Digital Strategy in 2015

In the latest editions of my books on Digital Marketing, we feature the SmartInsights.com RACE framework for creating and managing a Digital Strategy. The idea behind RACE is to provide a simple structure for companies to develop a digital plan which meets the challenges of reaching and engaging online audiences to prompt conversion to online or offline sales.

To mark the start of 2015 we asked our friends at First 10 to update it to change from a focus on content marketing to a Digital Strategy focus as explained in the post where we launched it. I have added an introductory section on Digital Planning and reviewed and updated some of the KPIs, for example to reference the full range of VQVC KPIs for Digital. You can see that each stage of the visual gives an overview of the focus, tools and KPIs used to measure and control.

Digital Strategy - The RACE framework

This RACE Digital Strategy infographic is one of a series of 10 infographics we have developed to help manage digital marketing. Smart Insights members can download all in this free compilation of digital marketing infographics.

New content marketing plan template

Smart Insights  have published a new free content planning template developed in collaboration with HubSpot,

It has worked examples like the one below in a 4 Step process you can follow in the Content Marketing Planning Template - explained here on Smart Insights. It available for free download via HubSpot – it also links through to the Content Marketing Planning research we completed earlier in the year.

Number of Internet users to pass 3 billion

New figures by the ITU today predict that, by end 2014, there will be almost 3 billion Internet users, two-thirds of them coming from the developing world, and that the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally. Fifty-five per cent of these subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world.

Mobile-cellular subscriptions will reach almost 7 billion by end 2014, and 3.6 billion of these will be in the Asia-Pacific region. The increase is mostly due to growth in the developing world where mobile-cellular subscriptions will account for 78 per cent of the world’s total.

Source: ITU

Connectedness in social media

Here’s a video that may interesting for instructors and students following digital marketing or social media courses.

It features Dr Jillian Ney, the first Dr of social media in the UK. She is the brainchild behind and CEO of Disruptive Insight, a social intelligence consultancy that specialises in transforming digital noise into valuable insight for business.

She talks about the symbolism of connectedness in social media, how social networking sites do not really allow us to connect properly, and questions the future of social networking.

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