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Key Marketing Metrics To Track

How do you measure success? How do you make decisions? You need reliable information. These are the Top 5 Key Marketing Metrics To Track.

The 5 Most Important Marketing Metrics For Your Business

 
After setting your marketing strategy into motion you need to see if it’s working and that means setting up your analytics.
 
There’s a long list of analytics we could talk about but I want to emphasize the 5 most analytics that you need to understand in detail if you’re serious about growing your business. These metrics are:
 
  1. Website visitors
  2. Conversion to leads
  3. Conversion to paying customers
  4. Customer acquisition cost
  5. Customer lifetime value
 
Funnels
 
Before we talk about each of them, let’s make sure we understand the sequence of events involved with getting a paying customer.
 
You should create an outline of the sequence of events for each service, target market, and promotional channel.
 
Think of these as individual sales funnels.
 
For example, if you want to offer estate planning services to people in your local area by using Google Ads to bring people to your site (visitors) then ask them to signup to receive a free report (leads) like “5 Critical Thing To Consider When Planning Your Estate” the follow up with an email to offer your services, your funnel could be:
  • Google ads > landing page > email optin > email sequence for 5 weeks > schedule a call > paying customer
 
If you wanted to offer CFO services by using SEO your funnel could be:
  • SEO > landing page > email optin > email sequence for 5 weeks > schedule a call > paying customer
 
Visitors, Leads, Paying Customers
 
In this case, you want to know:
  • How many people visited the landing page?
  • How many signed up for a free report?
  • How many scheduled a call?
  • How many became paying customers?
 
A typical result would be: 100 visitors, 5 scheduled calls, 1 paying customer.
 
Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC)
 
Now that you have this information you can calculate your average Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC).
 
In this example, if the 100 visitors were from Google Ads and you paid $5 per click then you spent $500 to get one customer. This is your CAC.
 
Customer Lifetime Value (CLV)
 
Now, you need to decide whether spending $500 per paying customer is an acceptable number.
 
The first thing you need to do to answer this question is to calculate the Customer Lifetime Value (CLV).
 
For example, if the average amount you charge for your services for these customers is $2,000 then you know that: $2,000 (short term revenue) – $500 (CAC) = $1,500 profit.
 
Now you just need to deduct any costs incurred when delivering the service.
 
For example, if you have employees or you outsourced some or all of the work to a freelancer then you need to deduct those costs.
 
In the meantime, if you do a good job for the client and have an ongoing marketing strategy that targets your existing clients then you can expect to generate more revenue from this client over time.
 
That’s why we look at CLV and not just short-term value.
 
For example, if spent an additional $3,000 on additional services before ceasing to be a customer then the CLV would be $2,000 (initial services) + $3,000 (additional services) = $5,5000.
 
Again, you will need to deduct any expenses incurred in delivering the additional services in order to calculate an accurate profit number.
 
Gathering data
 
There are many tools that you can use to collect and analyze data but, at a minimum, you will need Google Analytics.
 

 

 

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How to optimize Results

 

The whole point of tracking these marketing metrics is to make decisions about how to optimize each step of the customer journey and generate more revenue.
 
In summary, you will need to do competitor research (and complete a competitive analysis) so that you can develop a unique selling proposition. People need to be clear about why they should buy from you and not your competitor.
 
After attracting your target market to your website you will need to make sure that you have created an effective funnel and addressed all of the website trust required to maximize conversions.
 
 
Conclusion
In some cases, you will be profitable after selling the initial service.
 
In other cases, you will only be profitable after providing the additional services.
 
The critical conclusions are:
  • Comparing your Customer Acquisition Cost with your Customer Lifetime Value allows you to understand how profitable your marketing activity is over the short, medium, and long term.
  • You can use this information to understand whether to scale up, adjust or terminate a marketing strategy.
  • You need to be “very pro-active” about optimizing each step and ensuring that you are accurately measuring each step. You need to maximize the traffic flowing into the top of the funnel and you need to optimize the conversion rates at each step and you need to maximize your ‘backend’ (additional) services.
 
If I ask you for each of these metrics and you cannot tell me the answer (without researching anything) then I will not take you seriously as a business owner.
 
If you take the view that these a numbers that your “marketing person” knows and there is no need for you to know them, then you are wrong and I will not take you seriously as a business owner.
 
As you can see, these 5 simple metrics can tell you almost everything you need to know about how effective your overall marketing strategy really is.

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  • Adam Radly

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