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Digital media options cheatsheet

Review your use of the latest digital and social media options for promoting your business

How will this guide help me and my business?

The sheer number of organic and paid media options and updates makes it difficult to know whether you're missing out on the best targeting options and whether your marketing budget could be better spent.

Our Digital media cheat sheet is aimed at helping Smart Insights premium members to keep track of the free and paid media options so that they're not missing out on any of the latest developments.

We track all the changes made each week to identify the most important ones that every 'hands-on' marketer needs to be aware of to test the latest approach to improve marketing for their business.

This guide to the digital media features a section for each of the main social networks and Google covering:

  • The name of the all the main organic and paid media options for promoting businesses on each of the main social networks and within Google (SEO and AdWords)
  • A summary of its purpose, e.g. what content formats and targeting it offers
  • The date it was first launched
  • Current rollout to different types of business and countries
  • Links to relevant help sections on Facebook, Google, etc to find out more and get started using the feature

Who is this guide for?

The guide is for:

  • Anyone who works with social media platforms and wants or needs to keep up to date with the latest platform updates
  • Social media managers who are working day to day on social media platforms or on social media strategy, so they know which new features they can use in their social media campaigns
  • Marketing managers who want to increase their knowledge of social media options they could include in their marketing plans
Which platforms does the cheatsheet cover?

The template has separate sections showing the latest updates across all of these vital digital marketing platforms which are popular with consumers and businesses:

  • 1. Google: SEO and Google Ads
  • 2. Google+
  • 3. YouTube
  • 4. Facebook (organic and paid options)
  • 5. Instagram
  • 6. Twitter (organic and paid options)
  • 7. LinkedIn (organic and paid options)
  • 8. Pinterest

Latest updates

This content has been updated with the most relevant platform updates up to March 2019.

Resource Details

  • Authors: Somya Mehta, Carolanne Mangles, and Jessica Wade
  • Format: Excel spreadsheet with a row for each significant update to the 8 main digital marketing platforms with links through in Column B to the platforms about the implementation details you need to know – often the navigation of the platforms can make it difficult to find the best description, so we try to help here.

About the authors

Somya Mehta is the Content Editor, Copywriter and Jr. Marketing Executive at Smart Insights. Maintaining the high quality of Smart Insights member resources, working on lead-gen email marketing campaigns, contributing to the blog and social media marketing for Smart Insights, Somya works across various different touch points on the customer lifecycle. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter.

Annie (Carolanne Mangles) is Smart Insights’ Digital Marketing Executive and Blog Editor – she writes on a range of topics – SEO, Analytics, Content Marketing and Digital Marketing Strategy and Planning – to bring you the best advice on all things new in Marketing. You’ll also find her travelling and exploring new parts of the world when she is not writing. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Jess (Jessica Wade) is a social media expert with a focus on social media channels and social strategy. She loves all things social, most of the time you will find her endlessly scrolling through Instagram. You can follow Jess on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.



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