eMarketing: The essential guide to marketing in a digital world
By Rob Stokes and the Minds of Quirk
eMarketing: The essential guide to marketing in a digital world By Rob Stokes and the Minds of Quirk
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I am immensely proud to present the 5th Edition of the Quirk marketing textbook.
It is now 6 years since we began work on the first edition, and it’s quite amazing
to see how much it has grown. Not only in line with the changes in our industry,
but also through very important input from our passionate and kind community of
learners and educators.
The evolution of the discipline of marketing is best represented by the change in
the subtitle of our book. When we started, this book was called eMarketing: the
essential guide to digital marketing. Today as you will see, we have adjusted this
to eMarketing: the essential guide to marketing in a digital world. This change
has been an easy and natural one. It underlines an important shift in the way we
think about and engage with digital. Digital is not a channel in the same way that
a marketer might view television or radio as a channel. Instead digital is a way of
life. It is the experiential glue which binds previously separated media together.
Because of this, digital enables a cohesive brand experience that wasn’t previously
on offer. In fact, it’s highly likely that within the next edition or two, we will need
to acknowledge this shift in the role of digital by ditching the “e” in eMarketing. At
best it is quickly becoming passé, at worst it will become completely redundant.
At Quirk, we no longer see ourselves as a digital marketing agency, but rather as
a marketing agency born digital. We still consider ourselves to be experts in the
digital realm and as digital natives we still have bits and bytes coursing through
our veins. However it is because of our understanding of brands and how to build
them in a digital world that our clients are turning to us for far more than just a
website or some SEO. Today we find ourselves as lead agency on a number of
prestigious brands. These brands see that their customers are living in a digital
world and therefore trust a partner like Quirk to lead them in that world.
Our textbook is now used in almost 1000 academic institutions globally. This is
largely due to brave and forward thinking educators to whom we owe a huge debt
of gratitude. They have walked a journey with us, embraced a book published
by an agency (a fact which hasn’t gained easy acceptance by the very traditional
academic community), and have provided us with tremendous encouragement and
invaluable feedback to ensure that this book keeps pace not only with a fast moving
industry, but with their evolving needs as well.
We believe in education. Educated people make better decisions and have more
potential for an improved life. We also believe that particularly for tertiary education
to have an effective future a partnership between the private and academic sectors
is vital. It ensures the very best education is as accessible as it can be to as many
people as possible. By making our textbook available for free online we hope to
propel this dream forward. In fact, less than 10% of the many institutions who use
our book actually pay for it and we are thrilled by this. At Quirk we want to make a
dent in the world and this is an important part of us achieving that.
Another important change for this edition has been the appointment of our
academic partner, Red & Yellow, who have helped us improve the pedagogy and
academic rigour of the textbook. Founded twenty years ago in 1994, Red & Yellow
is one of South Africa’s leading marketing colleges. Last year Quirk Education
merged with Red & Yellow to form an academic institution which we believe
will serve its students very well into the future. This new entity combines Red
& Yellow’s tremendous experience in marketing’s academic space with Quirk’s
digital skills and online training expertise. Relevant and practical content can
thus be delivered through the methodology best suited for the student – online,
contact or a hybrid of both. In order to effectively join forces, we must see the end
of the Quirk Education brand. This is slightly sad for me, but is part of an important
evolution and I am immensely excited about the high quality of students Red &
Yellow is already producing at this early stage of their combined adventure. The
future holds great promise indeed.
From a content perspective, this book is a real step up from the previous edition. As
with the 4th Edition, we’ve maintained Quirk’s Think, Create, Engage and Optimise structure. We have, however, worked much harder to acknowledge the useful
links between disciplines throughout the book. The lines between disciplines
in the media landscape can be blurry, but we find the TCEO structure gives us
an effective way of tackling the big picture explanation for comprehension. This
foundation then enables us to focus on the nuance where the rubber hits the road.
Apart from a general update of facts, stats and case studies, we’ve made a few
other important changes. Firstly the Think section has been expanded, with a
much improved market research chapter and the addition of content strategy
chapter as well. The section is better equipped as a platform for approaching
the rest of the book and the marketing process in general. In the Create section
we’ve added a chapter on User experience design and in the Engage section the
Video Marketing and Mobile chapters have been greatly expanded to reflect their
growing importance in the marketing landscape.
The last update is a valuable one for readers of the printed edition. Because the
book is available for free download we wanted to give you extra reason to part
with your hard earned cash when buying a printed copy. To achieve this, we’ve
partnered with many great vendors to provide a wide array of useful vouchers that
will help you get started with what you learn from this book.
I started Quirk almost 15 years ago. Whilst we’ve grown successfully as a business
over that time this textbook remains my proudest achievement even though I didn’t
write it. I may have had the original idea, but it’s a team effort and I wouldn’t want
to take that away from the people who have worked so hard to make it a reality.
Putting each edition together takes a huge amount of work by many people. My
name is on the front purely because someone’s name has to be on the front.
Thankfully the font gets smaller and smaller every year.
In particular I want to recognise Kat Scholtz who has overseen the production of
this 5th Edition. I have worked with Kat for over 5 years now and you just couldn’t
find a better qualified person to lead such an effort. I mean this both from a skills
and experience perspective as well as the deep passion and excitement Kat has for
producing a great resource which we know will help many hundreds of thousands
of people. Kat has also surrounded herself with a phenomenal knowledge team
whose job it has been to synthesize the knowledge of our agency into an easy to
use guide which is accessible to all. To Kat and her team, from the bottom of my
heart I thank you so very much for your incredibly hard work in making this dream
a reality. You deserve all the credit for this fantastic book.
I’m proud of the book because it genuinely is good and it is genuinely free. To
have brought Quirk to a place where it can afford to make this contribution to our
industry and community is an incredible feeling.
We hope you enjoy our book and remember, the most important thing any human
can do is teach, even if you’re not a teacher. Share your knowledge and make the
world a better place.
Onwards and upwards!
Some thoughts on Marketing from Seth Godin.
I don’t think you’ll learn much from this textbook. It’s nothing specific–I actually
don’t think you can learn how to market from any textbook. As marketing textbooks
go, this is a very good one, but still, it’s not going to work.
It’s not going to work because marketing is about nuance, experience,
experimentation and passion. And I don’t have a clue how you could start from
scratch and learn that from a textbook, no matter how good.
So, what to do?
The first thing you should do is obsess about the terms in this book. Vocabulary
is the first step to understanding, and if you don’t know what something means,
figure it out. Don’t turn the page until you do.
Second, get out of the book. Go online. Go market.
There are very few endeavors that are as open to newcomers, as cheap and as easy
to play with. You can’t learn marketing without doing marketing. Go find a charity
or a cause or a business you believe in and start marketing. Build pages. Run ads.
Write a blog. Engage. Experiment.
If you don’t learn marketing from this process (the book for vocabulary, the web
for practicing) then you have no one to blame but yourself. You’ve already made the
first step, don’t blow it now.
We need you. Market what matters.
Author Purple Cow, Permission Marketing and Linchpin ii
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w sReviews for eMarketing:
The essential guide to marketing in a digital world Fifth Edition
Most people are looking for definitive answers in the digital space and you will find
there are not many. It is all about an approach and finding the solution that best
suits your company, strategy and organisational needs. The insights and approach
provide a well structured guide to the channels and approaches that you will need
to consider as you navigate the digital highway. A great companion to help you in
Richard Mullins, Managing Director MEA, Acceleration
For a comprehensive source of digital marketing information, the eMarketing
textbook provides an insightful guide to the digital world with this ever changing
and dynamic environment. Having had invaluable input from the top minds in the
SA digital industry, the publication renders credible content which can be put to
task in the real time digital industry.
Nic van den Bergh, Founder & Director of Macula
Reviews for previous editions
I found eMarketing: The essential guide to digital marketing to be an excellent
guide on digital marketing. The book covers all the essentials that someone
would need on digital marketing.Rob Stokes and the Minds of Quirk provide an
excellent approach with their think, create, engage, and optimize framework.
This framework allows the reader to think carefully about their overall strategy,
the web assets that they need to create, and how to effectively engage with their
audience through multiple digital vehicles. Additionally, Rob Stokes and team
provide a great overview on how to measure and optimize one’s activities in digital
via web analytics and conversion optimization. This book provided me with a
solid background on all aspects of digital marketing. It allowed me to build and
accelerate on my foundation in digital marketing. I still use the book as a handy
guide, especially for its glossary of terms. This book is a great one stop place for
everything important to know about digital marketing.
Phillip Leacock,Digital Marketing Director, Sears Home Services
eMarketing is comprehensive and a ‘must have’ for anyone wanting to gain a more thorough understand of digital marketing. It’s ‘required reading’ for people
working in the digital space, and ‘recommended’ for those involved in advertising,
PR, social media and other areas that are ‘touched’ by digital. Having this book on
your desk as a reference tool will keep you ahead of the game.
I have found myself dipping in and out of it over the past few months, reaching for
it when I needed more information on a particular area of digital marketing, or
clarification of a technical term or phrase.
Trevor Young, Director of strategy and innovation, Edelman Australia
If you aren’t a marketer, this is a must have book; if you know a marketer, do him
or her a favour and get it for them; if you are just interested in eMarketing and want
to expand your general business knowledge, buy two copies – someone will want
to borrow them from you.
Jaco Meiring, Digital – Investec
Quirk’s eMarketing handbook covers all the most important concepts which
are necessary for eMarketing excellence today. I would highly recommend it as
both a study guide and a practitioner’s reference manual. Congratulations to the
QuirkStars on all the thought, research and work that has obviously gone into this.
Dave Duarte, founder and director of Nomadic Marketing, UCT Graduate School of Business
I found Quirk’s eMarketing textbook for my New Media Marketing class while
searching for a low cost alternative to keep textbook costs down for my students
… I found Quirk’s eMarketing textbook to be very well written, concise and to the
point regarding what people should know about internet marketing, as well as
being fairly comprehensive in the topics covered.
Karl Kasca Instructor at UCLA Extension
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