ONLINE MARKETING COURSE OVERVIEW
Despite the fact that internet marketing is relatively new in the field of advertising, this approach has been widely accepted as the best method to reach consumers, who are spending more and more of their time online. “Internet marketing”, “digital marketing”, “emarketing” or “online marketing” as it is also called, is a complex approach consisting of several types or marketing activities, which use different platforms to establish the connection with online consumers and transmit the message.
In this course, each of these types of internet marketing approaches is analyzed in terms of how it can help you, when it comes to the overall internet marketing strategy.
Web analytics is the part of marketing devoted to the analysis of your goals and methods used for promotion of your website, and how those should be adapted in order to refine the approach and eventually produce better results. This segment of the course will show you what web analytics is, why you should use it and which metrics should be tracked to get the relevant data for the analysis. You will also learn about conversion optimization, elements of web usability and conversion optimization and how to calculate conversion rate optimization.
The following segments of the course deal with search engine marketing, social media marketing and search engine optimization. All of these are necessary parts of internet marketing. You need to understand how each of them works in order to be able to define a strategy, that will take the most out of these types of online advertising activities.
Each of the types of internet marketing strategies and activities is explained in terms of definition, important concepts and practices that could be used to leverage your website to a new level. While search engine marketing is focused on paid advertisings programs such as Google AdWords and Bing Ads, and different kinds of search engine marketing (SEM) campaigns, learning the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) is going to help you with understanding some of the free methods that can be used to increase a website’s organic position. When it comes to social media marketing, besides the definition of the concept and recommended social media platforms, you will also learn how to develop a social media marketing strategy.
Other types of internet marketing approaches with great potential to grow your business include email marketing, an approach based on establishing direct communication with customers or potential customers, and affiliate marketing, an approach where you allow others to promote your products and get additional traffic to your website. Lead generation is also introduced as it is necessary to understand this concept to obtain relevant contacts and target those, who are most likely to become your customers. Steps for developing a successful internet marketing strategy incorporate all the types of internet marketing activities into an approach that is based on the business’ needs and distinctive features, allowing you to adapt your own strategy so that you are most likely to achieve your goals. You should follow this guide to develop an internet marketing strategy that uses the potential of all types of marketing activities.
The final part of the course is devoted to mobile aspects of internet marketing, and how mobile devices are changing the way users interact with websites, thus making it necessary to adapt your website to this growing trend and incorporate mobile aspect into internet marketing.
1. The Basics of Internet Marketing
The goal of this chapter is to introduce you to the topic and explain what internet marketing is. In order to fully grasp the importance of internet marketing in modern business, this chapter also features online marketing trends, supporting the fact that internet marketing is widely used and proven to be effective. Internet marketing, also called online marketing is divided into several groups, based on the media and platforms being used.
2. Web Analytics
Web analytics provides the data about website performance which serve as guidelines for improvement, making this a very important part of internet marketing. The chapter is focused on off-site and on-site web analytics, the reasons why you should use web analytics, as well as methods for measuring web analytics data, such as page tagging, click analytics, using software such as Google Analytics, etc.
3. The Basics of Conversion Optimization
Here you will find out what conversion optimization is and how to calculate conversion rate optimization. The chapter also features elements of CRO process and metrics to help you understand this process, as well as some important terms you should remember about conversion optimization.
4. The Basics of Search Engine Marketing
Search engine marketing, commonly abbreviated SEM, is a part of internet marketing focused on promotion through search engines. Here you will learn the advantages of this type of marketing, as well as its importance. The methods used here are paid methods, including pay-per-click advertising, cost-per-thousand impression, and ad formats.
5. The Basics of Social Media Marketing
Internet marketing where social networks are used as a medium to promote website is called social media marketing (SMM). You will find out about basics of social media marketing, the most popular social media platforms and how they can be implemented in your business strategy, a detailed plan with steps to develop your own social media marketing strategy, and benefits of using this type of marketing for online promotion.
6. The Basics of Search Engine Optimization
As a part of internet marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) has an important place in internet marketing in general. Here you will learn about essential elements of SEO, origin and history of SEO, types of SEO, mistakes, tips and tricks that are typical of SEO, and can help you define your own custom approach and deeper understanding of the process of website optimization.
7. Email Marketing
This chapter is focused on benefits of email marketing and how this strategy can help you with overall internet marketing and online promotion. The chapter includes the definition of email marketing, the benefits and different approaches to email marketing, tips and tricks to have in mind when implementing email marketing strategy, as well as recommended email marketing services.
8. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing also has an important place in online marketing strategy, which is why the basic principles of this type of advertising are the topic of this chapter. You will find out what affiliate marketing is, how it works, what kind of techniques are used in this type of marketing, and benefits of using affiliate marketing.
9. Steps to Develop Internet Marketing Strategy
Once you are familiar with all the types of internet marketing and how you can benefit from each of them, it is time to develop your internet marketing strategy, and this chapter contains steps that will guide you through this process, including building your marketing framework, taking advantage of SEM, launching social strategy, building community, increasing traffic, increasing the number of conversion, analyzing feedback, etc.
10. Lead Generation
In this chapter, you will learn what lead generation is, the process of lead generation that can help you obtain valuable contacts of potential customers and how this can help you improve you business and expand your influence.
11. Internet Marketing for Mobile Devices
The numbers related to the usage of mobile devices are growing constantly, making mobile experience quite important in internet marketing, which is why you should learn about internet marketing for mobile devices. The topics in this chapter include tips for optimizing your website for mobile devices, including responsive design, separate pages and mobile marketing, and the importance of developing this strategy in modern business.
12. Internet Marketing Glossary
Internet marketing glossary contains the terminology necessary to understand the basics of internet marketing and its subtypes, which are all part of the process of developing internet marketing strategy. Glossary is useful as a reference as it explains the most important expressions used in each chapter of the e-book.
13. Sample Questions
This chapter contains a list of questions and their answers. This is a great way to test yourself, before you take the online certification test.
The conclusion sums up all the topics of the e-book offering insights on why modern businesses need internet marketing to stay competitive on the online market.