How to Boost Your Digital Marketing Productivity

Are you struggling with marketing productivity?

If you are a digital marketer, then you must often feel like a
juggler. 

There’s just so much to do on so many different channels
and….

….keeping all those balls in the air can make you feel
exhausted. 

marketing productivity

I know that we all spend hours of our working days logging in
and out of different tools that help us manage, track, and analyze
our marketing efforts. 

I also know that suggesting more tools to fight the exhaustion
and improve productivity of your digital marketing may sound
counterintuitive. 

But, guess what?

That’s exactly what I’m going to suggest! 

There’s a chance that you’re not using all the right tools,
or at least some of them that can help you work smarter. 

So without further ado, let’s go over a few tools and
technical tips that can help increase your digital marketing
productivity. 

1.Editorial Calendar Tool 

So much of our work as marketers revolves around creating,
distributing and promoting content.

In all its different types and formats, content fuels the engine
of digital marketing. 

But…. this comes with a set of challenges:

How do you publish quality content that helps you achieve your
business goals while being mindful to the needs of your
audience?

…..And how do you do this on a regular basis across channels
and platforms?

You’ve guessed it.

You need to put it in a calendar to plan, assign the production,
and schedule out all the content, ideally at least a couple of
months in advance. 

Setting everything up may take a bit of time that you feel like
you don’t have. But this time investment will save you so much
time and effort down the line that it’s well worth it! 

I use Asana which allows us to create a board with tasks grouped
by the stage of the content creation process.

Our stages are as follows:

  • Ideas – We have an idea for content but not sure if we’ll
    write it yet.
  • Content creation – We have decided to create a piece of
    content so it’s moved from the idea stage to production
    stage.
  • Video editing – If there’s a video associated with content,
    some editing is required.
  • Imagery – We will need to add imagery to an article or a
    guide. We have someone who is responsible for this.
  • Optimization and Distribution – When we finalize the content,
    it is then optimized for SEO and distributed across social
    media.

Here’s an example of how this looks in Asana:

Asana

There are many other
editorial calendar tools
such as Coschedule, Divvy, Trello,
etc. The important thing is that you use one!

2. Use a Social Management Tool to Improve your Marketing
Productivity

I am certain that most marketers would agree on this one –
social media marketing drains so much time and energy if not
properly managed. 

There’s scheduling, monitoring, engagement, analytics…

Unless you have a tool that can do all that, and automate most
of it, your productivity in more critical digital marketing tasks
will suffer. 

I am all for trying out different tools and maybe even taking
bits and pieces of a few different tools to accommodate the process
I’ve established.

However, if you can find one tool that brings all the key
functionality and for all major social media channels under one
roof, then that’s the way to go. 

For me and my team, that tool is Agorapulse.

Agorapulse QueueAgorapulse queue

This social media management tool enables you to plan, schedule,
and publish all your content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,
LinkedIn and YouTube. 

It makes everything so much more streamlined and leaves room for
you to properly analyze what’s working or not working.

You also get detailed reports that you can download and
customize for reporting.

You can learn more about this tool in our Agorapulse
review
.

3. Invest in an SEO tool(s) 

SEO takes a lot of work, there’s no doubt about it.

And if you don’t invest in an SEO tool you could end up
driving much less traffic to your content than you could.

A relatively small investment in an SEO tool should generate you
more revenue than you spend on it!

  • Use keyword research tools, like KWFinder, to find the best long tail
    keywords to target with your content.
  • Analyze your competition with a tool like SEMRush to get a quick understanding of how competing
    websites in your industry perform in terms of SEO.  
  • Analyze your website’s link profile with a tool like Ahrefs, or check competitor link profile
    for ideas on where to get high quality inbound links from. 

Try out some of the above tools and you’ll see how valuable
they are.

4. Create a project plan

If you’re not clear about where you’re going how are you
going to know when you get there?

A project plan is a list of all the tasks and milestones
associated with a project and is usually displayed in a project
management tool.

It is a great way of planning out your tasks, tracking the
status of the project, and making sure you’re not falling
behind.

Like a true digital
project manager
, you’ll create a plan that includes:

  • Project Goals (your digital marketing goals)
  • Budget 
  • Team members 
  • Tasks 
  • Deliverables
  • Milestones
  • Timeline 

With this level of planning, you’ll send your digital
marketing productivity through the roof. 

Asana is a great task management tool and they recently released
a project management component but I thought it was pretty
poor!

But… there is a tool called Instagantt which you can add on to
Asana and it is pretty useful. These two tools combined make for a
great project management tool.

Here’s an example of the layout of the ‘Gantt chart’
within Instagantt with all
tasks connected to Asana.

Instagantt5. Get a team
management tool 

We have a small team so Asana meets a lot of our needs together
with Google Drive, Slack and a couple of other tools.

But as a bigger organization, you may want to invest in a team
management tool which allows you to share tasks, documents,
advanced workflows and much more.

Here are some tools to consider:

  • Wrike
  • Teamwork
  • Podio
  • Workfront

It takes a bit of time to find and deploy the right tool but
once set up it can certainly help a lot with productivity.

6. Track results 

Tracking results is the most important thing you can do with
Digital Marketing if you want to be productive.

You need to know if you are working on the right things!

Imagine running a campaign which involved:

  • Facebook Ads
  • LinkedIn Ads
  • Facebook Posts
  • Blog content
  • Video interviews
  • etc.

Which of these worked for you? What drove visitors your website?
What generated inquiries and sales?

One way of tracking all this is setting up UTM
tracking
which is basically just a tagging system where you add
additional information to any URL you share so that you can clearly
identify what happened after you shared it.

This is the only way to know which specific links drove the
traffic to your website.

The best thing about link tracking?
It’s so easy to do! You can create URLs with UTM parameters/tags
in a few steps using Google’s
Campaign URL Builder
. It’s a completely free tool that will
enable you to track the performance of links in Google
Analytics. 

Tracking performance helps you focus on what works which means
better productivity!

7. Implement Agile practices 

When a software startup I was involved in got acquired I ended
up working with a large company and moving quickly was not
possible.

We released one piece of software a year but by the time we
released the software the customers needed something else.

That’s the opposite to Agile.

Agile is all about moving quickly.

You try something, produce results, change your approach, and
improve your results in a matter of days, not months.

Agile marketing needs a different mindset. It’s a fast-moving
mindset that focuses on results and definitely improves
productivity.

So check out some of the principles of Agile
Marketing
and consider it for your organization.

8. Marketing automation

In digital marketing, automation is the word of the day.
Everyone is trying to offload as much of the manual and repetitive
work as possible to different tools and have their ‘marketing
machine’ run on its own. That is the dream! 

Marketers use Automation tools to increase productivity of their
digital marketing and improve their results in all areas,
especially in generating more and better quality leads. These tools
can help you target prospects with greater precision, improve
engagement, drive better quality leads, and consequently increase
revenue. 

When it comes to marketing
automation
, the market is so saturated that it’s difficult to
make the right choice. Knowing exactly what you’re looking for in
terms of functionality and what you’re willing to pay will be a
good starting point. 

Depending on the size of your business and your specific
demands, you can look at more basic solutions aimed at SMBs like
HubSpot and InfusionSoft or go for complex automation platforms
targeted towards enterprise customers like Ontraport or
Marketo. 

9. Outsource 

As a marketer, you’re probably used to multitasking and being
on top of everything. But if you don’t have enough people on your
team to delegate some of the workload, your digital marketing
productivity will suffer. 

So, instead of trying to do everything on your own to keep a
sense of control, why not offload some of the work to a freelancer
or an agency that specializes in the area you’re struggling
with? 

Working with the right external partner will help you move
through project tasks much faster without impacting the quality of
work. 

We typically use Upwork to
find great people around the world.

The trick with Upwork, or similar platforms, is to give someone
a small job to see how they perform before you give them a big
job!

Takeaways 

If you want to make the most of your digital marketing efforts,
invest in the right tools and processes that will help you achieve
your goals more easily. 

Are you going to give any of the above tools a try? Do you use
any other tools to increase your digital marketing productivity?
Let us know in the comments!

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