Over the last five years the rise in popularity of online marketing has resulted in the creation of a new marketing specialist, one who deals solely in the digital space.
In New Zealand, where our marketing teams are typically smaller and our roles often more generalist in nature, the role of digital marketer is becoming increasingly popular as businesses recognise the value that a digital specialist can add to the marketing mix.
Digital marketing is not just about marketing online; it incorporates wireless media as well. A good digital marketer works seamlessly with the rest of the marketing team and ensures all online activity complements offline efforts.
To find out what exactly a digital marketer is responsible for and how a marketer can specialise in this area, consider the following:
- Website Design and Development – a digital marketer may coordinate the design and functionality of a company website, working alongside web developers and web designers and coordinating the process.
- Content Strategy – Along with the design and functionality of a company website, a digital marketer is also responsible for all website content and for creating and implementing content strategy to ensure online objectives are met.
- SEO and SEM – a digital marketer is responsible for making sure the website is easily found by relevant consumers. Optimising website structure and content for search engines (SEO) and/or the use of paid online advertising (SEM) are two ways a digital marketer helps to drive relevant traffic to their website.
- E-Commerce - where appropriate, a digital marketer is responsible for converting website visits into online sales. This is often achieved by making the online shopping experience as easy as possible and by introducing special deals.
- Social Networking – a digital marketer may also be responsible for managing the online presence and brand of a company. Social networking tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ allow businesses to engage with their consumers in real time and a digital marketer will often be responsible for this communication.
Like many marketing roles, digital marketers will often have a tertiary qualification in marketing or communications although they may also have qualifications in IT and specifically website development and design. For established marketers looking to specialise in the digital space, the Marketing Association also offers a digital marketing certificate course.
A digital marketing executive can generally expect a salary of $55 - $70k. Find out how much you're worth by downloading our salary survey.
Digital marketing career prospects
Digital marketing covers a broad range of responsibilities and therefore there are a growing number of opportunities for digital marketers to specialise or to develop into marketing or brand managers.
Demand for digital marketers is growing and marketing professionals who can offer digital expertise are becoming highly sought after.
Check out the latest digital marketing jobs or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to discuss your marketing career.