Recently, I was having a discussion with my brother-in-law about my job. He’s employed in a completely unrelated field, and from his perspective, I’m in the advertising industry. Because this conversation was happening while we were on vacation, instead of giving him a four-hour presentation about what I do, I simply said that I make “websites show up better for keywords in Google.” And then, having finished our brief conversation, we proceeded to happily eat s’mores around the campfire.
The more I reflect on this conversation, however, the more I wish I had spent just a little extra time explaining my profession because, while my brother-in-law no longer considers me to be part of the advertising industry, he now thinks that all I do is try to trick Google into ranking a website for a keyword. And in my opinion, that’s also a pretty poor understanding of what I do for a living.
So, in an attempt to reconcile with myself, I’ve decided to write the following post to help not only my brother-in-law, but you, our avid readers, secure a better understanding of what web marketing is and how it plays a role in the bigger marketing picture.