21 Digital Marketing Terms You Need to Know

The digital world is full of marketing terms and acronyms like ROI (return on investment), CPC (cost per click), CTR (click through rate), KPI (key performance indicator) and countless others.

It becomes a little overwhelming. You start to feel like you’re reading a different language. But what is this new language trying to tell you?! We’re here to decipher the code and put it into your terms. Let’s get started.

Digital marketing is an umbrella term used to describe any type of online marketing including search engine optimization, PPC, social media marketing, and email marketing.

We are going to break up our digital marketing terms into several categories including social media marketing, search engine marketing and email marketing. Some of these digital marketing terms can be applied to all three so pay close attention.

Social Media Marketing Term

KPI – Key Performance Indicator

KPI’s appear in all types of marketing and businesses use them to measure the success of their campaigns. Your KPI can be any type of analytic like a click through rate, engagement rate, bounce rate and so on. We will talk about several marketing terms that be can key performance indicators in your campaigns.digital marketing terms
CPA – Cost Per Acquisition

This is a metric used to determine how much it costs to acquire one customer. You can calculate this by dividing the total cost of your campaign by the number of conversions. This metric is important because it actually shows you how much you are spending per conversion. If this cost is too high, you should consider reworking your marketing campaign.

 

Lookalike Audiences

Lookalike audiences are built using email lists. This is a way to target users that are similar to the ones you already have. You can upload your email list to your Facebook ad campaign and it will take these emails and find similar users to target. You can even exclude the emails that you upload if you do not wish to advertise to current customers. With lookalike audiences you’ll be able to easily reach new customers that are similar to your existing customers. If you do not have an email list, work on acquiring quality subscribers with these seven tips!

 

A/B Split Testing

When running any type of advertisement, it’s best to split test. This means you will have 2-3 similar ads that are all running at the same time to see which performs best. You can run the same image and switch up the copy or vice versa. A/B split testing will help you better target your audience by showing you which advertisement people liked more. When you are finished with your split test you will be left with an ad that performs great and helps you capture those potential buyers!

*This can be applied to email marketing as well.

 

CPI – Cost Per Impression

CPI measures how many times your ad appears on a site whether or not the users actually sees or interacts with it. This is similar to the marketing term “reach” but reach measures how many people see your content and impressions measure how many times your ad or content was displayed. Impressions build brand recognition while reach will help you build your brand. You can learn more about the differences between reach and impressions here.

 

Lead Generation/Lead Magnet/Lead Nurturing

These three marketing terms go hand in hand. Lead generation is exactly what it sounds like – how your business generates leads or how you grab the attention of your customers. A lead magnet is a small giveaway, free ebook, guide, etc. that your business offers to customers in exchange for their email. A lead magnet is a tool that is going to help your business capture those potential customers. Once a potential lead becomes a lead, you will need to nurture them until they become a customer. Typically business nurture their leads through their sales funnel. Lead nurturing can be in the form or sending emails, retargeting them on social media or actually calling your potential customers to follow up with them.

 

CTR – Click Through Rate

When running a social media advertising campaign, the click through rate shows how many times an ad was clicked on by users. In order to calculate your CTR you will need to take the total number of clicks your ad received and divide it by the number of times it was shown (impressions). Then convert that number to a percentage.

You will see this term again in our email marketing section


Engagement Rate

Blog, Facebook posts, tweets and photos on Instagram all have engagement rates. This is how much users are interacting with your brand. How many comments did you get on that post? How many shares did that blog receive? Usually the higher your engagement rate is, the better your content is – which is great for SEO. If search engines see that users are interacting with your website and social media channels you will be viewed as a notable source in your industry.

 

Remarketing

Chances are you have seen remarketing almost every day. If you are shopping online and are viewing a pair of shoes, this pair of shoes will most likely show up again on another website you visit. Remarketing is a tactic used to get customers who did not make a purchase back to your site.
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If your business sells more than one product you can set up carousel ads to appear on other sites as well as social media channels. These ads are composed of several products that your customers have already viewed. Since they have already looked at these products, they are probably interested in them and are more likely to buy if they see the product again.

 

Relevancy Score & Quality Score

When running campaigns on Facebook, you will receive a relevancy score for your creative and copy in your advertisements. This score is given to each of your ads by Facebook. It is a way for them to decide how relevant your advertisement is and how it compares to other similar ads.

Google essentially does the same thing for your paid search ads by giving you a quality score. Many factors go into your quality score, and it can be improved over time.

Why should you care about your relevancy score or your quality score? Well, the higher your score, the more your ads will be shown over your competitors and the less money it will cost to do so. A better score lowers your cost per click. Not every click is going to be a conversion so getting your CPC as low as possible is key.

 

B2B and B2C

Business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) are two marketing terms that describe who businesses interact with. Do you market to other business or directly to consumers – our social media experts can help you decide which platforms your business should be on. You strategy is going to look a lot different if you are targeting customers instead of businesses or decision makers. There are some social media channels that B2B companies should be on that B2C companies should not be on. Your ad strategy if you are targeting other businesses is probably going to be different that an ad strategy that is targeting consumers. Make sure you know who your audience is!

 

CTA – Call To Action

A call to action is usually a button used to get your customers attention and make them click, purchase, give their email or any other action you want them to take. A call to action can be used in social media advertisements, email campaigns or on your website. Your CTA should be big, bold and be able to grab your customers attention. An effective CTA is also short, sweet and to the point. When someone lands on your website they should immediately know what action you want them to take whether it is to shop a sale, enter their email or browse your newest products.

 

Buyer Persona

A buyer persona is something that you or your marketing team create that will give you a better idea of what your potential customers look like. This will include demographics like gender, age and interests. This is not just some made up persona. It is based on research of your target market so that your customers’ buying motivations, behaviors and goals are considered. Zeroing in on the demographics of your potential customers is an important step in your marketing strategy so don’t skip it!

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Your buyer persona should look something like this. Include what you think your buyer does, their job title, interests, background and what challenges they face. It would also be a good idea to include goals or fears that your potential buyer might have. This way you will know what solutions you will need to offer in order to capture this type of potential buyer because customers buy solutions to their problems, not products.

 

Pixel

This is a snippet of code that is inserted onto your website for tracking purposes. It can gather analytics and data on your customers and their movement across your website. You can also use pixels to retarget customers with Facebook. Since the pixel on your site is tracking every customer that visits, you can use this data to target them in future Facebook ads.

Facebook pixel
Your pixel will look like a bunch of words and symbols if you are unfamiliar with HTML but all you really need to worry about is copying and pasting it in the correct place on your website. Facebook provides great tutorials on how to do this for almost all major website platforms.

 

Thank You Page

A thank you page is imperative if you are an ecommerce business. Why do you need a thank you page pixel? Something we see often is customers going through the checkout process and the site not tracking their conversions. A simple thank you page is all you need to track your ROI. This page can be added after people make a purchase on your site but if you are not an ecommerce business you can add a thank you page to your contact form. This will show you where your customers are coming from and make tracking your conversions really easy!

 

Search Engine Marketing Terms

SEO

Search engine optimization or SEO is the organic way to move your site up in search engine rankings. There are many moving parts to SEO such as selecting target keywords that you want your business to rank for, optimizing your pages with those keywords, writing blogs and acquiring backlinks. Our digital marketing specialists are experts in on-page optimization, blogging and acquiring backlinks and can help you quickly optimize your site! This method of search engine marketing takes time as the search engines will need to crawl your site to pick up on any changes you make. If you want to rank now, there is a quicker way, but it will cost you.

 

PPC

Pay Per Click has similarities with SEO but these are paid ads that run on Google. PPC is instant. As soon as you set up your ad campaign, you can begin ranking immediately. If you have the budget and you are willing to spend it, you will be at the top of Google search results in no time at all. PPC also involves keyword research but instead of on-page optimization, you will need to create ads. Ads include two short headlines, a description and a link to your website or landing page. You can also include extensions like your businesses phone number or links to additional pages on your site.

DA – Domain Authority

This is a number 1-100 that is assigned to websites by Moz, a marketing analytics company. The higher your Domain Authority, the more powerful your website and higher your chances of ranking. When doing keyword research, domain authority is a metric that will help you determine whether or not you will be able to compete with the companies that are already ranking.
For example, if your DA is 20 and you do a google search for your keyword and the websites that appear all have DA’s of 50-70, you are probably not going to be able to rank for that word.

 

PA – Page Authority

Each page on your website has a rank as well as your site as a whole. It’s important to make sure you are distributing page authority evenly across your site. If you have one page (let’s say your homepage) on your site that is ranking number 1 in search and has a PA of 100 that’s great but what about your other pages? The more pages that have high PA’s, the more likely they will be able to rank which means your business has a better chance of showing up in search results.

Bounce Rate

A bounce rate in terms of search engine marketing is when a user lands on your site and only views one page. Google Analytics will show you the bounce rate for your website. If this number is high, you will need to make some adjustments. The more pages a user views and the more time they spend on your site, the higher the chances for you to move up in search rankings.

 

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