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The Five Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Beginners Make

By Erin Meyer

The landscape of digital marketing is wonderfully accessible for businesses both large and small. Unfortunately, many businesses doing marketing on their own end up undermining their success due to common mistakes they aren’t even aware they’re making. 

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You can optimize the digital marketing opportunities that abound, as well as your potential profitability, by avoiding the common mistakes that beginners, and even non beginners, make. In this post, we will look at the five biggest digital marketing pitfalls.

1. Not Developing and Following a Targeted Strategy

Not creating a well-defined and targeted digital marketing strategy is one of the most common mistakes we see with clients coming to us for help. Some businesses jump into digital channels without a clear understanding of their target audience or business objectives. To avoid this, businesses should conduct thorough market research, identify their ideal customers, and customize their digital marketing efforts to speak to that specific audience. A targeted strategy helps to make sure that resources are invested where they will yield the greatest returns.

2. Not Optimizing for the Mobile Web

The majority of internet users now access content via mobile devices. During the third quarter of 2023, global internet users spent nearly 60 percent of their online time browsing the Internet from their mobile phones. Now more than ever, neglecting mobile optimization is a significant and costly oversight. Websites that are not mobile-friendly can result in a poor user experience and suppressed search engine rankings. Business owners must ensure their websites and marketing materials are responsive and provide a seamless experience across various devices. This not only increases user satisfaction but also positively affects search engine optimization (SEO) efforts.

3. Not Considering and Leveraging Analytics

Ignoring the potential power of analytics can be a costly oversight in digital marketing. Too often, businesses neglect the wealth of insights available through tools like Google Analytics. By analyzing data, businesses can understand user behavior, track the success of campaigns, and make informed decisions to optimize their digital strategies. Regularly reviewing analytics data enables businesses to identify what works and what doesn’t, facilitating continuous improvement and adaptation.

4. Overlooking the Usefulness of Social Media:

Many businesses underestimate the potential impact of social media for digital marketing and reputation management. Social platforms offer a direct line of communication with the audience and provide opportunities for engagement and building trust. Business owners should recognize the significance of social media in developing relationships with customers, promoting content, and fostering a community around their business. Developing a consistent social media strategy can contribute significantly to lead generation and customer retention.

5. Not Adapting to Algorithm Changes

Search engines and social media platforms regularly update their algorithms in pursuit of optimizing user experience. One of the biggest mistakes businesses can make with their websites and digital marketing materials is failing to adapt to these changes. For example, Google algorithms have been moving toward favoring ADA compliant websites with higher rankings. Marketers need to stay informed about industry trends, algorithm updates, and shifts in consumer behavior. Adapting strategies in response to these changes ensures that businesses remain competitive in the digital space.

By steering clear of these and other common mistakes, marketers can significantly enhance the effectiveness of a business’s digital marketing efforts. Upright Communications offers training programs to help businesses learn how to optimize their marketing efforts. We also provide comprehensive digital marketing services for companies that don’t have the time or staff to go it alone.

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