Ultimate Digital Marketing Terms Glossary 2023
The digital marketing industry is full of disorientating terminology. Abbreviations, acronyms and other tech-lingo can leave you scratching your head, with sentences like:
“Once we optimise the PPC campaign, the new copy and creative will increase our CTR by 2% resulting in a ROAS of 4x.”
Did you get any of that!? No?…
Well, fear not, the ultimate Digital Marketing Terms Glossary is here!
If you’re new to digital marketing, or if you just want to be able to communicate more efficiently with your digital marketing team or agency, then this article will be a goldmine of knowledge with over 40 definitions to help you sound like an expert.
We have compiled this list of the top terms we think all marketers and business owners should know.
These are broken into four sections:
- General Marketing Terms
- AI Marketing Terms
- Paid Social Terms
- Digital Marketing Tools
- Marketing Customer Segment Terms
1 – GENERAL MARKETING TERMS
Creative / Assets
The images / video / design created for an online ad.
Copy means ‘text’. It could include text / captions used in paid ads, or written content on a webpage or landing page including headings and paragraphs.
A tagline, slogan or angle that grabs attention, creates interest and makes an audience receptive to your message.
A free or discounted product or service of value given in exchange for people completing a call to action.
The tweaks made to an advertising campaign throughout its run period. These implementations aim to improve the performance of that ad based on analysed data and testing. This can include removing low-performing ads and re-distributing budgets to minimise any wasted ad spend.
There is no rule for how often campaigns should be optimised, these could happen daily, or less frequently to allow sufficient data to be collected before taking action.
Pay-Per-Click. This model of internet marketing calculates how much an advertiser will pay every time their ad is clicked. This covers platforms like Meta + Google.
Google Data Studio. The platform we use to collate statistics and data in one place in order to provide insights to clients. GDS recently rebranded to Google Looker Studio.
An action on a website that can be tracked e.g. Form Submission, Email Sign Up, Add to Cart. Events are tracked through Google Tag Manager and displayed in Google data Studio.
Looker (Google product)
A platform that allows you to visualise and make sense of your business data. It is a free tool that turns your data into informative, easy to read and fully customisable dashboards and reports.
Search Engine Optimisation. The process of raising your website and its links higher up in internet searches. This process is complex, and optimisations can made on the website itself (on site SEO), as well as building links and awareness to your site from elsewhere on the internet (off site SEO).
SEO will use specific words to include in your content that attract visitors to your page. These specific terms can also be utilised in Google Ads. Think concise words that summarise your product/brand that related audiences would search/ seek out.
Conversion Rate Optimisation. CRO marketing is the method of increasing the percentage of website visitors that take the desired action, or, to use marketing speak – ‘convert’. This can be achieved through testing two variations of your website to see which converts better.
A website bounce rate is the percentage of people who land on your website and leave without taking any action e.g. clicking a button, viewing another landing page etc. A high bounce rate is not necessarily a bad thing, and it is not a ranking factor for Google.
Call To Action. A CTA is a button, text link or copy that encourages users to take action.
For example: ‘Learn more today’ is a CTA encouraging users to take action by visiting a website.
Key Performance Indicator. The metrics we look at to evaluate if the Marketing Activity was successful or not.
For example: 20% uplift of landing page traffic within 3 months of campaign launch.
Testing 2 versions of the same element (headline, text, image) to see which performs better in the market
The page (generally NOT the homepage) that an ad click will direct to. It usually has a specific CTA and copy associated with the campaign: summer sale, open day registrations, etc. A great offer is important on landing pages.
A process used to create a sales lead. It can be a trial subscription, an ebook, checklist, sample or a free consultation, that is offered to someone in exchange for their email address or contact details.
2 – AI MARKETING TERMS
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The capability of a machine or computer program to learn, think, and make decisions similar to humans.
A type of AI that learns from data and then creates new, similar data. This is often used to generate text, images, and music that seem like a human could have created them.
Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs)
These are a type of AI model used in unsupervised machine learning where two neural networks compete with each other to generate new, synthetic realities, while improving both networks in the process.
A synthetic media in which a person’s likeness is swapped onto another’s using generative AI techniques, primarily GANs.
Machine Learning (ML)
A subset of AI that enables systems to learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed.
Deep Learning (DL)
A type of machine learning inspired by the structure of the human brain (neural networks), which allows machines to process large amounts of data and recognize patterns.
A computing model designed to mimic the human brain, used to process complex data.
Natural Language Processing (NLP)
The AI technique used to understand, interpret, and generate human language in a valuable way.
A computer program that simulates human conversation through voice commands, text chats, or both.
A question or instruction that guides the input for an AI model, particularly a language model.
3 – PAID SOCIAL CHANNELS
Meta is the umbrella name for platforms owned by Facebook (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp etc.)
Lookalike Audience is a feature on Meta that generates a list of users similar to an existing group. For example, you can generate a list of people that ‘look like’ your current page followers – these new users will have similar behaviours / demographics, etc.
The method of re-approaching target users that have engaged with your site or content in a specified time period.
The measurement of how many site visitors are undertaking your desired action. For instance, how many visitors process a sale vs. the number of visitors adding products to their cart.
Ad sets are the categories of ads that select how, when and where ads will run.
Ad set level is where you can choose audience characteristics such as location, gender and age.
Call-To-Action Button. The link prompt that directs you towards an action or destination.
For Example: Learn More. Download Now. Contact Us.
A snippet of code added to websites that allows for tracking of users website interactions. The meta pixel for example can track the user from the time they click on an Instagram or Facebook ad, through to when they checkout on your website, which helps track ROAS.
URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. It is the location of a specific website, page, or file on the internet.
An extension to a URL that allows us to track where visitors have come from. This extension is added in Meta so specific campaign + ad set origins can be identified.
How many individuals the Ad was delivered to.
How many times the ad was viewed in total. This number will often be higher than ‘Reach’ as Ads are often delivered and viewed more than once to a user.
Cost-per-click. For example; we achieved a $0.05 CPC means each user clicking on the Ad cost $0.05 to obtain.
Click-through-rate. The percentage of an audience that has clicked on the advertisement or emailed campaign.
Overall reach ÷ Clicks = CTR.
Cost per million impressions.
Cost per acquisition.
Cost per lead generated.
Customer acquisition cost.
Return on ad spend. Typically for eCommerce clients/ sites using a pixel to track the amount of revenue generated from an ad / campaign.
Where the ad will appear for Meta. These can be set manually or optimised automatically. Be aware different placements require specifically formatted content.
For example: News feed, Stories, Reels, Search page, Overlays, etc.
The number of times an account has seen a specific ad.
The phase of the lifespan of an ad in which the ad platform (Meta or Google) is still gathering data to make recommendations. Making edits while in this phase will only delay progress.
Using a form on Facebook to create a list of potential customers that would like to hear from you in the future.
4 – DIGITAL MARKETING TOOLS
Google Data Studio. Data Studio is a free Google tool that turns your data into informative, easy to read, easy to share, and fully customizable dashboards and reports.
Google Analytics.Google Analytics is a free web analytics tool offered by Google to help you analyze your website traffic.
Google Tag Manager. Tag Manager gives you the ability to add and update your own tags for conversion tracking, site analytics, remarketing, and more.
An easy way to roll out A/B testing for CRO (Conversion Rate Optimisation) on page without making permanent changes to site copy or design.
5 – MARKETING CUSTOMER SEGMENT TERMS
Business to business. Companies that sell to other businesses. For example; Google and Oracle are primarily B2B companies.
Business to Consumer. An adjective used to describe companies that sell directly to consumers. For example; Amazon, Apple + Nike are primarily B2C companies.
Top of the Funnel
Customers in the attention phase of a customer journey – this is where they are gaining awareness of your ad sets.
Middle of the Funnel
Customers in the interest phase of a customer journey – this is where they see your problem as a solution to their wants + needs.
Bottom of the Funnel
Customers who are familiar with your marketing activity – this is where they become paying customers.
There you go. All of the terms you need in one place.
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