An excerpt from Ann Mills’ presentation on digital marketing at Swap The Biz, Short Hills, NJ.
You are on your way to a networking event.
When you arrive, you are surprised to find not one room but three to choose from–each filled with 50 people. Tacked on the door of each room is a sign with some information about each of the people in the room–ages, income bracket, and town. The information also includes whether the person is a parent and his or her areas of interest.
You look at the information on each door and think:
In Room #1, there are one or two people who seem like they might be an ideal networking opportunity.
Room #2–about half of the people in the room seem to fit the profile of your ideal networking opportunity.
In Room #3, all 50 people fit your ideal networking persona. They are the right age, live in a nearby location, and they seem like people who might be interested in the product or service you sell.
Which room will you enter? Probably Room #3.
In the context of marketing:
Room #1 with its 2 to 3 prospects is perhaps the equivalent of a mailer like this one about dining room sets. If you are not buying a dining room set, you’ll probably throw the mailer out. Even if you are buying a dining room set, you may not look at the mailer. If you’re the business that sent the mailer, you can’t be sure who actually read it, and as one print company executive said to me recently, “People pretty much open their mail over the trash can.”
Room #2 with about 25 possible networking opportunities is representative of a networking group. You have a higher chance of connecting and exchanging business with people in the room. They more closely fit your ideal networking persona, and you have more in common with people in the group than acquaintances you make outside the group.
Room #3 with 50 of 50 people seemingly possible networking opportunities personifies digital marketing and, in particular, a powerful tool we use called audience targeting.
What is digital marketing?
If you ask someone what digital marketing is, they will probably tell you that it is advertising delivered via a digital channel. It might be a website, Pay-Per-Click campaign (the advertiser pays for the ad only when someone clicks on it), remarketing campaign, email, social media post, or even a response to an online review. Weaved together, digital marketers create omnichannel marketing strategies.
However, that definition of digital marketing does not convey what is so important about it. Primarily:
- A digital campaign audience is not guesswork.
- Campaign results are measurable, actionable, and data-driven.
- Marketing campaigns can be timed to maximize impact.
- Digital campaigns can be changed and scaled quickly.
Let me give you two examples of the agility and versatility afforded by digital marketing:
A mortgage banker in New Jersey deals almost exclusively with clients purchasing high-end homes. In an effort to broaden his target audience of potential clients, a digital agency does an analysis of zip codes in Manhattan where residents typically pay four to five-thousand dollars in rent each month. Intuitively, it’s clear that many of these young professionals might be thinking of starting families as well. The agency develops a Pay-Per-Click ad campaign to market the banker’s services into specific zip codes in New York City where the high-rent-paying population lives.
A client with multiple retail locations in New Jersey has her online reviews on Google, Facebook, and Yelp managed by a digital agency. The agency notices that some of the online reviews are in Spanish and come to believe that it is perhaps a far more important demographic than had been previously realized. In addition to Google AdWords Pay-Per-Click campaigns targeting English-speaking people which are already in place, the agency turns Spanish-speaking living in the United States on as a demographic trait for her Google AdWords campaigns. In addition to posts in English, the social media agency also begins to add Spanish posts to her social media feeds. The agency then rolls out corporate overview videos–one with an English voiceover and another with a voiceover in Spanish.
The results seen by our digital marketing clients have been striking. One client has quadrupled sales. Another found that their seasonal summer dip in sales disappeared. One company was named to a prominent list of the fastest growing companies in New Jersey in 2017 and in America in 2018.
Google defines something called a Micro-Moment. A Micro-Moment is an intent rich moment when a person turns to a device to act on a need–to know, go, do or buy.
The power of digital marketing is that it allows your business to be present at those micro-moments in a way traditional media cannot. In so doing, your business can get:
the right message,
to the right people,
at exactly the right time.
Interested in learning more? Contact us.
Eye opening article, Ann. Finding Room 3 is worth the effort.
Thanks for commenting, Judd. Yes, it really is worth the effort!
Such a well conceptualized and solid piece of writing. Most succinct summary (and pitch) of digital marketing I have read. And your live presentation of it was $.
Thanks, Andy. I am so glad you enjoyed the digital marketing presentation at Swap the Biz, Short Hills. I could not have asked for a better group!