8 Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes
Digital marketing can be a useful tool for increasing recognition of your business. However, with complicated strategies, such as search engine optimisation (SEO), content marketing, and paid advertising, it can be very easy to make mistakes.
What are the most common digital marketing mistakes?
Lacking or having unrealistic digital marketing goals
One of the biggest online marketing mistakes you can make is creating a vague marketing campaign without setting goals. Without setting goals, you will not know whether your digital marketing campaigns are working or if you are achieving them in the right frame.
This can set your business up for failure because unrealistic goals are discouraging. Regardless of how well you implement other digital marketing strategies, goals will not be achieved if they are not attainable or trackable. Campaigns should have areas that drive success and areas of improvements, so this should be taken into consideration.
To avoid this, set SMART goals before starting a campaign. It should be:
- Specific: Goals must aim to achieve a precise action, whether that is clicks or leads or drive traffic to your website, you should keep that in mind.
- Measurable: Goals should be trackable. The goals you want to accomplish should be determined by analysing the relevant data and metrics.
- Achievable: Digital marketing objectives should be feasible to achieve.
- Realistic: A goal should stay within the means of your marketing budget and resources. Regular meetings can help to re-evaluate your milestones so that you and your team do not handle more than you can.
- Time-sensitive: Setting deadlines for your goals will help keep your team motivated and on track for success.
Use Google Analytics to keep track of your key performance indicators (KPIs) which will help you to measure the return on investment (ROI) of your campaign.
Targeting the wrong audience
Many companies aim to target a broad audience and reach more people, but not all those people will buy their products or utilise their services. Other businesses may target the wrong audience altogether which becomes a waste of time and money because the relevant content is not reaching the right people.
Researching your target audience will help you prevent this mistake. Define your market so that you can get to know the people you are selling to. The best way to do this is create buyer personas. Segment your market into a couple of distinctive customer types, demographically, their expectations, and possible objections. You could also hire experts for market research to better understand your market and talk to your prospects on social media.
Neglecting your website design
A user-friendly website is a necessity for online marketing in this rapid changing digital world. To provide a positive user experience, webpages should be easy to use and provide valuable information with call-to-action buttons.
Most businesses don’t consider whether websites are mobile-responsive to ensure that they fit each visitor’s screen regardless of their device. The websites aren’t usually quick to load because they fail to compress images, videos, and GIFs.
Blogs are one of the best ways to build your brand identity. Many businesses don’t create blog posts or abandon their blogging efforts after a few posts. It plays a crucial role in helping drive traffic to your site, improve your SEO and ranking, and establish the brand authority to help your business grow.
In order to get the most out of blogging, you need to:
- Blog regularly: Consistency allows people to find your content. If you are regularly posting, you will widen your reach and drive more people to your business.
- Create high quality content: quality content refers to content that answers your audience’s questions but also provides enough information. Instead of posting five blog posts per week, post one that has a real value of case studies, data, visuals that makes people want to share it.
- Interacting with your audience: The comment section at the end of a blog is a great way to keep customers engaged and return to see your content.
Taking on too many strategies without proper resources
Businesses often invest in multiple digital marketing strategies, and it can be easy to neglect some of them. Running a business takes up a lot of time, so you may be too busy to dedicate time to building your strategy.
It’s best to rely on digital marketing agencies, such as Bark Street Digital, to help implement your digital marketing strategy.
Forgetting to remarket
Another major digital marketing mistake is neglecting to market consumers that have already shown interest in their site. While acquiring new customers is extremely beneficial, the focus should also be on leads that may need a nudge through conversion. For example, remarketing strategies can remind customers of products left in the cart via an email.
By focusing on a remarketing strategy such as creating an email marketing campaign, you can gather emails of your audience to prompt them to make those purchases, so you don’t lose regular users. It is a great way to remind them of something they previously viewed, and you could even offer a discount.
Remarketing advertisements also help you re-engage these leads. It is a commonly used digital marketing effort where you can utilise cookies or a tracking pixel and target your audience with specific ads.
Failing to take advantage of social media
Social media is a great marketing channel to increase your brand awareness and improve customer experience. On average, users spend 28% of their internet time on social media. If you aren’t on social media and your audience is, you would be missing out on opportunities to build relationships and reach out to new audiences.
Before creating social media accounts, it is important to conduct your research to determine the right platform for your business. Focus on channels that your target audience frequently uses and post regularly to get your audience engaged. Social media advertising is a great way to appear in relevant users’ newsfeeds and target them with products which fits their interests.
Speak to Bark Street Digital to find out how a social media manager from our team could help your business.
Forgetting about keyword research
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is how customers find businesses on search engines. Keyword research is the core to your SEO strategy because it targets your customer’s product searches online. 87% of customers begin their search online, so you could miss the opportunity to reach valuable leads, drive traffic to your website, and provide insights to your audience preferences.
Investing in SEO/SEM, the development of high-quality content, as well as paying to advertise on search engines are excellent ways to promote your website and eventually result in revenue. Keyword research tools should become a part of your regular digital marketing efforts. There are basic strategies as well as more robust tools such as SEMRush that give you the insights, analytics, and competitor insights you may need.
How can Bark Street Digital help you avoid making these digital marketing mistakes?
If you feel like you are making any one of these digital marketing mistakes mistakes or need help implementing any digital marketing strategies, then get in touch for a free, no obligation chat.
Bark Street Digital provides a team of highly experienced digital marketing and SEO experts. We can assist your businesses by helping you avoid any of these biggest digital marketing mistakes.
Whether you are a small business or a large business, we can help you with your marketing plan to help grow your customer base.
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