Find out which digital marketing tools made our top 9 recommendations for 2019
When it comes to digital marketing tools, there’s a myriad of choice. There are hundreds of tools to improve your digital efforts. By the end of 2018 it was estimated that there were approximately 6,800 different marketing technologies and tools on the market, 27% more than 2017. We have reviewed what we consider the 9 best digital marketing tools that you should be using in 2019.
At Kagool, we provide our clients with search marketing services, therefore it seems appropriate to kick-start this list with three SEO tools that we use on a daily basis to provide us with the information to help our clients achieve their goals.
The first, Moz, offers a variety of SEO tools. Including: keyword research, link building, site audits and page optimization insights.
These tools track online visibility and indicated actions to improve their search engine ranking. Moz is a useful tool for any marketer, placing emphasis on the following areas:
- Visibility – track keywords for Google, Bing and Yahoo in 200+ countries. In addition, Moz also tracks geo-targeted keywords to generate local rankings.
- Authoritative metrics – Provides industry leading metrics, particularly with regards to hierarchical information such as Page Authority and Domain Authority.
- Links – In addition to measuring your backlinks, most valuable pages and anchor text, Moz also proactively looks for unlinked mentions and competitive link opportunities.
- Keyword Analysis – With smart SERP analysis, Moz provides comprehensive keyword-based data (i.e. which words are ranking, who’s searching, where traffic is generating etc.)
- Moz campaigns – Another cool feature is that campaigns can be tracked for a company which update varying search marketing statistics on a weekly basis. On the Campaign Dashboard, high level stats and insights such as search visibility and link metrics are presented.
SEMRush is a complete tool suite for digital marketing management. It helps with keyword suggestion and highlights competitor activity across organic search, pay per click (PPC) advertising, display advertising and Google shopping.
SEMrush enables marketing professionals to gain leverage over their competition by giving them valuable insight into what their consumers and prospects are interested in alongside data showing how competitors are tackling the same challenge.
A benefit of this digital marketing tool is that it offers data into the SEO tactics of competing organisations. The tool highlights the keywords that underpin competitors’ search engine rankings. Additionally, SEMrush lets companies know when there is a new player in the market and tracks how the website rankings change. This is great for marketers looking to improve their digital marketing strategy.
SEMrush also benefits those who are running PPC campaigns too. Companies can compare their advertising approaches with those of their rivals which allows budgets to be adjusted in accordance to what terms make are popular for competitors and themselves. It solves a number of problems that may not even be noticed without using this particular tool.
The third and final SEO tool that you need in 2019 is Ahrefs. Like Moz and SEMrush, Ahrefs allows you to learn lots about your competitors, including:
- Where they get traffic
- Where they rank for specific keywords
- How many backlinks they have
- Who exactly links to their website
There are several useful digital marketing tools within Ahrefs itself that benefit an organisation. Alerts can be set up each time a website ranks for a new keyword or is mentioned on the web. Furthermore, Ahrefs provides a comprehensive Site Audit tool and a Rank Tracker tool too.
One of the most useful features is their Keyword Explorer – an enormous database of keywords from 170 countries. The explorer shows accurate search volume data, how many searches are with clicks and how many searches are without clicks. It also shows the keyword difficulty in other words and how hard it is to rank for those specific words.
Google Keyword Planner
Google’s keyword planner is not an all-in-one tool like the previous ones mentioned but a free tool to research and evaluate keywords and their search volume. Although designed for Google Ads, it works perfectly for SEO purposes too. The tool shows a keyword’s traffic volume and estimates the competitiveness of the term. The tool highlights seasonal changes in search trends which is vital for campaign planning.
This allows you to identify the low hanging fruit (high volume, low competition terms) and optimise content to rank for those terms. Once the data is gathered, it can be exported. Although the level of data it provides is basic in comparison to other tools, the insights gained are valuable and can be beneficial to your organisation’s SEO and PPC campaigns.
Google Analytics is one of the most widely used digital marketing tools in the world. Marketing Land state that it is used by between 30-50 million websites. No matter how many websites use it, if you are a digital marketer, growth hacker, marketing manager or even a CEO, it is beneficial.
Google Analytics allows you to figure out where users are coming from, what goals are achieved on your site, what you need to do differently to your competition and what social media platform to target. There’s a long list of benefits and advantages to using Google Analytics. Some benefits you should consider:
- It is FREE to use
- Powerful customizable reports
- You can track campaigns that are driving traffic to your website
- Export to Excel quickly and easily
- Ability to measure internal site search which can help make effective changes to your navigation and product offers
- Advanced segments for ad hoc analysis
- Multi-channel funnels which go beyond looking at last click conversions
- Ability to monitor mobile and tablet traffic – it’s easy to see how your mobile and tablet traffic is growing and whether this visitor segment is converting or not
Google Analytics is a must-have tool for any organisation’s website. As a Google partner, our digital marketing teams are Google certified so that we get the most out of Google Analytics for our clients.
Google Tag Manager
There is a common misconception that Tag Manager is the same thing as Google Analytics. This is not the case, it’s a completely separate tool. In short, Google Tag Manager is a user-friendly solution to managing the tags, or the snippets of Java Script that send information to third-parties on your website or mobile app.
It simplifies the process of adding these snippets to a website. Instead of updating code on your website, you use the interface to decide what needs to fire on what page or what action. Google Tag Manager then adds the appropriate tracking to your site to make sure it all works.
Another benefit is that it integrates and works together seamlessly with Google Analytics. One example would be using Tag Manager to send different pieces of data to Google Analytics such as pageviews and events. Although Tag Manager is free, if you don’t already have a dedicated experienced digital marketer in-house it can take some time to master. Partnering with a digital agency with the experience and expertise would likely see better results, faster.
SimilarWeb is a tool that is useful for when you do not have access to Google Analytics. It is an online competitive intelligence tool that provides traffic and marketing insights for any website.
It transforms raw data into engaging and insightful web metrics for any external website. Information provided includes:
- estimated traffic of a site
- what are the sources of that traffic
- what are the countries
- a basic idea of the keywords that the website ranks for
Most of these features are available in the free version, but there is also a paid for premium version that can be customised to your needs. It offers unlimited results per metric, up to three years of web traffic data and more insights such as global and country level data.
Other insights include desktop vs mobile web split analysis, popular pages, keyword analysis and the ability to compare five websites side by side. Furthermore, all these statistics can be accessed through a handy chrome extension that gives a quick snapshot. SimilarWeb is most certainly a tool that you can gain a lot of valuable insight from.
If user experience (UX) is important to you, HotJar is a tool that you must have. HotJar is a suite of analytics tools that helps you gather qualitative data. This is reported in the form of heatmaps, funnel tracking, visitor recordings, user polls and surveys.
When it comes to heatmaps and recordings, HotJar will even drill down to device level and provide a different view depending on whether a visitor has arrived on a desktop, tablet or a mobile phone.
Interestingly, this kind of technology isn’t new, simply that before HotJar all these tools were available on different disparate services. With HotJar, everything is under one roof.
In terms of benefits, it is affordable, it is really simple to use (a heatmap can be set up in 30 seconds), has fantastic customer support and if you do not want to shell out any money at all, there is a free version which gives you basic features and functionality.
Social media is a powerful tool to connect your business or brand with your audience but posting without understanding who your audience is or what type of content they want is like driving in the dark without headlights.
Facebook has a powerful and free analytics tool called Facebook Insights which allows you to easily measure the performance of your orgainsation’s page. No matter what your goals are on Facebook – building brand awareness, communicating with customers, or getting followers to take an action. Facebook analytics will help you understand who your most engaged audience is and how they’re interacting with your page.
With Facebook Insights you can visualize mass amounts of data with bar charts, graphs or tables. it helps you optimise the promotion of your next event, better time the publishing off your posts, target certain demographics and discover what works and what doesn’t. It is one of the most comprehensive social media analytics tools and more and more businesses are using it to optimise their social media campaigns. Facebook Insights should definitely be on your radar for 2019 if you’re not already using it.
Take advantage of our digital marketing tools
There’s a lot more great tools in our portfolio that we use to get great results for our clients and our own digital marketing. Realistically, having the time, expertise and budget to invest in all of the tools mentioned is unlikely for most organisations. Subscriptions to these amazing tools costs thousands monthly.
Partnering with Kagool is a more practical and economical way to gain access to these tools and the rewards that comes with professionals implementing them. Contact us today to discuss your digital roadmap for the year ahead and how we can help you achieve great results.