reach and communicate to a “targeted” online market. With the opportunity to engage and build a strong relationship with the consumers as the most important benefit of running a digital marketing campaign, businesses now are able to interact and connect with consumers real-time.