Must Have Digital Marketing Skills for 2016

Why Digital Marketing Skills Are Important

The marketing world is new, exciting and continuously changing, or to use a better word, evolving. If you look at any job site today you’ll come across job titles that did not even exist few years back. Digital marketing professionals are being sought actively by organizations to help them grow and compete in this digital era.

So, if you’re currently looking for a new marketing job, it would be wise to brush up on your digital knowledge and expertise.

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In a recent survey by the Online Marketing Institute, 750 employers were asked about the talent and skills they are looking for. Here are the results:

  1. Analytics: 76 percent said this skill is important or very important
  2. Email Marketing: 73 percent said this skill is important or very important
  3. Content Marketing: 68 percent said this skill is important or very important
  4. Social Media: 67 percent said this skill is important or very important

We have taken this survey as base and added some more which we think are also important.

Data Analysisdata analysis

With so much data being generated every second, analyzing this using proper tools such as Google Analytics is a must have skill.

What use is all your knowledge if you don’t know how it is impacting your strategy or if your strategy is actually working and you are meeting your goals!

You’ll need to not only implement strong inbound and outbound digital strategies, but also analyze them regularly and use those insights to constantly improve.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

If you have not read our post on what is SEO,  how SEO works and best SEO tools, stop right here and read them.


SEO is one of the most important skill one has to learn in order to compete for a high paying digital marketing job.

You must have a grasp of SEO, Sitemaps and also know how to work with tools like MOZ, SEMrush and other tools to identify customers’ search behaviors and the competitive landscape.

Social Media Advertising

It is predicted that by 2016 there will be $25 billion spent on social advertising in 2016.

This figures alone tell us how important digital advertising is. And since most of the digital space is concentrated around Facebook a<img class="wp-image-884 alignleft" src="" alt="social media 123" width="281" height="187" srcset=" 960w,×200.jpg 300w, http://www.digitalenthu achat de viagra×512.jpg 768w,×440.jpg 660w,×300.jpg 450w” sizes=”(max-width: 281px) 100vw, 281px” />nd Twitter, knowing how to use these two platforms to build a strong digital presence is really important.

You can read about tips to create successful Faceboofacebook marketingk ad campaign here.

Digital marketers need to understand how to develop a strong social media presence to help bolster their brands and further their marketing goals.

Facebook & Twitter advertising, Google AdWords are the main areas that one needs to master (or at least have some experience) if you plan to bloom in the digital marketing space.

Email Marketingemail marketing

Email Marketing is not just sending out bulk emails. It has evolved and has much more to it.

You have to optimize your e-mails according to a strategy formed and testing it, analyzing what is working and what is not and refining the strategy based on that.

If you have heard about distribution list, you must know how important it is to develop one and to generate more business opportunities using e-mail nurturing.

Content Marketing

Content is the king. Your SEO, e-mail marketing and social media skills are of no use if you don’t know what to write.

Content marketing consists of writing e-mails, press releases, website copy, proposals, social posts. And as you can understand these are the basics of digital marketing.

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If your website doesn’t have appropriate content, search engines won’t show your company;’s name in the top. And in today’s world getting visibility is the most difficult task.

If you want to learn how Google search works click here. This will give you more clarity why content is one of the most important aspects of digital marketing.

Master these skills and you’ll thanks yourself later when you roam around in your luxury car making your friends jealous! Ready to make a switch?

Here’s a short video by Mondo on hot digital marketing skills in demand along with the salary guide. 

Tips to Create Successful Facebook Ad Campaign

Why Run Facebook Ad?


Do you run a business? Do you manage a blog page? Do you run a Facebook page? Then you must have come across Facebook Ads at some point. Yes, Facebook ads are those which appear on your Facebook wall. It may appear as a proper ad on the right side of the page or as a page/post like ad between the pofacebook ads 2sts.

If you want quality followers, users and customers and want to make your brand popular on Facebook, you have to run ads. Facebook has made it so simple and effortless to reach millions of users worldwide. You can sit in your bathroom and still reach out to the other side of the world. You can create a Facebook campaign with bare minimum qualifications within minutes.

If creating a Facebook campaign is so simple then why do most of the ad managers struggle with it? The reason is lack of experience. Finding the right audience, ads, interest targeting and budget to spend are the main criteria that make or break a Facebook campaign.

facebook ads 1Few people have proper experience with Facebook Ads, since it is relatively a new field. We are here to help you understand more about FB Ads.

You can create a Facebook Ad for the 5 categories- Page, Page Posts, Website, Events and Apps. So before we get into tips and tricks, you have to decide why you want to do an ad. Do you want more likes on your page or a particular post? Do you care about mobile app installs or want to send traffic to your website?

Now once you have decided what the ad is for, here are few tips that will help you maximize the return on money spent on the ads.

Think Of a Clear Call-To-Action (CTA)call to action

You have to tell people what to do! If you say “check us out”, people will surely ignore you. But if you say “Get the deal” or “Sign Up now”, people might actually do it.

If you have a strong CTA, it will definitely improve your results!

Be Smart and Target Your Ads

This is the trickiest part. Many people forget to do it (like we did on our 1st try) but most marketers don’t target correctly! You spend your ad budget in a matter of minutes & get nothing in return.

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You have to keep in mind the target audience- age, gender, interests, demographics and much more before you approve a Facebook ad

Keywords are the Keyfacebook keywords

Keywords are called so because they are the key- words! Keywords are the little but important things that will make sure that your ad gets proper visibility.

Use keyword planner to find related words. This will help you make the campaign more effective and successful.

Recently Facebook changed its video tagging. There also you need to add some tags which can be helpful while deciding what keywords to use.

Set Daily Budget

budgetFacebook gives you an option to set a daily budget. Setting a daily budget has its advantages.

Firstly you won’t have to deal with manually managing the ad every day.

Secondly by setting an affordable amount, you’ll not feel budget burden!

We think that a daily budget of $5 is ideal and will give a good amount of reach and impressions.

Facebook’s 20-Percent Rule

Any Facebook Ad that has image it can contain text that amounts to 20% of the entire image space.

There are third party tools that can help you with checking whether you have exceeded this limit or not. (see image below)

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If you are not careful, Facebook will find you and kill, well not you, but your ad for sure!

Choose High Quality Imagesquality

Images are very powerful. It is useless to create an ad with image in it.

And that is why it is really important to choose an image which is crisp, clear and eye catching.

FYI- Facebook ad images display at a resolution of 100 pixels wide x 72 pixels tall.

Identify the best Time to Run Your Ad

On Facebook, not everyone is online at the same time. Some check Facebook during working hours (bored), some during night, some during afternoons and some are always online! So how do you make sure maximum people see your Ad?time

According to the timezone of your targeted area, run your Ad. Do some research and find the usage peak hours and then promote your Facebook Ad.

You can check all Facebook statistics in one place at Socialbakers. Also check out 200 Amazing Facebook Statistics (January 2016) at Expandedramblings.


Here’s a short video by Karen Yankovich on how to target for Facebook Ads. 

Top 5 Digital Marketing Trends in 2016

Digital Marketing Trends 2016

Digital Marketing Trends

2015 was the year of video marketing. 2016 will definitely be intriguing because it will be all the more exciting in terms of Digital Marketing Trends.

Why Digital Marketing is so important in today’s business, you ask! According to a Gartner survey, marketers no longer see digital as a distinct marketing discipline and marketers are moving to “digitally led business models.” So it is either stay updated and stay ahead or fall behind!

The best way to beat your competition this year is to stay on the top of your game, and this list will help you do just that.

Social Advertising

This year is set to be the year when the digital ad spending iSocial Medias set to cross all previous records. It is finally going to surpass TV advertising budget.

According to Interpublic Group’s Magna Global, in 2015 digital ad spend will have grown 17.2% (to $160 billion), and 13.5% in 2016, surpassing TV as the biggest advertising platform in 2017.

So that is why Social Advertising is on the top of our list. Digital marketers cannot afford to ignore this important digital trend in 2016.

eMarketer predicts social network ad spending will reach $35.98 billion in 2017, which will make up 16% of all global digital ad spend.

Here is our 3 point guide for marketers to leverage social media:

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Deciding the platform

If you are in the photography business or sell handicrafts, you should focus more on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are in B2B business, use Facebook’s target promotion to reach the intended audience.

Be smart

Use analytics to determine what is working and what is not. This will help you allocate the funds effectives, giving you maximum results.

Action Oriented Ads

If you ask users to engage with the ads using call-to-action buttons, it will lead to a better response and yield better results

Facebook Messenger for Business

After Facebook’s announcement of launching Messenger for business in March 2015, which would allow B2B and B2C transactions, the entire Digital Marketing space is very excited.

Facebook’s user base (over 700 misllion and growing at 40% in 2014-15, according to Luxury Daily) could be the deciding factor in making or breaking a business.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook has also made it possible for the users to install a Facebook messenger box on their websites to utilize it in a similar manner as a website live chat box.

As we can see the sincerity of Facebook to make an impact in the Digital Marketing world and the popularity of the social media giant, this is a weapon that digital marketers need to use to win the digital marketing war!

App Indexing

Google has changed the world of Digital Marketing and is a pioneer in thMobile appse field. In April Google changed its algorithm to reward mobile friendly websites. It also started to use information provided by indexed apps as a factor in search rankings.

Now one cannot afford not to have a strong working app which complied by the rules of Google. This is important because Google will drop app content in the mobile search results.

In 2016, if a business is not succeed in Digital Marketing space if apps are not responsive, friendly and convenient to use.


Mobiles, once again, will dominate the desktops in 2016 in terms of usage. In 2015, mobile usage surged partly because of Google’s decision to include a site friendliness in search engine rankings.

Mobile Web

Google is obviously anticipating that mobile traffic will dominate. It’s already happening: this year, more people used mobile search than web search in 10 different countries.


Wearable is another technology that will surprise most in 2016. Imagine a small device which you carry around your wrist 24 x 7. How much information will the marketers be able to gather! Such a small device and such a big impact.

As devices continue to rule our world, wearable technology is predicted to see an adoption rate of 28% in 2016, according to HubSpot.

What does this mean for marketers? More data on every move your target buyer is making. The Internet of things will continue to become more and more important to marketers in 2016.

There are many more trends that can be discussed. But for a startup, individual or small business, these are enough. If a business has to succeed, it has to keep the above points in mind.

Her’s a video  by Hoppin Online Marketing beautifully describing Digital Marketing trends of 2015-16