Most organizations prefer digital marketing professionals with recognized certification as an additional qualification. There are plenty of certification courses that are now available online. However, without any defined guide, the learning about the various aspects of digital marketing can get very confusing. This post aims to address this issue by encompassing a comprehensive list of some very well-crafted courses so that you can kick-start your learning journey and also embellish your resume.
Everything seems to be advancing at an amazing speed nowadays. Why would you prepare a grilled cheese sandwich on an actual grill when you can just throw it into an automatic sandwich maker? Why would you have your mom over to show off your new apartment when you can just jump into FaceTime for a quick video call? Why would you drop by at the library when you can visit Wikipedia or simply do a Google search?
There is no doubt that we have become far more dependent on technology. In the 21st century, technology has evolved to accommodate a more convenient lifestyle and meet every need that could possibly need fulfilling. It makes our lives easier. You could even argue that technology has made us complacent; that we have come to depend on it to solve our problems.
Of course, these advancements are not just limited to our lifestyle, but it also revolutionalizes other aspects of life including the event industry. Here are five exciting, innovative event technologies that are gathering pace and adoption, and could redefine the industry in 2018.
Entrepreneurs, digital marketers, and small business owners spend an average of $600 billion every year on advertising, but a surprisingly small percentage of that is spent on actually converting viewers into sales. In fact, 52% of marketers spend 5% or less of their total marketing budget on conversion and user experience. While in some cases, this lack of a budget is a conscious decision, for many, it is just s simple oversight, but it is an oversight that costs money.
User experience, often abbreviated to UX, is the process of designing a visitor’s experience on the page so that as much of their visit is planned out before they ever visit your website. It is also about creating the experience to ensure that every element of the page, from the size of the buttons to the images and the emotions evoked by colors, is positive. User experience allows you to control the visitor experience so that they have a positive one and are more likely to make a purchase, and it is incredibly important for you to consider as a primary focus for your website, e-commerce shop, or blog.
Growth hacking involves constant experimentation, testing, and data collection in order to determine the best way to expand in any channel available for your business. To do this effectively, you need the growth hacking tools and resources that will allow you to check your market, generate conversions, and see data from your existing channels.
Growth hacking is different from marketing because it is not just about pushing your products and services to consumers, it is about finding and aggressively expanding into new avenues and channels, increasing your reach through your existing channels, and always working to improve your conversion.
Taking a growth-centric approach to your website or business means adopting new tools, utilizing them to the best of your ability, and phasing them out if they are not offering you the growth that you need. If you need new tools to accelerate growth in 2018, these 15 growth hacking tools are what you need to get started.
WordPress is an ideal Content Management System (CMS) for businesses, blogs, and personal websites thanks to its vast array of free and premium themes, plugins, and features. WordPress plugins allow you to extend and expand the built-in functionality of the WordPress CMS to create frontend and backend features that can make your site more useful, more secure, and more valuable to you or your business. With over 47,000 plugins in the WordPress Plugin directory, you can download and install almost anything. While many of these plugins are not free, they allow you to benefit from third party development to add thousands of features and services to your site.
If you are not sure where to start, the following includes the top 15 most essential WordPress plugins for any website in 2017.
Google AdWords is one of the top Pay Per Click (PPC) ad platforms on the web and in 2015, Google used it to distribute some $67.39 billion in digital ads. While AdWords is a platform that requires you to pay for every single click that you get, making it more expensive than SEO, content marketing, or earned marketing, it can offer measurable value to businesses of all sizes. While cost is one of the most common reasons why businesses do not use AdWords, the platform offers many advantages over other forms of digital marketing. Many small business owners think that they cannot compete with big businesses and big marketing budgets on AdWords, but that is not always true. If you have been steering clear of AdWords, or are still trying to make up your mind, these 5 benefits of Google AdWords may just change your perspective.
LinkedIn is a powerful tool that you can use to market yourself to potential employers, build your network, and promote yourself or your services. It is easy to create a professional presence on the web by highlighting your skills, achievements, and work, while gaining an audience for thought-leadership, generating credibility in your field, and branding yourself. As a platform, it is ideal for business networking and offers value to contractors, freelancers, traditionally-employed individuals as well as business owners. LinkedIn claims that it has an average of two users sign-up per second and, as of Q2 2016, they had over 450 million active users. If you want to stand out among the sea of LinkedIn users, you have to do something special. The following 5 tips will help you to start unleashing the power of your LinkedIn page.
Remarketing or retargeting is a marketing technique where you target consumers who have either already shown interest in your website or your niche. While remarketing is somewhat controversial as tracking the consumers is a bad idea, it offers high ROI and allows you to touch base with potential customers who would otherwise never become customers. Remarketing is a valuable strategy, and you can integrate it into your pay-per-click or cost-per-click campaigns to improve your business and your sales.