13 February 2023 | Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Myths To Start Ignoring Now


Entering the digital marketing world as a business can be a bit overwhelming, there’s information everywhere about every single method you can use. It can be impossible to decipher which strategy you should use and put the most effort into. 

Furthermore, because digital marketing is a fairly new industry, there’s many misconceptions floating around the internet and myths that poorly-optimised website owners have believed in for a long time. 

For this blog, we’ve decided we’ll dismantle some of the digital marketing myths we’ve heard, so you can avoid the mistake of believing them. 

I already have a website, I don’t need to do anything else.

So you’ve built a website for your business. Brilliant. That’s the biggest step already completed, but the hard work doesn’t stop there. For your website to start, or stay, ranking on search engines and not get lost in the depth of the world wide web, you must continuously update your website.

Google likes fresh content and is more likely to rank websites that regularly upload. The algorithms are constantly being updated by Google and therefore your website needs to be doing the same.

Investing in a well-designed website with quality content is an essential part of any business’s online strategy. It also provides customers with a convenient way to learn more about the business, contact them, and make purchases.

Also, utilising SEO is important for your website, as you can target keywords and try to rank for specific search terms that are popular at different times. 

SEO is dead.

Some marketers believe that SEO is no longer relevant, as Google and other search engines have become more sophisticated and less reliant on traditional SEO tactics. However, SEO is still very much alive and well.

The algorithms used by search engines are constantly changing, and so too are the tactics used to improve a website’s ranking. However, the principles of SEO remain the same: provide relevant, high-quality content, use keywords strategically, and build authoritative backlinks.

It’s important to stay up to date with the latest SEO best practices and to regularly audit and optimise your website’s content and technical elements to ensure it is search engine friendly.

Is content really that important?

Content is the central method in which you communicate with your audience, it’s how they learn about your business and decide whether they’ll purchase from or work with you, and having great content on your website means they’ll want to come back to you. 

Effective content works well with Google’s algorithms, as Google can tell when the information is relevant to the keywords you’re trying to rank highly with. 

Paid ads are more effective than organic reach.

Paid ads can be a valuable addition to a digital marketing strategy, but they are not more effective than organic reach.

While paid ads can provide immediate results, they can also be costly, and their effectiveness is limited to the duration of the campaign. On the other hand, organic reach can often be more valuable in terms of building trust and credibility with potential customers.

It takes time and effort to build a strong organic presence, but the long-term benefits can be substantial. A well-rounded digital marketing strategy should include a combination of both paid and organic tactics.

Digital marketing is only for online businesses.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. The majority of consumers research products on websites and on social media, to have a clearer idea of what they’re looking for, and then choose to go into stores to see the products in real-life. How many times have you had a look online before walking into the store and making your purchase in-person? 

Every business can benefit from digital marketing strategies, no matter how big or small. You can even use your website to specifically target the local areas to your business location. 

I need to join EVERY social media platform.

While it is important to have a social media presence, it’s also important to consider which social media platforms will serve your business well. 

For example, if your audience is mainly on Facebook and Instagram, then there’s no need to focus much of your marketing strategy on LinkedIn or Twitter. Utilise the social media platforms that will have the highest ROI (Return On Investment) for your business. 

More followers equals more success.

Many businesses and marketers believe that having a large number of followers on social media equates to success.

They often focus on increasing their follower count, rather than on engagement or conversions. However, the number of followers does not necessarily indicate the effectiveness of a digital marketing campaign.

A large following can be bought or artificially inflated, and does not necessarily translate to engagement or conversions.

Instead of focusing solely on follower count, businesses and marketers should focus on creating valuable and engaging content, building relationships with followers, and measuring metrics such as engagement rate and click-through rate to determine the success of their social media strategy.

Digital marketing doesn’t need to be a priority.

There have been many hard times over recent years, for people and businesses alike, and unfortunately, when businesses are going through a difficult phase, marketing is often the first thing they choose to stop funding. 

These periods of struggle would be when your business benefits from digital marketing strategies the most. Your websites, ads and social media posts all run in the background of the work that you do; blogs on your site can continue to rank and gain customers for years after you’ve posted them! Whilst doing an amazing job to make customers happy is understandably a priority, don’t forget to invest in your business too. 

Negative comments on social media are always bad.

Receiving negative comments on your social media isn’t going to be nice, however you can change the tone of the comment and respond to comments effectively. 

Let’s say someone left a negative review on a post about an experience with your business, you could give a friendly reply and offer to fix any issues they’ve had: “Hi [insert name]. We’re sorry to hear that our services didn’t meet your expectations. Please send us a private message so we can help to rectify your issue and improve your experience with us.”

This shows that your business cares about ensuring you leave your customers happy and that you’re willing to help remedy the situation if they aren’t 100% satisfied with your service, meaning customers won’t be afraid to get in touch with you.

Contact Chameleon Today.

We know that keeping on top of all this information can be a lot for a business owner, but that’s why we’re here! At Chameleon, we work as an extension to your team to consider all the options for you and recommend what we think would be best for your business’s digital marketing strategy.

Contact us to find out how we can make a difference to your business.

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