Is Digital Marketing a right career choice?

We are in the mid of 2019 and sitting in my office in Australia –  I am researching the career opportunity for Digital Marketing professionals in Australia and the rest of the world.

The first question to come to my mind is – Are traditional methods of Marketing dead?

Over the years, from being an obscure field of study to a hot career choice – Digital Marketing has come a long way.

The growth of digital marketing as a career has been nothing less than phenomenal.

Scope of Digital Marketing as a Career

Last year, Digital marketing Job Market grew by 40%, which was way ahead of the growth witnessed in other job markets that were around 3 to 5%.

The predictions are that the job demand in marketing will grow by 10% in 2026. (source: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/e/What-Is-the-Job-Outlook-for-Careers-in-Digital-Marketing).

It is estimated that 150,000 jobs are expected in Digital Marketing by 2020.

In Australia, the Digital marketing coordinator role (the most in-demand job for digital marketers) will fetch you an average salary of 85K AUD/annum.

In 2018 – 58,600 people were employed as Digital Marketing Coordinators in Australia and by end of 2019, the number is expected to cross 70,900 which is good growth in terms of the number of opportunities being created in Digital Marketing. (source: https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/careers/marketing-and-events/digital-marketing-coordinator/outlook)

Undoubtedly, Digital marketing is one of the fastest-growing career paths in Australia and across the globe.

Digital Marketing Career Opportunities

Digital marketing opens the door to a wide array of opportunities.

You can select any of the following digital marketing career options:

  • Content Writing

    Considering the relevance of high-quality content, Content marketers are in high demand today. You get a chance to write blogs for your brand’s website or write content to post on other websites to help your organisation get backlinks.

Content Writers are responsible for creating excellent content for website, social media campaigns and guest postings. They are the backbone of any Digital Marketing Campaign.

If you are in love with writing engaging content, this is the right career option in Digital marketing for you.

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Experts

    SEO Experts are the professionals whose job is to take care of technicalities required to get your website on top of Search Engine Rankings.

They perform tasks such as on-page, off-page optimisation and are responsible for doing competitor research and generate reports from analytics and webmaster.

Sounds Geeky? Trust me; it is a fun field to be in.

And SEO as a profession now has two different roles: On page experts and link builders.

The on-page experts usually are more concerned with updating and improving the website to make it more “SEO” friendly.

The link builders, build links. They get you the best of links to make your website rank higher in Google. Both the profiles perform in parallel to improve rankings of the website.

  • Copywriting

    Copywriters are the experts in finding mistakes or giving a proper shape to the content written by content writers. Good command of fundamentals of Grammer, Vocabulary is required to be an excellent Copywriter.

  • Social Media Management

    The most searched and sought after line of work in Digital marketing is Social Media Marketing. In Social Media Marketing, your job is to produce engaging content which keeps your social media followers coming back to your page – time and again.

You also get to strategise and contribute new strategies and ideas to the brand’s social media campaign.

  • This Digital Marketing Career option allows you to work around Paid Campaigns on Google, Linkedin, Facebook and other platforms.

You start as a PPC executive who is supposed to get the best ROI on every PPC campaign for the client. If you are into numbers and insights, this is an excellent career option for you in Digital Marketing.

The Career Path of a Digital Marketing Professional follows a trajectory where the salary and designation changes as per experience. As per the market.

Here is the Digital Marketing Growth or Career path:

Years of Experience

RoleSalary
 0 to 1 YearExecutiveAs per Industry Standards
1 to 3 YearsSr. ExecutiveAs per Industry Standards
3 to 5 YearsTeam Lead/ Digital Marketing CoordinatorAs per Industry Standards
3 to 5 YearsDigital Marketing ManagerAs per Industry Standards
5 to 10 YearsHead, Digital MarketingAs per Industry Standards

How did Digital marketing become so popular?

The growth of the Internet and Social Media has made Digital Marketing popular.

Today we spend the majority of our time browsing content on the Internet and Social Media.

And Australians are leading the way with their growing usage of Internet and Social Media.

In January 2019, 5 hours 4 minute is the average daily time spent by Australians browsing the Internet. The fashion e-commerce industry has witnessed a 26% growth in Australia and from January 2018 to January 2019, Autralas’ active social media user base grew by 5.9% (source: https://wearesocial.com/au/blog/2019/02/digital-report-australia).

You cannot ignore the above statistics.

We are on the internet and are using the majority of our time on the internet to search, buy and browse

To tap us, companies need techniques which rely on the internet as a platform for promotion.

This is what makes Digital marketing so relevant in today’s era.

The scope of Digital Marketing is nothing less than magical.

40% is the current growth rate in the Digital Marketing Industry.

And the industry witnessed a 21% growth ($88 billion) in 2017 (source: https://www.iab.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/FY-2017-IAB-Internet-Advertising-Revenue-IAB-Webinar-Presentation-05-10-2018.pdf).

In 2018, an average company allocated 41% of their budget to online marketing. (source: https://www.webstrategiesinc.com/blog/how-much-budget-for-online-marketing-in-2014)

And the pace at which Digital Marketing is growing, it is estimated Internet advertising’s revenue will reach $260.4 billion by 2020 beating TV advertising, at a CAGR of 11.1 per cent.

The scope of Digital Marketing is growing because of the trust Companies have placed in this medium of advertisement and promotion.

No doubt, Digital Marketing is on the rise. And the growth of digital marketing has increased the demand for digital marketing professionals.

The growth of the Internet

2019 saw the internet population of the world grow to 4.39 billion users. The number is equivalent to 57% of world’s total population (7.7 billion).

The maximum number of internet users are in China (829 million users), followed by India, where the number of users stands at 569 million (source: https://www.internetworldstats.com/top20.htm).

The numbers mentioned above are astonishing. To make more sense of them for you.

Think of the number of users in terms of the population of countries.

3.4 billion users on the internet are equivalent to the total combined population of China, India and the United States.

I am confident, no brand in the world would want to miss an opportunity to tap this vast user base.

The power of the internet has led to business models being developed only on a web-based or internet-based model.

Take the example of Netflix. 50.85 million number of Netflix users are from the USA.

Over a period, these users have turned into paid customers and have helped Netflix clock revenue of $15.69 Billion in 2019.

How do you think a company like Netflix reaches its user base?

I know they spend a fortune on TV ads, but they also have a substantial amount of budget set aside for digital marketing.

The Growth of Social Media

Almost half of the world’s population is on one of the social media platforms.

Facebook today has 2.414 billion users (source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/264810/number-of-monthly-active-facebook-users-worldwide/).

The number is more than the combined population of India and the United States.

Facebook is a country, and when I say, it’s a country. I mean it. It’s a country with an annual GDP (turnover) of 27,638 million. The number is equivalent to the GDP of countries like Uganda, Paraguay & El Salvador.

And boy! It’s a country which is very profitable. Unlike, the bloated economy of many nations – Facebook, the social networking country is highly productive.

Other social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram have 328 million, 467 million,700 million users, respectively.

37% of the total internet population is active on social media, and 66% of these users access social media daily.

I hope I am not boring you with a “stats” filled blog.

The purpose here is to show you why digital marketing is relevant, which in turn leads to helping you decide digital marketing career.

With internet overtaking TV as the medium where we spend the majority of our time, we cannot ignore the internet anymore (According to We Are Social, the average individual spends only one hour and 58 minutes per day watching TV, compared to five hours and four minutes accessing the Internet from a PC or tablet each day.)

You have an enormous number of users on the internet, you know they are spending most of their time on the internet. As a marketer, what do you do to reach them?

This is where Digital Marketing comes into the picture, and this is what makes digital marketing so valuable.

You promote, advertise, sell your products or services on the Internet using digital marketing.

The Benefits of Digital Marketing are well documented in one of our previous blogs. You can read the blog to understand why digital marketing scores over conventional methods of marketing.

Why Choose Digital Marketing as a Career?

Since Digital Marketing is growing at a rapid pace, the demand for digital marketing professionals has seen a proportional growth.

The average salary paid to Digital Marketing professionals is quite high as per industry standards, and since the industry is becoming an extended arm of the marketing division of every company, there is going to be a surge in demand for digital marketing professionals, thereby leading to better salaries.

How Digital Marketing can help you

  • Starting a Job as a Digital Marketer

The digital marketers in our company never miss a chance to show Facebook, Twitter screens to our development team whenever they are running a campaign (which is almost from morning to evening).

Guess what; they flaunt the fact they get paid to sit on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. So, while the technical team is slogging with code, these guys are calmly working on Fb and getting paid for being in a profession which others use as a “hobby” option.

Being a Digital Marketer helps you to be a part of an industry where creativity, innovation, out of box thinking are not luxuries but a part of the job.

The company expects you to think of innovative ways to promote the content or think of out of box ideas to make satisfying, user engaging content.

Digital marketing is a career worth getting into.

  • Using Digital Marketing to become an Entrepreneur

Digital Marketing can help you to be an Entrepreneur. You can learn to be an affiliate marketer, earning money to sell products of others or run an eCommerce store or be a digital marketing freelancer.

You can also earn by sitting at home.

Also, you do not need an astronomical budget to start a digital marketing agency.

All it takes is a laptop, decent internet connection and knowledge of digital marketing to start an agency. (I am assuming you already have a roof over your head. Use it to good use by starting a company from your bedroom or living room )

  • Digital Marketing as an add-on skill set

Learning Digital Marketing does not confine you to starting a career as a digital marketing professional.

Digital marketing also helps professionals from other job industry.

“As per Mckinsey, 90% of marketing roles required some digital marketing experience or analytical skills.”

As you can notice, digital marketing helped Marketers who are not mainly digital marketers with their career.

The usage of digital marketing is widespread. Today, recruiters are using social media as a platform to hire the best from across the globe. Developers are leveraging the power of internet to share their ideas by writing blogs.

In fact, everything we do on the internet can be efficiently done once we know about Digital marketing.

Digital marketing is a skill set which invariably helps everyone who is on the internet in using the power of the internet to their advantage by learning to create, promote effectively.

To learn digital marketing, you can join any of the online or offline digital marketing course offered by different agencies.

  • Decide whether you want an offline course or an online course: Both the courses are like chalk and cheese in terms of how the courses are given. Offline courses are the ones where you have time to go to class and learn Digital Marketing dedicatedly sitting in a class over the weekend or standard working days.
  • While online courses are entirely based on the web. You will either get live classes or recorded class videos in online courses.
  • Search for an institute which offers more hands-on learning than theoretical learning. I have personally learned digital marketing by trying everything I read on the internet.
  • I highly recommend the approach of hands-on learning to everyone. Do not select a course where the weightage is on theoretical knowledge. (you can easily buy a digital marketing book to read the theory, and it would not even cost you a fortune). Why waste money only learning the theory?
  • The experience of faculty is a crucial factor when you decide to select a course. I usually believe in seeing live examples of past work if I should learn from someone. The same holds true for you.
  • Do not get bedazzled by the history of institutes. There are a lot of institutes which are sitting idly on their past laurels. You need an excellent instructor to learn about digital marketing. Consider yourself unlucky, if a right course with a fantastic reputation gives you a low-grade instructor. All your money will go down the drain.
  • Ask about the Flexibility, of course. What if you missed a few classes? Does the course provide an online recording of the missed classes? Or can you repeat a few lessons?

Clear your doubts before you decide to take a digital marketing course.

I have met so many students who have spent a fortune (since they haven’t started earning anything, any amount is a fortune for them) in taking digital marketing courses and their knowledge level is all theoretical.

Some of them have also cleared Google, FB certifications only to go blank when they are asked questions about them.

I would recommend you do your research well before deciding to take the wrong course.

Wrong or right course will be the difference in between your success or failure as a Digital Marketer.

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