Paid, Owned and Earned Media. What are the differences?

But before we do any of that I cant wait to have a chat with Ryan Holtz. Ryan’s digital marketing work has been featured by Twitter, Automotive News, Canadian Auto Dealer Magazine, Huffington Post and several other major publications.

An outspoken and charismatic keynote speaker at various events, schools, conferences and is in high demand so it was humbling when he agreed to come on the podcast and discuss the motoring industry and the importance of a CRM, amongst other things.


– Follow your own path, it will take you where you want to and are supposed to be. More importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the process and the getting there.

– CRM (Customer Retention or Relationship Management) is hugely important if you want to stay in touch with your core audience, BUT and this is a massive BUT – The data must be clean and valid – rubbish in – rubbish out, unless you want to target M. Mouse and D. Duck! Think of it as your businesses little black book (for those who don’t know, a little black book used to be the thing ‘metaphorically speaking’ that had all your contacts in – those, personal, intimate contacts *cough* moving on.

– In this fast paced world you need to keep an open mind and always be ready to change on a Dime. Today, we have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field with the giants of our industries and because the small businesses have the flexibility to move fast, this should be taken advantage of wherever possible.

Paid, Earned and Owned Media

This is where I tell you the difference between paid, owned and earned media in a digital landscape. Now this is important for two reasons. 1 – You should know this regardless of where you are at in your career, 2 – It forms the fundamentals of Digital Marketing tactics.

Earned media is essentially online word of mouth, usually seen in the form of mentions, shares, reposts, reviews, recommendations, likes, retweets or whatever term a platform uses for engagement of any kind.

Owned media is what it says it is, it’s any web property that you are in control of. This can be your own website, a blog or a social media channel.

Paid media is simply what you pay for within the online space. Usually to generate traffic or create further engagement through things like online advertising, paid social (posts and even influencers) and not forgetting PPC (Pay Per Click) and retargeting.

Happy Marketing Everyone!

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