What a year… I’m going to graduate soon, I learned how to ski, and my professor showed me how google+ can be useful. It’s a lot to take in, but I’ll manage. But in all seriousness this blog is me talking about the best ~ $1100 I’ve spent. I took a digital marketing class taught by Mark Staton at Western Washington not knowing what to expect. I had took his intro to marketing class last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.
But how much could I get from this? Is this going to turn me into one of those young 20-something social media dorks that everyone at the office hates? I am a casual Facebook user and only know the basic ins and outs of twitter to just get by. I would say about a third of the way into the course I was hooked. It’s so much more than keeping tabs on tweens’ spending habits and their inability to cope with life in the 21st century. No, in essence digital marketing is the newfound ability of assigning a number on your marketing efforts. It has completely reshaped the scope of this field, instead of launching a TV ad or newspaper ad with an unclear source of attribution, we focus on a much more concrete form of measurement that delivers real ROI.
Having a large online presence attracts attention not only in form of traffic, but also your organic search results on popular search engines like Google or Bing. Since I have started my blog and my twitter account my name merits a 3rd result on Google search, suck it Joshua Henderson from Wisconsin!
I won’t reiterate everything I learned in class because I advise you to take it but there are some key points that stuck with me. If the creed of real estate is “location, location, location” digital marketing is “content, content, content”. Content attracts users, eventually fans, and google. Having something worthy of reading or a piece that informs your customers.
And what is all this reliance on computers for digital marketing if we’re not to learn how computers themselves work? The beauty of digital marketing lies in its accessibility. We spent a week discussing the importance of learning coding using the popular website codeacademy.com. I didn’t realize how soon I would use these techniques when I was assigned to design a website in my management information systems class. I learned how to code with HTML and soon was able to design a personal website through MyWeb. The feeling you get when you’re able to manipulate a computer in the exact way you want it is incredibly rewarding. Seeing your website come to life, with your name on it is very surreal. This is where the future is headed. Instead of schlepping around your resume and putting it on a stack of others the size of phone book, there is a much more effective means of getting recognized. Build a website, get registered on LinkedIn, these methods get you recognized while simultaneously displaying a competence working with computers.
Here’s a link to my website http://myweb.students.wwu.edu/henrikj/MIS320/joshuahenrikson.html
(At the risk of sounding too sappy) Thank you Mark for not only teaching this very practical/informative class. But for steering me towards a marketing major in general. After taking this course, it’s hard to believe that digital marketing doesn’t encompass the majority of 380… Now all that’s left is to score an internship and pass that freakin’ google analytics exam!
word count: ~7500