Digital marketing today has become an essential tool in business. There are many areas in digital marketing where businesses can reap huge benefits. Social media is the one of the most popular areas nowadays for digital marketers. Almost everyone has a social media account nowadays whether it’s on Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Twitter etc. There are a lot of people there readily consuming content for hours on these platforms. Search Engine Optimization is another promising area in digital marketing. Most businesses tend to have websites that are geared towards converting visitors into leads and customers. In order to do that, they would have to get incoming traffic first. One of the best ways to get inbound traffic is through search engine optimization. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) specialists help make a website more visible to search engines and to searchers as well. Search Engine Marketing (SEM) is another option which is all about getting the website to appear at the top of the results when someone searches for your brand, your products and services and other relevant words and phrases. Other area is Email marketing which may seem an old concept but it is still one of the most effective digital marketing tools. E-commerce sites and retail brands are able to find a lot of success with pushing seasonal promotions and discounts through this option. Influencer marketing is an area in digital marketing which involves partnering with influencers like celebrities, experts etc. who have an existing audience. They can promote products to their audience on many platforms where they have an account.
It must be noted that there are merits as well as demerits with each option in digital marketing. Marketers must understand that it is the effective content that is a must in digital marketing and with good planning and strategies they can achieve huge success.
There are chances that their loyal followers will make huge purchases based on their recommendation. Digital marketing also has an effective retargeting and remarketing options that are used to push ads to visitors that are marked as leads. With these marketing options there is a higher chance of converting them into customers since they have already shown intent to learn more about the product. Affiliate marketing is another promising area in digital marketing that involves outsourcing to other individuals or companies who will promote products in return for a commission. The affiliates will promote products on their website and if the customer clicks through and buys, then the affiliate will automatically receive a commission for driving that sale. Video marketing is the most popular these days in digital marketing. It is receiving huge responses from the audience via the digital platforms like Facebook, Insta, Twitter etc. Video can be a short clip or a longer format, pre-recorded or streamed live, in real time. Every type of business is using this video marketing. There are some more areas in digital marketing which offer immense potential for the marketers. It must be noted that there are merits as well as demerits with each option in digital marketing. Marketers must understand that it is the effective content that is a must in digital marketing and with good planning and strategies they can achieve huge success.
(The author is an Assistant Professor at the School of Management, ITM University Gwalior. Views are his own) [email protected]