In all honesty, most marketing mistakes come down to a lack of coherence in strategy or spending too much money. It’s recommended that businesses spend 8% of their revenue on marketing, and for a small business, wasting any of that budget can tank your business.

Luckily, there are ways to boost your strategy and save money along the way, and we’re here to help. Let’s talk about the most common digital marketing mistakes to avoid and fix in 2022!

10 Most Common Digital Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Briefly, let’s discuss what we mean by digital marketing. Digital marketing is everything you do online to drive new leads or entice existing customers to repeat sales. Well, here’s where most businesses go wrong with that!

1. Neglecting Your Website

What do you consider your website to be in relation to your business? A digital asset? A place to make sales?

Well, your website is the home base at the very center of your digital marketing strategy. Everything you do, from social media to email and ads, will all attempt to drive traffic here.

For that reason, websites need to be optimized both for SEO value and to work in tandem with your entire digital marketing strategy.

By following the appropriate metrics on your favorite analytics tools, you can pinpoint exactly where you lose users and optimize that step along their journey.

Poor website usability affects your campaign in more ways than one, so it ultimately pays off to optimize your entire site.

2. Not Having a Content Marketing Strategy

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Without a doubt, the most common tool for content marketing is a blog. In most cases, not having a blog is a huge mistake, but you can substitute one for a different type of content if you choose.

For search engine optimization (SEO) and all-around organic traffic, there is no substitute for a blog. The reasons are simple.

First, Google can easily index the text on a blog and try to match your keywords with the appropriate users.

Second, users search for information far more often than brands. If you only have a few pages on your website, how will anyone find you without searching for your company name? Exactly.

Third, you can use this free traffic to prompt leads. By utilizing calls to action at the end of each post, you can direct your users to anywhere on or off the site that you want, driving free, organic leads.

Finally, organic search results build brand awareness, trust, and loyalty. 94% of users skip over the search ads in favor of the organic results, which means users start on an initial note of trust with your brand. Don’t underestimate the power of a blog.

3. Overlooking or Forgetting Your Target Audience

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Whoever your target audience is, they should always be your prime focus.

Whether you’re launching a new product or the third blog post of the week, the benefit to your target audience should always be in mind.

Essentially, if you don’t create content for them, then you are pushing content at them. That’s the case, whether it’s an advertisement, blog content, email, or social media post.

Also, their interests, trends, and industry standards change all the time, regardless of your industry. For that reason, market research is not a “one and done” expense but rather an ongoing process.

4. Neglecting Competitor Research

Equally important to market research is competitor research. If you don’t know what your competition is doing, how will you know how to beat them?

By looking closely at your competition, you can learn the right keywords to use, what kind of content helps their strategies, and how they spend their marketing budgets.

5. Not Utilizing Existing Customers

In marketing, getting customers is only half the battle. Keeping them is the other half.

Too often, marketers overlook the network of existing customers and users they have, even though existing customers are often far more valuable than new ones, and they cost even less to sell to.

For that reason, brands need to utilize both social media and email in their strategies. The average ROI on an email campaign is $42 for every dollar spent, which is almost unheard of in the marketing world.

However, email and social campaigns are useless without followers or subscribers. Throughout your website, add plenty of prompts for users to follow your social media profiles or subscribe to your newsletters.

6. Forgetting About Mobile (or Desktop) Usersmobile friendly website - customer using phone to check the website

In 2022, we strongly suggest taking a mobile-first approach to your web design strategy, as the majority of traffic now comes from mobile devices. Optimizing for mobile devices is essential f