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Mar 20, 2023

Strategize Your Digital Marketing: Define Goals, Identify Your Audience, and Create Powerful Content.


In this digital marketing tutorial, the host explains how to create a strategy that works. It is essential for businesses to have a plan in place to make the most of their marketing efforts. The host explains that a strategy should involve creating a plan to use tactics to reach business and marketing goals. Furthermore, the host explains that it is important to understand technology and take action to ensure success. The host also mentions that listening to the Dark Horse Entrepreneur podcast can help entrepreneurs, coaches, and course creators overcome overwhelmed feelings, procrastination, and imposter syndrome. Finally, the host emphasizes that setting up a digital marketing strategy is crucial for businesses to succeed in today’s digital landscape.


The conversation discussed five key components of a successful digital marketing strategy. The first step is defining goals, such as increasing website traffic, generating leads, and driving sales. The second step is identifying the target audience, which includes understanding their pain points and what kind of content they find valuable. The third step is choosing digital marketing tactics, such as social media marketing, SEO, email marketing, PPC advertising, and content marketing. The fourth step is developing a content strategy, which should be valuable, relevant, and engaging for the target audience. The fifth and final step is creating a plan to execute the strategy.


This conversation discusses the key elements of a successful digital media strategy. It begins by outlining the four essential steps: setting goals, identifying target audiences, determining tactics, and creating content. The speaker then provides two examples of successful campaigns to illustrate these concepts. Nike's Just Do It campaign inspired people to be active, resulting in a 6% increase in sales. Dollar Shave Club's viral video went viral on social media and drove a significant amount of traffic to their website, resulting in a 600% increase in sales. Together, these examples demonstrate the effectiveness of a well-planned digital media strategy.


Setting up an effective digital marketing strategy is essential for businesses looking to succeed. The key steps in creating a successful strategy include defining goals, identifying target audiences, choosing tactics, developing content strategies, and creating a plan of execution.  Zig Ziglar used the metaphor of an archery range to emphasize the importance of having a clear target in mind. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound and should align with overall business objectives. It is also essential to prioritize goals, taking into account resources, time frames, and potential returns. Finally, progress needs to be tracked with adjustments made as needed.



0:00:00   Creating a Digital Marketing Strategy: Key Components and Examples

0:02:34   Exploring the Key Components of a Successful Digital Marketing Strategy

0:05:30   Creating a Successful Digital Media Strategy

0:07:23   Creating an Effective Digital Marketing Strategy: Defining Goals, Prioritizing, and Tracking Progress

0:11:02   "Creating a Digital Marketing Strategy: Setting Goals and Identifying Your Target Audience"

0:13:20   Creating a Buyer Persona: Steps to Identify Your Target Audience

0:15:34   "Targeting Your Audience: Strategies for Identifying and Engaging Your Ideal Customers"

0:16:41   Digital Marketing Strategies: Identifying Your Target Audience and Choosing the Right Tactics

0:20:09   Digital Marketing for Beginners: An Overview of Essential Strategies

0:22:00   Creating an Effective Digital Marketing Strategy: Planning for Execution

0:26:35   Creating a Plan of Execution: Building a Timeline, Allocating Resources, Setting a Budget, and Establishing KPIs

0:29:02   "Monitoring and Adjusting Your Marketing Strategy for Optimal Results"

0:30:57   Episode 410: Creating a Digital Marketing Plan for Success



We have made it all the way through. Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen. Yeah. Now you have the tools to set up a digital marketing strategy that will help you achieve your goals. By defining your goal, identifying your target audience, choosing the right digital marketing tactics for that audience, developing a content strategy, and creating a plan of execution, you, my friend, will have created a roadmap for success in the digital landscape. But a journey is not over. Oh, no, it is not over yet.


Look, when you create a plan for execution, it's important to prioritize your marketing tactics and allocate your resources, both financial and time bound. Effectively, you're going to need to adjust your plans as you go, depending on your results. Any results you're seeing are going to tell you, go this way because that way is not working. Or maybe that's not working. You're like, I want to go that way, so I've got to get that way to work. You've got to figure it out. You have to adjust and see, based on what you're seeing, the feedback you're getting from your audience. Overall, creating a plan for execution is yet another crucial piece of achieving your business goals through digital marketing. By developing a timeline, allocating your resources, creating a budget, setting KPIs, and monitoring your results, you can create a roadmap to success in the digital landscape. All right, there we go.


Well there's a turnaround time with that. It's not instantaneous, right? So you've got to plan that all in. That leads to the next one, which is create a budget. And really all a budget is the financial version of creating your timeline, right? Because you got to budget your time. Now you're going to budget your money. The budget is going to help you allocate resources effectively and efficiently to ensure that you have the funds that you need to execute your marketing tactics. You've all planned out.


By defining your objectives, by identifying your target audience, right? That target you need to see at first, choosing your content types and creating a content calendar and measuring your results. You can create content that resonates with your audience and drives engagement, which drives leads, which of course, drives sales. All right, here's the last one. What is it? Who remembers? Raise your hand. That's right.. Planning for execution, right? You want to create a plan of execution. Now, they're all critical. You can't take any one of these out and have this work. So I keep saying, it's a critical component of setting up your digital marketing strategy. Well, it's true. You pull any one of these out and your digital marketing strategy falls flat on its face, right? So this one here, the plan of execution is going to involve developing yourself a roadmap of how you will execute your marketing tactics to achieve your business results. How are you going to make them work together? Now, here's some steps you can use for creating your plan of execution.


Here's the cool thing. You're going to start seeing a pattern develop here, because the first step in an effective content strategy is to identify your target audience. Well, if you're already done that for your digital marketing strategy, that step is done. Your content should be tailored to the needs and the interests of that target audience. If you're going after single men versus stay at home dads, your content should be vastly different. You feel me? Okay.. Their values are different. Their interests are different. By identifying who they are and what it is they need and what motivates them, you can create content that resonates with them, that they are going to engage with and that drives that engagement. You're going to choose your content types. There are different types to choose from. We've mentioned a few of them. Blog posts, videos, infographics, podcasts, so many more, right?