Those of us who are in business or the digital marketing world know how easy it is to make mistakes and waste money on marketing decisions and strategies that won’t work. How many of us have found ourselves in a situation where we have had to deal with significant marketing mistakes when we earlier on thought that we were on the right track? Thankfully, a digital marketing agency can help steer us right again, but even so it is better if we can avoid the mistake to begin with. And while none of us can claim to be completely immune to digital marketing errors, there are mistakes we must avoid making. No matter what it takes, if we want to steer our marketing campaigns in the right direction. Let us face them right here.
Failure to Understand Our Target Market
Just because everyone is on the internet does not mean that they are interested in our services. We need to understand our target audience so that we design our marketing campaigns around just that. It beats logic trying to market to the wrong audience as that is a waste of time and money. What we need at the end of the day is an audience that can easily translate into a loyal customer base. But how can we know our target audience?
The creation of fictional profiles based on the data we have about our previous buyers is an excellent place to start the journey. These profiles are known as marketing personas, and they are based on a wide range of data, which may include the following:
- Customer interests
- Customer buying habits
- Customer hobbies
- Customer locations
Once we have created these profiles, it is easier to target an audience with the same characteristics and focus our marketing campaigns on them. This way, we can save a lot of money rather than waste it on the wrong people who can never buy our services or products at all.
Ignoring the Power of Remarketing
This is a big mistake and one of the most common ones we make. Yes, it is easy to get to the point where we feel we have already done enough and don’t need to do more marketing. That is risky. Our competitors are scheming on how to overtake us, and any complacency would give them a chance to outshine us.
Neglecting Our Website
I know for a fact that in this digital age, a user-friendly site is a must-have for any business. However, many of us don’t seem to take this seriously, and we tend to ignore our websites instead. The first step towards having a user-friendly website is to get a professional web designer. While we can design the site ourselves using free online tools, that may not give it a professional look. There are technical parts of the process that need experts to get right.
Once our site is well designed, we can furnish it with relevant and up-to-date content. Site optimization is vital as well because it ensures that the site ranks well in search engines. We can either create a high Search Engine Optimization (SEO) content ourselves (that is, if we can) or procure the product from expert content creators. And let’s not forget that our website must also be mobile-friendly. It is needless to say that most of our potential customers use mobile phones to access the internet. If our site is not mobile-friendly, it can be costly to us as it would mean we leave out a big chunk of leads.
Not Leveraging the Power of Social Media
Yes, we could make a few posts on social media, but will that be enough to ensure our marketing success? Being aggressive on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram will go a long way in helping us build a large following, which can easily become our loyal client base. The trick is not to stick with one social media platform; we should increase our presence on as many social media platforms as possible. Here are the benefits of social media marketing:
- It is one of the cheapest yet most effective ways of marketing
- It translates to improved customer experience
- It is helpful in driving leads
- It increases brand awareness