11 Must Know Digital Marketing Terms Explained by Cathy Mellett

11 Must Know Digital Marketing Terms Explained by Cathy Mellett

Common digital terms explained – As a business owner, let’s answer your questions about what these digital marketing words really mean.

SEO – What is SEO?

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) refers to the various methods used to increase traffic to your website by lifting its page ranking in the various search engines. The higher the ranking the easier it is for people to find your website using search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo! and others. Various methods are used to achieve this, including things like ensuring your website architecture makes it easy for visitors to find content, making sure the site is mobile-friendly, ensuring that pages load quickly, improving the quality of your site’s content and ensuring it’s rich in the relevant keywords that people use for search.

Digital marketing terms explained - what is SEO and local SEO

LINK BUILDING – What is link building and how does it work?

Link building is the process of acquiring links (sometimes also called hyperlinks) from other websites to your own, especially from other high-quality and trusted websites. Link building is an important part of your SEO methodology because securing quality inbound links that drive targeted traffic to your website is a great way for achieving higher rankings in the various search engines. There are many ways to build such links – for example, if you create really great content (viral-worthy content) then other websites will want to link to your content, or you could guest post on other’s blogs, or you could publish newsworthy articles that others find interesting and want to link to.

Digital marketing term - What is Link Building

SOCIAL MEDIA –  What is social media?

The term ‘social media’ refers to the collection of online communication channels that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. There are many social media channels, with some of the more prominent being the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn. Posting useful updates about your business or field of speciality, talking about special promotions or starting conversations on these networks are now crucial ways for engaging with your audience and building loyalty to your brand.

Digital Marketing Terms Explained - what is Social Media

WEBSITE REDESIGN – How do you create a great website?

In today’s digital world, the look and feel of a website, the ease with which people can navigate around it (including from their mobile device) and find what they are looking for, and the quality of the content on the site is extremely important. In the case of a business website, this can even mean the difference between the success or failure of the business itself. However, if you’ve had your business website for a while, chances are it’s more out of date than you might think. No website should keep any content that is not bringing in traffic. Content that is out of date or has the wrong keywords associated with it will lead to a decline in traffic to your website. Undertaking a website redesign can help make your site fresh and new again, and, in the long run, save you time, money and effort by identifying and fixing existing problems throughout the site. However, redesigning a website is more than merely updating information and changing the colour scheme. A website redesign should also include an analysis of the content and your target audience so that the website can be redesigned specifically to meet their needs and make it as accessible to them as possible.

Digital marketing terms explained - What is website redesign and website development

PPC – What is PPC and Googe Ads?

Pay-per-click or PPC (sometimes also known as cost-per-click or CPC) is a mode of internet marketing in which advertisers pay a relatively small fee each time one of their ads is clicked. Advertising on major search engines, such as Google, is one of the most popular forms of PPC. In this case, a PPC ad will be those small text ads that you see pop up around your search results on Google which we often refer to as Google Ads. Then, every time your ad is clicked, directing a visitor to your website, you pay Google a small fee. Essentially, it’s a way of buying visits to your website, rather than attempting to ‘earn’ them organically. It’s often also a very easy way to generate a positive (and measurable) return on your advertising investment.

Digital marketing terms explained. What is PPC, Google Ads and Online Advertising

COPYWRITING OR CONTENT MARKETING – Is great quality content important?

The ultimate aim of any copywriting is to get a reader to take a specific action – for example, subscribing to your email list, calling you for more information or even making a purchase. Content marketing, on the other hand, is about creating content with a marketing purpose in mind – and the better your content, the more people will want to engage with it and the higher the various search engines will rank it. The key to content marketing is having high-quality content, which is content that is useful, valuable and/or entertaining to your audience. However, having quality content without good copywriting is a waste of good content – and having good copywriting that isn’t backed up with quality content is a waste of good copy. Striking the right balance between the two will, however, make all the difference when it comes to building large, loyal followings for your brand.

Digital marketing terms explained - what is engaging content writing and content marketing

MEDIA BUYING – What is media buying?

Establishing an online presence and identity is one of the most important things that any business can do today. While there are many different forms of marketing available to enable this, one of the most popular is through media buying. With media buying, you buy advertising space on other prominent, quality websites for a set time or budget. In this way, you are, in effect, piggy-backing off those websites’ established audiences to help drive more traffic to your own website. Depending on the site on which you do your media buy, and the timing and targeting of your ad, this could be a fantastic way to boost the scale of your advertising campaign to secure a huge amount of traffic.

Digital terms explained - what is media buying


Ever since the birth of the Internet, email marketing has been an essential tool for business. Email marketing is a form of direct marketing that uses highly targeted email to communicate commercial messages that contain a compelling call to action to a specific audience. No matter what you’re selling, email marketing is a great way to build on your relationship with your customers and increase sales, all at a relatively low cost when compared with the cost of other forms of advertising.

Digital terms explained - what is email marketing


Do you have a website for your business, or perhaps you write a business blog? Do you want to know how many people are visiting your website and what content they like the most? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need Google Analytics – Google’s free, most widely used web analytics service. Google Analytics tells you about your website in terms of things such as the traffic, clicks, engagement, conversions, SEO, ad revenue and much more. All this information helps you build a very effective picture of what’s working and what’s not, which enables you to tweak your content and your online marketing campaigns so they become more effective.

Digital terms explained - what is Google Analytics


More and more searchers, especially those who search using their mobile devices, are looking for local businesses, i.e. businesses that are close to them. With local SEO you can help your business stand out in the search engine result pages (SERPs), enabling you to promote your products or services to local customers when they’re looking for your type of business. Local SEO uses key phrases on your website that are relevant to your services and your location, such as name, address, phone number and customer reviews, to help you rise to the top of SERPs.

Digital terms explained - what is local seo


Increasing the traffic to your website is all well and good, but the ultimate goal of all your effort is to ensure that your visitors take some or other specific action once they land on your page(s). In other words, it’s about ensuring that all-important customer ‘conversion’, because that’s the driving force behind increasing sales and revenue. This is where conversion rate optimisation (CRO) can help. CRO is the process of ensuring your website is built in such a way that it encourages and facilitates the act of conversion. Doing a website conversion analysis will evaluate things like web page usability, conversion rate, content and aesthetics in order to identify possible issues that may be driving away customers, and determine potential areas for improvement.

 Digital terms explained - what is website conversion analysis

Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Found Online™.

Our web development experts are able to assist with the designed and development of your business web site. We take into account your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) needs and consider how your site needs to integrate with your current or planned future assets. As an end to end solution agency, we look forward to assisting you with the best SEO.

Digital Marketing Agency Auckland by cathy mellett

As a full-service Auckland Digital Marketing Company, we offer an integrated digital marketing solution to our clients. These digital work starts with your digital strategy, embrace SEO, web site development and search engine marketing. Our digital assistance includes your advertising via Google ads, display advertising, and remarketing. Your custom social marketing targets your current clients and connects you to your future clients or consumers – no matter where they are. Email marketing services are available and we have a few tricks up our sleeves to save time. We totally understand that regular digital content can sometimes be difficult to create when you are focused on the operations of your business. The digital experts at Net Branding create and share unique engaging content. This is secured into a trusted and reliable Content Management System (CMS). Our site development experts are able to assist with the designed and development of your business web site. We do the above with years of combined IT, SEO, technical site development and digital marketing experience. We’ve certainly seen a thing or two. But, we also believe in giving back and have strong ties to the local community and chosen charities including Raw, I’m Enough, and Kia Puawai.

We support these charities with our monthly digital offering. We believe that giving back to help, builds stronger communities and this is important for our future generations.

As digital marketing experts, we understand how important it is to be visible. Net Branding prides itself on the professional assistance it delivers and results it achieves for its clients. Based on our extensive experience and industry best practice, various tools, techniques, and assessments are used to ensure we maximise the opportunities for our clients on a monthly basis. Be where your customers are looking.

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Lucy Wildman
Lucy Wildman
25. February, 2024.
I couldn't be happier with the results from working with Net Branding. Their expertise not only boosted our conversions but also significantly increased our sales. Cathy and her team's dedication and creativity made the whole process a breeze. Highly recommend them to anyone looking to grow their online presence!
ellie bambury (ejbcreative)
ellie bambury (ejbcreative)
9. January, 2024.
Working with Cathy and the team at Net Branding was a very pleasant and easy experience from start to finish. Everyone was very communicative with great response times on changes and tweaks to my website as the process unfolded. Nothing was too difficult, and my vision was very well executed! Highly recommend working with this team!
mike wongseane
mike wongseane
10. October, 2023.
Cathy is great to work with! She knows to make necessary adjustments when needed and offers really good support. Highly recommend!
Miriama Toms
Miriama Toms
14. September, 2023.
Cathy's response to a complicated situation has been overwhelmingly supportive both technically but also showed a deep understanding of the wider implications of your digital footprint in our increasingly complex world. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.
Joshua Phoon
Joshua Phoon
15. June, 2023.
Cathay Mallett is an exceptional subject matter expert in the dynamic field of digital marketing. With her proficiency in both local and global SEO as well as content marketing strategies, she has consistently played a central role in driving business success. Additionally, her profound understanding of social media marketing has been instrumental in empowering New Zealand businesses to establish and maintain meaningful connections with their valued customers. Keep up the good Mar-cat-ing!
Dianne “Di” Fleming
Dianne “Di” Fleming
2. June, 2023.
My on-line social media group has members from one end of New Zealand to the other and has for many years only been communicating via Facebook. We have so long needed a better way for people to connect with us and to pass on information to those who need it. Cathy has come along and seen the need and is currently in the process of creating, at no charge to our groups, an educational and informative website that will benefit us for years to come. Cathy, Net Branding Limited and your whole team, thank you so much for all that you are doing for us, you are amazing. What you have created is beyond my wildest dreams! Your support and your caring approach is beyond words. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Benjamin Black Studio
Benjamin Black Studio
11. May, 2023.
Cathy helped us with a complex hacking incident. Professional, helpful and very skilled - recommend highly.
Nyara Nyajena
Nyara Nyajena
9. May, 2023.
I am out of words to thank and appreciate the outstanding and amazing work Net Branding have done for our website. Indeed when you says dreams come true they do. Net Branding exceeded my expectations. Their friendly and professional service and standards are just great. Thank you Cathy and Paul and Harsh. My website is just too good to be true. I highly recommend Net Branding to anyone seeking their business to be found and heard on line. I like their slogan, Be seen be heard and they definitely mean it !!! Love you guys a million times.
Bruce Foord
Bruce Foord
28. March, 2023.
A huge thank you to Cathy and her team my Web page and domain was an absolute mess and Cathy and her team went in blazing to get this repaired and working properly amazing service thanks Cathy and Team
Joanna Lehndorf
Joanna Lehndorf
27. March, 2023.
I could not be more thrilled with the service from Netbranding. I had a very curly Facebook issue that other FB "experts" had shied away from. Bradley dealt with it calmly and efficiently, on one occasion responding to a couple of time sensitive immediately and averting further issues. The team were transparent about timelines and communicated to me when we needed to go beyond the initial estimate. Thanks so much for the wonderful work Netbranding. Highly recommend. Jo x