There are a lot of digital marketing experts out there, and that’s great – we lesser mortals can always use the insights and expertise they share so we can improve our marketing strategies. However, perhaps it’s the English language nerd in me, but I find the trend towards calling them anything other than ‘experts’ a little jarring. Ninjas or wizards they are not. Ninjas carry out irregular warfare tactics and historically were pretty much looked down on by the samurai, while wizards perform sorcery, and neither of these traits are evident in the modern marketing mix. Another thing they are definitely not are ‘gurus’.
As you know, (and if you don’t, you should) social selling is not as simple as some would have you believe. It is not a quick fix, so get that out of your head NOW. It’s important that you start at the start and learn as you go. I always believe that you should learn on the job so I decided to give my thoughts on how I use LinkedIn, as that's what I know.
We are all familiar with the idea of email marketing, but for many digital marketers, it is still seen very much as a standalone endeavour, not an essential part of a comprehensive lead generation and sales strategy. We want to change that.
An interesting column about Harrison Ford in the Guardian last week spoke of his numerous near-death scrapes over the years. Having narrowly avoided crashing the small plane Ford was, appropriately, flying solo, the column likened the Star Wars actor’s life to that of Dick Van Dyke. The comparison was made because of the latter’s numerous lucky escapes and recalled a time when an elderly Van Dyke fell asleep on his surfboard and drifted out to sea. In an incident as bizarre as it was compelling, the Mary Poppins star was saved when a pod of porpoises nudged him back to safety.
Ah, Valentine’s Day, that day when those who are loved, and those who are not, feel the sensation most of all. Many digital marketers are falling into the latter category, their messages and mails left unanswered, their courtship ignored, by an audience of consumers who have changed; changed how they act, how they think and how they react to what we have to say. So, what happened in this dynamic relationship in which marketers used to hold all the cards, and what can they do to regain that love (and trust)? What can they do to regain website traffic and generate leads?