Digital Marketing Salary Guide
Understand the career pathways a Digital Marketer can progress towards.
Digital Marketing Salary Guide
A career in Digital Marketing can be hugely satisfying. You can see tangible growth and results from your efforts as well as a visible impact on your audiences or clients through data-driven marketing and analytics. It can be especially rewarding when you find a fix for a problem that results in measurable improvements to a website’s performance or campaign. Another huge draw of Digital Marketing is that it provides cost-effective marketing and reach.
Digital Marketing in 2023
According to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs 2023 report, large-scale job growth in digitally-enabled roles is expected to grow by an estimated 4 million. There has been an increasing demand for digital marketing candidates in the past few years, and it is likely to continue in the years to come as companies continue to go through digital transformation and use online platforms to connect and engage with their target audiences.
The demand for tech and digital jobs in Singapore has grown significantly since the pandemic, with the need to reskill and upskill digitally being the top priority for employees. According to Grit’s Salary Report 2022/2023, Digital Marketing is in the top 5 tech skills employers are looking for, with 57% of employers looking to fill digital marketing roles. Corporations are seeking individuals who can push digital strategy to the forefront.
Digital Marketing is more than just creating a Facebook Page and running some advertisements to get Likes on your post.
With companies seeking to reach a broader audience, it is essential for them to utilise digital platforms such as social media, email, and mobile marketing. Furthermore, an omnichannel approach offers more value for businesses, allowing them to approach their audiences from different angles and platforms.
However, adopting an omnichannel strategy doesn’t mean simply using every available channel or as many channels as possible. It is about figuring out the sequence of events (customer buying journey) which takes place leading up to the action of purchase and determining which channels best lead to that success.
Therein lies the difficulty: finding out how to execute efficiently and track accurately. This important aspect has led to an increased demand for candidates who are comfortable with numbers and using analytics tools.
Salary and Pay Scale for Singapore Digital Marketers
For junior and executive positions, candidates are expected to have a broad understanding of digital marketing concepts and strategies. However, if they choose to specialise in one channel, employers would expect them to have a portfolio or evidence of practical experience in that specialisation.
When discussing digital marketing job roles in the corporate world, you start your career by either working client-side or for an agency. We shall briefly discuss the career progression pathway for both agencies and client-side.
Full-service agencies are usually called a “one-stop-shop” where you can get all the different marketing campaign components done. From market research to content production and programmatic advertising, they have a separate department focused on account management/servicing and sales.
On the other hand, it is more difficult for boutique (small) agencies to take on diverse channels as the workers tend to specialise. Therefore, their contributions are usually more focused on a specific discipline.
One key difference between job titles on both the client and agency side is the word ‘marketing’ usually surfaces more on the client side. The structure of the marketing department tends to be flatter than in an agency. There are typically 3 levels: executive, management, and director.
A digital marketing executive or assistant manager is usually the junior level within a digital marketing team. They report to the team leads or may have an assigned manager based on the projects they are currently undertaking. Their main goal is to promote and market the organisation’s products and services to audiences using various channels.
They are expected to have a comprehensive understanding of digital marketing concepts and are required to oversee the online marketing strategy for their respective organisation. Their job scope may also include liaising with agency specialists to outsource and expedite tasks.
The role of a Digital Marketing Manager or senior manager focuses more on strategic decision-making and planning on a team level. They are responsible for all aspects of a company’s marketing operations. Their central goal is to help grow a brand’s influence and have a conversion strategy in place while also increasing brand loyalty and awareness. Their versatility in their roles will also include planning, implementing, and monitoring digital marketing campaigns across various digital networks.
A Digital Marketing Director, on the other hand, should have vast marketing experience and a passion for digital technologies. They oversee different teams to ensure consistency through all digital marketing channels. They have a gift of thinking out of the box and have the quality of forward-thinking to build and maintain a strong company web presence.
Ultimately, being a director, they need to drive all digital marketing efforts to achieve business objectives for the corporation. It takes about 10 years of relevant experience developing, implementing and managing marketing campaigns to reach the director level.
The salary package will vary with the candidate’s years of experience and industry standards. These are not absolute and should only be taken as a guide. Salary figures are sourced from: Morgan McKinley, Seedly, Persolkelly & SSG, GRIT, JobStreet, Talent.sg and Payscale.
Salary Range (Annual)
|Digital Marketing Executive / Digital Marketing Associate
|$30,000 - $48,000
|Digital Marketing Manager
|$45,000 - $110,000
|Digital Marketing Director
|$84,000 - $250,000
|$42,000 - $54,000
|Digital Account Executive
|$36,000 - $42,000
|Digital Account Manager
|$45,000 - $54,000
|Social Media Manager
|$53,400 - $85,000
|Social Media Director
|$84,000 - $150,000
|Search Engine Optimisation Specialist
|$30,000 - $38,000
|Search Engine Optimisation Manager
|$54,000 - 85,000
|Paid Media Specialist
|$42,000 - $72,000
|Digital Marketing Analyst
|$30,000 - $48,000
|$45,000 - $78,000
|Conversion Rate Optimisation Manager
|$52,000 - $90,000
Like most other jobs, progressing up the career ladder takes years of experience. However, the journey will be an enriching and fulfilling one.
Companies expect candidates to possess a degree in marketing or communications. For entry-level positions, some employers may consider a diploma.
Digital marketing modules in universities and private institutions focus more on theoretical aspects and rarely offer actionable insights that candidates can apply directly to their work. This puts graduates at a disadvantage since the learning curve at the workplace can be quite steep, and digital marketing trend shifts happen frequently and quickly.
Hence, you may want to supplement your qualifications with certificates from online courses, distance learning programs, or local institutes to gain hands-on experience and applicable insights.
Ideal Qualities of a Digital Marketer
Being a competent digital marketer requires more than knowing how to navigate digital tools and platforms. Aspiring digital marketers should possess a combination of technical expertise, creative thinking, and adaptability.
Strong communication skills
Effective communication is essential for conveying ideas, collaborating with team members, and engaging with customers. The ability to condense and present information clearly are some of the core skills of a good marketer. The ideal digital marketing employee is expected to be able to articulate their thoughts confidently and coherently, as well as excel in written and verbal communication.
Digital marketers constantly need to make decisions, which need to have the backing of data to achieve KPIs and objectives. The ability to interpret and analyse data from various sources is crucial. An analytical mindset enables one to leverage trends, make data-driven optimisations, and quickly adjust strategies for better results.
Crafting successful digital marketing campaigns requires more than just data and analytics. It also involves creating captivating content and innovative strategies that capture the audience’s interest. Creativity is necessary for developing compelling marketing materials, including visually appealing graphics and persuasive ad copy.
Adaptability and Continuous Learning
Digital marketing is a fast-paced industry with trends and tools constantly changing. Hence, a successful digital marketer must commit to constant learning and adaptability to remain competitive. Knowing and understanding the industry jargon also helps, as it will come in handy if you have to evaluate pitches and hold meetings with a digital marketing agency.
For example, a Search Engine Optimisation strategy, a niche yet essential aspect of any digital strategy, has been gaining popularity in Singapore. Many marketers and business owners recognise the long-term value that SEO brings to the table.
Want a slice of the pie? Start by familiarising yourself with the phrases – check out this comprehensive SEO Glossary.
Wang Yaoxian, Senior Project Manager at Zombits, a local digital marketing agency, says there is high demand for candidates who can demonstrate problem-solving capabilities and have an analytical mindset. “Because in real life, things don’t go according to plan, and you need to be able to think on your feet and address the problem at the first opportunity. The inability to assess and process a course of action quickly can be very detrimental.”
As for advice on the good habits a digital marketer should have, he says, “Develop habits that exercise your brain. I like to stay updated on current affairs, spend some time catching up on what’s happening in the world and think about how it could affect me, my work, or my client, regardless of whether or not it is practical or applicable.”
The Biggest Brands of Tomorrow Will Be Built Online
There is no secret to having a successful career in digital marketing. However, keep in mind two points: be a creative problem solver, and remember that marketing is about connecting with an audience. Having a finger on the pulse of the industry is great, but subscribing to ebooks and mailing lists won’t do much to get you that job offer or promotion.
In an industry that moves at an incredibly fast pace, you have to take action and produce tangible results. Look at ways to upgrade your digital marketing skills by attending digital marketing courses, reading up on digital marketing resources online, starting a blog or a website, and getting a digital marketing certificate.
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