Globally Cool developed a methodology to assess the performance of the websites and social media channels of the 29 participants. The assessment consists of two pillars:
- Assessment by our team, resulting in a report with recommendations and quick wins.
- Self-assessment of website and digital marketing performance as part of the training.
Each participant received a report of about 10 pages including our manual assessment plus an annex with further (technical) findings from an automated site audit. Each report included a summary of the findings on 14 key requirements using traffic light icons (red/green), followed by an overview of recommendations & quick wins, and the assessment checklist with scoring and explanation. For this project, we also added a social media assessment checklist. The assessments were based on years of experience and hundreds of assessments for other companies.
For the training, we used our online learning platform – the Globally Cool Academy, customised for CBI – with a blended learning curriculum, including live and recorded webinars/inspiration sessions, video-learning and individual or small group coaching of the companies. We conducted 10 live webinars of around 60 minutes each, on the following topics:
- From marketing strategy to website strategy, homepage success factors, UVPs
- Website goals, product pages, about us
- Website usability
- SEO: keywords and content
- SEO: keywords and metatags
- SEO: other success factors
- Social media: LinkedIn and company pages
- Social media: Facebook and Instagram
- Social media: YouTube and social media management
- Towards a digital marketing strategy
Each webinar was facilitated by one Globally Cool trainer and where needed a moderator.
We included best practices from the three sectors for inspiration, as well as didactical proven approaches such as interactions (polls, discussions, games) at least every 10 minutes and knowledge tests. The companies also conducted their own self-assessment as part of the training. Each webinar was followed by an assignment that included a self-assessment on the subject. Our coaches provided feedback to each participant’s assignment in the e-learning system based on their own assessment. The written feedback was followed by five 1 on 1 meetings via Zoom for further clarification, steering on quick wins for all channels and creating the digital marketing strategy.
Step by step, the participants arrived at a complete action plan, with priorities and quick wins. By attending the webinars and by doing the self-assessment with us, the awareness, knowledge and skills were developed and enhanced. This has led to an individual approach per company with differentiated learning paths.
Globally Cool also drafted a job description for managing a website and digital marketing channels, including social media. This includes suggested activities, as well as targets/indicators on operational and senior management level. That way sustainability of the enhanced digital marketing performance can be further guaranteed. We integrated the job description in the training package and coach the companies on embedding it within the organisation.