Did you know that digital marketing skills make up 20% of digital demand in the UK jobs market? You might also be glad to know that jobs in digital marketing are relatively easily accessible, whether you’re looking to land your first job in the sector, are changing career path later in life, or are looking to access higher level marketing roles.
So how can you excel in a career in digital marketing? Here are 10 top tips from Claire Hoang, Digital Executive Producer at ITV, taken from her session at Digital Skills Fest earlier this year. Find more expert tips from Skills Fest in our Digital Skills Guide here.
1. Know what marketing isn’t (and is!)
According to Claire, marketing isn’t something that gets tacked on at the end of the project. It should be something that’s implemented from the outset and all the way through, no matter what project you’re working on.
2. Know why digital is different
We’re now living in a digital world where customers are bombarded with 3000 ads a day. Platforms have gone from a few players (e.g. newspapers, radio, tv) to fighting for people’s attention, and it’s important to recognise how this changes the landscape of marketing and shapes the digital marketing sector. However, it’s also worth knowing that the basic marketing funnel still applies – so learn it!
3. Learn the difference between organic and paid
Organic reach is who you can access for free. Paid reach is where you’re paying to access specific customers and potential customers. Digital marketing strategies often involve a combination of the two and almost all roles in the sector will require you to understand and be able to implement both successfully.
4. Know what jobs are out there
There are 2 main types of digital marketing roles:
This is where you work directly for a company
There’s usually only one brand priority
The main stakeholders are other departments
You’re usually juggling less projects
These roles require clear decision makers
This is where you work with various different clients
These roles often offer more variety and scope in type of work
They often also involve longer hours and you may be on call more often
You’ll also likely be juggling more projects
Roles require you to offer advice and activation rather than make decisions
5. Know your strengths
As with any industry, you don’t have to be good at everything. But identifying your strengths will allow you to find the right place for you in the industry.
6. Keep learning
The digital marketing industry is always changing, so you must make sure you’re constantly learning and adapting to these changes.
7. ‘Doing it’ beats ‘Thinking it’ every time
The great thing about the digital world is that if you have great creative, you don’t have to wait for someone to find you and tell you; you can just go and do it!
8. Failure is an opportunity
There’s no such thing as a bad failure, as long as you’ve learnt from it.
9. Age is nothing but a number
As long as you’re happy to learn and keep shifting your career, age doesn’t mean anything.
10. You don’t need to know everything to get the job
This point particularly applies to women. Men are more likely to go for a job when they have 60% of the skills needed compared to 100% of the skills in women, and that needn’t be the case. Remember that you can learn new things and you can learn them quickly at any time and any age. Passion is the most important thing.
Find out more about Claire Hoang in this Q&A with our sister brand SocialDay 👉
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