Latest Trends,Resources,Links & Advice to anyone about to start their Digital Marketing Career (UPDATED 2018)
- The opportunities & scope for a Digital Marketing professional is huge in India right now. A fresh graduate can easily obtain a Digital Marketing Analyst role with a salary close to 25K per month to 6 Lacs per annum, while experienced professionals can command remunerations in the range of 8 lakhs – 40 lakhs per annum.
Digital Trends to watch in 2018
- Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning is transforming the way business run today
- Voice Search, Voice Assistance like Amazon Alexa, Google Home is growing at a rapid phase
- Voice shopping is changing the way we shop: Imagine ordering a product without seeing it. It’s unbelievable. That’s possible now! 🎯Your #alexa does all the shopping without you seeing it. Take a look at this video:
- Technical skills are one of the most wanted skills for Digital marketing
- Recently Google announced major changes to its advertising platform. Google Ads now adds AI artificial intelligence to its ad platform
- We are living in a mobile first to mobile only world, where people expect your websites to load faster and they want information whenever and wherever they are. AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project from Google designed to make really fast mobile pages
- Voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, Cortana. Alexa skills, Google Actions are part of Digital Marketing
- Customer Centric Approach, Customer-centric marketing backed with Data/Insights will help understand the customers better
- Social Media is already part of our day to day life
- User experience, design is something every marketer should know
- Personalized Searches will dominate as our mobile, assistance are all integrated with our personal devices. Every experience to be tailored just for them. Mobile searches for “——– for me” has grown over 60 % in the last 2 years: Source: Think with Google
- Content is the core of digital marketer in 2018, and moving forward Customized Personalized Content will dominate
Skills required in 2018
Today’s Modern Digital Marketers should constantly sharpen their skill sets. In the early days, it was the world wide web, then social media, then mobile and now Artificial Intelligence AI and machine learning.
The rise of Voice Search: “Half of all searches will be voice searches by 2020 according to comscore while 30% of web browsing sessions will take place without a screen by that time according to Gartner. And smart speakers are set to be the fastest growing consumer technology this year” – Source: eConsultancy
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What does this mean for a Digital Marketer?
A few months back, yes few months not years back, Digital Marketing was about learning skills like Content, Social Media, SEO, Google ads, Facebook ads, but now its all about Machine learning, AI, Voice Assistance and more. Now a digital marketer should be updated every minute, AI is smarter than human, here is how Google Duplex works. A digital marketer’s job is to make things easy for the robots.
How can you make it simpler for AI to find your information? You have to learn technical skills like AMP, Structured Data, Voice SEO, Customized ads for Individuals. For example people are searching for search terms like, Is Digital Marketing Course Right for me? Should I take up AI course?
How to Get Started in Digital Marketing
- You don’t have to quit your current career to get started in digital
- Start by reading digital marketing blogs
- Attend digital marketing events, webinars, meetups in your city
- Attend conferences related to digital marketing and new media
- Start your own blog. (Time to start – 5 minutes)
- Take the Inbound Marketing Certification from Hubspot for Free
- Is it worth taking up online digital marketing certification courses?
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I wish I could have learned about digital marketing, the career opportunities it has to offer and everything else related to the field, in college. But, unfortunately, most colleges do not have anything to do with digital marketing in their curriculum. At best, we can find a couple of courses in E-Commerce basics.
Digital Marketing is so much more than E-Commerce and the only way for someone who is interested to learn about it is through self-effort and a handful of institutes like Web Marketing Academy (WMA). At WMA, we are looking to make some progress on this front, and after evangelizing for a few years, we are proud to have helped introduce Digital Marketing in the curriculum of Christ, Vanguard, and WLCI.
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To cite an example, one of our own students, who had an experience of 8 years in a traditional Marketing role, quit the job to take our Digital Marketing course. Two months after the course, he had an offer from a Fortune 500 company of 17 lakhs per annum. There are much more examples like this. If you look at the job listings on LinkedIn, about 20-25% of the jobs listed are in the Digital Marketing realm. This is no surprise as the Digital Marketing industry is growing at a fast pace and is need of skilled professionals.
Unlike a few years ago, it is a bit of a challenge to stay up to date in the Digital Marketing industry today. It is no longer enough to read a few blogs and the occasional book. This is probably enough to have a superficial knowledge of the industry and is certainly a good starting point. But it is nowhere near enough if you want to become a skilled professional. The industry is so dynamic that by the time a book is published, what is written in it will be outdated.
Here are a few ways to get started in Digital Marketing
- Mobile Apps & Plugins have simplified Marketing. It’s just identifying the right apps to create amazing content. Creating relevant and timely Content is one of most important skill in 2016. Some of the apps: http://madewithover.com https://www.fiftythree.com/
- Learn some basic Photo & Video editing skills. Resources: http://www.ripl.com/ http://www.mixcord.co/partners/picplaypost.html
- Live Videos are changing the social media industry. Install these apps and play with it: Facebook Live
Here is one of a recent Facebook Live Video for you to Keep Up to Date:
1. You don’t have to quit your current career to get started in digital
I had a few participants with more than 5-6 years experience in traditional marketing. They quit their current job to pursue a career in digital and had to wait a couple of months after taking up the digital marketing management course to get an offer. But they ended up with an offer of double their previous pay. Finding a job that fits you might be challenging, so unless you have to quit to get started don’t quit your current job. Get started while you are still at your job, and spend a few hours a day on digital. We will get into blogs, websites to follow in a bit.
2. Start by reading digital marketing blogs
This is the age where a lot of industry experts maintain their own blogs and websites where they regularly update their ideas and learnings. For example, SEOmoz, http://www.seomoz.org/blog Hubspot http://blog.hubspot.com/ and Avinash Kaushik’s Occam’s Razor http://kaushik.net. These blogs are very rich in information and they’re free. It is a wonderful place to pick up industry insights that you can apply for your job or to your own website. Here is a blog post with links to blogs, books every marketer should follow: http://www.webmarketingacademy.in/blogs-every-digital-marketer-should-follow/
3. Attend digital marketing events, webinars, meetups in your city
While learning from written content is one way, another highly effective way is by participation.
I used to be a shy guy until I got exposed to events in 2003 when my ex-boss John used to take me to a lot of networking events. This was when I got rid of my shyness and gained confidence. And when I moved to India, realized that there are many of us, who have great talent but don’t have the opportunities to meet like-minded people and a platform to network.
That is the reason for starting the OME Community https://www.facebook.com/groups/omecommunity/. There are several meet-ups and hangouts happening in your city similar to this. Attend a few and stick to the ones that you will benefit from the most. If you attend events, webinars, and conferences, you will not just learn from the speakers, but also from your fellow attendees who will be more than willing to exchange experiences. It can be a good place to see how your peers are doing things and how you match up to them and what you can learn from them.
About meetups in Bangalore (OME Community)
Did you know that we conduct monthly meet-ups in Bangalore, with over 100 digital marketers, share our knowledge and network? Here is what the OME Community has for you this month: http://www.webmarketingacademy.in/ome-digitexa/ Here is what one of our students do, Vijay Ram, who graduated from web marketing academy, https://www.facebook.com/vijay.ram.75 he used to attend these OME meet-ups and today, he is conducting his own meet-ups, conferences and helping small businesses, start-ups and students to get started in their business.
So go find a meetup near you or join OME Community Facebook group where most of the meetups are posted: https://www.facebook.com/groups/omecommunity/
4. Attend conferences related to digital marketing and new media
Andy, with whom I was working with, is a speaker, who helps CEO’s in their leadership and business. In one of his sessions, in front of all the attendees, he announced that “Today, Suresh will speak to you about how to create a blog.” I was scared to death, and I told him, “Andy, it is hard for me to even speak with our colleagues and you’re asking me to talk to these CEO’s! He replied, “Don’t worry, just share what you do for Fox advertising.” So I shared about how to create a blog.
The interesting thing was the CEO’s didn’t care about how I spoke, but they cared about what they got out of it. Each and every one of them came to me after the event and thanked me for sharing. It was one of those wonderful moments.
Since then I have learned to speak in public. Yes, it wasn’t easy for a shy guy to speak in front of people. It took a lot of time and practice, and I’m still working on it. During those days, I loved attending conferences. In 2005 & 2006, I attended Podcamp, Pub Con, and several such events.
I learned most of the digital by attending conferences. It is about the energy and people that come to the events. Learning from others is one of the best ways to learn. When they share their passion, it makes it easier for us to make things happen. Attend Conferences like the ones we did in 2011: Search marketing summit Bangalore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08ienQhNMrA Adtech, TFMA, Click Asia Summit, Search engine strategies Expo to name a few.
5. Start your own blog. (Time to start – 5 minutes)
It takes less than five minutes to start a blog on WordPress or blogger. Here is a blog post written by Amada titled, “What I Wish I Learned in Business School” http://www.blueglass.com/blog/business-school-lessons/where she talks about blogging. And update it frequently. Do not worry about who reads it or what impact it makes to someone else. The first person a blog will impact is the author herself.
Like Seth Godin famously says ‘If you do not ship, it is not art”. You should put your thoughts out there in the public domain. Putting down your thoughts will ensure that you do research, which will help you learn better. When you put things down trying to ensure that another person reading it will be able to completely understand what you say, you will reassess your assumptions and indulge in a logical thought process. Writing is the best way to test your understanding of an abstract concept. I met Kumar via his blog and his comment on Mitch Joel’s blog: http://www.kumartalks.com/. He helps WMA in blog posts and meet-ups. Thanks, Kumar.
Start a blog today/Now: www.wordpress.com www.blogger.com
6. Take the Inbound Marketing Certification from Hubspot for Free
Hubspot offers them for free and these certifications are widely recognized in the industry. Before you take the exam, read this blog post on how to pass the Inbound marketing certification: http://www.webmarketingacademy.in/inbound-marketing-certification-2013/. I have to say it is not easy to pass, but going through the videos will be extremely useful.
7. Is it worth taking up online digital marketing certification courses?
Even though, we are in the digital era, having a one on one instructor-led program is valuable and you will learn more in classroom settings, where you can ask questions and practice it. There are plenty of free YouTube videos. If you plan to take up an online course, I would strongly suggest taking up a course with market motive by Avinash Kaushik. It is amazing and worth spending that money with market motive. http://www.marketmotive.com/
8. Digital marketing workshops, webinars, videos
Again there are plenty of workshops conducted in your city. Before attending those workshops, do your research, look at the past workshops, talk to the attendees if possible and see their career, how it has impacted their career, and then take a call. However, attending webinar and videos like Whiteboard Friday from SEOMoz will add a lot of value and you will learn a lot. http://www.seomoz.org/blog/category/whiteboard-friday and Hubspot conduct weekly webinars on a variety of digital marketing topics, attend those webinars. http://www.hubspot.com/marketing-webinars
9. What about taking a digital marketing course from web marketing academy?
Well, you can, but before that, see how it has changed the lives of these people: http://goo.gl/W0YZO.
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