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Digital Marketing 2010: What does it look like? How will it evolve beyond the clichés (i.e., SOCIAL! MOBILE!)

Posted on: January 29, 2010

Excerpt from Linked in Q & A Dec 4, 2009
Question asked by
Dave Schneider, Sr. Vice President / Director of Client Services at Tribal DDB Chicago, IL
Answer:
Deb Durkey, President of Social Internet Expertise, Dallas, Texas

Q: 2009 is nearly done and gone. As the recession starts to break and we all get back to the “new normal” of business, what will digital marketing look like on the other side as we enter 2010? Several of our clients are starting to show an increased desire to be significantly more aggressive across all digital marketing platforms. What do you see? What opportunities are starting to emerge?
Answer:
Deb Durkey, President of Social Internet Expertise, Dallas, Texas
A: I teach Social Media and conduct training workshops for Small Business owners in the Dallas, Texas area. Small business is, without question, the heart of American business! I see an intense level of business interest in Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and LinkedIn here. This is going to increase for all of next year. These business owners have all sorts of range in computer skills, from excellent to…well…marginal. I let them know that Social Media is important, but it is not the whole picture for their business internet presence. I let them know that they still need to have a killer website (or two, or three), SEO and a great PPC campaign. That’s hard to wrap their mind around when they have a homemade template website and don’t understand what the above terms mean. I bring them information about how long it takes to develop a following on social internet. And the weekly commitment it takes to “link in” and “follow” and “find friends”. Then I explain that everything they do on social media is done to support their entire web presence and internet marketing plan. Everything must tie together and work together to bring in new business and revenue. I foresee that social media is going to raise the level of awareness among small business owners who have previously avoided the need to have a comprehensive internet marketing strategy for their business this year. This should bode well for reasonably priced website developers in the United States. And it will also help these small business owners quickly recover financially from the recession, simply because they are making this new investment in their business.

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