Doing Online Marketing Right

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Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. There is a lot going on in Online Marketing and some of what goes on is not above board. Online marketing is supposed to be geared towards finding and retaining customers.

Instead of just focusing on the main objective, it is important to also pay attention to the little things. In my opinion, it is the little things that matter and it is a result of the little things that things can turn out great instead of average, if not completely dismal.

Everyone who is involved in selling a product, service or an idea should pay attention to Online Marketing because it presents numerous potential. Yes, everyone is selling something, even if what you are selling is just good will.

When you do turn to Online Marketing, it is not acceptable to just stop there. You need to ask yourself what is the right thing to do. What is needed to do Online Marketing right? In order to answer this question, it is only practical to ask what it means to do Online Marketing Wrong.

The Don'ts Of Online Marketing

Doing things right is heavily rooted in avoiding the wrong things in the first place. In order to get Online Marketing right, these are some of the things to stay away from.

Invasion Of Privacy

I imagine I am like most people out there when it comes to my privacy and do not take kindly to it being violated. We all treasure our sacred spaces and like to keep them private. 

Invasion of privacy is the unlawful and unauthorised intrusion into someone else’s affairs. This may take various forms such as disclosing their private information,  publicizing them in a false light or making use of their name to ends of personal gain.

When you are carrying out marketing campaigns, you better be cognisant of this little but important detail otherwise you will find yourself in hot water. I haven’t personally known anyone suing someone else for invasion of privacy but it is a possibility. At the very least, you risk the reputation of your brand in such instances.

As an Online Marketer, you make use of information on your target audience to achieve your goals. How you collect this information is totally up to you but you better make sure you are not utilizing and exposing personal identifying information that may infringe on their right to privacy.


Spam is a no go area if you want to do Online Marketing right. What is Spam and what constitutes spamming as opposed to simply getting your word out?

Spamming is a term that gained popularity during the rise in adoption of email. It is generally the sending of undesired or unsolicited emails. This is something I did at one point in my life but only out of ignorance because I didn’t know better at the time. The right way to do email, sms or chat marketing campaigns is to have people opt-in to receive messages.

Even when people opt-in to receive your marketing messages, it is considered spamming if you send out messages at what can be considered an irritatingly high frequency. It is better to ask people how often they would like to hear from you and send messages with the appropriate frequency.

The practice of spamming places your brand’s email addresses at risk of being blacklisted and damaging your reputation in the process. The Email Marketing May Be The Answer For You blog post might be of help if you are considering email marketing campaigns.

False Advertising

In order to make our marketing offerings seem more attractive than they actually are, we might be tempted to embellish a little. We might say the bags we are selling are stronger than they actually are, if we are selling bags, or we might say our software is guaranteed to bring our customers hundred percent more customers of their own when in fact it cannot even do a fraction of that, if we are producing marketing software.

False advertising is the use of any confusing, misleading or even plainly untrue assertion about your product or service when promoting it. The customer’s right to truthful advertising is protected in laws and your misrepresentations can run you into trouble. False advertising is one sure way to ruin future prospect and damage your brand’s reputation. 

If you are not sure of the results that your product or service will offer, it is better to qualify it with the proper verb such as may or could. Always make use of factual information in your marketing campaigns, this is the only way to build trust.

Social and Cultural Insensitivity

Nothing has brought the term “global village” to life like the Internet. Despite targeting being a reality, there is a good possibility that your ad will reach people with a different social or cultural background than yours. 

You might argue that your ad is targeted for a local audience but even then every locality has diverse cultural backgrounds that should be taken into account when crafting Online Marketing campaigns.

Even with geographic realities, people are travelling all over the world and someone living in  South Africa may be born and raised in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya. Online Marketing campaigns should therefore be crafted with a social and cultural sensitivity to who might be on the other end. At the very least, every Online Marketing Campaign you craft should be decent and considerate enough to be suitable for human consumption. 

Counting Vanity Metrics

Measurement is important but not all measurements are created equal. You have to avoid making the mistake of thinking that any activity you measure on a campaign is a good indicator of success.

You have to look at leading indicators instead of lagging indicators. Leading indicators are the kind of metrics that will allow you to take proactive action and improve sales whilst lagging indicators represent information you can do nothing about because it is based in the past.

Prioritising The Sale Over The Customer

In a dog-eat-dog world, it is easy to get our priorities mixed up. What if we changed our perspective in as far as the customer is concerned. What if we prioritize their needs instead of prioritising the sale?

Prioritising the sale over the customer’s needs reflects a poor understanding of the dynamics involved. It is short term thinking that fails to appreciate the bigger picture. By focusing on the sale, you miss out on building trust and developing meaningful relationships with your customers.

Instead of prioritizing the sale, I assure you it is in your best interest to prioritize the customer. A pampered customer is a loyal customer. Once you understand and apply this kind of thinking the sale and everything else will take care of itself.

Being Irrelevant and Inconsiderate

When it’s all said and done, doing Online Marketing right is all about relevancy and being sensitive to the situation at all times. Being relevant comes with not doing the things just discussed. It means respecting other people's privacy, being truthful in your ad campaigns, paying attention to the right metrics and prioritising the customer over the sale.

If you put a checkbox against these points and be as considerate as possible and even going out of your way in attempts to do Online Marketing right, then you can never go wrong.

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