Digital marketing strategy — what it is and how to create one

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Digital marketing has seemingly taken over the advertising landscape for today’s businesses, with the industry expected to reach nearly $680 billion in 2023. While traditional methods should not be overlooked, successful brands need to develop a digital marketing strategy that includes the leading platforms and channels that consumers use most.

If you’re considering adding digital marketing to your mix or have started to integrate digital aspects without a defined strategy, you’re off to a great start. The next step is to better understand how a firm plan can help improve your marketing outcomes and achieve core metrics.

In this article, we’ll walk you through what a digital marketing strategy is, how it’s different from a campaign or tactic, and some of the key components to include in a solid strategy. To do this, we’ll discuss the following:

What is a digital marketing strategy?

A digital marketing strategy is a plan that includes the objectives, approaches, goals, and metrics that will direct marketing efforts focused on digital platforms and methodologies. Digital marketing specifically applies to any marketing aimed at online or mobile platforms such as websites, social media, email, and search engines.

Strong digital marketing strategies outline advertising goals aligned to business metrics and select the best digital channels to use to achieve those objectives. This includes selecting the mediums as well as how much to invest in each with an understanding of investment and returns to be expected.

Media available for digital marketing strategies vary but can be segmented into three main categories:

Digital marketing strategy vs. campaigns vs. tactics

When it comes to digital marketing, there are several terms floating around that are often used interchangeably, albeit incorrectly. Here are some of the most important and how they stand out from one another:

Components of digital marketing strategies

When approaching a digital marketing strategy, marketers need to consider several key components. From team goals to audiences, budgets, and metrics, a well-defined strategy will reflect all the various business goals and the specifics of how they will be achieved over a set time period. Let’s take a closer look.

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Create your digital marketing strategy

Having a digital marketing strategy creates a framework the whole team can work from as well as measure their results and personal performance against. Strategies establish goals, channels, budget investments, target audiences, and objectives that govern the campaigns and tactics to fulfill them.

A solid digital marketing strategy can provide the guidance a marketing team needs to be self-sustaining, organized, and on track to achieve a defined return on investment across all marketing efforts.

To get started — whether you’re new to creating a strategy or looking to audit an existing one — check out our digital marketing resources. You can also consider the following steps as you evaluate your program:

Adobe can help deliver success with digital marketing

When it comes to digital marketing, there are software tools available that can help leaders more efficiently measure and implement campaigns and tactics critical to their success. Adobe Marketo Engage can help support a team’s digital strategy while driving customer engagement across complex buying journeys.

From lead nurturing to content optimization, Marketo Engage provides a single integrated platform to manage customer experiences and personalization for individual campaigns and across strategies.

Take an interactive platform tour or watch a quick overview video to learn more about how Adobe Marketo Engage can support your digital marketing strategy.