Develop a digital marketing plan
Legal considerations in digital marketing
There are a number of laws that relate specifically to digital marketing. You need to keep abreast of changes in this area to ensure that you are complying with the various rules.
Email and SMS marketing rules
There are rules covering marketing emails and SMS messages to individuals.
The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations introduced an opt-in consent procedure for commercial emails - which means you can only target people who have agreed to be contacted.
The rules only apply to new customers. You can continue marketing to existing customers provided they can opt-out of future messages and the marketing messages cover similar products and services.
You must also clearly mark your emails with your contact details and include a valid return email address.
Your website and social media
All websites should carry your company's registered address and company (or charity) registration number. Consider including usage terms and conditions and a disclaimer for your website:
You should be aware of legal implications and best practice when using social media.
Cookies are text files that are stored on a user's computer when they visit a website that uses them. Thereafter, the cookie sends information back to the website and can be used to monitor browsing preferences of users, eg types of goods searched for, pages visited and length of dwell time on each page.