Digital marketers know the importance of keeping up-to-date with the industry terms, but with the world of digital marketing constantly evolving, this can be difficult. Click have compiled a list of the key digital marketing terms and definitions of 2023, to help you keep your knowledge fresh and current.
[əˈbʌv - ðə - ˈfoʊld] The part of the webpage that can be seen, before the user starts scrolling
[eɪ/biː -ˈtɛstɪŋ - ɔːr - eɪ/biː splɪt -ˈtɛstɪŋ] The practice of comparing two versions of a similar webpage or paid media ad to find out which performs better.
[æd] A form of marketing that involves paying for an asset to be seen with the intention of having a user clickthrough to a corresponding product or webpage. This can include search, display ads & social media ads.
[æd - ɪksˈtɛnʃᵊnz] Further information about the company (links, pricing, reviews etc.) that can be seen underneath a display or search ad. The richer the information, the more likely the ad will be seen on the search page, consequently increasing the clickthrough rate
[æd - ɡruːp] The way in which your keywords are organised within your paid search campaign.
[æd - speɪs] The available space on a webpage or platform for paid advertisements
[ˈælɡərɪðm] Rules set out by search engines and advertising or social media platforms that determines what a user sees. This is affected by numerous aspects, such as previous interaction with content, relevance, keyword bidding as well as other factors.
[ælt - tɛkst] An attribute that is part of the code behind an image in HTML, which describes the image. It isn’t shown to the user except when an image is broken and is used for those with accessibility issues. Search engines use this attribute as part of their algorithm so they can understand what the image is.
[ˈæŋkə - tɛkst] The text part of the link visible to the user. This should also be clickable. Search engines use this to help them determine the relevancy of the site it links to.
[bæklɪŋk] A link on a third party website that navigates back to your website. Backlinking is one of the more important factors in regards to technical SEO.
[baʊns - reɪt] The percentage or number of users that enter and then leave a website without navigating to another page.
[kɔːl tuː - ˈækʃᵊn] A short snippet of text that persuades a user to perform a desired action, such as clickthrough to a website, download an E-book, or reserve their place on a course.
[kæsˈkeɪdɪŋ - staɪl - ʃiːt] Formats the layout of a webpage; gives you the ability to define the appearance of text, colours, and tables.
[ˈʧænl] The platform being used to market your products or services on. Common channels include: social media, organic search, paid (ads), & email.
[klɪk-θruː] The term used for when a user clicks on an advertisement that then links through to your website.
[klɪk-θruː-reɪt] The number of clicks divided by the number of impressions. Impression - when an ad is displayed.
[ˈkɒntɛnt - ˈmænɪʤmənt -ˈsɪstəm] Stands for “content management system”. Software such as Wordpress, Joomla and Magento are used by webmasters to manage websites and content without necessarily having knowledge of HTML or other coding skills.
[kənˈvɜːʃᵊn - reɪt] The average number of conversions resulting from each click on your ad, expressed as a percentage.
[kənˈvɜːʃᵊn - reɪt - ˌɒptɪmaɪˈzeɪʃᵊn] Improving the usability of your website to increase the chances that the user will make a purchase (or perform a desired action), also known as a ‘conversion’.
[ˈkʊki] Information about a user stored by a website so that any interaction or preferences made by that user can be stored and used for future requests or remarketing campaigns.
[kɒst - pɜːr -ˌækwɪˈzɪʃᵊn] The number of conversions divided by cost.
[kɒst - pɜː - klɪk] The actual price you pay for every click on your ad as part of your Paid Search campaign.
[siː-piː-ɛm] The cost of an asset per every thousand impressions it receives.
[ˈkʌstəmə - rɪˈleɪʃənʃɪp - ˈmænɪʤmənt] A technology used by marketing and sales teams to manage interactions with leads and potential customers.
[ˈdɪʤɪtl - piː-ɑː] Building a series of links back to your company or website through providing expert comments and thought-leadership pieces across various online platforms. This often requires strong relationships with journalists and external publishers.
[dɪsˈpleɪ - ˈædvətaɪzɪŋ] A form of digital advertising that displays visual imagery on an advertising network to third-parties.
[iː-iː-eɪ-tiː] An acronym standing for ‘(experience) expertise, authority, trust’ – a key part of modern search.
[ɛksˈtɜːnl - lɪŋk] A link on your website directing users to a third-party site.
[ˈfiːʧəd - ˈsnɪpɪt] Provides answers to specific questions or search terms, and are displayed in a small box at the top of the search results page . They aim to answer the question without having the user click on the search result.
[eɪʧ-tiː-ɛm-ɛl] Stands for “hyper-text mark-up language” and is the code that makes up a website.
[eɪʧ-tiː-tiː-piː-ɛs] Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is used for secure communication over a computer network, and is widely used on the Internet.
[ˈhaɪpəlɪŋk] A snippet of text in a piece of content that takes you to another link or webpage. The hyperlinked text is often displayed in a different colour to the rest of the document, and can also be underlined or italicised to embolden the text and encourage clicks.
[ˈɪnbaʊnd lɪŋk] A link on a third-party website that links to a page on your website.
[ˈʤɑːvəskrɪpt] A scripted language that is used to create interactivity on websites.
[ˈkiːˌwɜːd] A word (or phrase) that a user wants to search for (when searching) or wants to associate a page or piece of content onto a web page.
[ˈkiːˌwɜːd - ˈdɛnsɪti] The percentage or number of times a keyword has been mentioned on a page.
[ˈkiːˌwɜːd - rɪˈsɜːʧ] The practice used by search marketing professionals to identify actual search terms that people enter into search engines.
[ˈkiːˌwɜːd - ˈstʌfɪŋ] Also known as keyword spam, is the act of using a keyword a huge number of times on a web page in hope that the search engines notice and associate the content on the page with that keyword. Keyword stuffing can get a page or site penalised.
[keɪ-piː-aɪz] Key performance indicators.
[lɒŋ - teɪl] A more specific search query. These are generally targeted less often than so called ‘fat head’ search queries. For example you might search for “hat” which is very may have a large volume, but “blue hat with a ribbon” may have less volume but is more specific
[lʊk - əˈlaɪk - ˈɔːdiəns] A feature that can be used for advertising on certain social media platforms; allows for the upload of an existing customer or subscriber list - the platform will then use the features of the people listed to find others on the platform with similar demographics who are also likely to relate to the content being advertised.
[ˈmɛtə - ˈdeɪtə] Refers to the ‘hidden’ information within a document that gives users a concise overview of the type of content they might find on a webpage. Metadata is important information for SEO and it has a direct impact on search rankings.
[ˈmɛtə - dɪsˈkrɪpʃᵊn] A short summary of the content on a webpage that is displayed alongside search results. It is limited to 160 characters.
[ˈmɛtə - tæɡz] Lines of code within the header of a website which tell crawlers information about the page. These include the title, description and the (unused by most crawlers) keywords. It’s important to have this information so the search engines can use it to help them determine what the page is about.
[ˈmʌltɪ - ˈʧænl - ˈmɑːkɪtɪŋ] The use of several marketing channels (e.g. website, social media, email, display ads etc) to reach a wider audience and gain more exposure.
[ˈnɛɡətɪv - ˈkiːˌwɜːdz] You can set a negative keyword to tell a search engine what searches you don’t want your ads to appear for, as a way of filtering out unwanted clicks.
[ɔːˈɡænɪk - sɜːʧ] The process of achieving, improving and maintaining the visibility of a web asset (e.g. a website, Facebook page or YouTube video) within the organic or algorithmically determined search results of popular search engines.
[ɔːˈɡænɪk - sɜːʧ - rɪˈzʌlts] Search engine results which are not paid for advertisements. Paid advertisements generally appear in a (sometimes only slightly) different coloured box at the top, bottom or right hand side of the search results.
[ˈaʊtbaʊnd - lɪŋks] A link on your website directing users to a third-party site.
[peɪd - ˈmiːdiə] A form of digital advertising that involves placing assets across a variety of platforms for a fee - sometimes the fee is only charged per click (known as PPC).
[ˈpɛsl - əˈnæləsɪs] An important stage of discovery, PESTLE is the political, economic, sociocultural, technological, legal and environmental analysis of the client’s market.
[ˈpʌblɪʃə] An online digital platform that allows marketers to purchase space for advertisements.
[ˈræŋkɪŋz] The term that refers to the position of a webpage on the search engine results page.
[ˈræŋkɪŋ ˈsɪɡnlz] The criteria by which search engines evaluate webpages to compile the rankings for their search results.
[riːˈmɑːkɪtɪŋ/ˌriːˈtɑːɡɪtɪŋ] Remarketing or retargeting is the process of displaying advertisements to those who have previously interacted with your website, with the products or services they have shown an interest in.
[rɪˈtɜːn - ɒn - æd - spɛnd] A key performance indicator of paid search, representing the revenue you earn against what you’ve spent on your campaign.
[ˈskiːmə] Information markup in JSON (preferably) or microdata, schema helps add machine readable context to your content.
[sɜːʧ - ˈɛnʤɪn] An online platform that evaluates web content and matches them to user search queries or requests.
[sɜːʧ - ˈɛnʤɪn - ˈmɑːkɪtɪŋ] The combination of search engine optimisation, paid listings/advertising and other related activities used to increase your exposure to search engines and boost traffic to your site.
[sɜːʧ - ˈɛnʤɪn - ˌɒptɪmaɪˈzeɪʃᵊn] The process of optimising web pages and link building to them to increase page ranking and overall traffic in and from search engines.
[sɜːʧ - ˈɛnʤɪn - rɪˈzʌlts - peɪʤ] The page you see after you have searched for your query.
[sɜːʧ - ˈɛnʤɪn - ˈrəʊbɒts] A piece of software that collects information from websites, including their links, then follows links to other websites and repeats the process. This software is how search engines are able to show you results when you make a search. (can also be known as crawler, bot, spider etc.)
[sɜːʧ - ˈɛnʤɪn - spæm] Using excessive tactics in an attempt to rank highly on search engine results pages, often for webpages that contain nonsensical or irrelevant content.
[ˈtɛknɪkəl - ɛs-iː-əʊ] Tactics applied that improves the perception of your website to search engine robots, consequently increasing the chances of ranking higher on the search engine results pages.
[ˈjuːzə - ˈʤɛnəreɪtɪd - ˈkɒntɛnt] Forums, blog comments, reviews and wiki’s are all examples of user generated content where anybody on the web can make a contribution.
[ˈjuːzər - ˈɪntəˌfeɪs] A part of the user experience that focuses on the overall look and versatility of the layout and design of your website.
[ˈjuːnɪfɔːm - rɪˈsɔːs - ləʊˈkeɪtə] It is simply the web address used to view a website.
[juː-tiː-ɛm - ˈtrækɪŋ] When a small snippet of code is placed onto the end of a web URL that allows companies to track where their web traffic has come from. UTMs can be integrated across a variety of channels - such as social media, emails, online documents - and gives businesses an idea of which marketing channels are driving traffic to their website.
[ˈjuːzər - ɪksˈpɪərɪəns] The way a user feels when interacting with your website; it is important to ensure that the user has an enjoyable and seamless experience when navigating your site.
[ɛks-ɛm-ɛl] Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language and file format for storing, transmitting, and reconstructing arbitrary data.