eMarketing: The Essential Guide to Marketing in a Digital World
Rob Stokes, Quirk eMarketing
Pub Date: 2013
ISBN 13: 978-0-6205651-5-8
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This textbook has an excellent coverage of the subject matter. It includes almost all aspects in e-marketing ranging from emarketing tactics to read more
This textbook has an excellent coverage of the subject matter. It includes almost all aspects in e-marketing ranging from emarketing tactics to strategy as well as Web design, writing for the web, marketing research. It is good for giving students a broad introduction of emarketing. The index and glossary are good. Unfortunately, the comprehensiveness makes it difficult to focus on certain areas where students seem to be more interested in. For instance, the social media and the mobile advertising are today's hot areas, but the textbook could not elevate these areas over others. Also, a lot of content in the book are aging. Given the comprehensive nature of this book, it will take author(s) much time and effort to remove the obsolete content, update the existing content, and include the new content.
Although the content was accurate at the time of writing, it has been less accurate in the passage of time. The problem is that the subject of emarketing is like fast moving target. It is constantly changing. Things get old quickly and new things keep coming out. Therefore, what used to be accurate could become quickly obsolete or less accurate. For instance, statistics used were not longer accurate and tools/software mentioned no longer were used or did not exist in the present context. Looking at the references at the end of each chapter, most were around 2008. A lot of changes have taken place even in one year, let alone a decade.
This is related to the comment #1 and #2. The relevance/longevity of this particular edition of the textbook is low. This is not the fault of the author(s). The content just need to be updated to bring relevance to the present context. The subject of emarketing tends to have short longevity.
The book did a good job in explaining and illustrating the concept, tactics, and real-world examples. The jagon/terminology was explained. There was no need for any technical or business background to understand the content.
The consistency is high.
Although the text already has some degree of modularity. In the later edition, the modularity is much better. For instance in the 4th edition published in 2011, the book was divided into four key modules: Think, Create, Engage, and Optimize. All the chapters fit well under each of the modules. Sections inside the chapters are well organized to support the chapters and the modules. With a high level of modularity, the text provides instructors leeway to pick and choose areas to cover and to emphasize.
Overall, the organization/structure/flow of this textbook is fair. However, the later edition has improved even more. The organization flows in a logical fashion and the content is linked by the key modules: Think, Create, Engage, and Optimize.
The book is easy to read and follow. All the illustrations are well crafted. The use of color is quite good. However, to print the e-book is little more challenging. Due to the light color of some texts, while they look OK on the screen, some texts did not print out well on the paper. Also, there is NO mobile friendly version. PDF format lacks the responsiveness when it is read from a mobile device.
The text contains no grammatical errors, but one needs to be aware that it was written in British English.
The text tries to reach out to the global audience. It used examples and cases from different countries including Europe, S. Africa, and the U.S. Although this is a good attempt, in practice trying to reach global audience makes the text less cultural relevance to a specific country. For instance, when the text was adopted and used in the U.S., students seemed not to be able to appreciate or relate to tools/services/software from other countries. They never heard of companies or organizations that might be familiar to others. Perhaps, it could be the same case for students in other countries to appreciate when things related to U.S. were presented in the textbook. In this subject of emarketing, it is more difficult to be cultural relevance. I think therefore it might be better just to include country specific information rather than trying to reaching to many different countries.
Overall, the text is a good text for emarketing at the time of its writing (about 10 years ago). However, things have changed much since then. In order to be accurate, relevant, consistent, and informative, the text needs to be updated. Obsolete content needs to be removed. Old content needs to be updated. New content needs to be added. My recommendation is not to adopt the existing edition of the text currently posted in the Open Textbook Library. If anyone likes the text, he/she should look for the newer edition of the same text. It has all the strengths of this text but with up-to-date information. More recent references, update links, relevant materials, and current and future trends are among the features in the newer edition of the text. I adopted and used the 4th Edition (published in 2011). Even this one is already aged. Unfortunately, the more recent edition is no longer free and open as the older edition.
This is a good base text for an introductory digital marketing course. It could be supplemented with current social media concepts and practices for read more
This is a good base text for an introductory digital marketing course. It could be supplemented with current social media concepts and practices for third and fourth year students. It offers an overview of the structure of essential marketing concepts, with enough information to provide the context students need to have a thorough understanding of online marketing.
The content was accurate, but the many of the references are dated.
Due to the rapid changes in digital marketing, I often turn to non-traditional books that are very current. One thing that those books lack is the structural overview that traditional textbooks provide. This textbook helps fill in those gaps and while many of the references are dated, such as examples from the 2008 presidential campaign, the overall concepts discussed add another dimension to a course.
This book introduces a lot of industry terminology that marketing students need to know. In a field filled with industry jargon, the author does an excellent job of explaining each term in very clear, concise language. This overview of terms and in-depth explanations is easily understood by students.
This textbook is well-written, clear and consistent.
Each chapter of the book has an introduction, content and references. This structure makes it easy to use the entire book or incorporate only the pieces that fit into a specific course.
Each section flows logically from one to the next.
Several of the links in the book no longer function, but overall most work and were both relevant and useful.
This reviewer observed no grammatical errors.
This reviewer observed no culturally insensitive or offensive content.
I began incorporating sections of this textbook into my digital marketing courses this year. It is a very useful book and I recommend it. This text is a helpful addition to what we already have in place because it offers very concise explanations of a wide range of concepts. In this rapidly changing field, I think this text strikes a good balance by offering some theory along with relevant examples that are fairly up-to-date. This book is an excellent base text to work with while adding up-to-the moment content in the classroom.
The text is very comprehensive, compared to two other emarketing texts that I have used. Emarketing is a fast moving subject area, so it is read more
The text is very comprehensive, compared to two other emarketing texts that I have used. Emarketing is a fast moving subject area, so it is challenging to cover all of the emerging aspects of this topic. The author manages to do this in a way that allows the instructor to build on the author's conceptual framework as needed. The text is organized in a way that allows the instructor and students to self-determine how deep they wish to go into each topical chapter. There was no index in the PDF version of the text, which would have helped to demonstrate how comprehensive the text is.
I found no inaccuracies or biases in the text.
The fundamental concepts have long term relevance. The terminology and examples could use some updating. The text would benefit from an accompanying website that provides supplementary content to each chapter with newer material, e.g. the new expanded domain extensions such as .tech, .vin, etc. This could even be user-provided content, organized by the same chapter framework as the text.
The writing is clear, and provides extensive definitions and examples of any technical terms that were used. There was no glossary in the PDF version, which would have made it even clearer to understand.
All of the chapters are organized in the same, logical framework, so the student will find it easy to navigate from one chapter to another and within each chapter. The chapters and sub-chapter sections are all numbered in a logical sequence. However, there was no table of contents in the PDF version, with that same numbering scheme.
The modular structure was one of the best features of this text. Most of the chapters are written in a way that permits them to be used as stand-alone lessons, and taken in any order. It would be simple for the instructor (or students) to supplement the text with their own material or chapters. It would be interesting for the students to search for relevant videos, for example, to illustrate some of the concepts in the text.
The organizational structure in each chapter moves from the general to the specific. I really like the sub-chapters with a single Learning Objective, each, and then Key Learnings at the end of the chapters. This reinforces the modular organization.
The diagrams and images are all laid out in a professional manner, and all of the links that I tested worked fine. The colors, fonts and layout are also consistent from chapter to chapter.
I found no grammatical errors in the text. It is very well edited.
The text culturally inclusive, and has no observable biases.
The author has a deep understanding of the subject matter, as well as clever approaches to explain it to students in bite-size portions. It is lengthy (almost 500 pages); but the modular structure makes it easy for the instructor to use just the chapters of interest. The PDF version really needs a "book cover" illustration, table of contents, including sub-chapter numbered headings; a glossary and an index. The promotion for the text indicates that these all exist; but I was unable to find them. I highly recommend this text for courses in eMarketing. It is also a useful reference book for professionals working in this field.
The text adequately addresses the major and minor details of e-marketing and in some cases provide a “how-to” section, allowing practitioners to use read more
The text adequately addresses the major and minor details of e-marketing and in some cases provide a “how-to” section, allowing practitioners to use it as a reference. One area missing for the classroom is an international comparison of e-marketing use and success, which is helpful for both students in today’s marketplace and practitioners who may work in global organizations.
The examples used, case studies featured, screen shots illustrated, and figures presented are all seemingly accurate. The content is spot-on, and thoroughly presents a plethora of relevant information that comprise e-marketing. I am not sure the timeline in Chapter 1 reviews all key dates, though.
There are good, relevant examples and content included here. The information ties marketing research concepts to e-marketing platforms nicely, and easily connects the intricacies of e-marketing to a bigger, holistic picture. There is relevancy for students and practitioners.
While some industry-specific terms and acronyms are used, they are clearly defined and written for both the eye and ear of a novice versus an expert. The conciseness of the concepts and their relevancy does not create shortcomings in clarity.
The text is clearly written with one voice, made obvious by the consistency in sentence structure, word choice, concept definition and application, and overall framework of the content.
With well-placed lists throughout the text, the reader can quickly find relevant points without being bogged down with unnecessary word-heavy paragraphs, making it easy for the text content to be used wholly or in parts. Key content is made obvious by sentence structure and overall layout. On the flip side, there are a lot of lists (though helpful).
The short chapters are an easy read, with some key features that add value for the reader. The paragraphs flow well, and the use of figures helps with visualization of content while also breaking the monotony of text. There could be more figures, and some of the present figures need dates or timeframes as a reference point. The “key takeaways” sections serve as a nice review (easy to incorporate into the classroom). The exercises are relevant, they stimulate critical thinking, and are practitioner-based.
The text is easy to navigate and nicely labeled. Placing the references at the end of each chapter allows modularity of the content, but does require extra space before beginning the next chapter.
There were no grammatical errors in the text.
I did not find there to be any level of cultural insensitiveness in the text. As an additional chapter, it would be neat to compare e-marketing as it is known and used in America to other countries.
This book would be great for an intro to e-marketing class because of its thoroughness, or as a supplemental book for advertising or social media courses because the concise content can serve as a reference tool. Detailed and robust, it is an easy read with good “chunks” of up-to-date knowledge.
This book offers an overall perspective of e-marketing. Although app development and current technology has impacted e-marketing the text provides perspective. read more
This book offers an overall perspective of e-marketing. Although app development and current technology has impacted e-marketing the text provides perspective.
Although many of the links need updating (due to rapid change in the industry) there were no typos.
The text could be updated with current links and new techniques, yet for undergraduates (especially digital natives) it is key to understand basic strategies. There are excellent charts and takeaways that are relevant. Picking and choosing what you need for a specific area (such as pay-per-click) make it useful.
Well written and easy to understand.
Terminology is consistent throughout the text; index, references and table of contents are all clear.
Using smaller parts of this book is feasible to supplement more current information online. It provides breadth not readily available in most blog/social media size snippets of information.
Flows well; good continuity. Major concepts are easy to understand and tie together in a logical order.
PDF version worked well.
No grammar, spelling or errors in the writing.
Examples are broad and varied.
This book provides clear information regarding tactics, techniques and strategies used in electronic marketing. The examples are somewhat dated because the industry changes quickly--however, the concepts are the same. I would recommend this text.
The text covers all areas of emarketing. Very thorough, complete, and comprehensive. read more
The text covers all areas of emarketing. Very thorough, complete, and comprehensive.
I found no errors, seems to be unbiased and accurate.
The author uses a lot of political data that will lose relevancy. Also, some material regarding web sites and marketing issues are dated. Other than that, the big overall concepts are still relevant and valid. Still, a very good text for undergraduates.
The book is free of complex jargon. Perfect for undergraduates. The writing is clear, thoughtful, and articulate.
The internal coherence of the book is very good. Consistent and clear.
I only use parts of this text for my class. I just use it to augment what we already have in place. One of the reasons I use this text is for the modularity. It is easy to use just the chapters you need.
The scaffolding is perfect for undergraduates. Key concepts are always defined and clarified.
There are no problems with the books interface.
I found no grammar, syntax, spelling or mechanical issues.
The book is free of race, class, gender insensitivities.
I use this text to augment my digital commerce class. It works well when we come to discuss emarketing. It falls short of a stand alone text for my class because in addition to emarketing, we cover the creation and distribution of information and the social and political ramifications of the information economy. That said, this text is a fantastic book on emarketing and all the basics are covered and should make a very nice textbook of an undergrad emarketing class. The parts I've used are precise, clear, and concise. I have no problems with this text.
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About the Book
The newly updated edition - based on Quirk's unique Think, Create, Engage, Optimise structure and processes - includes chapters on the latest marketing trends as well as updated facts and figures and all new real-world case studies showing the application of digital best practice.
Other important updates include:
- Expansion of the THINK section to better position itself as a platform for approaching the rest of the book and the marketing process overall.
- Enormous improvements to the Market Research and Strategy chapters and the addition of a Content Strategy chapter.
- New Usability Design chapter.
- Expansion of the Video Marketing and Mobile chapters to reflect the growing importance of these areas in the digital landscape.
About the Contributors
Rob Stokes earned his Business Science Degree at the University of Cape Town and is the 2009 Bookmarks Winner for the Best Individual Contribution to Digital award. His Marketing Honors Thesis, which focused on the topic of email marketing, led to development of the company Quirk eMarketing, which he currently is the CEO of. He is considered to be an eMarketing specialist and he lectures on Internet Marketing at the University of Cape Town, Red & Yellow School of Advertising and Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He also holds various workshops and presentations on eMarketing across the globe.