What is Digital Marketing?
Digital marketing, as I’ve come to understand and practice it, is the use of digital channels, such as search engines, websites, social media, email, and mobile apps, to connect with current and prospective customers. It’s like a football game where the ball is the message and the players are the various digital channels. As the digital marketer, I’m the quarterback deciding which player (channel) is best positioned to receive the ball (message) and score a touchdown (engage the customer).
Why is Digital Marketing Important in Today’s Business Landscape?
In today’s interconnected world, I believe digital marketing is more important than ever. It’s the key to reaching a larger audience, engaging with customers on a deeper level, and ultimately driving business growth. Just as a football team needs a good quarterback to win games, a business needs a solid digital marketing strategy to succeed in the digital arena.
After working in Hollywood’s special effects industry, I founded my own commercial video production company. I quickly realized that my clients needed more than just videos – they needed a way to promote those videos online. This led me to launch Web Video Ad Space in 2009, a full-service digital marketing agency that helps businesses grow their online presence.
Different Components of Digital Marketing
Just as a successful football team needs a well-rounded roster of players, each with their own strengths and roles, a robust digital marketing strategy requires a variety of components. Each component plays a unique role in reaching and engaging your audience. Let’s break down these key players in the digital marketing game.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Think of SEO as the offensive line in a football game. The offensive line’s job is to create clear paths for the running backs and provide protection for the quarterback. Similarly, SEO involves optimizing your online content so that a search engine likes to show it as a top result for searches of a certain keyword. This makes it easier for your audience to find you amidst the competition.
Content marketing is like the running back of the team. The running back’s role is to use the openings created by the offensive line to advance the ball and score touchdowns. In the same vein, content marketing involves creating and sharing valuable free content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers. The type of content you share is closely related to what you sell; in other words, you’re educating people so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you.
Social Media Marketing
Social media marketing is like the wide receivers on a football team. Wide receivers use their speed and agility to get open and catch passes. Similarly, social media marketing is all about leveraging social media platforms to connect with your audience, build your brand, increase sales, and drive website traffic.
Email marketing is like the tight end, a versatile role in the game. Tight ends block on running plays and catch passes on passing plays. Similarly, email marketing is a way to connect with your potential customers directly through their inboxes, providing them with valuable content, promoting products, and keeping them updated with company news.
Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising
Finally, PPC advertising is like the special teams of a football team. Special teams come into play during kicking situations, like punts and field goals, and can often provide the team with the extra push they need to win the game. Similarly, PPC advertising is a method of driving traffic to your website by paying a publisher every time your ad is clicked. One of the most common types of PPC is Google Ads, which allows you to pay for top slots on Google’s search engine results pages.
Just as a football team needs a well-rounded roster to win games, businesses need a comprehensive digital marketing strategy to succeed in today’s digital landscape. Each component of digital marketing, from SEO to PPC advertising, plays a unique role in reaching and engaging your audience.
As the founder of Web Video Ad Space, I’ve seen firsthand how a well-executed digital marketing strategy can help businesses grow. I’ve had the privilege of working with clients from various industries, helping them navigate the digital marketing field and score their own touchdowns.
Remember, digital marketing isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s a game that requires strategy, adaptability, and a deep understanding of your audience. But when played right, it can lead to big wins for your business.
So, are you ready to step onto the digital marketing field? Are you ready to play the game that could change the trajectory of your business? If so, I’m here to help. Let’s work together to create a digital marketing strategy that will help your business score big in the digital arena.