This is my final post into Dominique’s DIY Diary and provides me with the opportunity to reflect on what I have learnt during the course of the past six weeks. The topics that have been discussed are; the behaviour of individuals and groups in digitally-mediated environments, website design, offline media, architecture of a webpage, online culture and the social networking phenomenon.
During the summer of 2013 I worked for a company who designed and developed websites, this is when i first discovered my passion for digital marketing. Website design in respect of its suitability for purpose and audience is absolutely essential when designing any website. Websites need to function well and be easy to navigate. they must portray the brand image and meet customer expectations. it is also integral that websites follow the legislations required by the The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). This legislation ensures that websites are accessible to blind and disabled users. Trenton Moss provides more information in his blog post “Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) & web accessibility”.
It is also very important to consider SEO when designing a website; “SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” It is the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” listings on search engines. All major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing have such results, where web pages and other content such as videos or local listings are shown and ranked based on what the search engine considers most relevant to users” (Third Door Media, 2014).
The Social Media Phenomenon is something that has hit us all by suprise. Although a huge success, social media does of course have its downfalls. Marketing Vox (2014) says that ad agencies are getting very frustrated that “brand posts reach a smaller percentage of their page’s followers on Facebook, meaning organic reach for the standard brand post is down” (McDermott, 2014).
Online videos such as YouTube are seeing an ever increasing amount of pop-up ads; “rising to an average of nine per long-form item. This is less than half of what must be suffered while watching television, but 86 percent more than the same period last year” (Marketing Vox 2014). “The growing digital ad economy is being driven by a proliferation of mobile devices, improved measurement of ad effectiveness and increased digital production and distribution”, Knopper (2014) says.
Trendpedia is a blog search engine, it finds trends in social media by searching online and finding the articles that talk about your topics. It will then organize these articles in a trendline that shows the popularity of the topic over time. Neil Bradley (2011) writes “Software trawls consumer generated media (blogs, facebook etc.) continuously and inspects this information using text analysis programs (like NVivo etc) and then sells information to companies about how they are perceived – negative or positive”.
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