Digital marketing

Digital marketing helps businesses and brands reach potential customers through online channels.

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What is digital marketing?

Digital marketing is a way for businesses and brands to connect with potential customers through online channels. Channels may include websites, organic social media, paid social, search engine marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing, digital advertising, and more.

Why is digital marketing important?

Digital marketing helps build brand awareness and drive product sales with new or existing audiences. An important aspect of digital marketing is how marketers can focus their efforts to reach specific audiences, compared to traditional marketing, which reaches wider audiences.

Digital marketing can be accessible for brands and businesses, with any marketing budget or team size.

How does digital marketing work?

Businesses can take the time to build out a long-term digital strategy or get started immediately, by setting up a digital marketing campaign. Either approach allows for tailoring messaging to audiences, testing different creative assets, and optimizing content based on the results of digital marketing efforts. The ability to customize and adapt digital marketing can benefit businesses in any industry.

Types of digital marketing

There are various types of digital marketing, including, but not limited to: video marketing, display advertising, email marketing, and social media. These types of digital marketing can be a part of an overall digital strategy, or can be used individually based on the needs of a business.

Video marketing

Video marketing is a visual type of content that can help promote a product, brand, or service. Videos can be short-form promotional content for channels like social media, Sponsored Brands video ads, and Sponsored Display video ads, or long-form videos, such as webinars or educational videos on a website.

Audio marketing

Audio marketing features music, podcasts, and other audio content to help promote products, brands, and more. This type of marketing can help reach customers in relevant ways, based on their interests in music, podcasts, and more.

Interactive marketing

Interactive marketing is a two-way interaction for customers and brands. Brands can engage potential customers in interactive channels, including social media, infographics, email, social media, and livestreaming.

Display advertising

Display advertising features ads with copy, visual elements, and call-to-action messaging with a link to a landing-page destination. Display ads are cost-effective, flexible, and complementary to other channels. Two examples of Amazon Ads products with display ads include Sponsored Display and Amazon DSP.

Search engine marketing

Search engine marketing, also called paid search, helps surface brands and content in search engine results through a pay-per-click model, which is different from SEO.

Search engine optimization (SEO)

SEO helps search engines understand and surface content in their search results pages. Brands can help their content be discovered by organizing and optimizing their websites to help their rankings. SEO is an important channel for any business with a website, as it’s a cost-effective way to reach potential customers who are researching products and brands online.

Email marketing

Email marketing is a direct channel to reach potential and existing customers with written content. Email is a versatile channel that can highlight storytelling about a brand and support sales efforts, such as product launches and seasonal holiday moments.

Content marketing

Content marketing focuses on the art of storytelling to engage customers across channels. This can come in the form of written copy, blog posts, videos, or social media posts.

Pay-per-click advertising

Pay-per-click (PPC) ads have a cost associated with each click. This model, which includes Sponsored Products, is used across search engines.

Programmatic advertising

Programmatic advertising uses advertising technology to buy and sell digital ads through automated and effective processes. This type of advertising uses advertiser-defined parameters to buy digital ad inventory across the web, mobile, apps, social media, and more channels.

Brand marketing

Brand marketing showcases the brand as a whole and is key in building relationships with customers, which helps add to the brand’s value over time.

Inbound marketing

Inbound marketing creates useful content and messaging that directly addresses the needs of customers, which can help drive new business and create relationships.

Native advertising

Native advertising features ads that align with the user experience and design of the channel or website. These ads look similar to other content featured on the pages.

Advantages and disadvantages of digital marketing

A few of the advantages of digital marketing include:

  • An ability to reach specific audiences
  • A cost-effective solution with any budget
  • Capabilities to measure results and adjust digital marketing based on the results

A few disadvantages of digital marketing include:

  • A reliance on technology
  • An always-evolving industry
  • A competitive landscape

How to create a digital marketing strategy

To create an effective digital marketing strategy, it’s essential to understand the needs of customers, what content is helpful for them, and which channels they prefer. The following steps can help you build customer personas, establish goals, and identify any gaps in a digital marketing strategy.

1. Analyze current marketing strategy and conduct industry research

First, determine how an existing digital marketing strategy is resonating with customers and identify any industry-specific marketing trends. This can find any marketing gaps and what customers may be experiencing. If a brand doesn’t have a digital marketing strategy, it’s never too late to create one.

2. Build customer personas to align with your products and brand

Personas keep the customer at the center of any strategy, which can help keep a brand focused. To create a buyer persona, consider: Who is the customer? What are key characteristics of the customers? Do they live in a specific region? What drives their buying decisions? It’s important to give them a name and an image, so that each person in the company knows their customer.

When building personas, start with a primary customer persona, who represents the main audience. Then, there’s the option to create one or two additional personas, which can focus on emerging audiences for the business. For larger businesses, there may be even more personas.

3. Establish digital marketing goals and objectives

Businesses should set long-term goals and identify how digital marketing can help support the goals. As an additional step, businesses should determine objectives, which are short-term goals that can be easily tracked, while working toward the long-term goals.

4. Choose channels and tactic4s

When selecting channels and tactics, a business should consider where their current customers are and where potential customers could be. It’s critical to meet customers where they are and to focus any resources on those channels.

5. Identify gaps in marketing assets and creative

Digital marketing requires different types of assets including images, written content, and videos. Businesses need to understand what existing marketing assets they have and what they’ll need to help promote their products and brand.

6. Create content and channel execution

After determining channels and any content gaps, it’s time to create content. This part can take time, so consider ways to use content across multiple channels, and customize it to different audiences and formats. Once the content is created, it’ll be ready to be shared with customers on relevant channels.

7. Track metrics and continue to optimize content

The final part of a digital marketing strategy is to test and track the KPIs and metrics of any content and channel performance. This will help brands and businesses determine how impactful their digital marketing strategy is and how they need to adjust it moving forward.

Examples of digital marketing


Bro Glo is on a mission to help build the confidence of their customers, with a line of self-tanner products designed for men. Tom Phillips, Bro Glo co-founder, shares how they built a marketing strategy with an initial focus on social media marketing, and expanded it to Amazon Ads to help reach new potential shoppers. He also highlights how they test and learn with Sponsored Products, complement an advertising strategy with Sponsored Brands, and how they adjust their ads to help achieve campaign results.

Bro Glo


Caffè Vergnano is a family-run company and one of Italy’s oldest coffee roasteries, founded in 1882. Carolina Vergnano, the brand’s CEO , highlights how the team has found the right blend of maintaining Brand Stores, along with leveraging Sponsored Products and Sponsored Brands campaigns to help the brand expand across Europe.

Coffee roaster Caffè


For more than four decades, Martha Stewart has shared her expertise on all things home and lifestyle, building a brand that is synonymous with style, grace, and good living. In February 2023, the company created the “World of Martha,” a carefully curated Amazon storefront. The team shares how they use Brand Stores and Sponsored Brands to help reach more shoppers.

Martha Stewart

Digital marketing solutions with Amazon Ads

  • Sponsored Products are cost-per-click ads that promote individual product listings on Amazon and select premium apps and websites. These ads help you promote your products, increase sales, and improve your brand visibility.
  • Sponsored Brands ads promote discovery and consideration of brands by using static and video brand creatives in the shopper journey, helping drive traffic to your Brand Store or product detail page.
  • Sponsored Display ads designed for all businesses, whether or not they sell on the Amazon store. Using machine learning and multi-format creatives, Sponsored Display helps businesses reach customers wherever they spend time, across the Amazon store, plus thousands of apps and websites.
  • Sponsored TV is a video solution that includes channels like Prime Video and live sports, and online video, inclusive of Amazon-affiliated sites like Twitch and top third-party publishers.
  • Streaming TV is full-screen, non-skippable video ads appear before, during, or after video content like TV shows, movies, and live entertainment across connected TV, mobile, and desktop. They can appear on Prime Video, Twitch, live sports, Fire TV Channels, and top third-party TV publishers and broadcasters.
  • Posts enables brands to nurture new customer connections, keep their brand top of mind, and grow a brand following through the use of engaging product images, videos, and effective content.
  • Brand Stores allow businesses to showcase their brand and products in a multipage, immersive shopping experience for shoppers to explore.

When determining a digital marketing strategy with Amazon Ads products, it’s important to consider business goals and audiences, and which products may help align with that. As an example, if a business wants to help promote their products and drive brand awareness, then they may use a combination of Sponsored Products and Sponsored Brands ads to help reach their goals. While if they’re only looking to help increase their product visibility, they may only select Sponsored Products ads for their strategy.

Free digital marketing courses and certifications on Amazon

Amazon Ads offers a variety of courses and certifications that can help marketers build foundations to help them build strategies and run advertising campaigns. Businesses can focus on one specific area or learn across all of Amazon Ads products.

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Explore topics across sponsored ads and strategies to help brand owners engage shoppers at each stage of the customer journey.

Learn general knowledge of Amazon Ads solutions, with an emphasis on display advertising.

Help gain proficiency in Amazon’s sponsored ads options, like Sponsored Products and Sponsored Brands, with emphasis on retail readiness, sponsored ads strategy, and campaign optimization.


What does a digital marketer do?

A digital marketer covers many different focus areas including content creation, channel marketing, research, and analytics.

How do I become a digital marketer?

Digital marketing is always evolving, but here are four types of resources that can help advertisers stay updated on digital marketing:

  • Blogs and websites: They share key information about digital marketing, channel updates, and how to improve skills.
  • Channel-specific trainings: These can usually be found on the websites of the different channels or software companies. As an example, if a digital marketer wants to use an email marketing software, that company may offer training specific to using their tool.
  • Conferences: These events are hosted at a regular cadence for digital marketing, content marketing, and other focus areas within digital marketing. Conferences can give the opportunity for a digital marketer to network, learn new skills, and take focused workshops on areas they want to explore further.
  • Courses and certificates: Educational opportunities are typically offered at local universities, colleges, or online.
What is the difference between digital marketing and inbound marketing?

Inbound marketing is a digital marketing tactic that focuses on connecting customers with content that directly addresses their needs.

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