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This is where digital marketing begins and ends...

With a Customer Value Journey that strategically builds a relationship with new prospects and converts them into loyal, repeat customers.

This Journey is the process every prospect goes through to become a new customer.

It’s how strangers become buyers and, eventually, raving fans of your business.

The hard truth is that marketing is not a one-step process. There are eight stages you must account for on the path to purchase and promotion.

But, I have great news. If you understand this digital marketing strategy (a.k.a. the Customer Value Journey), then you can intentionally engineer your business in such a way that it moves people predictably through the stages in this template.

In other words, you'll no longer wonder if you'll be able to generate leads. You won't have to cross your fingers and hope for customers. When you understand the Customer Value Journey, even reviews and referrals will become automatic.

The Customer Value Journey is the strategic foundation of everything we do here at DigitalMarketer. It's the master template upon which every other digital marketing discipline and tactic is built.

It’s so important, we confidently make this bold statement:

The job of marketing is to move prospects and customers seamlessly and subtly through each phase of the Customer Value Journey.

"The job of marketing is to move prospects and customers seamlessly and subtly through each phase of the Customer Value Journey."

In this chapter, we'll start with a high-level map of the Customer Value Journey. Then we'll dive into each of the 8 steps, talk about the tactics you'll need to move people along the Journey, and review case studies so you can see it in action.

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An Overview of the Customer Value Journey

So, now that you understand why it’s important... here’s what the Customer Value Journey looks like:

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Now let's walk through the 8-step process of crafting your digital marketing strategy:

Step 1: Awareness

Before someone can buy from you, they have to realize you exist—right?

Well, that’s Step 1 in the Customer Value Journey.

This step is pretty self-explanatory: It’s where the person becomes aware of you. After all, nobody is born knowing who Apple or Amazon are. At some point they have to become aware of these companies if they are to become a customer.

The same thing is true of your company.

Examples of Marketing that Generates Awareness

There are any number of ways a prospect could become aware of your company, products, and services. Here are three possible scenarios:

  • A father of two sees an advertisement for a new children's summer camp on Facebook.
  • An office manager searches Google to find a new coffee supplier.
  • A college student watches an Instagram video of her friend raving about a new brand of noise canceling headphones.

Facebook ads are the perfect vehicle for driving awareness. In this example, browsers are introduced to a home security company:

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If you weren’t aware of Canary, this Facebook ad makes you aware.

Digital Marketing Disciplines That Create Awareness

To improve awareness of your company, the digital marketing tactics you need to master or hire include:

  • Digital Advertising
  • Search Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing

Step 2: Engagement

Your prospect is now aware of you—they know who you are—but you're still in the early stages of a relationship with them. They don’t yet know you, like you, or trust you.

So the next step is to start developing relationship with your prospect.

Step 2, Engagement, is where you start conversing with your prospects. You engage them through some form of content that provides entertainment, information, or both.

Engagement is something that must continue throughout the Customer Journey. It's not something you do once and move on.

Examples of Marketing That Generates Engagement

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Engagement typically comes in the form of content or community. Here are a few examples to get the ideas flowing for your company:

  • A grandfather of five receives an email newsletter from his financial advisor detailing several ways to save for a child's college tuition while reducing taxes.
  • The owner of a boutique wine store becomes active in a Facebook community for wineries and other wine retailers.
  • A new mother watches a YouTube video from Johnson & Johnson showing her how to give her baby a bath.

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Engagement often occurs through valuable, relevant content.

Let's look at another example of engagement from Modcloth, an etailer selling women’s clothing. This is an entertaining and educational piece of content for one of Modcloth’s most lucrative customer segments—people attending weddings:

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You can boost engagement with content that's as entertaining as it is useful.

Digital Marketing Disciplines That Create Engagement

To improve engagement in your company, the digital marketing tactics you need to master or hire include:

  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Marketing

Step 3: Subscribe

At this point, your prospect knows who you are and has engaged with you in some way or another.

However, if you failed to get that person’s contact information, odds are high you’ll never hear from them again.


Because people today are inundated with marketing and content, creating a scarcity of attention. Just because someone reads one of your blog posts today does NOT mean they'll remember to revisit your site in the future.

Instead, you need to get that person to progress to Step 3 in the Value Journey, which is to subscribe.

Here, the person gives you their contact information and, in doing so, grants you permission to contact them again in the future.

"Just because someone reads one of your blog posts today does NOT mean they'll remember to revisit your site in the future."

Most often, this transaction is an exchange, sometimes referred to as an "ethical bribe." You promote a valuable offer, but instead of asking for money, you ask for the prospect's contact information. And when they give it to you, not only do you give them access to the content, product, or service you promised, you also add them to your subscriber list.

Examples of Marketing That Generates Subscribers

The biggest criteria for your free offer is that your target audience finds it valuable. Here are some examples from a variety of industries:

  • A young professional signs up for a webinar presented by a local realtor about the best practices of purchasing a first home.
  • A college girl fills out a form on a blog to receive a free sample of a new face cream.
  • The Human Resources manager at a mid-sized accounting firm signs up for a demo of a new application he can use to manage the hiring of new employees.

In each case, the prospect fills out a form, provides their contact information, and is sent information about how to access the offer.

  • The young professional is sent the time and URL of the webinar.
  • The college girl is sent a thank-you email telling her the face cream is in the mail.
  • The manager is contacted to schedule his demo.

But it always starts with a form. For example, here's how Salesforce generates leads with a whitepaper offer.

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Salesforce's offer is perfect for the Subscription stage of their Customer Journey.

Digital Marketing Disciplines That Generate Subscribers

To get more subscriptions for your company, the digital marketing tactics you need to master or hire include:

  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Digital Advertising
  • Conversion Rate Optimization

Step 4: Convert

If the subscribers you gain in Step 3 of the journey remain engaged, some of them will be ready to increase their level of commitment. They like the information you share and have begun to trust you, so they're ready to invest in one of two ways: either with time or money.

This is a critical stage in the Customer Journey and one that frustrates many business owners. The key to success in this stage is to employ what we call "entry-point offers." These offers are designed to give the new prospect tremendous value without forcing them to put too much "skin in the game."

At this stage, to ask for a significant investment in a complex product or service would be asking too much, too soon. You're still in the early stages of relationship.

In fact, it's too early even to concern yourself with profitability. That's right: in this stage of the Customer Journey, you might lose money on the prospects you acquire as buyers.

This is, perhaps, the most important lesson you must learn so it bears repeating:

The Convert stage of the Customer Value Journey is about acquiring buyers or ramping up the commitment level of the leads you already have. It is NOT about profitability.

The most valuable businesses in the world all understand that the costliest marketing activity your business undertakes is customer acquisition. It's the reason Sprint is willing to buy you out of your Verizon cell phone contract and give you a free phone. It's the reason GoDaddy offers domains for $2.95, and it's the reason VistaPrint will sell you 500 business cards for $9.

The goal is to acquire a new customer. Profits come later.

Examples of Marketing That Generates Conversions

There are two types of entry-point offers: those that require a commitment of time, and those that require a commitment of money. Here are some examples:

  • The VP of Operations at a large company purchases a high-dollar management consultant's book for $8 on the consultant's website.
  • A daughter of elderly parents schedules a walk-through visit at the local retirement home.
  • A man takes advantage of a $20 teeth whitening service at his local dentist.

Notice the price point of each of these offers: from $8 to $20.

Your goal here is not to make a huge profit. It’s to get customers, to shift the relationship between you and your subscribers. Because, as you’ll see, once someone is a customer, it's much more likely that person will purchase higher-ticket, more complex products and services and do it more frequently.

Remember, one of the costliest (in time, money, resources) marketing activities your business will undertake is the acquisition of customers. The good news is that once you've acquired them, you don't need to pay to acquire them again.

Here’s an example of an offer from GoDaddy that does a great job of acquiring new customers with extremely low-priced domain registration services:

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By offering a fantastic up-front deal, GoDaddy easily acquires the customer.

Getting that initial conversion was the hard part. Now they can build the customer relationship to create profits down the road.

Digital Marketing Disciplines That Generate Conversions

To improve conversions in your company, the digital marketing tactics you need to master or hire include:

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  • Digital Advertising
  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Search Marketing

Step 5: Excite

At this point, your new customer has had a transaction with you. A small transaction, sure, but a transaction nonetheless.

Your job now is to make sure the transaction is a good one, that the excitement of the purchase develops into good will and trust.

The reason for this is simple: if the person doesn’t get value from this transaction, they won’t move on to the next stage and purchase more expensive things from you.

So, how do you make sure your customers have a good experience?

First, we assume that whatever the prospect purchased or gave up valuable time for is outstanding. Great marketing will only increase the speed at which your business fails if you don't have outstanding products and services.

Second, the prospect must get value from their last transaction with you. The Excite stage of the Customer Value Journey is something you must return to again and again. And every time, it should create excitement.

That being the case, whenever a customer or prospect does what you ask them to do (attend this webinar, buy this product, hire me for this service), you should engineer your marketing to maximize the chances they'll get tangible value from the experience.

Examples of Marketing That Creates Excitement

Your goal in the Excite stage of the Customer Value Journey is to make sure your customer gets value from their transaction. Here are some examples:

  • A married couple buys a Keurig (coffee maker) and uses the free coffee servings and Quick Start Guide to have an amazing cup of coffee within minutes of opening the box.
  • A new user of the Spotify music streaming app goes through an instructional walkthrough teaching her how to build a playlist of her favorite songs.
  • A young man reads through 3 eye-opening blog posts recommended via email by his newly hired Life Coach in advance of their first coaching session.

This stage is all about ensuring that your marketing is giving your customer opportunity to get value from doing business with you—and to enjoy that value right away.

It could be as simple as an email onboarding campaign, like this one from the productivity app, Evernote:

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An onboarding campaign is a simple way to add value immediately after a purchase.

Evernote is a cloud-based note-taking app that you can use to sync notes between your computer, phone, and tablet. It has a lot of useful features, but Evernote knows that, in order to really hook new users and turn them into long-lasting customers, they have to make sure new users are successful with the app.

That’s why Evernote sends you these educational emails when you sign up for a new account. The emails contain tips that help you to get more value out of the application, making you more excited about it and more likely to use it.

Digital Marketing Disciplines That Create Excitement

To improve consumption in your company, the digital marketing tactics you need to master or hire include:

  • Email Marketing
  • Content Marketing

Step 6: Ascend

At this stage of the Value Journey, you’ve sunk time, money, and resources into acquiring leads and customers and making sure they get value from doing business with you.

It's entirely possible that, until this stage, you have yet to turn a profit. In fact, if you're in a competitive market (and who isn't?) you may be losing money on the front end of this process to acquire customers.

That's perfectly acceptable, and here's why:

You're investing in your future profits.

Always remember that it costs more to acquire a new customer than to sell to an existing one. That first sales isn't about profits. It's about converting a prospect to a customer, so you can begin a long (and profitable) customer relationship.

Buying customers on the front end is just shrewd business, but only if you can monetize those customers on the back end.

The Ascend stage of the Value Journey is where your customer will be ready to buy more and more often. If your business has a core offer, this is the place to make that offer. Then once your customer purchases that core offer, it's time to present them with other relevant offers.

You’ll notice that the Value Journey worksheet represents the Ascent stage as a ladder. That’s no accident. This is really a ladder that will hopefully lead to multiple purchases over time.

Examples of Marketing That Creates Ascension

Examples of ascension might include:

  • A dating couple rent a convertible in San Diego and pay extra for satellite radio and GPS.
  • A new dad buys a digital camera for $2,495 and adds a lens kit, camera bag, and tripod to his purchase for a bundle price of $699.
  • A woman with a brand new Mercedes buys an unlimited car wash package for $40 per month instead of paying for each car wash individually.

Here’s how Southwest Airlines creates ascension by making an offer that will improve your experience and increase the value of your transaction:

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Southwest's ascension offer is an affordable add-on that improves their customer's experience.

When you execute this stage properly, your customers will thank you for these offers. Southwest airlines customers who want to board the plane early are happy to pay an extra $15 to avoid hectic boarding.

Digital Marketing Disciplines That Create Ascension

To improve ascension in your company, the digital marketing tactics you need to master or hire include:

  • Email Marketing
  • Digital Advertising
  • Content Marketing

Step 7: Advocate

You now have a happy customer who has made several profitable purchases from you. The next stage in the Value Journey is to create marketing that encourages your most loyal customers to advocate for your business.

An advocate is someone who speaks positively about your brand.

An advocate is what you might call a "passive promoter." They won’t necessarily promote your business in an active way, but when asked about you, they will respond favorably.

Examples of Marketing That Generates Advocates

These final two stages (Advocate and Promote) are often thought to be outside of the control of marketing, but that simply isn't true. You can create marketing that intentionally generates more advocates and promoters.

Here are a few examples:

  • A woman enters a contest to win a new lip gloss from a beauty company by shooting a video review detailing how much she loves one of their lipsticks.
  • Upon request, the Warehouse Manager at a produce supplier company writes a glowing review of the local courier service she uses to transport fruits and vegetables locally.

Designer Shoe Warehouse knows the value of the Advocate stage in the Customer Journey. This email is designed to activate advocates by asking for a review:

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DSW actively encourages customers to become advocates.

Digital Marketing Disciplines That Generate Advocates

Getting advocates is important because it helps generate awareness, trust, and credibility with a wider audience—which helps you to get more customers and grow your business.

To get more advocates in your company, the marketing efforts you need to work on include:

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Search Marketing

Step 8: Promote

Promoters differ from advocates in that they are actively seeking to spread the word about your brands, products, and services.

In some cases, the promoter simply had a great experience with your company and wants to share their story with friends and family. In other cases, they promote because you've created an incentive for them to do so.

This puts your message in front of a new audience, the fans, followers, and friends of the promoter. And because this new audience is hearing about you from a trusted source who they already know, they're much more likely to become customers themselves.

Examples of Marketing That Generates Promoters

Intentionally creating more promoters is important because it creates an army of paid or unpaid salespeople spreading the word about what you sell.

Here are a few examples:

  • A man who runs a podcast about fishing earns a 20% commission every time one of his listeners buys fishing equipment using his affiliate link.
  • A woman attends a conference for free because she arranged for 5 of her colleagues to go as well.
  • A marketing agency partners with a marketing automation software company to resell their software for a commission.

As you can see, promoters help you get more customers at a lower cost. So even when you reward promoters, it's a win-win.

A good example of this is Dropbox. When it was just starting out as a new company in a new industry, they realized discoverability would be key to their success. So they initiated a referral program that gave its users a strong incentive to promote the service to others.

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By generously rewarding users who promoted Dropbox, word spread quickly about the new cloud-storage service.

Simply by inviting your contacts to try out Dropbox, you could increase your own online storage space from 2 GB up to 16 GB. This was such an attractive offer, thousands of new users recruited their friends and family, helping turn Dropbox into a software giant (valued at $10 billion in 2014).

Digital Marketing Disciplines That Generate Promoters

To get more promoters in your company, the marketing efforts you need to work on include:

  • Email Marketing

How To Move Prospects Through The Customer Value Journey

Now that you know what the Customer Value Journey is, the next thing you need to understand is:

  • How do you seamlessly and subtly move customers and prospects through each phase of the Customer Value Journey?

The short answer? You build marketing CAMPAIGNS that INTENTIONALLY move people from one stage to the next.

And those two words—campaigns and intentionally—are important here. So let’s unpack them one at a time.

What Is A Marketing Campaign?

First, let’s talk about what a campaign really is.

A marketing campaign has two critical components:

  • A call to action
  • A traffic source

The call to action is what you want people to do. If the marketing campaign you're creating is aimed at the Subscribe stage of the Customer Journey, your call to action might be for people to download a whitepaper, checklist, or video resource. If it’s a campaign in the Convert or Ascend stage, your call to action might be to buy a product or service. If the campaign you are creating is for the Awareness stage, the call to action might be as simple as listening to a podcast episode or reading a blog post.

The traffic source could be digital clicks from ads, email, social media sites, or search engines like Google. Offline marketing could include direct mail, TV, or radio advertising, print ads, or anything else that gets the call to action in front of your prospects.

Now that you know what a campaign IS, let’s talk about what a campaign is supposed to DO.

The purpose of a marketing campaign is to intentionally move people from one stage of the Value Journey to the next.

For example:

A campaign might have the goal of getting people to sign up for your email list (going from Engaged to Subscribe).

Another campaign might have the goal of getting new customers excited about their purchase (going from Convert to Excite).

Once again, notice that a campaign is intentionally moving people through the Value Journey. And that word “intentionally” is important.

Intentionally Moving Customers Through The Value Journey

Anyone who has ever become a customer of a company has moved through the Value Journey, whether that company made it happen intentionally or not.

Sometimes, people move through the Value Journey on accident.

For example, imagine that you had never heard of Dropbox before. Then, one day, a friend tells you that he uses Dropbox to store all his files online, and he recommends that you check it out.

At this point, both you and your friend have progressed along the Value Journey. You have moved to Step 1, Aware, and your friend has moved to Step 8, Promote.

However, this progression didn't happen because of anything Dropbox did intentionally. It resulted from a random comment or a casual conversation between you and your friend.

Contrast that with Dropbox's marketing campaign offering extra space to customers who refer friends and family:

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Offer rewards for people taking the action you want them to take.

In this example, Dropbox is moving people along the value journey INTENTIONALLY by creating a program that is designed for that specific purpose.

This is an important distinction to make.

Once you figure out that you can move people intentionally through the Value Journey using marketing campaigns, you realize that you have the ability to grow your business by improving the areas where your customers are getting "stuck."

At this point I’d like to point out that there’s one common mistake that many companies make when trying to move customers and prospects through the Customer Value Journey.

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The #1 Mistake Marketers Make When Creating Campaigns

Once a business understands the Customer Journey, they can get so excited about the possibilities that they try to move people all the way from stranger to promoter in one step, in one campaign.

This is impossible.

You cannot possibly create one campaign that makes people aware of you, engages them, gets them to subscribe and convert, excites them, ascends them, and then turns them into advocates and promoters.

Instead, you need to create multiple specific campaigns that are designed to move people from one stage to the next. (Or in some cases, a campaign can probably move people through 2 or maybe 3 steps at once.)

The best way to explain this is with a few case studies.

Value Journey Campaign Case Studies

Case Study: DigitalMarketer

  • Campaign Goal: Aware to Engage
  • Content Needed: Branding Video
  • Traffic Source: Facebook Ads (Video Views campaign)
  • Call to Action: End the war between sales and marketing... watch this video!

When we create a new campaign here at DigitalMarketer, we always start by looking at the Value Journey map and identifying any steps where we need help. In this case, we realized that while we were doing a good job of generating awareness through Facebook ads, we didn’t have a good engagement campaign in place.

So we decided to create some content (a branding video) whose goal was to get people engaged with DigitalMarketer:

We call this video the "Valentine's Day War on Sales & Marketing."

But as you know, just creating a video isn’t enough. We also had to decide how we were going to get people to watch the video. So we chose to run a Facebook ad campaign (with video views as the goal) to generate traffic to the video. This made up the "Traffic" portion of our campaign.

Here’s what one of those ads looked like:

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Advertising is the best way to get eyeballs on your content—for all stages of the Customer Journey.

Because the goal of this campaign is to get people engaged with us, our call to action was very simple: "Watch this video!"

It’s important to note that we didn’t try to convince people to sign up or buy anything (at least not right away), because that wasn’t the goal of this campaign. The goal was to generate engagement, and it succeeded very well because it was focused 100% on simply engaging people.

Case Study: ModCloth

  • Campaign Goal: Engage to Subscribe
  • Content Needed: Blog Post
  • Traffic Source: Facebook organic traffic
  • Call to Action: Sign up for ModCloth’s good news and great offers!

Here’s an example of a campaign with a different goal. In this case, the clothing company ModCloth wanted people who were already engaged with their content to subscribe to their email list.

The content needed for this campaign was pretty straightforward: it’s a blog post. When you go to the ModCloth blog, you’ll see many helpful blog articles like this one:

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ModCloth leveraged this blog post to drive subscriptions.

Because ModCloth has a lot of engaged Facebook followers, they were able to use free organic Facebook traffic as their traffic source. (Remember, you don’t always have to pay for traffic.)

So we have content and a traffic source. Now, what’s the call to action?

Well, you’ll notice that while you’re browsing the blog you'll be greeted with this popup:

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Popups have been proven to be an effective tool for a Subscribe call to action.

Now you might not think of this as a campaign, but it totally is. It’s a specific call-to-action: Sign Up for ModCloth’s Good News & Great Offers! And anytime someone fills out this form, they move on to the next stage in the Customer Value Journey.

Often the best marketing campaigns are the simplest.

Case Study: Honest Company

  • Campaign Goal: Engaged to Subscribe to Convert
  • Content Needed: Email Copy and Creative
  • Traffic Source: Google Adwords
  • Call to Action: Exclusive Offer! 25% off your first order

Here’s an example of a campaign that moves people through two steps in the Value Journey: from Engage to Subscribe and then to Convert.

Let’s go through this campaign from the beginning. The traffic source here is Google Adwords targeting the keyword "buy organic diapers."

Here you can see the AdWords ad:

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When you click on that ad, you arrive on a landing page that asks you to subscribe.

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Once you opt in, they’ll send you the following coupon in your email (about 24 hours later, assuming you didn’t already make a purchase):

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I want you to pay close attention to that call to action: Exclusive Offer! 25% Off Your First Order. Notice that this discount only applies to your first order. That’s because the goal of this campaign isn’t to generate repeat purchases; it’s to get someone to make their very FIRST purchase. It’s a time-tested and effective tactic for turning someone into a new customer.

Summing Up

The Customer Value Journey is the foundation for all the tactics you'll learn in this Guide. Whether you're learning about content marketing, digital advertising, or analytics, or any other topic, keep this concept in mind.

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Don't worry, though. We'll review it several times so it stays fresh on your mind. And by the end of this Guide, it will likely be cemented into your thinking.

Now that you understand the Customer Journey, it's time to talk about the #1 tactic you'll use to engage people at every stage: Content Marketing.


What is digital marketing The Ultimate Guide for Beginners? ›

Digital marketing is the promotion of your business, brand, products, or services to your target audience on desktop, mobile, and smart TV screens. There are several types of digital marketing you can use, all of which we will discuss shortly. But first, let's talk about why you should invest in digital marketing.

What are the 7 C's of digital marketing? ›

And a great approach to take is to implement the 7 Cs- customer, content, context, community, convenience, cohesion, conversion. Customers play a key role in the success of your company, and making them the center of your marketing efforts is the number one requisite for the 7 Cs model marketing to work.

What are the 4 P's of digital marketing? ›

The four Ps are product, price, place, and promotion. They are an example of a “marketing mix,” or the combined tools and methodologies used by marketers to achieve their marketing objectives.

What are the 5 D's of digital marketing? ›

Digital marketing revolves around these 5Ds: Digital Devices, Digital Platforms, Digital Media, Digital Data, And Digital Technology.

What is digital marketing strategy? ›

What is digital marketing strategy? A digital marketing strategy is a plan for establishing an internet presence through online channels such as organic search, social media, paid ads, and other web-based mediums such as your website.

What is a successful marketing strategy? ›

The most effective marketing strategies are those that are targeted toward a specific audience, focused on key benefits based on the audience's point of view and interests, and delivered at an appropriate time – when the audience is most likely to be attentive to and interested in the message being delivered.

What are the core marketing concepts? ›

So the core concepts of marketing are, Need, Want, and Demand. Product, Service, and Experience. Market.

What are the types of digital marketing? ›

Digital marketing can be broadly broken into 8 main categories including: Search Engine Optimization, Pay-per-Click, Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing, Email Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Marketing Analytics and Affiliate Marketing .

What are the 4 selling strategies? ›

The four basic sales strategies salespeople use are script-based selling, needs-satisfaction selling, consultative selling, and strategic-partner selling. Different strategies can be used with in different types of relationships.

What is the main problem in digital marketing? ›

One of the biggest digital marketing concerns for businesses is how to stand out against bigger competitors without a commensurate digital marketing budget. This concern is commonly paired with the feeling that Google's search algorithm is slightly biased towards brands — though Google says this isn't the case.

What is the digital marketing mix? ›

A digital marketing mix is an approach to a marketing strategy that provides a balance of multiple media channels. The term “mix” means a combination of different digital platforms, including social media, emails, websites, and podcasts.

Who is the father of digital marketing? ›

The “father of digital marketing,” Philip Kotler, is often referred to as such. He is an American professor who is credited with founding marketing as an academic discipline and has produced over 60 marketing books.

What are the 7 DS in advertising? ›

The 7 D's of digital, a systematic process designed to bring structure and clarity to project development and digital marketing is your answer. Define, Discover, Determine, Delegate, Design, Develop, and Deliver. These are the fundamental stages that bring clarity and structure to your digital processes.

What is digital marketing segmentation? ›

Segmentation is the process of dividing your database into groups based on a single or multiple criteria. As individuals your customers have many characteristics that define them; segmentation allows you to group these people by similar characteristics.

What makes a good digital marketing strategy? ›

Build your core ads and service offerings first, and then write content with CTAs that lead users towards a purchase. But make sure that it's relatable, relevant and useful to your audience. You'll also want to have a clear understanding of how your content is working with regards to SEO and analytics patterns.

What is digital strategy example? ›

These include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), robotics, data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). As these technologies dramatically reshape industries, many companies are pursuing large-scale change efforts to capture the benefits of these trends or simply to keep up with competitors.

Why a digital marketing strategy is important? ›

It enables you to better understand your market share

Without a clear strategy, you could easily underestimate the demand for your digital services. Moreover, it's likely that you won't fully understand the dynamics of the online marketplace including customer behaviors, competitors, and customer profiles.

What is the 4 C's in marketing? ›

The 4Cs for marketing communications: Clarity; Credibility; Consistency and Competitiveness. What is it? The 4Cs (Clarity, Credibility, Consistency, Competitiveness) is most often used in marketing communications and was created by David Jobber and John Fahy in their book 'Foundations of Marketing' (2009).

What are the 5 C's of marketing? ›

The 5 C's stand for Company, Collaborators, Customers, Competitors, and Climate. These five categories help perform situational analysis in almost any situation, while also remaining straightforward, simple, and to the point.

What are the types of marketing strategy? ›

Types of marketing strategies
  • Social media marketing strategy. ...
  • Email marketing strategy. ...
  • Inbound marketing strategy. ...
  • Content marketing strategy. ...
  • Editorial strategy. ...
  • Marketing communications strategy. ...
  • Digital marketing strategy. ...
  • Internal marketing strategy.
23 Sept 2021

What are the key drivers in digital marketing? ›

Key Drivers Of Digital Marketing Acquisition Strategy Success
  • Think fast – grab attention.
  • Mobile first.
  • Lead via digital PR.
  • Disambiguate for search engines.
  • Connect together via social media relationship building.
15 Jan 2015

What kind of marketing is most successful? ›

1. Social Media Marketing. Social media marketing is one of the most popular types of marketing strategies. And, it's also one of the most effective to build awareness and increase sales.

What makes a strong marketing plan? ›

A good marketing plan is full of dates and details. Maybe strategy drives a good plan, but tactics, programs and details make all the difference. As much as possible, the plan has to tie results back to activities and come up with hard numbers to measure those results.

What are the values of marketing? ›

The four types of value include: functional value, monetary value, social value, and psychological value. The sources of value are not equally important to all consumers. How important a value is, depends on the consumer and the purchase. Values should always be defined through the "eyes" of the consumer.

What are the 5 strategies that will determine the market size? ›

5 Strategies to Effectively Determine Your Market Size
  • Seeing the business horizon.
  • Define your subsegment of the market.
  • Conduct top-down market sizing.
  • Follow with bottom-up analysis.
  • Look at the competition.
  • Assess the static market size.
7 Mar 2016

What is modern marketing concept? ›

Modern Marketing Concept : Modern marketing concept focuses on customer's need and wants and it aims in meeting the customer's satisfaction. Modern marketing is customer oriented.

Which digital marketing is best? ›

To help you determine which digital marketing strategies may work best for your business, here are six of the most effective types of digital marketing:
  • Content Marketing. ...
  • Search Engine Optimization. ...
  • Search Engine Marketing/Pay-per-Click. ...
  • Social Media Marketing. ...
  • Affiliate and Influencer Marketing. ...
  • Email Marketing.
18 Oct 2022

What is the role of digital marketing? ›

A digital marketer is responsible for getting the word out in the market about a brand. They use a wide variety of digital channels to build brand awareness and generate leads. The digital channels include the company's website, and social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and others.

What are the 3 most important things in digital marketing? ›

At its highest level, digital marketing has three main components: Lead Generation, Lead Capturing, and Lead Nurturing.

What is a butterfly in marketing? ›

Butterflies are not particularly loyal, but have spent money on your products and brought in good revenue. An example of a butterfly would be someone that supports Microsoft in general, but buys the iPhone since it happened to be the best available phone on the market.

How can I market my product online? ›

Top 13 Ways to Market a Product Online
  1. Referral Marketing.
  2. Showing authority.
  3. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  4. Building community.
  5. Using customer posts.
  6. Email marketing.
  7. Personalizing the customer experience.
  8. Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
14 Sept 2021

What affects digital marketing? ›

If you want to grow your business with digital marketing, let's look at its impact: Find customers that you would have never encountered otherwise via SEO. Understand what channels drive sales for your company. Communicate your message and better connect you with both current and prospective customers.

How many digital marketing channels are there? ›

12 digital marketing channels
  • Content marketing. ...
  • Search engine optimization (SEO) ...
  • Email marketing. ...
  • Social media marketing. ...
  • Video marketing. ...
  • Pay-per-click advertising (PPC) ...
  • Affiliate marketing. ...
  • Influencer marketing.
3 Jun 2022

What are the limitations of digital marketing? ›

Disadvantages of Online Marketing
  • Time consumption. The biggest demerit of online marketing is its time-consuming nature. ...
  • Security and privacy issues. ...
  • Inaccessibility. ...
  • Reliance on technology. ...
  • Technological issues. ...
  • Global competition. ...
  • Maintenance Cost. ...
  • Facing negative feedback and reviews.
1 Jun 2022

How do you structure a digital marketing strategy? ›

Here's how to create a solid digital marketing strategy:
  1. Explore the landscape and analyze your results. ...
  2. Map out your strategy. ...
  3. Define your target audience. ...
  4. Build your content strategy. ...
  5. Choose your channels and tactics. ...
  6. Set key performance indicators and benchmarks. ...
  7. Execute with best practices. ...
  8. Analyze and adjust.
25 Feb 2021

What is a digital media strategy? ›

A digital strategy, sometimes called a digital media strategy, is a plan for maximizing the business benefits of data assets and technology-focused initiatives. A successful digital strategy requires a cross-functional team with executive leadership, marketing and information technology (IT) members.

How do I run a successful digital marketing campaign? ›

11 Steps to Building a Results Focused Digital Marketing Campaign
  1. Define your goals.
  2. Define Your Target Market.
  3. Develop Personas.
  4. Define Your Budget.
  5. Choose The Channels You Want to Use.
  6. Do Keyword Research for SEO and PPC.
  7. Set up Ads on Social Media Platforms.
  8. Manage Your Social Media Profiles.
16 Jun 2022

How can I learn digital marketing? ›

Quick Links
  1. Start your own blog.
  2. Enroll in paid digital marketing courses.
  3. Read digital marketing books.
  4. Read digital marketing blogs.
  5. Watch videos on YouTube.
  6. Do an internship.
  7. Follow influencers on social media.
  8. Listen to a digital marketing podcast.

What is the salary of a digital marketer? ›

How much do digital marketers earn? The average digital marketing salary ranges from ₹3,00,000 to ₹12,00,000 per annum.

What skills do you need to be a digital marketer? ›

Top 7 Skills Required to Become a Digital Marketing Expert
  • Data Analysis. ...
  • Content Creation. ...
  • SEO & SEM. ...
  • CRM. ...
  • Communication Skills. ...
  • Social Media. ...
  • Basic Design Skills.

What is digital marketing explain with examples? ›

Digital marketing is the marketing and advertising of a business, person, product, or service using online channels, electronic devices, and digital technologies. A few examples of digital marketing include social media, email, pay-per-click (PPC), search engine optimization (SEO), and more.

Which platform is best for digital marketing? ›

Udemy Digital Marketing Course (Paid with Certification) Udemy is one of the biggest online learning platforms. They offer courses on a number of subjects covering all areas of marketing from SEO to Google Ads and Sales.

Is digital marketing a skill? ›

Digital Marketers need a large and diverse range of digital marketing skills to understand how to create marketing strategies and content that will resonate with an audience and help to generate leads, raise brand awareness, and ultimately generate leads.

How can I improve my digital marketing skills? ›

Here are some important tips to boost your digital marketing career.
  1. Advance and Refine Your Skill Set. ...
  2. Be Aware of the Latest Trends. ...
  3. Develop a Strong Digital Presence. ...
  4. Build a Personal Brand. ...
  5. Understand Data. ...
  6. Don't Be Afraid to Take Risks. ...
  7. Learn to Adapt. ...
  8. Always Seek Feedback.
11 Dec 2018

Is digital marketing a stressful job? ›

Working in digital marketing can be incredibly stressful, so you need to think about how to remove or reduce the parts that don't spark joy. Whether it's fine-tailoring processes or learning to let go and delegate, whatever works best for you, just be sure to stick with it.

Is digital marketing Easy? ›

Like many professions, digital marketing requires both a core set of hard skills (which can be relatively straightforward to learn) and a longer list of career attributes that might take years to master.

What is the income of SEO? ›

Average starting Salary for SEO in India is around ₹1.0 Lakhs per year (₹8.3k per month). 1 year of minimum experience is required to be a SEO. What is the highest salary for a SEO in India? Highest salary that a SEO can earn is ₹11.2 Lakhs per year (₹93.3k per month).

What does a digital marketer do daily? ›

Digital marketing managers are often responsible for creating campaign content daily. This process involves writing, editing, and producing original content that clearly conveys a message to the target audience. Digital marketers write content for social media, email, podcast episodes, and ads.

What is digital marketing job role? ›

Primarily, a digital marketer is in charge of all the digital channels and uses them to drive brand awareness and generate leads. That is to say, a digital marketer's roles and responsibilities involve overseeing and development of the overall content strategy for an enterprise, as well as marketing campaigns.

What are the duties of a digital marketer? ›

A Digital Marketing Manager is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that promote a company or brand's products. They manage various channels like social media networks, Google Ads, website content and email marketing to deliver a persuasive and cohesive marketing message to their audience.

What are features of digital marketing? ›

8 Elements of a Successful Digital Marketing Plan
  • Online advertising.
  • Search Engine Optimisation.
  • Online Content and Blogging.
  • Web PR.
  • Social Media Management and Listening.
  • Mobile Marketing.
  • Web Analytics.

What are digital marketing channels? ›

Digital marketing channels are methods of delivery of digital marketing assets. If you need to get the word out about a new product, you might choose one or several channels to deliver the message. Some common digital marketing channels include social media, video marketing, and influencer marketing.


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