Digital Marketers: Stop Ignoring These Things

Today, I'm going to share some of the most
important things that digital marketers often Ignore but really shouldn't be ignoring. So let's kick things off with the first thing that
often gets overlooked and that's platform intent. Now, chances are, you haven't
heard of platform intent. That's because I just made it up. But nevertheless, I think it's one of the most
common and important things that digital Marketers ignore whether they're in
the beginner or advanced categories. So, what is platform intent? Platform intent refers to a user's subconscious
intent when they go to a specific platform. For example, when you login to Pinterest, you're
probably looking for visual ideas or inspiration. On Google search, you're looking for
straight-up answers to problems. And on YouTube, you probably want
to be entertained or learn something. We go to different websites
with different intentions. That means when you create marketing
campaigns, you should match your format And messaging to the primary platform intent
so you can connect with people in that moment Where they are. For example, Rebecca who manages our
Twitter account repurposed this blog post Into a tweet thread. And rather than copying and pasting everything
from the post, she gets that many Twitter users Login for snackable advice. And that's exactly what she's done. She summarized each point with
only the most important information. So the next time you want to take 1 piece
of content and turn it into 47 different ones, Remember that "repurposing"
is not "republishing." Alright, the second thing that digital marketers
ignore are competitors in different niches. Now, it totally makes sense to keep an eye
on your direct competitors and to learn from The good and ditch the bad. But it's also important to keep an eye on
what marketers in other niches are doing, Otherwise, you'll miss out on some super-
smart strategies that can be applied straight To your business. For example, you might have heard of Canva,
a popular design tool made for non-designers. Now, if you're anything like me, you may have
stopped using their tool and completely forgot About them. But did you know that they've grown organic traffic
to nearly 100 million monthly organic visits?

I know, right? I was in complete shock and
knew I had to dig deeper. So I went over to the Site Structure report
in Ahrefs' Site Explorer and after about 10 Minutes of research, I came up with content
ideas for a completely unrelated niche and Product – a dating app. Here's what I mean. Canva has done a really good job at scaling
based on a verb related to design – create. You can create logos, resumes,
posters, you name it. They have landing pages for them all. Now, for a dating site, you can apply the same
principle with verbs like "date" and "marry." Let's take common phrases using those words
and variations of those words and run them Through a search in Keywords Explorer. Now, if we head over to the matching terms
report, you'll see a ton of keyword ideas that Cumulatively get millions of searches
every single month in the US alone. Create content for these pages that matches
searcher intent and can help with conversions, And you're now on your way to
replicating Canva's create subfolder. Alright, the next thing digital marketers tend
to ignore is omnichannel user experience. Now, when people think of UX, they often
think of apps, onboarding, sign up forms, Or landing pages. But today user experience needs
to be looked at more holistically. Let me explain. Around a decade ago, marketers would look
through Google Analytics and put all of their Efforts to improve metrics like time on page
and bounce rate because they felt like these Were indicative of a visitor's experience. And it kind of made sense because if people
stay on a website for a long time and navigate To other pages within the site, then they
may be having a good user experience. Well, today, marketing is more focused around
customer journeys and experiences rather than One off pageviews or GA metrics
that lack context. We want people to have a positive experience
every time they have an interaction with our Brand, whether it's with our product, content,
through social media or direct on live chat With customer service. Now, in my opinion, the best way to "optimize"
for so-called omnichannel UX is to just use Some common sense. For example, we add chapters to nearly all
of our videos because we live in a world of

Power skimming. We do the same for blog posts by using
a table of contents that actually floats With you so you can jump up and
down to the places you want to go. We avoid pop-ups because marketers really don't
like them and that's who we're marketing to. We have live chat 24/5 because we understand
people want to get help with our product as Soon as possible. These experiences accumulate to how
people see Ahrefs as a brand and for many, It determines whether they
want to do business with us. Now, because common sense isn't always
so common, I recommend finding ways to Validate your ideas. You can do this by collecting user testing data,
heatmap data, or user generated feedback. For example, we have this rating system
at the end of our blog posts which gives Us an idea if people liked or disliked our content. And we do the same through live chat. Speaking of feedback, one of the most
important things that I see marketers Neglect is talking to customers. And the reason why this is such a huge
mistake is because you can't do good Marketing if you don't know
exactly who you're marketing to. By having conversations with customers, you
get to know the problems they face, the needs They have, and you can even ask selfish questions
like how they found you or what made them choose You over another company. This is exactly why at Ahrefs, all of our content
marketers spend their first 2 months in support Helping our customers. And it really doesn't stop after 2 months. Personally, I still read through support chats
and monitor our company's Twitter mentions. And occasionally I'll jump on an Enterprise
call to get a better understanding of bigger Companies' needs. Overall, I think it's important to learn how you
can best serve different types of customers Through your marketing and it
should be an ongoing process. So if customer conversations are something
you've put on the backburner, I highly recommend Sending an email or two to schedule some calls. Alright, the next thing that I see marketers
ignore time and time again is their product. Oftentimes, digital marketers
get stuck in the metrics. We obsess over traffic, views, likes, comments,
subscribers and basically anything else that

Looks cute and clickbaity in a title. And that often comes at the cost of forgetting
that there's a product we should be marketing. When your product is no longer at the center
of your marketing, things start to get fuzzy And you start chasing vanity metrics that
won't drive any real value to your business. That's why at Ahrefs, we don't just create
content just for the sake of traffic. Nearly all content we create is product-led,
which ensures that our marketing efforts are Meaningful because they're centered around
the thing that matters most in our company: Our product. Now, if you want a blueprint to create product-led
content so you and your team can maintain that 100% laser focus in your marketing, then you
need to watch our video on product-led content Where I break down exactly how
we use it to grow our revenue. I'll see you in the next tutorial.

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