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Digital Marketing Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you are wondering what digital marketing is… it’s is advertising delivered through digital channels. Channels such as social media, mobile applications, email, web applications, search engines, websites, or any new digital channel.

Or a simpler version…

Digital marketing is any form of marketing products or services that involves electronic devices.

That’s the reason it has been around for decades (because electronics have) and why it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with content marketing, Google ads, social media or retargeting.

Digital marketing can be done both online and offline.

And, both kinds matter for a well-rounded marketing strategy.

Overview

The 2 main pillars of digital marketing are online marketing and offline marketing. That said, since I’ll talk about online marketing in a separate guide, I’ll only mention the different areas of online marketing here, for the sake of completeness.

Here’s the breakdown of marketing :

Online marketing

  1. Search engine optimization (SEO)
  2. Search engine marketing (SEM)
  3. Content marketing
  4. Social Media Marketing (SMM)
  5. Pay-per-click advertising (PPC)
  6. Affiliate marketing
  7. Email marketing

Offline marketing

  1. Enhanced offline marketing
    1. Electronic billboards
    2. Digital product demos
    3. Digital product samples
  2. Radio marketing
    1. Radio commercials
    2. Show sponsoring
  3. TV marketing
    1. TV commercials
    2. Tele-shopping
    3. Super Bowl commercials
  4. Phone marketing
    1. Cold calling
    2. Text message marketing (giveaways, coupons, loyalty programs)
    3. QR codes

These are the basic concepts of digital marketing including the different areas and categories.

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