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Digital Marketing Terms & Definitions

Term Definition
A/B Testing A/B testing, also known as split testing, is a method used in digital marketing to compare two versions of a digital ad, web page, or email to determine which one performs better. The test usually involves changing one element, such as two different headlines, images, or call-to-action buttons. The purpose of A/B testing is to find out which version garners more interest and engagement among the target audience. Marketers use that information to optimize online campaigns and boost performance.
Above-the-Fold Above-the-fold refers to the content or elements on a web page that are visible to users without scrolling. It’s a crucial area for placing important content and calls to action.
Ad Banner An ad banner, also known as a display banner, is a graphical or image-based advertisement displayed on websites. These banners come in standard sizes and formats and are designed to attract the user’s attention and encourage clicks.
Ad Exchange An ad exchange is a digital marketplace that facilitates the buying and selling of advertising space in real-time. It connects advertisers and publishers, allowing for programmatic ad transactions.
Ad Network An ad network is a platform where digital advertisers and publishers trade in online ad space. Ad networks connect the supply of ad space inventory from publishers with the demand from advertisers. They use various technologies to support real-time auctions and advertiser bidding.
Ad Server An ad server is a software platform used by online publishers, advertisers, and advertising agencies to manage, serve, and track online advertisements. It centralizes the ad management process, automating tasks like ad trafficking, ad targeting, ad reporting, and ad optimization. Ad servers provide advertisers with a single point of access to serve ads across multiple websites and devices, while allowing publishers to maximize revenue from their advertising inventory.
Ad Targeting Ad targeting is a powerful tool used in digital marketing to tailor ad campaigns to specific audiences. It enables both marketers and publishers to deliver adverts more effectively and efficiently by narrowing ad placements down and displaying ads to people who are most likely to show an interest.
Ads.txt Stands for “Authorised Digital Sellers,” ads.txt is a text file in which a publisher records who can sell inventory on their site. This text file is integrated into programmatic platforms, providing buyers with additional transparency and helping to prevent ad fraud.
Affiliate Marketing Affiliate marketing is a performance-based marketing strategy in which bloggers, website owners, or affiliates promote ads for an advertiser on their site. The website operates as an ‘affiliate’ of the advertiser and earns a commission based on the desired action, whether it be Pay Per Click, Pay Per Lead, or Pay Per Sale.
Affiliate Network An affiliate network is a platform that connects advertisers with publishers (affiliates) who promote products or services in exchange for commissions on sales or leads generated.
Agency Trading Desk A trading system developed by large agency holding companies to make programmatic purchasing more efficient for their customers. Agency trading desks usually access several Demand Side Platforms (DSPs) and, in turn, a larger inventory. They can also be connected to additional data streams via Data Management Platforms (DMPs).
AIDA Model AIDA stands for Attention, Interest, Desire, and Action. It’s a marketing model that outlines the stages a customer goes through when making a purchase decision.
Analytics The collection, analysis, and interpretation of data to understand and optimize marketing efforts and user behavior.
Attribution Attribution in marketing refers to the process of attributing value or credit to different touchpoints in a customer’s journey, allowing businesses to understand the impact of marketing and advertising efforts on customer behavior and conversion. It helps optimize and allocate marketing budgets by identifying the most effective channels and tactics.
Automated Guaranteed Automated Guaranteed is a buying model in programmatic advertising that combines the benefits of both automated and guaranteed methods. Advertisers set a fixed price for a specific audience and inventory, ensuring the delivery of their ad campaign. The process is automated, meaning it’s executed programmatically using technology, allowing for real-time bidding, targeting, and optimization. This model provides advertisers with more control over their ad spend and the delivery of their ads, while also providing publishers with a guaranteed source of revenue.
Backlink A link from one website to another, used by search engines as a ranking factor.
Banner Ads Banner ads are a type of digital ad that typically appears at the top, bottom, or sides of a web page and is often rectangular in shape. Banner ads include graphics, text, and a call-to-action button that invites users to “click here” to learn more about a product, service, brand, or website.
Banner Blindness Banner blindness is a phenomenon in which internet users stop noticing or paying attention to online ads. This phenomenon has become a significant concern for digital marketers. Banner blindness, related to the similar phenomenon of ‘ad fatigue,’ is one of the reasons for the increased use of ad blockers.
Black Hat SEO Black Hat SEO involves unethical and manipulative tactics to improve a website’s search engine ranking, often in violation of search engine guidelines. These practices can result in penalties or de-indexing.
Bottom-of-Funnel Marketing (BOFU) Bottom-funnel marketing refers to the stage in the customer journey where potential customers are close to making a purchase decision. At this stage, they have already been exposed to the brand and its offerings through various marketing channels such as social media interactions, email marketing, content marketing, and retargeting ad campaigns. The goal of bottom-funnel marketing is to guide customers toward making a purchase and ultimately convert them into loyal customers.
Bounce Rate Bounce rate measures the percentage of visitors to a website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. High bounce rates can indicate issues with website usability or content relevance.
Brand Ambassador A brand ambassador is an individual who promotes and represents a brand with the aim of building awareness of the brand among their own target audiences and customers.
Brand Awareness Brand awareness relates to how aware people are about a brand, from its logo, ads, slogan, or simply its market presence. Global icons like Nike have very high awareness, while a local business will likely have good brand awareness only in the immediate community or niche target audience.
Brand Equity Brand equity is a marketing term that denotes the perceived, inherent value of a brand. It is not the brand’s monetary value but rather its social value among the wider public and consumer audience.
Brand Exposure Brand exposure is the actions taken to ensure a brand is seen, noticed, and recognized by consumers and audiences. The more exposure a brand has, the more it can grow brand awareness, brand equity, its customer base, and revenue.
Brand Influencer A brand influencer is an individual who partners with a brand to promote its products or services via the influencer’s social media and online networks. Brand influencers usually gain monetary compensation or may receive complimentary products as compensation.
Brand Loyalty Brand loyalty relates to the positive sentiment that consumers have toward a brand, which leads them to continually purchase the product or service. When brand loyalty is strong, the consumer may continue to purchase from the brand even in the face of inconvenience or negative experiences.
Brand Personality Brand personality can be described as the traits that make up a brand and which customers relate to. The brand personality includes the kinds of traits normally attributed to people, like sense of humor, sincerity, introvert/extrovert, conservative, or boisterous.
Brand Positioning Brand positioning relates to the place a brand occupies in the minds of consumers, especially in relation to other brands. In this way, it is somewhat similar to brand perception.
Brand Recall Brand recall denotes how many customers can remember your brand name when prompted or aided, such as with a mention of a product, service, or any other concept associated with it, or when unaided, such as when asked, “Name your favorite shampoo brands.”
Brand Recognition Brand recognition denotes the ability of consumers to recognize a brand based on one or more of its identifying characteristics, such as a product or service, ad jingle, logo, packaging, or any other visual or audio element.
Brand Reputation Brand reputation refers to the general sentiment, associations, and perceptions of a brand among all who regard it, including customers, stakeholders, partners, employees, and competitors.
Brand Salience Brand salience is a measure used to describe how much a customer thinks about a brand at a particularly important moment during the purchase decision.
Brand Tone Brand tone describes the overall way a brand communicates with its audiences and the ‘sense’ it creates among consumers.
Brand Value Proposition Brand value proposition is a statement that describes the value that customers can expect from a brand.
Brand Voice Brand voice refers specifically to the way a brand ‘speaks’ or ‘sounds’ in all the ways it communicates with the wider world.
Carousel Ads A carousel ad is a type of online ad that allows you to showcase multiple images, GIFs, headlines, and descriptions in a single ad unit that functions like a rotating carousel. With this format, you can display more information than a single image or text-based ad, engaging potential customers in a unique way.
Canonical Tag A canonical tag is an HTML element used to specify the preferred or canonical version of a web page when multiple versions with similar content exist. It helps search engines understand which page should be indexed.
Chatbots Chatbots are AI-driven tools that interact with website visitors or customers through chat interfaces. They can provide real-time customer support, answer inquiries, and assist in making purchase decisions.
Chat Marketing Chat marketing involves using messaging apps and chatbots to engage with customers and provide support. It’s becoming increasingly popular for one-on-one customer interactions.
Churn Churn, also known as customer churn or attrition, occurs when customers stop doing business with a company. It may happen due to a variety of reasons, such as the lack of products or services the customer needs, poor customer service, or better prices, products, services, or deals from competitors. Churn is an important metric as it shows why customers may be dissatisfied, providing an opportunity for the business to increase customer retention and revenue.
Click Fraud Click fraud is the act of repeatedly clicking on online ads with malicious intent, such as increasing costs for advertisers or depleting a competitor’s budget.
Content Calendar A content calendar is a schedule that outlines when and what type of content will be published. It helps in planning and organizing content marketing efforts.
Content Management System (CMS) A CMS is a software that enables users to create, edit, and manage digital content on websites. Common CMS platforms include WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla.
Content Marketing Content marketing is a strategy that involves creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and engage a target audience. The goal is to build trust and establish brand authority.
Content Recommendations Content recommendations are content pieces suggested or recommended to web users on the web page they are visiting. Content recommendations are served through discovery platforms such as Outbrain, enhancing the reader’s experience by suggesting articles based on their past online activity.
Conversion Funnel The conversion funnel, also known as the sales funnel, describes the path that leads take from the initial contact with a brand to the final conversion, whether it’s a purchase, sign-up, or another desired action.
Conversion Rate (CVR) Conversion rate, or CVR, is a common metric used in digital marketing to denote the percentage of website visitors who ‘convert’ by taking a desired action, such as making a purchase, filling out an online form, or subscribing to a newsletter. CVR is a key indicator of how effectively a website is converting visitors into customers or leads.
Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) CRO is the process of optimizing a website or landing page to improve the rate at which visitors take a desired action, such as making a purchase or filling out a form.
Conversion Tracking Conversion tracking involves monitoring what customers do after clicking on an online ad. Brands and marketers use conversion tracking to gain insight into the effectiveness of their advertisements and campaigns, identifying which ads and offers are most successful in driving engagement.
Cost Per View (CPV) Cost Per View (CPV) is the price for one video play when a predefined minimum video viewing time is reached. Other possible billing models for videos include Cost Per Completed View (CPCV; paid only when the video is viewed through to completion) and Cost Per Video Viewability (CPVV, paid only if the video is visible; the IAB standard is 50% of the number of pixels visible for at least 2 consecutive seconds).
CPA (Cost Per Acquisition) CPA is a marketing metric that denotes how much it costs to acquire a new customer or conversion. Businesses frequently use this data to drive user acquisition and growth through improved decision making, such as how to allocate the marketing budget and optimize the marketing funnel.
CPC (Cost Per Click) Cost per click (CPC) is a pricing model in digital advertising that reflects the price an advertiser pays for every click on their ad. CPC (sometimes referred to as PPC or Pay Per Click) is a popular way to run campaigns, as advertisers only pay when someone interacts with the ad. CPC is used for a wide range of online ads, including Google Shopping, video ads, social media ads, display ads, and native ads.
CPL (Cost Per Lead) CPL (Cost per Lead) is a marketing metric denoting the amount spent to obtain a lead in a digital marketing campaign or channel. This enables advertisers to understand how effective their campaigns are at generating leads in a given stream. With CPL, conversions rely on end-users opting in, providing their contact details to join the company’s marketing funnel.
CPM (Cost Per Mille) Cost per mille (CPM) is a metric used in digital advertising to indicate the cost of 1000 impressions of an ad on the web. CPM provides insight into the cost efficiency of a digital ad in terms of the size of the online audience that views it.
CTA (Call to Action) A prompt that encourages the audience to take a specific action, such as signing up for a newsletter, making a purchase, or sharing content.
Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) CAC is the cost incurred to acquire a new customer through marketing and advertising efforts. It’s a crucial metric for assessing the efficiency of customer acquisition strategies.
Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) Customer Lifetime Value represents the total revenue a business expects to earn from a customer throughout their entire relationship. It helps in making decisions regarding customer acquisition and retention strategies.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) CRM is a technology and strategy that businesses use to manage and analyze interactions with customers. It helps improve customer relationships, sales, and retention.
Customer Persona A customer persona is a detailed fictional representation of a brand’s ideal customer, based on market research and real data. It helps marketers understand and target their audience.
Customer Segmentation Customer segmentation involves dividing a target market into distinct groups or segments based on various characteristics or behaviors. It helps in tailoring marketing efforts to specific customer needs.
CTR (Click-through Rate) Click-through rate (CTR) is a marketing metric that denotes how many times a digital ad was clicked by the viewing audience, in relation to the number of impressions of the ad that were served. A high CTR is desirable, as it indicates that the ad is interesting or relevant enough to entice viewers to click and continue the interaction with the brand.
Dark Social Dark social refers to social sharing that occurs through private channels, such as direct messaging apps or email, making it harder for marketers to track and analyze sharing behavior.
Data Management Platform (DMP) A data management platform (DMP) is a system for managing data used by agencies, advertisers, or publishers. Most first-party data is managed and integrated with third-party data to combine user information and activities, as well as to optimize media purchasing.
Demand Side Platform (DSP) A Demand Side Platform, or DSP, is an online network of ad inventory supply, where advertisers can buy ad placements made available by online publishers. Advertisers can bid in auctions for ad impressions, thereby purchasing ad space across many different websites and mobile apps. A DSP is a programmatic advertising tool that helps match ads with users based on targeting parameters such as demographics, behavior, location, and more. It provides advertisers with the ability to manage their digital advertising campaigns across various ad exchanges and networks.
Drip Marketing Drip marketing is an email marketing strategy that involves sending a series of automated, pre-scheduled emails to subscribers over time. It’s designed to nurture leads and guide them through the customer journey.
Dwell Time Dwell time is the amount of time a user spends on a webpage before returning to the search results or navigating away. It’s considered an important SEO metric, as longer dwell times can indicate content relevance.
Dynamic Content Dynamic content refers to website content that can change based on user behavior, preferences, or other factors. It’s often used to provide personalized experiences.
Dynamic Remarketing Dynamic remarketing is a personalized form of online advertising that displays custom ads to individuals who have previously visited a website or used a mobile app. These ads showcase the specific products or services that the user viewed on the website, increasing the chances of re-engagement and conversion.
E-commerce Marketing E-commerce marketing involves promoting and selling products or services online through digital channels. This can include various strategies such as search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising (PPC), social media marketing, email marketing, content marketing, and more.
Earned Media Earned media is publicity or exposure gained through organic means, such as media coverage, customer reviews, and social media mentions. It is not paid for or owned by the brand.
Email Marketing Email marketing is the use of email to promote products or services, nurture leads, and build customer relationships. It can involve newsletters, promotional emails, and automated drip campaigns.
Engagement Rate The engagement rate is a metric that measures the level of interaction, such as likes, comments, shares, or other actions, that an audience has with a particular piece of content, like a social media post or an email. It’s used to evaluate the effectiveness of content and its ability to engage the target audience.
Evergreen Content Evergreen content refers to content that remains relevant and valuable to readers over an extended period. It doesn’t become outdated quickly and can drive ongoing traffic and engagement.
Exit Intent Pop-up An exit intent pop-up is a type of website pop-up that appears when a user is about to leave the page. It often includes offers or incentives to encourage users to stay or take a desired action.
FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) FOMO is a psychological phenomenon that has become particularly relevant in the context of social media and digital marketing. It refers to the fear or anxiety individuals feel when they believe they might miss out on something that others are experiencing or talking about. Marketers often use FOMO in campaigns to motivate people to take immediate actions.
Frequency Capping Frequency capping is a setting in advertising campaigns that limits the number of times a user sees a specific ad within a set time frame. It helps prevent ad fatigue and overexposure to the same message.
Geotargeting Geotargeting, also known as local targeting, is the practice of delivering content or ads to a specific audience based on their location. It’s particularly useful for businesses with physical locations or products or services tailored to certain geographic regions.
GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) A GIF is a file format for images and animations that supports both static and animated graphics. GIFs are often used in online marketing for visual storytelling and engagement.
Google AdWords Google AdWords is an online advertising platform by Google that allows advertisers to display ads in the Google search engine and on the Google Display Network.
Gray Hat SEO Gray Hat SEO falls between White Hat and Black Hat SEO. It includes practices that may be considered risky or borderline ethical, often seeking a balance between optimization and adherence to guidelines.
Growth Hacking Growth hacking is a marketing technique that focuses on rapid experimentation, testing, and optimization to achieve rapid growth in user or customer numbers. It’s often associated with startups.
Guerrilla Marketing Guerrilla marketing is a creative and unconventional approach to marketing that relies on low-cost tactics to gain maximum exposure and results. It often involves surprise and unconventional strategies.
Heatmap Heatmaps are visual representations of data where colors indicate the intensity of user interactions on a webpage. Marketers use heatmaps to analyze how users engage with a site.
Impressions Impressions refer to the number of times an ad is displayed or viewed on a webpage. It’s a critical metric in online advertising as it indicates how often an ad was seen, even if it wasn’t clicked. Impressions help advertisers gauge the visibility of their campaigns.
Impressions Share Impressions share, often used in pay-per-click advertising, indicates the percentage of total possible ad impressions that an ad campaign receives. It helps assess campaign visibility and competitiveness.
Inbound Marketing Inbound marketing is an approach that focuses on attracting potential customers through content marketing, social media, and search engine optimization rather than traditional outbound marketing methods.
Influencer Marketing Influencer marketing involves partnering with individuals who have a strong online presence, often through social media, to promote products, services, or brands. These influencers have a dedicated and engaged following that can help brands reach a specific target audience effectively.
JavaScript JavaScript is a programming language commonly used for adding interactivity and functionality to websites, including features like forms, animations, and dynamic content.
Kerning Kerning is a typography term that refers to the adjustment of spacing between individual characters in a font to achieve a more visually pleasing and balanced appearance.
Keyphrase A keyphrase, also known as a long-tail keyword, is a specific and often longer keyword phrase used in SEO and content optimization to target niche audiences.
Keyword Density The percentage of times a keyword or phrase appears in a piece of content compared to the total number of words.
Keyword Research Keyword research is a fundamental step in search engine optimization (SEO) and content marketing. It involves identifying the specific keywords and phrases that users enter into search engines to find information, products, or services. Marketers use keyword research to optimize content for better search engine rankings and visibility.
KPI (Key Performance Indicator) KPIs are specific metrics used to measure the performance of marketing campaigns and strategies. They can include metrics like click-through rate (CTR), conversion rate, and customer acquisition cost (CAC).
Landing Page A landing page is a standalone web page designed for a specific marketing campaign. It is where visitors ‘land’ after clicking on a call-to-action or an ad, and it is usually designed with a single focus or goal, such as lead generation or conversion.
Lead Generation Lead generation is the process of attracting and converting potential customers into individuals who have shown interest in a product or service. It typically involves capturing contact information, such as email addresses or phone numbers, to nurture and eventually convert these leads into customers.
Lead Scoring Lead scoring is a method of assigning a score to leads based on their behavior and engagement with marketing content. It helps prioritize leads for follow-up and sales efforts.
Link Building Link building is an SEO strategy focused on getting other websites to link to your site. High-quality, authoritative backlinks can improve a website’s search engine ranking.
Long-Tail Keywords Long-tail keywords are longer and more specific keyword phrases used in search engine optimization. They often have less competition and can be more effective for targeting niche audiences.
Lookalike Audience A lookalike audience is a group of individuals who share similar characteristics with a business’s existing customers. It’s often used for ad targeting to reach potential customers with similar profiles.
Loyalty Program A loyalty program is a marketing initiative that rewards customers for repeat purchases or brand loyalty. Loyalty programs often include points, discounts, or exclusive offers.
Marketing Automation Marketing automation refers to using software and technology to streamline and automate repetitive marketing tasks, such as email marketing, social media posting, and customer relationship management (CRM). It allows businesses to deliver personalized content to their audience at scale.
Marketing Funnel The marketing funnel, also known as the sales funnel, is a model that illustrates the stages a customer goes through from awareness to purchase. The typical stages include awareness, consideration, and decision.
Meme Marketing Meme marketing uses popular internet memes in marketing campaigns to engage and connect with a younger, meme-savvy audience. It’s a form of humorous and relatable marketing.
Micro-Moments Micro-moments are small, intent-driven moments when users turn to their devices for quick answers, information, or to make decisions. Marketers aim to provide relevant content during these micro-moments.
Mobile Optimization Mobile optimization involves adapting websites, content, and advertisements for mobile devices to ensure a seamless and user-friendly experience on smartphones and tablets.
MQL (Marketing Qualified Lead) A lead that has been determined to have potential value to the sales team based on specific criteria.
Multichannel Marketing Multichannel marketing involves promoting products or services through various marketing channels, such as email, social media, content marketing, and more. The goal is to reach customers wherever they are.
Native Advertising Native advertising is a form of online advertising that matches the form and function of the platform on which it appears. It’s designed to look like regular content, blending in with the editorial content or design of a website or app while providing relevant information or promotional messages.
Native Content Native content refers to content that is seamlessly integrated into the platform or website where it appears. It matches the form and function of the surrounding content, providing a non-disruptive user experience.
Omnichannel Marketing Omnichannel marketing takes multichannel marketing a step further by providing a seamless and integrated customer experience across all channels, whether online or offline.
On-Page SEO On-page SEO (Search Engine Optimization) involves optimizing individual web pages to improve their search engine ranking. It includes actions like keyword optimization, content quality, and meta tags.
Opt-in Opt-in is a marketing term used to describe the action of an individual giving their explicit consent or permission to receive communications, such as email newsletters or promotional messages. Opt-in is an important concept in email marketing, as it ensures that recipients have agreed to receive communications from a business or organization.
Organic Search Organic search refers to non-paid search engine results. Websites appear in organic search results based on their relevance to search queries and effective SEO practices.
Outbound Marketing Outbound marketing, also known as traditional marketing, involves pushing marketing messages out to a broad audience. It includes methods like TV commercials, print ads, and cold calling.
PageRank PageRank is an algorithm used by search engines, particularly Google, to assess the importance and relevance of web pages in search results. It’s based on the number and quality of backlinks to a page.
Pay Per Impression (PPI) Pay Per Impression (PPI) is an online advertising pricing model in which advertisers pay a fee each time their ad is displayed or viewed, regardless of whether it is clicked. This is also known as CPM (Cost Per Mille), and advertisers typically pay based on the number of impressions their ad receives.
Pay Per Click (PPC) Pay Per Click (PPC) is an online advertising model in which advertisers pay a fee each time one of their ads is clicked. It’s a common form of advertising on search engines, social media platforms, and other websites. Advertisers bid on specific keywords, and their ads are displayed when users search for those keywords.
Paid Search Paid search involves placing ads in search engine results pages (e.g., Google Ads). Advertisers pay when users click on their ads.
Persona A fictional character or representation of a target customer, used to guide marketing efforts and content creation.
PPV (Pay-Per-View) An advertising model where advertisers pay based on the number of times an ad is viewed by an audience.
Product Lifecycle The product lifecycle is a marketing concept that tracks the stages a product goes through, from introduction to growth, maturity, and eventual decline. It helps with product strategy.
P2P (Peer-to-Peer) Marketing P2P marketing emphasizes peer recommendations and word-of-mouth marketing. It leverages customer reviews and referrals to drive brand awareness and trust.
Push Notification Push notifications are short messages sent to a user’s device or browser, often from mobile apps or websites. They’re used to engage users, deliver updates, and re-engage with them.
QR Code A QR code, or Quick Response code, is a two-dimensional barcode that can be scanned with a smartphone to access digital content, such as websites, contact information, or promotions.
Quality Content Quality content is content that is well-written, informative, and valuable to the target audience. It is a fundamental component of successful content marketing.
Referral Marketing Referral marketing is a strategy that encourages customers or users to refer others to a product or service. Referrals are incentivized through rewards or discounts.
Remarketing Remarketing, also known as retargeting, is an online advertising strategy that involves showing ads to individuals who have previously visited a website or engaged with a brand but did not make a desired action, such as a purchase. Remarketing aims to re-engage these visitors and encourage them to convert.
Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSA) RLSA is a feature in Google Ads that allows advertisers to target previous website visitors with search ads when they perform new searches on Google.
Responsive Design A web design approach that ensures websites adapt to different screen sizes and devices for a consistent user experience.
Retargeting Pixel A retargeting pixel is a piece of code placed on a website that tracks user interactions. It’s used in retargeting campaigns to display relevant ads to users who have previously visited the site.
Return on Ad Spend (ROAS) Return on Ad Spend (ROAS) is a metric used by advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their digital advertising campaigns. It calculates the revenue generated from advertising relative to the amount spent on advertising.
Rich Media Rich media refers to digital advertising that includes engaging and interactive elements, such as videos, interactive banners, and games. It offers a more dynamic and immersive user experience.
Rich Snippets Rich snippets are enhanced search results that provide additional information, such as ratings, reviews, or product details, to users in search engine results.
ROI (Return on Investment) The measure of the profitability of a marketing campaign, calculated as the ratio of the net profit to the cost of the campaign.
Sales Funnel The sales funnel is a visual representation of the stages a lead goes through before becoming a customer. It typically includes stages like awareness, consideration, and decision.
Schema Markup Schema markup is a structured data format used to provide search engines with specific details about content on web pages, helping to improve search results and visibility.
Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Search Engine Marketing is a digital marketing strategy that encompasses both paid and organic efforts to enhance a website’s visibility in search engine results. This includes activities like search engine optimization (SEO) to improve organic rankings and paid search advertising, often associated with pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Search engine optimization (SEO) is the practice of optimizing a website’s content, structure, and various other elements to improve its visibility in search engine results pages (SERPs). The goal is to increase organic, non-paid traffic from search engines like Google.
Segmentation Segmentation involves dividing a target audience into distinct groups based on specific characteristics like demographics, behavior, or interests. It enables marketers to tailor their messages to different customer segments.
Sentiment Analysis Sentiment analysis is the process of using natural language processing and machine learning to determine the sentiment or emotional tone of text, often used to gauge public opinion about a brand or product.
SERP (Search Engine Results Page) SERP is the page displayed by a search engine in response to a search query. It includes organic and paid results.
Second-party Data Second-party data refers to data collected by one organization and shared with another through partnerships or data-sharing agreements. This data sharing can be beneficial when seeking to access additional insights or reach new audiences, but it must be conducted in compliance with privacy regulations.
Second Price Auction In programmatic advertising, a Second Price Auction is an auction model where the winning bidder pays just one increment above the second-highest bid. This method helps ensure that the final price reflects the true market value of an ad impression, fostering a more stable and predictable pricing environment.
Semantic SEO Semantic SEO focuses on the meaning and intent behind search queries rather than just keywords. It aims to provide more accurate and contextually relevant search results.
Share of Voice (SOV) Share of Voice is a metric used to assess a brand’s advertising presence or visibility in a specific market or industry compared to its competitors.
Sitemap A sitemap is a file or page on a website that lists all the URLs within the site, making it easier for search engines to crawl and index the content.
Social Media Marketing Social media marketing is the use of social media platforms to promote products, services, or brands. It involves creating and sharing content on social networks, engaging with followers, and running paid advertising campaigns on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Social Proof Social proof is a psychological phenomenon where people tend to follow the actions or recommendations of others when making decisions. It’s often used in marketing through customer reviews, testimonials, and social media mentions.
Storytelling Storytelling is a marketing technique that involves creating and sharing compelling stories to connect with audiences on an emotional level. It can be a powerful way to convey a brand’s message.
Supply Side Platform (SSP) A Supply Side Platform is a platform used by publishers to manage and sell their ad inventory. It allows publishers to set floor prices for their ad impressions and bundle inventory for private marketplaces. SSPs are often connected to ad exchanges and help optimize ad sales.
Tag Management System (TMS) A TMS is a software solution that simplifies and centralizes the management of tracking tags used for analytics, advertising, and other data collection.
Target Audience The target audience is the specific group of individuals or demographics that a marketing campaign is designed to reach and engage. It’s a critical aspect of effective marketing.
Third-party Data Third-party data refers to data collected by companies other than the advertiser or publisher. It is typically sourced from various external providers and includes information like user behavior, demographics, and interests. Third-party data is used for audience targeting but may face challenges due to evolving privacy regulations and changes in the digital advertising landscape.
Top-of-funnel Marketing (TOFU) Top-of-funnel marketing, also known as awareness marketing, focuses on introducing a brand or product to a broad audience for the first time. Its primary goal is to create brand awareness and generate initial interest among potential customers who may not yet be familiar with the brand.
Touchpoint A touchpoint is any interaction between a user and a brand, whether through a website, social media, customer service, or advertising. Understanding touchpoints is crucial for customer journey mapping.
Triggered Email Triggered emails are automated emails sent in response to specific user actions or behaviors, such as abandoned carts, sign-ups, or downloads.
Uniform Resource Locator (URL) A URL is the web address used to access specific web pages. It consists of a protocol (e.g., https / / ), domain, and path, enabling users to navigate the internet.
Unique Selling Proposition (USP) A unique selling proposition is the distinct and compelling benefit that sets a product or service apart from its competitors. It’s a key component in marketing and branding.
Upselling Upselling is a sales technique where a customer is encouraged to purchase a more expensive or advanced version of a product or add-on services.
User Acquisition User acquisition is a strategic process aimed at acquiring new users, customers, or app installations. It involves the development of advertising campaigns and initiatives designed to attract individuals who may have never engaged with the brand before. User acquisition campaigns often target specific demographics or user segments.
User-Generated Content (UGC) User-generated content is content created by consumers or users of a product or service rather than by the brand itself. It can include reviews, photos, videos, blog posts, and social media posts shared by customers who have had experiences with a brand’s offerings.
User Experience (UX) User experience refers to the overall experience that a person has when using a website or application, including factors like ease of use, navigation, and design.
Vanity Metrics Vanity metrics are data points that may look impressive but don’t provide valuable insights into business performance. They include metrics like total website visits or social media likes.
Video Ad-Serving Template (VAST) VAST is a standardized XML format used to structure and deliver video ads to websites and apps. It provides a consistent framework for the delivery of video ads, including details about ad size, duration, tracking, and reporting. VAST simplifies the distribution of video ads across multiple platforms and devices.
Video Advertising Video advertising is the practice of promoting products, services, or content through video content. Video ads can take various forms, including in-stream video ads that appear before or during online videos, as well as out-stream video ads that are displayed within article text or other content.
Video Marketing Video marketing involves using video content to promote products, services, or brands. It can include various formats, such as explainer videos, product demos, testimonials, and live streaming. Video marketing is an effective way to engage and inform an audience.
Viral Marketing Viral marketing is a strategy that encourages customers to share content or products with others, leading to rapid and widespread adoption. It relies on social networks and word-of-mouth.
Walled Gardens Walled gardens refer to closed digital ecosystems owned and controlled by a single company or platform, such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google. Advertisers within walled gardens have limited access to users and data outside of these ecosystems, which can pose challenges for cross-platform advertising and data sharing.
Web Analytics Web analytics involves the collection and analysis of data related to website and user behavior. It helps marketers understand website performance, user interactions, and conversion rates.
Webinar A webinar is a live, online seminar or workshop that provides educational content to a targeted audience. Webinars are often used for lead generation and thought leadership.
White Hat SEO White hat SEO refers to ethical and legitimate search engine optimization practices that focus on improving website rankings through quality content and optimization techniques, following search engine guidelines.
Whitelist A whitelist is a list of approved email addresses or domains that are allowed to send emails to a particular inbox. It helps reduce spam and ensures that legitimate emails are delivered.
X-Robots-Tag X-Robots-Tag is an HTTP header tag used to instruct search engine bots on how to crawl and index web pages. It provides directives on aspects like noindex, nofollow, and more.
XML Sitemap An XML sitemap is a structured format that provides search engines with a list of URLs on a website for easier indexing. It’s often used to improve SEO.
Yield Management Yield management is a pricing strategy used in advertising and revenue management to optimize revenue by adjusting prices based on factors like demand, time, and inventory.
Zero-Click Search Zero-click search occurs when a user’s query is answered directly in the search engine results, without the need to click on any search results or visit a website. This can impact website traffic and visibility.
Zig-Zag Navigation Zig-Zag navigation refers to a user’s erratic movement on a website, often indicating confusion or frustration. It’s a usability issue that can be addressed through improved site design and navigation.

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