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EP 411 Digital Marketing For Beginners Social Media Marketing


In this episode, host Tracy Brinkmann discusses the importance of social media for digital entrepreneurs. He highlights the billions of users worldwide, providing unique opportunities to reach target audiences, build brand awareness, and drive engagement. Tracy offers tips and strategies for creating engaging content, building a following, and measuring results.

Tracy emphasizes the crucial role social media marketing plays in a successful digital marketing strategy and provides helpful insights for beginners. Overall, the conversation aims to help entrepreneurs, coaches, and course creators build a business online by leveraging the power of social media.

Tracy discusses the importance of social media marketing in a digital marketing strategy. He advises listeners to choose the right platforms based on their target audience and the type of content they need to create, and to create engaging content that adds value to their audience. Leveraging the power of influencers is another key point, as it can help businesses reach new audiences and drive traffic to their website. Paid social media advertising is also recommended as an effective way to generate leads and sales, and engaging with the audience is essential for building a loyal following. The host emphasizes the importance of measuring the results of social media marketing campaigns and making adjustments as needed. By implementing a strategic approach that includes these key points, businesses can create a powerful social media strategy that promotes their brand and drives engagement. 


Choosing the right social media platform is essential for reaching a target audience and promoting a brand effectively. Factors to consider when selecting a platform include the target audience, type of content, business goals, and competition. Different platforms attract different age groups, demographics, and interests. Instagram is popular amongst younger audiences, while LinkedIn is popular amongst more professional folks. Certain platforms are more visually focused on images and videos, while others are more text-based. Businesses should also consider their competition when it comes to choosing social media platforms. Facebook is great for building a loyal following and promoting a brand through targeted ads, while Instagram is ideal for showcasing products or services through images and videos. Ultimately, picking the right platform for a business’s target audience will make building an audience a whole lot easier.


The importance of choosing the right social media platform and creating engaging content for businesses was discussed in a recent podcast. Twitter was identified as a more tech-savvy platform, popular among professionals and journalists, while LinkedIn is a professional networking platform used by job seekers and sales professionals to promote their brand. Choosing the right platform can be critical to reaching the target audience and achieving business goals. It is also important to consider the type of content that the target audience wants to see and ensure that it is engaging to drive engagement on social media. Once engagement is established, more people will be exposed to the content. The speakers emphasized that while TikTok is a popular platform, it may not be the best choice for all businesses, and it is important to consider the target audience and their reasons for using a particular platform. Overall, businesses can benefit from considering their target audience, the type of content they want to create, and their competition when choosing the right social media platform and creating engaging content.

By choosing the right platforms, by creating engaging content, by leveraging the power of influencers, by using paid advertising, by engaging with your audience and measuring your results, you can create a successful social media campaign that will drive engagement, promote your brand, and drive up sales we all want. At the end of the day, of course it is. But wait, don’t leave me just yet. In our next episode, we’re going to be discussing the importance of SEO yeah. Search engine optimization.

Now, a B and test involves having two versions of a campaign and testing them against each other to determine which one of the two performs better, right? This can include testing different ad formats, different headlines, different call to actions. Some folks call them Ctas and determine which one is the best. And once you have figure out which one’s the best, then you make that one your primary. And then you add another one. And then you change one thing.

Okay? So before launching any digital marketing campaign of any type, it’s important to set clear Achievable goals and objectives. Now, whether you’re looking to generate leads, whether you’re looking to increase sales, whether you’re looking to build your following, build your email list, or drive more traffic to your website, have a clear goal in mind. This is going to help you determine the best approach in your campaign.. Grab your analytics tools. Make sure they’re set up. Maybe it’s Google Analytics. Maybe it’s Facebook Insights. Twitter analytics. All of these can help you drive, track what’s going on, track your website traffic, track your engagement rates, or any other key metrics that you need to monitor to reach the goal that you’ve set right. Use any of these tools. Use all of these tools to monitor the success of your campaign.

Respond. Yeah. When they leave a comment, respond. Right. When they message you and messenger respond. Responding to comments and messages on social media is essential for showing your audience that you give a damn. Right. That you value their feedback and their opinions. Respond as promptly as possible and as thoughtfully as possible to the comments and the messages. Right? That’s don’t just copy and paste bullshit. How does that not aim to provide helpful information and helpful and heart centered responses?

And then finally, and I’ve done this one before, brand ambassadors. Now, brand ambassadors are the influencers who kind of represent the brand on an ongoing basis. They attend events, they participate in product launches, they help create content on your behalf for your brand, or they act almost as this spokesperson of the brand. You see a lot of that out there, folks wearing other folks’gear and what have you. That helps show that influencer marketing is a powerful way to reach new audiences and promote your brand on social media. By choosing the right influencers and collaborating on content using and remember to use those micro influencers too. Don’t always have to be the big guys. Measure results and build those relationships. You can create a super successful influencer campaign, drive engagement, and promote your brand. Now, we got two more here, right?

Again, some of the metrics you want to look at are engagement rates, follower growth and website traffic to determine whether or not these folks are working or not. And then finally build relationships. Man, a relationship is going to build your sales a lot faster than anything else. So build relationships with influencers to create a long term success. Engaging with influencers by liking and commenting on their posts, sharing their content, and then inviting them into events or product launches that you have going on.



When choosing influencers, it’s really important to consider their audience, their engagement rate, and their alignment with your brands. Looking for influencers that have a genuine connection with their audience and aligned with your brand’s value. And messaging is something you really want to look for. Before you say, hey, do you want to partner together with something because you might be getting folks into your following that really just end up being dead weight and end up leaving later on. Collaborate on Content collaborating with influencers on content is a great way to showcase your products and your services and again reach those new audiences. This could include some sponsored posts, some sponsored videos or stories that showcase your brands or products.

There you go. And give folks a behind the scene peak. Use that in your content. Behind the scenes content gives your audience kind of this peek behind the curtain into your brand, into your mind, into your world. This is a great way to showcase your personality, your brand’s personality, and really connect with your audience on a whole nother level. All right, so what are we talking about? Creating this engaging content again, is essential for building your following, driving your engagement on social media. So by knowing your audience and using visuals, keeping it short and sweet, providing value, using storytelling, and being consistent, you can create content that resonates with your audience that will help you drive that engagement.


This includes providing tips, providing advice, giving industry insights, showcasing your customers success stories, showcasing their problems, showcasing some potential solutions, showcasing that, you know what, the pain points that they’re having out there. And here’s some ways to solve it. Give them the farm. Give it all away for free. Here’s the thing. If you give it all away for free, 99.8% of the people are not going to take action.. They’re going to need you to step in and help them. It’s just facts and tell you what it is. Now, there is a small percentage of folks that will take your advice and integrate it into their life and go, oh, my God, it worked. Thank you so much. Which almost provide you with proof, social proof right there. Use storytelling. Storytelling is a powerful way to connect with your audience and create this emotional content, right? This emotional connection with them. They’re like, even if they don’t relate directly to the story, I’m leaning into the microphone so you’ll hear me better.


Talk about Facebook. With their 2.8 billion active monthly users, facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms out there. It’s a great platform for businesses that want to build a loyal following and promote their brand more often through targeted ads. Right? Again, they don’t have to be very expensive. We can talk Instagram, as I mentioned earlier, very visual platform, popular amongst a younger crowd, and I say younger than me. You can see the gray beard here, right? It’s a great platform for businesses that want to showcase their products or services through images and videos.


[0:00:00] “Maximizing Social Media for Your Business: Tips and Strategies for Creating Engaging Content and Measuring Results”
[0:02:58] “Maximizing Your Social Media Marketing Strategy: Key Points to Consider”
[0:07:17] Choosing the Right Social Media Platforms for Your Business: Factors to Consider and Examples
[0:11:24] Choosing the Right Social Media Platform and Creating Engaging Content for Business Success
[0:13:21] Tips for Creating Content that Resonates with Your Audience: A Conversation with a Professional Writer
[0:15:23] Tips for Creating Engaging Content: A Conversation with Joe Graham
[0:19:04] Tips for Creating Engaging Content and Leveraging Influencer Marketing on Social Media
[0:20:33] Tips for Successful Influencer Marketing and Paid Advertising on Social Media
[0:26:10] Steps to Follow for a Successful Paid Advertising Campaign
[0:28:16] Tips for Creating and Measuring the Effectiveness of Paid Advertising Campaigns and Engaging with Your Audience
[0:29:55] Tips for Engaging with Your Audience on Social Media
[0:33:25] Tips for Effective Social Media Marketing and Measuring Results
[0:35:27] Tips for Monitoring and Improving the Success of Your Marketing Campaigns
[0:36:56] Podcast Episode: Leveraging the Power of Social Media Marketing for Business Growth


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EP 410 Digital Marketing For Beginners Digital Marketing Strategy


Strategize Your Digital Marketing: Define Goals, Identify Your Audience, and Create Powerful Content.


In this digital marketing tutorial, the host explains how to create a strategy that works. It is essential for businesses to have a plan in place to make the most of their marketing efforts. The host explains that a strategy should involve creating a plan to use tactics to reach business and marketing goals. Furthermore, the host explains that it is important to understand technology and take action to ensure success. The host also mentions that listening to the Dark Horse Entrepreneur podcast can help entrepreneurs, coaches, and course creators overcome overwhelmed feelings, procrastination, and imposter syndrome. Finally, the host emphasizes that setting up a digital marketing strategy is crucial for businesses to succeed in today’s digital landscape.


The conversation discussed five key components of a successful digital marketing strategy. The first step is defining goals, such as increasing website traffic, generating leads, and driving sales. The second step is identifying the target audience, which includes understanding their pain points and what kind of content they find valuable. The third step is choosing digital marketing tactics, such as social media marketing, SEO, email marketing, PPC advertising, and content marketing. The fourth step is developing a content strategy, which should be valuable, relevant, and engaging for the target audience. The fifth and final step is creating a plan to execute the strategy.


This conversation discusses the key elements of a successful digital media strategy. It begins by outlining the four essential steps: setting goals, identifying target audiences, determining tactics, and creating content. The speaker then provides two examples of successful campaigns to illustrate these concepts. Nike’s Just Do It campaign inspired people to be active, resulting in a 6% increase in sales. Dollar Shave Club’s viral video went viral on social media and drove a significant amount of traffic to their website, resulting in a 600% increase in sales. Together, these examples demonstrate the effectiveness of a well-planned digital media strategy.


Setting up an effective digital marketing strategy is essential for businesses looking to succeed. The key steps in creating a successful strategy include defining goals, identifying target audiences, choosing tactics, developing content strategies, and creating a plan of execution.  Zig Ziglar used the metaphor of an archery range to emphasize the importance of having a clear target in mind. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound and should align with overall business objectives. It is also essential to prioritize goals, taking into account resources, time frames, and potential returns. Finally, progress needs to be tracked with adjustments made as needed.



0:00:00   Creating a Digital Marketing Strategy: Key Components and Examples

0:02:34   Exploring the Key Components of a Successful Digital Marketing Strategy

0:05:30   Creating a Successful Digital Media Strategy

0:07:23   Creating an Effective Digital Marketing Strategy: Defining Goals, Prioritizing, and Tracking Progress

0:11:02   “Creating a Digital Marketing Strategy: Setting Goals and Identifying Your Target Audience”

0:13:20   Creating a Buyer Persona: Steps to Identify Your Target Audience

0:15:34   “Targeting Your Audience: Strategies for Identifying and Engaging Your Ideal Customers”

0:16:41   Digital Marketing Strategies: Identifying Your Target Audience and Choosing the Right Tactics

0:20:09   Digital Marketing for Beginners: An Overview of Essential Strategies

0:22:00   Creating an Effective Digital Marketing Strategy: Planning for Execution

0:26:35   Creating a Plan of Execution: Building a Timeline, Allocating Resources, Setting a Budget, and Establishing KPIs

0:29:02   “Monitoring and Adjusting Your Marketing Strategy for Optimal Results”

0:30:57   Episode 410: Creating a Digital Marketing Plan for Success



We have made it all the way through. Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen. Yeah. Now you have the tools to set up a digital marketing strategy that will help you achieve your goals. By defining your goal, identifying your target audience, choosing the right digital marketing tactics for that audience, developing a content strategy, and creating a plan of execution, you, my friend, will have created a roadmap for success in the digital landscape. But a journey is not over. Oh, no, it is not over yet.


Look, when you create a plan for execution, it’s important to prioritize your marketing tactics and allocate your resources, both financial and time bound. Effectively, you’re going to need to adjust your plans as you go, depending on your results. Any results you’re seeing are going to tell you, go this way because that way is not working. Or maybe that’s not working. You’re like, I want to go that way, so I’ve got to get that way to work. You’ve got to figure it out. You have to adjust and see, based on what you’re seeing, the feedback you’re getting from your audience. Overall, creating a plan for execution is yet another crucial piece of achieving your business goals through digital marketing. By developing a timeline, allocating your resources, creating a budget, setting KPIs, and monitoring your results, you can create a roadmap to success in the digital landscape. All right, there we go.


Well there’s a turnaround time with that. It’s not instantaneous, right? So you’ve got to plan that all in. That leads to the next one, which is create a budget. And really all a budget is the financial version of creating your timeline, right? Because you got to budget your time. Now you’re going to budget your money. The budget is going to help you allocate resources effectively and efficiently to ensure that you have the funds that you need to execute your marketing tactics. You’ve all planned out.


By defining your objectives, by identifying your target audience, right? That target you need to see at first, choosing your content types and creating a content calendar and measuring your results. You can create content that resonates with your audience and drives engagement, which drives leads, which of course, drives sales. All right, here’s the last one. What is it? Who remembers? Raise your hand. That’s right.. Planning for execution, right? You want to create a plan of execution. Now, they’re all critical. You can’t take any one of these out and have this work. So I keep saying, it’s a critical component of setting up your digital marketing strategy. Well, it’s true. You pull any one of these out and your digital marketing strategy falls flat on its face, right? So this one here, the plan of execution is going to involve developing yourself a roadmap of how you will execute your marketing tactics to achieve your business results. How are you going to make them work together? Now, here’s some steps you can use for creating your plan of execution.


Here’s the cool thing. You’re going to start seeing a pattern develop here, because the first step in an effective content strategy is to identify your target audience. Well, if you’re already done that for your digital marketing strategy, that step is done. Your content should be tailored to the needs and the interests of that target audience. If you’re going after single men versus stay at home dads, your content should be vastly different. You feel me? Okay.. Their values are different. Their interests are different. By identifying who they are and what it is they need and what motivates them, you can create content that resonates with them, that they are going to engage with and that drives that engagement. You’re going to choose your content types. There are different types to choose from. We’ve mentioned a few of them. Blog posts, videos, infographics, podcasts, so many more, right?

EP 409 Digital Marketing For Beginners What Is it Part 2


The episode is about digital marketing for beginners. It is a continuation of EP408 and goes further in depth about what digital marketing is. Digital marketing is the practice of promoting products and services using digital channels such as social media, search engines, email and other platforms. This episode covers social media marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing, pay-per-click (PPC) advertising and content marketing. Tracy Brinkmann, talks about how digital marketing can help entrepreneurs, coaches, and course creators build their businesses online. He discusses the importance of digital marketing in today’s world and provide examples of how to use digital marketing tactics to reach and engage with their target audience.


Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a practice of optimizing a website and its content so that it ranks higher on the search engine results page. It is an important part of digital marketing as it can help increase visibility and drive organic traffic to the website. Key components of a successful SEO strategy include keyword research, which is the process of identifying the keywords and phrases that target audiences are searching for. On page optimization is another component which refers to elements in the website that can be optimized for the search engines. Additionally, businesses should always try to rank for their own name in order to increase visibility. SEO is an essential part of digital marketing as it helps to drive organic, free traffic to a website.


SEO is a key component of digital marketing that can help increase visibility and drive organic traffic to a website. It encompasses elements like page titles, meta descriptions, headers, content, backlinks, social signals, brand mentions, page speed, mobile-friendliness, and website structure. Examples of successful SEO campaigns include Maas’ Beginner’s Guide to SEO, HubSpot’s Blog, and Backlinko’s Skyscraper Technique. Measuring results is essential in optimizing an SEO strategy, and understanding the key components is vital in achieving success.


In this episode, Tracy discusses SEO and email marketing as two key components of digital marketing. SEO involves optimizing content and website structure to generate organic traffic, while email marketing involves sending targeted messages to subscribers to promote products and services, build relationships, and drive conversions. When it comes to email marketing, it is essential to build an email list, obtain consent from subscribers, and segment the list. The average ROI of email marketing is a very impressive 38 to 138 to one.



0:00:00   “Exploring Digital Marketing Tactics: SEO, Email, PPC, and Content Marketing”

0:02:28   “Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Key Components for a Successful Strategy”

0:04:22   “Understanding the Key Components of a Successful SEO Strategy”

0:08:40   “The Benefits of SEO and Email Marketing for Businesses”

0:10:56   How to Segment Your Email List and Create Compelling Content

0:12:21   “Measuring the Success of Email Marketing Campaigns”

0:14:16   “Exploring the Benefits of Email Marketing, PPC Advertising, and Other Digital Marketing Strategies”

0:16:38   PPC Advertising: Keyword Research, Ad Creation, Targeting, and Measuring Results

0:19:01   Exploring the Benefits of PPC, Content Marketing, and Experiences Campaigns

0:20:56   “Creating a Successful Content Marketing Strategy: Identifying Your Audience and Crafting Compelling Content”

0:22:41   “Establishing Thought Leadership Through Content Marketing”

0:28:01   Digital Marketing Strategies: Establishing Thought Leadership and Driving Conversions



This will drive engagement and loyalty that no like and trust me, like, man, I know this person. I’ve been listening to their podcasts for a year now I’ve been watching them on social media, I trust them. Yeah, it’s going to drive that engagement, it’s going to build that loyalty and by creating valuable content that provides insights and advice to your audience you’re going to build that trust you’re going to build that know like and trust vector and you’re going to establish a strong brand identity. Now, when you use each one of those independently, when you use them together, these tactics can create this cohesive digital marketing ecosystem that attracts, engages, and converts prospects into customers, into advocates, into Raving fans. For example, you could use your social media accounts to drive traffic to your website.


You can build their brand awareness. You can create that authority and drive conversions. PPC well, this is advertising that allows you to target a very specific audience with highly relevant ads, driving traffic to your website, generating leads and or sales all by targeting specific keywords and demographics. You can reach the right people with the right message right at the right time. And then finally, we talked about content marketing, which helps establish you, your brand, your organization, your company as a thought leader in your space, in your niche, in your industry.


I get these types of things. You could get them to in your niche. Social media marketing let’s talk about that for a second can drive you traffic from your website and increase your brand awareness by creating engaging social media content that encourages that it can be shared and creates that engagement. Right? You can expand your reach and drive more traffic to your website there you go SEO we talked about that helps improve your website’s visibility on the search engines driving more organic traffic to your site by optimizing your website’s content and structure for relevant keywords what is your folks are searching for? Remember got to know your target audience.


Okay? Again, social media marketing, SEO, email marketing, content marketing, these are all critical components of the successful overall digital marketing ecosystem. Each tactic plays a unique role in attracting, engaging, and converting potential customers into loyal advocates. Right? And then turn your loyal advocates into your raving fans. These are the people that are out there telling people about your services without you even asking them to.. I have one gentleman that this weekend actually was just yesterday, so it wasn’t even the weekend. Yesterday sent me two referrals because I helped him start his podcast. He’s like, oh, my God, tracy is so amazing. They were in a conversation they were like, I keep being told to start a podcast and he sent them my way, right? Just because I have established myself as the thought leader in that industry.


The program also features a blog that provides tips and advice on beauty and skincare. The program has been such a huge success and has get this, 10 million members. Imagine if you even had 1% of that on your email list by sharing whatever content you have in a newsletter. Yeah, about that. Now, content marketing again, is a powerful tool for building a strong brand identity, a strong thought leadership identity. Establish yourself as that thought leader in your niche, in your area, in your industry, and drive profitable customer actions.

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About Tracy Brinkmann

From hitting the rock bottom of drugs, divorce, bankruptcy and even the death of an 18 month old daughter. To running the planning & marketing departments of some of corporate America’s finest companies to his own company helping driven entrepreneurs, scale their businesses, by crystalizing and monetizing their passions, and now hosting his podcast focused on Driven Dark Horse Entrepreneurs.

Tracy Brinkmann, is a business coach, success coach & product creator that realizes life isn’t fair and participation awards do not feed your family (or your drive to succeed)… This Driven Dark Horse Entrepreneur is looking to share all that he has learned and is still learning about starting, restarting, kick starting and stepping up your entrepreneurial game all while not ignoring that amazing tool between your ears!