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Decoding Digital Marketing:
Key to Modern Success

Written by Angela Tang

5 minute read

In recent times, online marketing has thrived as a result of humanity’s newfound reliance on digital communication. This has facilitated connection between companies and a broad customer base, increasing the efficiency of marketing by spreading information to a larger substratum of individuals. Three central roles of digital marketing in creating modern success include growth in reach and accessibility, adaptability and flexibility in a creative space, and a boost in consumer engagement through personalisation. 


Reach and Accessibility 

The role of influencers have grown alongside an increase in the use of digital media. This marketing tactic has boosted the outreach of companies to a much wider consumer demographic than previously, allowing access to international markets across various media platforms in an increasingly globalising world. While initially this technique was convincing in guiding individuals to make purchases online, consumers have grown to become more aware and educated on marketing and advertising. Consequently, consumers are making more rational decisions online, particularly when it concerns the purchase of goods and services. Indeed, this method reaches a lot of people, but its true efficacy is now in question. In response, large social media platforms are updating to make purchasing more accessible and convenient. Platforms once designed for browsing and sharing have now expanded into markets – where one may purchase with a few simple clicks. These situations may wonder about the future of marketing and how we can make it more effective. 


Adaptability and Flexibility 

As digital marketing platforms evolve, changes throughout time in this creative space create shifts in brand and consumer perspective. Companies are able to adjust their clients’ view of their brand, whether that be premium and exclusive, or accessible for all. Regardless, a constantly modernising digital world gives creators the freedom of exploring creative avenues, be that through promotions, packaging, or simply the product itself. The culmination of various branding techniques are able to constantly change the public’s perception of the products or services, benefiting a company’s seasonal marketing goals. Across social media, a rise in ‘subtle marketing’ has appealed to various demographics, using ‘get ready with me’ style vlogs or various lifestyle vlogs to seamlessly endorse products. Techniques such as these disarm the audience through presenting a seemingly good product in practice. 

Personalisation and Customer Engagement 

Digital marketing advancement has facilitated the tracking of consumer behaviour on platforms. Each point of engagement made by a user is tracked and analysed by marketing teams to improve consumer experiences, and ultimately, to increase sales and generate revenue. The behaviour and flows of users provide key insight into the tastes and preferences of these individuals, their responsiveness to certain advertising means, and their perception of brands and companies. Algorithms of various platforms are then able to generate content and marketing material will more likely pique the interest of the user, providing targeted and hopefully effective marketing. Interestingly though, privacy concerns pose a challenge to these modernising means of marketing analysis, particularly regarding the security of the data collected. 


All in all, digital marketing has revolutionised commerce, offering expanded reach, adaptable strategies, and personalised engagement. While influencer collaborations and global connectivity open new avenues, addressing ethical concerns surrounding data privacy remains crucial. Moving forward, success lies in balancing innovation with integrity to navigate the dynamic landscape of the digital marketplace effectively.

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