I had an interesting conversation today with a colleague [Mark Stonham] and we were discussing business strategy development and the conversation, for a while became centred around the internet and that of digital marketing. It was then that I started to talk about my concept of how I feel the internet should be viewed and positioned as a key component of a company’s digital [search engine and social media] marketing strategy.

Those of you have read my thoughts before will know that I position the internet and that of digital marketing as a [nother] marketing channel that business, companies and various organisations looking to market their products and services are able to make use of in order to get their marketing message out to the world at large i.e. their target market customers that would have been defined during the business strategy development phase, this particular marketing channel can be used to collect market intelligence, survey customers [nowadays this can be accomplished making of of chatbot marketing] as well as being used to deliver the products and services [or a digital component] of the company to the client.

I also went on to stress the point that I believe that not enough attention is paid to segmenting the internet itself as a channel to market.

What is the exact meaning behind the statement I make above ? well – the internet and digital marketing itself provides multiple sub channels that can be used to communicate with – there are many that can be used for marketing execution for sure but for brevity some of them are :-

  • blogging
  • article marketing
  • video marketing
  • email marketing
  • social media marketing
  • chatbot marketing

… it is through these marketing channels that we as marketers and business leaders need to make sure that we communicate effectively with those who are to become our customers. For that to happen those clients must be interfacing with us through specific sub digital internet marketing channels.

It is here that I can see where many companies are potentially making costly strategy development errors in not taking the time up front to develop their digital internet channel marketing strategies. It is here that they will be told which internet sub channels their clients are interfacing with most and direct them with respect to how much effort, time and energy should be directed towards any one or multiple internet marketing sub channel.

Having said that, I do understand that there are many social media marketing experts that push the idea that using this form of marketing on the internet is all that is necessary – needless to say, I disagree as …

Strategy should precedes execution

… and this stands true for marketing on the internet as it does if you were to be selling products and services into a new country. As always, I hope you find this useful – and do feel free to hit the contact button above and get in touch if you would like to discuss business consulting, training, coaching, speaking or mentoring services.

To your business success.

-Stephen C Campbell

Corporate internet marketing strategy in line with social media marketing strategies seem to be at the centre of most of the questions I get asked when business leaders are enquiring about my Internet Channel Marketing strategy consulting and seminar delivery that I am currently involved in more and more.

The point is that many executives have been told that they must get involved with Social Media Marketing, that they must immediately get training in this area or else they will get left behind.

This is where I start to explain about the concept of …

Internet Channel Marketing

… or, how to effectively incorporate the marketing tools that the internet give us into existing and new business strategies. Internet Channel Marketing is centred around the fact that the internet is but another channel to marketing. I say ‘yet another with the thought in mind that it is a very powerful channel.

We all know that marketing channels are there to enable us to :-

  • Effectively promote our products our services to current and potential end user clients
  • Effectively deliver our products and services to those who choose to purchase from us

… so coming back to Internet Channel Marketing : we like to highlight the fact that there are many tools within the complete internet marketing tools box to enable us to accomplish our channel marketing objectives.

Internet Channel Marketing gives us access to :-

  • Blogging
  • Podcasting
  • Social Media
  • Micro Blogging
  • Article Marketing
  • Forums
  • Directories
  • Joint Venture Marketing
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Affiliate Marketing

…. and the list could go on and on. Effectively using the internet for marketing means that we will use the combination of the above that adequately suits our business in terms of the ..

  • Marketing category of our products and services
  • Market Segment of our target end user clients

… this may mean that we use mainly Blogging, Podcasting or Article Marketing or it may be the case that Social Media Marketing as a key part of our Channel Marketing Strategy.

That is the essence of Internet Channel Marketing where we instruct clients on the marketing tools available to them from the internet and how to effectively use these tools to effect the execution of their business strategies.

This is why I believe it is not the best advice to push companies and executives headlong into throwing money at Social Media when it may be that their target market may be better suites to blogging internet strategies.

As I work with more and more clients on a global basis and apply my consulting skills in different industries, feel free to get in touch if you think I could be of assistance to your in your business endeavours – no matter where you may be in the world, remember the world is flat !! we would be working together face to face in a matter of days.

Hope you found this useful, any questions or comments – feel free to let me know.

To your business success,

-Stephen C Campbell [Shanghai, China]

The question that many small business owners as well as executives from some of the largest corporations in the world have asked and are asking is, ‘what about the internet’ ?? …

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… My response is that the internet is to be viewed as a marketing channel for the corporation.

That is as a marketing channel to promote the company’s message through as well as using this particular channel to possibly deliver products and/or services to the end user client.

As many organisations are struggling to fully incorporate the internet into the core business strategies, I have devised the Internet Channel Marketing seminar which focusses on the main things that executives need to be aware of in order to go forward and develop their strategies with fully incorporating the internet.

I say that to mean that the internet should not be viewed as an ‘add on but as a key component of the corporate strategy, for this to happen of course, there will need to be certain changes to the organisation both in terms of structure as well as mindset.

If this topic is of interest to you – view the video above and – if I can help you by answering any of your questions, running a seminar, consulting or if you just fancy a chat !!! Feel free to get in touch.

To Your Success,

-Stephen C Campbell

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A successful internet marketing strategy requires the right amount of resources to be allocated. These resources include funding, technology, and staff levels.

You should first figure out what capabilities you have internally, so that you can determine whether or not you have the skill and knowledge you need internally or whether you will have to outsource some of the work.

After you have determined which type of internet marketing would be the most appropriate you will need to figure out the best way to track your efforts and measure their effectiveness.

You need to find a technology that will help you to keep track of and create reports on your progress in terms of your key progress indicators.

This ability to measure and track your efforts is part of the reason why companies are choosing methods of marketing. You can get a lot of useful information when you use the proper technology to track performance and activity so that you can better tweak your future campaigns to get optimum results.

For the best results, your Internet Channel Marketing

Strategies should be designed to help

with specific objectives of your business.

Your digital strategy will most likely need to be developed apart from the offline marketing strategy. This is due to the fact that internet marketing methods engage audiences and generate responses from them in a different manner than traditional marketing methods.

However, all of the channel marketing strategies you use, whether digital or traditional in nature, should still be complementary to one another and consistent with one another.

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The large amount of interaction that can be had through the use of online methods is a key advantage to this type of marketing. With internet channel marketing, you can take advantage of the opportunity to more closely manage the whole experience of the user and refine this as it becomes necessary.

This is possible from the moment they visit the website, through the buying process and then all subsequent parts of the life cycle that a customer will go through. Your digital channel marketing strategy should make sure to integrate all these processes.

Doing this will make the provision of a coherent message during the whole experience that a customer has with your company easier to do and more effective. There is usually more of a strategic decision involved when it comes to coming up with a digital channel marketing plan over creating a traditional plan.

The reason for this is the fact that there is continuous activity involved in the strategies that are used for a digital marketing plan. The strategies, such as …

  • search engine optimization
  • customer relationship management
  • affiliate marketing

… tend to be more long term strategies meant to help bring more traffic and revenue, as well as provide greater customer retention.

This is why it is so important to do the research to find the supporting information you need to back up your formal strategy. The more diligent you are the less the risk that you will end up wasting time, money and resources. In order to set up your internet channel marketing strategy you need to figure out appropriate key performance indicators and objectives.

What you want to be able to achieve will be your objectives, possibly including such things as improved customer retention, a larger market share, or more brand awareness. The way that you will determine whether or not you have met those objectives is through the use of your key performance indicators.

Before setting an objective you have to

think about how much of an investment

would be required to meet that objective.

You want your strategy to be realistic, so you need to consider how much of a budget you would need to implement it; and achieve the objectives you are considering. It will help to make it easier to use objectives and priorities to divide up the financial resources available in the budget.

You then need to determine just what you will need to do in order to actually reach the objectives and goals that you have set. In order to do so you will need to properly select your target audience, and understand both your market position and the product that you are offering. These are the components of designing and implementing a digital multi channel marketing plan.

You need to understand where your target audience goes, when they go there, and what they do there so that you can determine which internet channel marketing methods would be the best for you to use.

Internet marketing training programs are growing in demand as more and more corporations are correctly placing the internet in its correct

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position in terms of the overall business strategy development activities that will determine where the company is going.

The question is, where is the internet to be placed in terms of the development of the corporations marketing strategy and the answer is as a marketing channel.

Channel marketing is a component of the ever popular marketing mix, more commonly known as the 4 P’s and comes under the Promotion and Place P’s :-

  1. Promotion is for getting the message out to the world at large
  2. Place is for the channel where the user purchases the product and/or service

For the small business owner and work from home entrepreneur – I have developed the Internet And Direct Marketing blueprint which is an internet marketing training course designed to give the internet marketing entrepreneur the tools to market their product making full use of the internet.

As for the corporates – they should look at the internet in two ways :-

  • As a marketing channel to promote the products and services of the organisation
  • As a distribution channel from which the end user customer will end up consuming the products/services as developed by the organisation

If you are reading this as a result of you wanting to gain some expertise in making use of the internet as a marketing channel, check out the internet and direct marketing blueprint.

Any thoughts, comments ? get in touch and let me know.

To your Internet Channel Marketing success,

-Stephen C Campbell