In the mid-1980s, SoftAd Group conducted an advertising campaign, which was later called the first digital campaign for automakers – readers of the magazine mailed an insert from the magazine, and in return received a diskette with multimedia content that advertised different brands of cars and with free trial offers trips.
But it was the concept of “internet marketing” that began to be used in the 1990s.
At that time, digital tools began to be actively used. In 1994, the first banner appeared on the HotWired.com website. By modern standards, the banner was more than successful – 44% of users clicked on it.
What makes internet marketing effective?
It’s all about the audience, which can be reached using internet marketing tools. According to the annual report from We Are Social and HootSuite on the status of the Internet in the world, the growth in the number of Internet users and their involvement cannot but attract advertisers:
- In 2018, the Internet audience will grow by 7% and amount to 4.021 billion users.
- On average, one user has 6 hours online daily. In 2018, we will spend more than a billion years online.
- The most popular devices for accessing the Internet are smartphones (53%, an increase over the year of 4%). In second place are computers (43%, a drop of 3%), followed by tablets (4%, a drop of 13%) and other devices, for example, game consoles (0.14%, an increase of 17%).
- The audience of social networks in 2018 will be 3.196 billion users. 13% higher than in 2017.
- Every second on social networks 11 new users are registered.
- Over the past year, the number of Facebook users aged 65+ has grown by 20%.
- The most time spent on social networks is Filipinos – 4 hours a day. In India – 1 hour 29 minutes.
- Facebook leads in the number of unique users: an increase of 15% over the year, a total of 2.17 billion at the beginning of 2018.
- In 2018, the number of mobile device users will increase by 4% to 5.135 billion.
- On average, each smartphone user consumes 3 GB of data per month, which is two times higher than last year.
- In 2017, users spent $ 1.5 trillion on online shopping. The leading segment is clothing.
- The number of users who make online purchases in 2018 will increase by 7% to reach 1.77 billion.
- In India, 46% of Internet users made an online purchase in the last year.
- The average revenue per user in 2018 will be $ 833.
Pros of internet marketing
- The ability to reach a fairly wide audience through online and offline channels,
- You can contact a potential customer directly,
- The ability to quickly convey information to the audience,
- Collecting analytics at each stage of the advertising campaign and transparency of measuring the results,
- Targeting campaigns are available for advertising campaigns, which allow you to focus specifically on the target audience,
- An advertising campaign is possible even with a small budget,
- Increasing brand awareness and user loyalty to it.
Cons of internet marketing
These are not even disadvantages, but rather the difficulties that most businesses face:
- This is not at all free, as it might seem at first glance,
- The digital approach is not limited to the rare writing of posts in a group on a social network, you need to use several tools and spend a lot of time and effort on it,
- To conduct digital campaigns, you need a separate specialist or even an agency,
- We constantly need to analyze the results and change the strategy in accordance with them.
Tools and Technologies in Internet Marketing
Internet marketing strategies often involve the use of not just one tool, but a combination of them. What specific tools will be chosen for an advertising campaign depends on its goals and objectives.
Key Internet Marketing Tools
- Search engine promotion,
- Contextual advertising,
- Banner advertising,
- Video ad
- Social Media Marketing,
- Email Newsletter
- Content marketing
- Affiliate marketing
- Influence marketing,
- Landing pages, promotional sites,
- Virtual and augmented reality,
- Product Networks,
- Online events
- Mobile applications,
- Ads in games
- SMS mailing,
- Digital television,
- Interactive screens and self-service terminals,
- Smart gadgets.
Interesting internet marketing case studies
Case Study 1: Livestrong from Nike
In 2009, Nike launched the Livestrong advertising campaign, which aimed to support cancer patients. The advertising campaign involved several channels and tools at once:
- Interactive banners,
- Facebook community
- Promo site
- Videos featuring the famous cyclist Lance Armstrong, who once defeated cancer himself.
An advertising campaign was launched ahead of the 2009 Tour de France race. For the race itself, Nike prepared a special robot that automatically wrote on the road where the race route went, messages with words of support – they were sent to him via SMS and social networks. When the message was written, the robot sent its photo indicating the time and coordinates to the user. During the advertising campaign, the robot wrote about 100 thousand messages. As a result of the campaign, Nike increased sales by 46% and raised $ 4 million for the Livestrong Foundation Cancer Care Fund.
Case Study 2: #ShareaCoke by Coca – Cola
An advertising campaign with a very simple idea, which, thanks to digital technologies, has been receiving an audience response for several years. In 2011, in Australia, Coca-Cola launched bottles for sale, was on the labels instead of the usual name of the drink there were names. Users immediately began to search for bottles with their names and upload them to social networks. Then Coca-Cola sold 250 million registered bottles, and an advertising campaign spanned another 70 countries. Also, as part of the advertising campaign, traffic to the Coca-Cola Facebook page grew by 870%, and the number of likes increased by 39%.
Case Study 3: IKEA
In 2012 IKEA launched a mobile application that turned the company’s regular paper catalog into an interactive platform. As a result, the application not only became the world’s first branded application in terms of the number of downloads in 2012 (6.2 million) but attracted three times more attention to the catalog compared to 2011. In 2017, IKEA restarted the advertising campaign – the Place application, using AR technologies, allows you to virtually place furniture in the interior before you buy it.
Case Study 4: NikeID
In 2009 the company posted an interactive billboard (23 floors in Times Square) in Times Square in support of the Nike ID product (creating personalized sneakers). Users using the phone keypad could create a sneaker design in real-time. The model was broadcast on the entire billboard, and the user could download the resulting image or immediately buy sneakers.
Case Study 5: LG Ticket Hunter
In 2012, LG came up with an original way to talk about new phone models to a young audience – launched the mobile game Ticket Hunter. Award to the winner – a ticket to a concert by a famous group. To get it, you need to find an LG representative in a specific place in the city. How to find out where he is? Tweet with the hashtag #lgtickethunter.
- As a result, over 5 days, users posted more than 58 thousand tweets with the hashtag #lgtickethunter.
- The company’s promotional site received about 40 thousand views. The number of visitors exceeded 9 thousand people, with 40% of them coming back repeatedly.
- Sales of L-series phones increased by 28%.
Case Study 6: Nikon
In 2017, Nikon celebrated its 100th anniversary, and Media Stars Digital Group had only three days to prepare the holiday campaign. At the same time, it was necessary to build it so that owners of Nikon equipment felt like part of the history of the company. Instagram was chosen as the platform for the advertising campaign – the “Stories” function perfectly suited the project goal. During the day, Nikon published around the world travel photographs from around the world (including UGC content). The campaign reached more than 8 thousand users involved.