Marketers are often building cyber assets — websites, Facebook pages, YouTube brand channels and so on — because everyone seems to be doing so. Not much thought goes into the strategy or the execution. The outcome is a collection of disconnected properties that diffuse and disorient their brand, and confuse customers.
It is crucially important that before you execute, you have a cohesive strategy that integrates all offline and online brand assets, such that all the elements play well coordinated, yet distinct roles. That your brand’s communication and imagery remains intact as customers move across the media platforms, yet each channel contributes incrementally to its equity.
This guidebook will help you achieve these outcomes. It will give you a clear understanding of the building blocks that constitute digital marketing, and equip you with the tools, the techniques and the knowledge to develop cohesive market strategies, and prepare and execute effective digital marketing campaigns.
It is only apt that a book on Digital Marketing should exemplify the use of digital technology. Unlike passive eBooks that replicate print versions in their original linear state, the online guide is a full-blown, multi-media platform that greatly enhances the reader’s experience.
As a website, it is dynamic, fluid, and connected with relevant and useful content, both within and beyond the platform. That it is continually updated and enhanced, keeps the guide evergreen, abreast of the latest developments in a the rapidly evolving fields of analytics and digital marketing.
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Web analytics is the analysis of the behaviour of internet users. It serves the following key objectives:
Web analytics tools use information from logs, cookies and/or page tagging processes to segment site visitors and track their progress down the prospecting funnel, from leads to enquiries, enquiries to prospects, and prospects to customers. They track conversion rates at each stage of the prospecting funnel.
Widely used web analytics platforms include:
Though platforms like Google Analytics are very versatile and highly sophisticated, they are syndicated services with limited scope for customization.
Custom designed platforms such as the one depicted in Exhibit 1 are better suited for specialized applications. However, they do incur high development costs and are therefore advisable only for big platforms that can afford to develop and maintain them.
Web analytics is an ongoing process of improvement that comprise these cyclical steps:
This chapter dwells on each step to explain the web analytics process in detail.
Evaluate the HomeFinder property portal or your company’s website through web analytics. Pay attention particularly to the following: