The Digital Strategy – Why You Need One.

An average of 4.62 billion global users, 424 million new users in the past year, and around two and a half hours every day as the average usage time. The most recent social media statistics speak for themselves, but how can businesses ensure they are making the most of their online platforms?

A digital strategy will provide a sense of direction

Did you ever get into your car and just sit there, trying to figure out how to get to an unknown location? Thought not. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to get there. A digital strategy will force you to dig deep and think about what it is you want to achieve, allowing you to set goals accordingly.

With a digital strategy you’ll get the sense of direction you need. To be clear, that direction is forward.

You’ll get to know your audience…

Never make the mistake of assuming that you know who your audience are and what they’re thinking when they look at your brand. That kind of insider information comes from careful research, analysis and understanding. It’s never accidental.

A good digital strategy will get to the very heart of who your audience is and how they’re behaving in the online world. Different demographics have different habits. They think, shop and click in very different ways. If you don’t fully understand your audience, how are you going to speak to them? Not to worry, a digital strategy will put you firmly in the driving seat.

…And grow it

Bringing your value proposition into the digital world opens your business up to new audiences and new opportunities. Ultimately, a good digital strategy comes with growth as standard.

It will keep you ahead of your competitors

Thanks to Covid-19, the global transition to the digital world is pretty much complete. Your customers are online, your competitors are online. It’s vital that you are too. In the current climate, it’s not enough to simply be reactive, to start ‘panic posting’ and putting content out there in a desperate bid to win business.

Most businesses have an online presence. Without a well thought out digital strategy, there’s a very real danger that the message you send out will be swallowed up into the ether never to be seen again.

If ever there was a time to invest in a digital strategy, this is it. Don’t waste energy on a knee jerk reaction to a bigger and more long-term problem. It won’t create lasting value and it certainly won’t provide a tangible benefit to your prospective customers.

You’ll save time and resources

Resources. Not something a lot of businesses have had an abundance of in the last few months. In today’s digital world, it’s all about working smarter, not harder.

A digital strategy will give you a plan to work to. You’ll be able to better target your audience and understand what works for your business and what doesn’t. That way, when you invest in things like paid ads, you’ll do so at the right time and in the right way, avoiding the waste of valuable financial resources.

Let’s be really clear; a digital strategy isn’t an added ‘extra’. It’s not a separate entity, it’s an integral part of your business. Once your plan is in place, the rest, as they say, will follow.  

A digital strategy will grow your audience and create a firm trust in your brand that will stay with you for a long, long time. It will put you firmly into the minds of your customers and help you to stay there. So what are you waiting for?