It's 2017, and the digital marketing world is chaotic. Google powers 3.5 billion searches per day. Vine is dead, and Snapchat is SNAP. We live in a multidevice world where more and more Web searches are happening on mobile devices. Digital FOMO is rampant, and so tactics supersede strategy. And the most recent US presidential elections demonstrated that using data (AKA polling) as a blunt instrument is risky.

Literature about the importance of digital strategy is starting to reach fever pitch as marketers prepare to spend over $100 billion on digital by 2019, according to Forrester.

But, in the chaotic world of digital marketing, it's hard to know how exactly to create and use a digital strategy so that it meets business needs and is manageable.

Though every organization will need to customize its strategy to its own circumstances, the following are the foundations for building an enduring digital marketing strategy that works.

1. Digital Principles: Your Belief System

Brands need digital principles as much as they need brand attributes. Start by looking at the open source Digital Principles site to understand some of the basics, and then create statements that align your brand to how it should live and breathe in your digital experiences. Doing so will help you explain to your larger organization what role digital plays in building your brand and delivering on your business goals.

Those principles become a lens through which you will make all digital decisions. For one client, we put forward a digital principle that was simply this: "Make user-first digital decisions instead of organization-first decisions." That statement transformed how they thought about their marketing, and it aligned perfectly with their customer-first mission.

2. Digital Ecosystem Map: Your Atlas

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Peter Petralia is a partner at Modern Craft, where the People & Process practice he heads helps clients form highly motivated, multidisciplinary internal teams that can deliver on key business needs.

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