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Web 2.0

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July 5, 2011 · by Ray · Cloud Computing, Digital Marketing, Web 2.0

Web 2.0 Framework

Web 2.0 is a convergence of social and business practices rather than a technology transition. In fact many of the technologies that make up Web 2.0 were available during the early 90s.
The elements that make up Web 2.0 are as follows:

  • User-generated content
  • Rich Internet applications (RIA)
  • Social Networking
  • Cloud Computing
  • Web-centric development and architecture models
  • Data
  • Mashups
  • Scale free and long tail
  • Mobility

In a little more detail:

  • User-generated content: Wikis, Blogs, Communities, Photos eg Flickr, Videos eg YouTube Collaboration and Collaborative Technologies
  • Rich Internet Applications: Practices, Technologies and Frameworks.
    • Techologies include: HTML, HTTP, CSS, Javascript, AIR, Silverlight, XHTML, Ajax, JSON,
    • Frameworks: JQuery, RubyonRails (RoR), Dojo, Yahoo Widgets, Google Gadgets.
  • Social Networks: Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, LinkedIn, Friendster, Ning, Jive, Socialtext, Awareness, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Social Networking standards and interfaces.
  • Cloud Computing: Compute and storage infrastructures are available to use as utility rather than within one’s own infrastructure. Can include computer hardware, platform service and  complete applications (eg Salesforce.com) as an external service.
  • Web-centric development and architecture models: |Web 2.0 provides a different way of building applications.. Applications are hosted with a fast feature velocity (ie features added much quicker timeframe  – days rather than months), use development methods such as agile and scrum, have massive scalability, use frameworks such as Mapreduce, Hadoop and BigTable and use interfaces such as JSON and REST.
  • Data: Content Aggregation, Syndication and Federation via RSS and Atom. Analytics. Trending towards Semantic Web and Web 3.0.
  • Mashups:Web apps are increasingly becoming mashups where content is combined, annotated and aggregated from different sources.
  • Scale Free and Long Tail: The Applications are scale-free. Websites must cope with peaks in usage and must not crash under the occasional heavy load. The long tail is the concept that. although there are some products (eg new books, music, movies)that are popular and sell a large number of single products, there are also smaller markets that prefer many related products that are rare or less well known.
  • Mobility: Mobile phones , Tablets and mobile phone networks have become pervasive and all powerful.

 

Digital Marketing Strategy

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May 25, 2011 · by Ray · Digital Marketing, Lead Generation

Build Foundation for Success

The key to success is to create:

  • Clear Value objectives (or Clear Return on Investment objectives or Business Case)
  • Clear measurement (“You can’t manage what you don’t measure”)

Value = Total Benefits – Total Investment.

Deliver Value

The Value delivered by a Digital Marketing Strategy is:

  • Customer Sales
    • Part or all of the sales process depending on sale complexity.
    • For Complex B2B Digital Marketing can:
      • Create Awareness & Stimulate interest,
      • Generate Leads
  • Audience Engagement
  • Customer/Market Insight
    • Is the market aware, Ready to buy? Are my customers satisfied?
    • Used for Product Development or to Gauge the Appropriate Sales & Marketing Strategy.

This post will focus only on Customer Sales & Audience Engagement.

Deliver Customer Sales

Digital Marketing integrated  into the Sales Process

Digital (Online) Marketing integrated into the Sales Process

Digital Marketing allows niche markets  to be targeted at a comparatively reduced cost.

Create Awareness

Use

  • Display Advertising
    • on websites that are relevant to the product being sold.
  • Social Media & Blogs
    • to engage with target market, to help educate and to announce new products.
  • Email Marketing
    • to distribute newsletters, whitepapers to stimulate interest.
  • Website
    • to educate.

Use in combination with Offline Marketing in the right blend to enhance success.

Generate Leads

Use

  • Search  (a mixture of organic and paid),
  • Display Advertising (on websites that are relevant to the product being sold) &
  • Email Marketing.
  • Social media (networking and leads from engaged audience)
  • Website (Capture inbound inquiries)

Use in combination with Offline Marketing in the right blend to enhance success.

Search has historically been the strongest digital channel  for lead generation. It has been found that the yield is improved when combined with other channels such as Display Advertising.

Demonstrate Value using a Marketing Funnel

Use Marketing Funnel Above Sales Funnel to demonstrate Value

Whether you are B 2 B, B 2 C or non profit your marketing activities can be best viewed using  the sales funnel.

Marketing at its heart is geared towards lead generation,  but  can also help in development and closure. The Value of any Marketing Campaign must be measured in the number of leads generated and opportunities created.

A Marketing  Funnel  may therefore be added above the Sales funnel.  The exact breakdown of the Marketing and Sales Funnels will vary depending on the nature of the customer buying process. In general for B2B,  the Marketing Funnel moves the target market members to Awareness, To Lead and To Converted Lead which then becomes an Opportunity for development by Sales.  In Small Sales Teams, with no specialized Marketing help, this may well be all done by the sales team.

Demonstrate Value using an ROI Model

The actions to create a model are as follows:

  • Map out a number of channels whereby a target company engages and becomes a lead, for example:
    • Search Engine –>Main Site –>Download Whitepaper –>Registration
    • Search Engine –>Blog–>Main Site–>Enquiry Form
    • Twitter–>Blog–>Enquiry Form
    • Facebook Fan page–>Main Site–>Enquiry Form
    • Display Advertising Banner–>Product Microsite–>Main Site –>Enquiry Form
  • Create KPIs and predicted relationships between KPIs and Leads generated, for example:
    • Main Site Visitors
    • Actions Performed (eg Download Whitepapers)
    • Facebook Fans
    • Twitter Followers
  • Create Model
    • Predict Customer sales
    • Estimate Break down by Lead Generated and Path
    • Estimate Costs
  • Do Pilot Campaigns
    • Compare Different blends and strategies
  • Implement most successful on full market.

Initially, Social Media will be all about building awareness but if an engaged audience can be created then inevitably it will generate leads.

Social Media sites like Linked In are used by Sales Teams as part of their networking strategies.

Measurement and evaluation are very important.  Every business is different and requires some testing  to achieve the optimum blend of digital marketing channels.

Deliver Audience Engagement

The collateral benefit of Digital Marketing strategy is the creation and growth of engaged audiences (customers and prospects).  A more engaged audience delivers the following benefits

  • More Likely to purchase – A Mature engaged Social Media Audience can be a Lead Generation source.
  • Better Retention – more likely to stay
  • Brand Advocate leading to referrals and good references

 

 

Digital Marketing is Now Mainstream

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May 20, 2011 · by Ray · Digital Marketing

Value Delivered is Nothing New.

The value delivered by Digital (or Online) Marketing is nothing new. It delivers,  or helps to deliver:

  • Insight into customer requirements
  • Customer Sales
  • Customer Service

Digital Marketing  uses the internet which has taken market share from Newspapers and other traditional media and provides new ways of gaining customer insight and delivering customer service.

But, Digital Marketing Is Now Mainstream

But, Digital Marketing is now Mainstream and must be a key part of any sales and marketing strategy.

In the US it is a substantial $26Bn business (2010  comScore):-

  • 15% year on year growth from 2009 (and 11% growth from 2008 – 2009 declined)
  • 16% of the total advertising spend  in the USA  in 2011  (comScore and IAB/Pwc)
  • 25% of predicted total advertising spend by 2015 (IAB/Pwc).
  • No.2 in spend to TV. Newspapers number 3.

Globally, it is an estimated $55Bn business (using Google splits of US/International as guide)

The UK it is £4.1 Bn and is about 25% of the total Advertising spend( Enders Analysis).

  • 13% year on year growth
  • 25% of total advertising spend

Search still dominates . Search is dominated by Google at approx 70% market share with Microsoft Bing at approx 24% (comScore) now that it has done deals with Facebook and Yahoo.

Display has shown good growth, driven by Social Media and led by Facebook. Facebook had approx 40% of all impressions in 2010 and passed the trillion mark with Yahoo next at half that amoun

Driven by the pull of Online Content

The growth in online content is pulling a greater audience online and keeping them there longer:-

  • Stores (From Cars to Music)
  • Entertainment (YouTube, BBC iPlayer etc)
  • News (Mainstream to Blogs, Video to Text)
  • Search
  • Social Networks

The growth in richness of the online content is enabled by the growth in bandwidth to the home (in UK average is 6Mb and growing )and the penetration of internet globally.

And Online Advertising Cost Effectiveness

And the growth in the sophistication and cost effectiveness of online advertising:-

  • Better targeting ( Using profiles on social networks and relevance by search or by product)
  • Performance based pricing (Pay on Click through – accounts for 65% of all search advertising)