Who is in your target market? – SEO today is not about just grabbing as much traffic as possible, but instead attracting high-value visitors interested in what you offer. In terms of demographics, what is your market searching for? How are they performing web searches? Where are they located? The more specific your answers, the more valuable your investments in SEO become. Google Analytics is a good place to start your investigations!
The heart of a great digital marketing plan is a great website. What makes a great website? It’s when a visitor intuitively knows where everything can be found. Plan your web content with the “WIIFM – What’s In It For Me” mindset. Don’t hide the price, the dates, or any other important information. After all, this is the first thing that people see before they opt to sign up for your event or register for your services, and you want to make sure that what they see responds to their specific needs and interests. Want to position your organization ahead of the curve? Enable a chatbot on your site to assist any potential attendees in real time, via automated responses.
According to Philip Kotler, considered one of the fathers of modern marketing, a traditional marketing plan serves: “to document how the organization’s strategic objectives will be achieved through specific marketing strategies and tactics, with the customer as the starting point. It is also linked to the plans of other departments within the organization.”
Behind every great plan, there is content. But the mantra “build it and they will come” does not apply here. In fact, creating content and just waiting for visitors to show up and engage with you will simply not happen… unless you’re a super cute kitty who made the cut at CatVideoFest. A content strategy involves planning and includes an editorial calendar, a social plan, engagement effort, optimization, conversion measurement, and more. If you want to ensure that your content gets seen by your target audience, a content strategy is your best bet. So before you sit in front of your computer and start pumping out article after article, you need to figure out who you’re addressing and what you plan to achieve. What are your goals and KPIs? How will you measure success – by gaining visibility? Increased registration at your events? Every marketing effort has to be measured. It is an essential element of any successful digital marketing plan.
In our business, we find that higher-funnel activities like content marketing work best for us in contrast to ads. As an example, we have a piece of content that details 30 small business SEO tips. This generates some good exposure and leads for us. Whereas, if we run search ads, we will get leads, but we are often in competition with other agencies. It also tends to come down to price, and while we are not expensive, there is always someone cheaper.
What’s your audience searching for? – Just a few years ago, the average user didn’t trust search engines to understand conversational questions. They were searching with clunky phrases like “flower delivery new york.” Now people feel comfortable typing in things like “who delivers roses near me?” Changes in searcher habits are usually subtle, but will affect which keywords will be most valuable for your site. Instead of focusing on keywords that get you more traffic, focus on those that translate into conversions, revenue, and profits.
Whatever your overarching goal is, you need to know how to measure it, and more important, actually be able to measure it (e.g., have the right digital marketing tools in place to do so). How you measure the effectiveness of your digital strategy will be different for each business and dependent on your goal(s), but it's vital to ensure you're able to do so, as it's these metrics which will help you adjust your strategy in the future.