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The Most Effective Form of Digital Marketing Today

November 29, 2016

By Bill Carmody

Earlier this year, the marketing industry was buzzing about Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak’s quote in the New York Times that “In the first quarter of 2016, 85 cents of every new dollar spent in online advertising will go to Google or Facebook.” I’ve since heard this quote at just about every digital marketing conference I attended in 2016.

So, if you judge digital marketing by the dollars spent, then you could easily argue that the only money you should be spending in digital marketing would be to launch a paid search campaign on Google or to boost your content on Facebook. The wisdom of the crowds would lead you to this conclusion, and if you stopped here then you’d be fighting it out for category dominance in your industry’s keywords and social media engagement.

Seeking An Alternative to Facebook & Google

What’s fascinating to me is that all of the advertising on Facebook and Google still leverages traditional banner ads and text-based ads. In 1995, during my tenure at Modem Media, we were seeing as much as 44% click through rates on banners ads. Today, the industry average click through rate is somewhere between 0.04% and 0.17% for display banner ads – and has been that low for some time now.

When you then combine ad blocking, bot fraud and banner ad blindness, you can see why most marketers are actively looking for alternatives that will deliver better results. Having been in the digital marketing industry now for 22 years, I’ve seen quite a number of companies saying that they’ve got it all figured out and can consistently deliver ROI. When you pull back the layers of the onion, however, you’re usually seeing their best case studies with a giant asterisk that “your results may vary.”

So what’s the answer? Where do you go to generate engagement and drive sales when everyone appears to be doing pretty much the same thing and getting lackluster results?

Quality Content Marketing Developed Authentically Reigns Supreme

Here’s what my agency, Trepoint, has discovered. While content marketing has been around for some time, it’s only recently that the focus has shifted from companies talking about how great they are to companies authentically looking to answer questions and solve problems that people actually have.

By quality content, I don’t mean beautifully designed infographics and blog posts that tell the world how great your company / product / idea is. Quality content is about understanding what your audience really wants to know and delivering that knowledge as incredible value for free and with no strings attached. 

As marketers have started to do more (social media) listening, they are discovering what problems people have that they can actually solve. It turns out that being a real person that’s actually helpful is the best marketing that exists. Your content that is focused …read more

Source:: Social Media Explorer