Is a digital marketing strategy essential?
Does your organisation have a clearly defined digital marketing strategy?
Our survey of digital marketers last year found that many businesses still aren’t taking a strategic approach to digital marketing. In our Managing Digital marketing research in association with the TFM&A 2015, we asked last year ‘Do you or clients have a digital marketing strategy“, and only half of the respondents said yes!
This year we want to see if people are getting better at thinking strategically about their digital marketing objectives and putting that strategy into action. We’re asking anyone who works in digital marketing to take our survey on managing digital marketing, which we’re running in partnership with TFM and the eCommerce expo
Please take our survey on Managing Digital Marketing 2016. We’d love to hear how you’re doing with your digital marketing strategy. In return you’ll get a free copy of the report. Plus you’ll be entered into a prize draw, with the chance of winning a £100 amazon voucher, 2 x seminar vouchers for TFM and eCommerce Expo or the 6th edition of Dave Chaffey’s Book. Digital Marketing: Strategy, Implementation and Practice.
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Here are the findings from our survey last year:
Is a digital strategy essential?
So, 50% of companies are working on digital marketing with no clearly defined strategy it seems. There was no improvement compared to the previous year when the percentage was 46%.
Does this matter? Well, certainly the beauty of digital marketing is that you can get results by focusing on the tactics like search, social media and email marketing plus working on conversion rate optimisation for the website. In the sense that you can still get results, then, a strategy isn’t essential But the larger the business, the more a strategy and governance is needed as suggested by Dave Chaffey in his post 10 reasons your business needs a digital strategy.
We all know why it’s important to have a strategy and there are many day-to-day priorities and challenges which prevent us from formulating or delivering our plans. A digital strategy will also help with integration to avoid us creating a silo of digital resources and practice through digital transformation.
Is a separate or integrated digital plan best?
Although you may initially need a separate digital plan to help you create a strategy and get buy-in for investment in digital channels or to kick-start a digital transformation programme, it’s best to keep it well-integrated. That means supporting common business goals and consistent with brand and communication strategy. The long-term aim should be to integrate your digital plan into your marketing communications plan, but with a separate plan a practical interim approach to gain ‘traction’.
Another factor bearing on this, is whether there is a marketing strategy to align against?The survey results suggests that the lack of a marketing plan in a substantial proportion of organisations may make it difficult to create a digital marketing to align against!
So we see a digital plan as a short-term tool to define your digital future and help transform your business until it becomes part of planning for business as usual.
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This research from Smart Insights in association with the TFM&A 2015 event explores approaches businesses use to plan and manage their investments in digital marketing. Findings and recommendations are grouped into 6 areas to improve the commercial contribution of digital marketing.
Recommended Guide: Managing Digital Marketing 2015 report
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