Ultimate guide to developing your digital marketing strategy

Developing a digital marketing strategy is like drinking the ocean one teaspoon at a time. When you starting out as a new brand or business there is a huge chasm to cross between where you are and where you want to be. Start your journey by breaking the tasks down step by step in this comprehensive guide.

Whether you are a solopreneur or taking on a business that hasn’t had anyone focussing efforts into online marketing the process is exactly the same. Your tools and budget may vary, but you are walking the same path.

Start off by asking the 5 W’s and an H
Who is my audience 

this is the foundation of your business. Understand who your customers are. Motivations, demographics, locations, income levels, fear, ambitions. It's a deep dive into their psyche. Chances are you will have multiple audiences. We’ll dive into how to identify and create those a little later. Most businesses have several audiences and personas to identify. Know who your audience ISNT is just as important on this journey.

What do they want? Do your research.

This can be as detailed as services but make sure you exhaust your queries around keywords and searches, platforms, doing competitive analysis, their USPs, and any industry white papers, trends and stats. This can also change over time and trends need to not only be top of mind in rapidly changing business landscape, and making sure you are servicing with the latest tools and best practices.

Where do we find and advertise to?

Well, this is the million-dollar question. It’s so unique to every business. Platforms like LinkedIn have a really different audience to Pinterest and Snapchat. You need to figure out what platforms your industry is spending the most time on. We think the non-negotiables are Facebook. This is purely from a trust factor. If you don’t exist on Facebook then most people don’t think you exist, you are not as easy to find in Searches, its a lead source no matter what you think, and it’s super easy to manage and should be part of your overall social media strategy. Twitter is 240 character bites of news and opinions, and if you have one, then it’s a great way to gather an industry following in bite-sized chunks. LinkedIn will be the most likely platform along with your website industry blog. These are also the platforms you’re going to want to advertise on, build your funnels and migrate them from socials to your website so they are self-contained within your ecosystem.

When should I do what?

This process will be iterated, developed and tested. Know your audience. What they need and when they need it. Google extensions and goals set to calls for local restaurants during business hours are vastly different to fashion labels doing a black Friday sale. Timing is important. As is follow up to your leads and funnels.

Why they choose you.

Long after the new car smell has worn off the leather is starting to flake, you offer lasting value. You have built trust in your brand. Your customers are now brand advocates and lifetime customers who will come back to buy from you like the best service, most knowledgable and trustworthy person in your industry.

You provide and the right message for what they want when they want it.  You are there when they are researching or intent on buying. Your ads are working!

 How do we measure success?

There are as many ways to measure every step and action that you take with your marketing efforts. Analytics and Metrics can be measured across every channel and be compiled show you truly what your Return on Investment is (ROI. Using SMART goals (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) help make sure that your goals can be measured accurately. Starting at the top of your funnel (awareness), to leads (acquisition) and sales (conversion), to returning we can establish the lifetime value (CLTV) of your clients, what you want to pay for the cost of acquisition (CPA) for each lead. On social media, you can track your owned (your properties) earned (engagement) and Paid (PPC, ADS).

Develop your personas/avatars

Now that we know all the W’s we need to lock in your personas. The research you have done up to now will inform this process. Our favourite tool for this is (Hubspot). They allow us to develop as many personas as we want and tailor our messages precisely.

Segment your clients as well as you can. 

There will never be a perfect fit for all of them but you’ll start to see major trends in service, skills, demographics, and goals.

For example, you might have 3 segments: high net worth, new investors, and current investors.

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Demographics - Most common demographics are Age, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Geographic Area, Educational, Income, background and skills. These details will help you find your demographic much easier. For example, if you were to look for High Net Worth Investors on Facebook, you can use all the demographics you know about that segment of customer (38-55), Lives in CBD, Darling Hill, Toorak, Male, MBA Uni-level, CEO level, drives a black BMW, Audi, Maserati, Bentley, or Mercedes-Benz, Investment banks, wears Ted Baker & Florsheim, shops at David Jones and Woolworths, listens to KissFM, drinks Belvedere, is a Qantas platinum member. As much as you can dig into your clients the better our pinpoint targeting can be.

Goals

Knowing not only what your KPI’s are for your website goals, but tying them to your website goals is key.

When we talk about how we track ROI for your website fees and advertising we need to be able to track that back to a business goal - a purchase, a lead, awareness & branding campaigns etc. For example: If you were to track your sign-ups and knew that it took 5 leads to get someone to become a client with a lifetime value of $10,000, then you know you are happy spending $500 getting those leads and converting them. Leads = customers. Your CPA (cost per acquisition) is $500 but your return is $9500. 

Setting your goals in business are always tied to your goals on your website. The closer you can get to determine your important goals, and measuring them, the more you will understand the processes are working or not.

Pain points

Every solution has a problem.  Every client has a problem that needs to be solved. They will be as diverse and varied as your clients are. Choose one or several. But not all of them. You’ll end up splitting hairs and micro-managing far too many issues.

Wordstream uses these:

  • Financial Pain Points: Your prospects are spending too much money on their current provider/solution/products and want to reduce their spend
  • Productivity Pain Points: Your prospects are wasting too much time using their current provider/solution/products or want to use their time more efficiently
  • Process Pain Points: Your prospects want to improve internal processes, such as assigning leads to sales reps or nurturing lower-priority leads
  • Support Pain Points: Your prospects aren’t receiving the support they need at critical stages of the customer journey or sales process

 

 

Get your clients the information they need before it becomes a pain point like knowing shipping costs and service fees in advance. This not only allows the client to self-select if out of their financial reach but also to make sure they know all of the costs upfront so there are no surprises.

Frustrations/Motivations Frustration comes from an inability to solve their problem themselves. This is why they are turning to you. The voice of authority and wisdom. Skip the platitudes and go right to the solution. Identify as many as you like. You can use these to create demand by reinforcing their fears and frustrations before you offer the solution.

Map your customer journeys

You could have one or several depending on your segments and products. It's important to think these though, every interaction, foreseeing obstacles, information required, processes and steps of each. This will help you refine your goals and KPIs and track progress or abandonment points to further refine your customer journey and tools.

Most customers journeys look similar to this

Trigger (Identify a need) → Brand Consideration (Research & Brand Awareness)→ Active Evaluation (Try/Test)→ Purchase→ Experience (Feedback/Support/Service)→ Loyalty→ Referrals → Repeat 

customer journey lifecycle

Touchpoints
Awareness
  • PR, Word of mouth, referrals
  • Radio, TV, Billboard, Print
  • Display Networks, Social Media
  • Paid content
  • Google Search, PPC
Consideration
  • Display Networks & remarketing, 
  • Email, funnels, Newsletter. 
  • Socials, reviews, blogs, media
  • Landing pages & Bots
Purchase
  • ECommerce, Website, mobile app
  • Store 
  • call centre, sales rep
Retention
  • Community forums, chat
  • Support pages & tickets
  • FAQ, knowledgebase, training
Advocacy
  • Promotions/offers
  • upgrades
  • Blog
  • Social networks
  • Newsletters, mailings
  • Exit Surveys
  • Loyalty programs
What actions do I want them to perform at each stage?
  1. Read an article we wrote, used a comparison sitefind us on Google, social media etc
  2. Visit website and sign up for newsletter or Give us a call to chat about strategies or Download a white paper.
  3. Invest a small amount, or manage your superfund. Sign up for a small service
  4. Monthly reporting, insights and updates, quarterly phone calls
  5. Get them investing more, talking, advocating, referrals, 
  6. Go from small investor to high net worth by restrategising.

How do I service my clients at each stage of the journey? 

Write your service strategies for each one of these phases.

  • Determine service channels: newsletters, emails, automated reporting
  • Annual reports
  • Quarterly phone calls
  • Update on investment opportunities
Set SMART Goals, record, analyse
  • Specific, - answers at least one of the following: who what where when why how 
  • Measurable - metrics, trackable, tangible (traffic, leads, signups, sales)
  • Achievable - realistic and attainable
  • Relevant  - aligns with your business goals 
  • Timely - within a certain time frame (weekly, monthly annual)

Your goals need to reportable and trackable. Make sure you have set up your website or systems to record each goal/action. Take the time to analyse success and failures. Failure isn't a bad thing, it means your goals weren't as SMART as you thought they were. Determine where the fail point was and start over again once you have made the proper adjustments. 

Example: we had fewer sales because our abandoned cart was very high. 

Action: Go back and analyse the purchase process and find out where and why and fix the process. Maybe the shipping cost is too high or delivery isn't fast enough. Survey carts and analytics to figure out where the process needs refining and restest.

Create Content strategy

Now comes the fun part (or maybe you're wringing your hands). Figure out what content you need and where and start building it out. This is where most plans fall apart. Writing and creating content.

Take it small steps at a time. 

Plan out your annual calendar according to your seasonal business flows. Break that down to monthly and then weekly. Certain holidays will be bigger or quieter. The general idea is that you have most of your content ready a month in advance. Make sure you have all the channels: web, socials, PPC, email, funnels, media.

Figure out how far in advance you need to start building those content pieces. Remember this will be a blog that might break down into pieces or a series that you can repurpose for social and campaigns. 

Make sure your content speaks to your specific segments. You will need different content for a new investor for a high net worth individual versus an advisor/industry person. Understand you need to address thier unique pain points.

Once you set up your strategies, goals, segmentation, personas and content you’re well on your way. Remember you want to continue to monitor, test and continue and iterate your content and messaging, build trust, and be off and running.

 

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