A Digital Approach to Marketing Strategy

4 Modules 6 weeks 2 Assignments
Up to 20 verified hours contribute towards CPD Points



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About this course

Digital marketers need to match the right channel to the right customer in order to eliminate waste and improve marketing efficiency. They also need a supplier network that is reliable and effective in carrying out the activities of the business throughout the supply chain. In the context of the digital marketplace, intermediaries play a critical role in getting messages and products to customers. In some cases, though, producers may not want to use intermediaries at all because they might be able to complete the role themselves using the Internet. And in other scenarios, entirely new intermediaries between customers and producers have been created. These changing channel structures impact the way goods and services are marketed and distributed online as well as how businesses can generate revenue.

In the digital world, changes are rapid, and developing the capacity to respond to environmental changes is more important than ever. Marketers must identify any emerging opportunities and threats by looking closely at the micro-, market- and macro-environments. The key is for them to quickly adapt to any changes in these environments in order to satisfy customer needs better than competitors. This may require inventing new business models rather than just rearranging old ones. Examples of companies that have responded effectively to environmental changes are Uber and Airbnb, whereby they have disrupted entire industries.

When people think about online strategies, many often believe that creating a website is enough, but this is no longer the case. It’s so much more complex. For example, there is an increased need to partner with other online intermediaries and make use of additional digital media channels such as email, mobile apps, pay-per-click, SEO and online PR to connect with customers.

Developing a digital marketing strategy provides an organisation with direction for its online marketing tactics and ensures that they are integrated with all other marketing activities. This in turn allows for a consistent message to be communicated to consumers. An Integrated Marketing Strategy supports the overall business objectives, including; getting new customers and retaining and growing current customers. In this course we take you through the SOSTAC strategic planning process in detail.




What you will learn:

Introducing Digital Marketing and Technology

  • Application and Benefits of Digital Marketing
  • Digital Marketing Communication
  • Online Marketplace Analysis
  • Online Competition, Suppliers and Channel Structures

The Digital Macro-environment

  • Using the PESTLE Analysis Model
  • Technological Forces
  • Economic and Socio-cultural Forces
  • Political, Environmental and Legal Forces

Digital Marketing Strategy Development

  • Digital Marketing Strategy as a Channel Management Strategy
  • How to Structure a Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Strategy Formulation for Digital Marketing
  • Implementation: Digital Case Study

Digital Media and the Marketing Mix

  • Using the Internet to Vary the Marketing Mix: Part 1: (Product)
  • Using the Internet to Vary the Marketing Mix: Part 2: (Price and Place)
  • Using the Internet to Vary the Marketing Mix: Part 3: (Promotion)
  • Using the Internet to Vary the Marketing Mix: Part 4: (People, Process, Physical Evidence, Partnerships)

Where this course could take you:

Here are some career opportunities this short course will help you work towards:
  • Marketing and Digital Marketing Managers
  • Marketing Communications Manager
  • Product and Brand Managers

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