Have you tried setting big goals like “growing enterprise sales by 10x by the end of the year” to motivate your team?
But it’s been 6 months, and your metrics aren’t looking like you’re hitting those ambitious numbers soon.
Argh. What went wrong?
Maybe you set the goal when you felt inspired and never looked at it again. Or your team didn’t feel the goal was achievable and felt demotivated.
Having goals and clear expectations leads to more productive employees and improves company growth rate. Tech employees who know their company goals also work in companies with a 3x year-over-year growth rate, according to research by Hypercontext.
If you’ve made this project management mistake, you’re not alone.
One way to avoid these mistakes is by tracking and consistently reporting on your company’s key performance indicators (KPIs).
We’ll introduce you to the KPI scorecard, a simple tool that helps you track and communicate your KPIs effectively. You’ve got templates to quickly create one for your business, and a step-by-step tutorial to help you.
Think of the KPI scorecard as a magnifying glass for your business.
It zooms in on a specific area of your business or zooms out to analyze the business's overall performance, monitoring and presenting performance metrics in an easy-to-read manner.
Teams and business executives use the KPI scorecard to measure progress on business goals, understand how teams or individual employees are performing, and make business decisions backed by data.
Dashthis’s interactive KPI dashboard
The traditional performance scorecard answers the “how are we doing on X initiative against our target” question.
It’s the performance management approach familiar to most organizations. Each scorecard provides a set of metrics analyzing a department's or employee's performance (think of that yummy bonus that awaits you if you exceed all your KPIs) and compares actual performance against goals.
While KPI scorecards use tables and numbers to represent information, some add interactive dashboards as data visualizations to visualize KPIs in context and spot trends over time.
Created by Dr. Robert Kaplan and Dr. David Norton, this strategy map is a management tool looking at organizational performance from 4 different perspectives.
Image source: Balanced Scorecard Institute
A key strength of this approach is seeing how investing in internal capabilities like employee training and improving internal processes improves key business metrics like customer satisfaction and financial performance.
Use a balanced scorecard template to get a holistic view of your company's performance and visualize company strategy. You’ll also get a clear picture of which areas are doing well in your company and where you can improve, speeding up your strategic planning and task management processes.
Are you tracking the performance over time of your marketing department? Perhaps you’ve deployed a series of campaigns and need a closer eye on how they’re doing. Or are you looking at the health of your business as a whole?
Consider which of your strategic objectives you’re trying to measure. Getting this part right ensures your scorecard remains focused in the next few steps.
Tracking everything that moves is overwhelming, leading to cluttered reports and everyone frustrated.
We don’t want that, so we recommend tracking 10-15 KPIs in one scorecard to keep them focused. Relook at your goals and choose KPIs with the highest impact on these goals.
What does success look like for these KPIs? You may want to use the SMART methodology (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) to write easily understood KPIs with an appropriate timeframe for each goal.
While free tools like Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel work when you’re first starting out, they aren’t the best choice if you’re trying to save bucketloads of time copying and pasting data for the twentieth dashboard you’re making.
Take your KPI tracking to the next level and save time with software tools like DashThis with automated reporting, and interactive visualizations of strategic goals which your client or boss will understand at a glance.
It’s faster than doing everything by hand and looks way slicker too.
Looking to build your own KPI scorecard template?
Get inspired with these 5 templates for different business types and marketing functions to get a full view of how your teams and businesses perform. Feel free to customize and adapt these templates to suit your needs.
Start building a KPI scorecard for your SEO campaigns with this template.
We’ve included all key SEO metrics in one dashboard from organic traffic, channel comparison, and landing page ranking, with headers to organize your metrics, making the reports easy to read for teams and stakeholders in real-time.
An SEO KPI report template in DashThis. Grab this dashboard with your own data!
You’ll love this template if you need to track multiple digital marketing campaigns KPIs.
Add as many sections as needed for each paid search campaign, with a simple overview on top summarizing key points and recommendations to steer meetings in the right direction.
DashThis’s digital marketing report template
Millions of websites worldwide use Google Analytics, which lets you track over 200 metrics along the path to conversion.
This report covers critical performance metrics like conversion and website bounce rates, allowing you to identify improvement points and track KPIs appropriate to your business without overwhelming the reader with irrelevant information.
Tip: If SEO is a priority, try integrating this report with Google Search Console (GSC) data to see how your SEO efforts affect website performance.
DashThis’s Google Analytics report template
Email marketing remains an effective marketing channel. Yet 25% of marketers found using data effectively to make decisions challenging.
Make the data analysis process easier by ensuring all key performance indicators are in one place. This template outlines all critical metrics in one report, including open/click rates, subscriber growth over time and deliverability ratings.
DashThis’s email marketing KPI report template. Grab this dashboard with your own data!
DashThis’s e-commerce report template
E-commerce store owners, this template is for you.
Get an overview of your business health from website performance, marketing, and sales conversions over time. We’ve also included a table to help you identify top-performing channels and landing pages. Hence, you know which channels bring in the most sales and potential areas for improvement.
Step 1: Sign up for an account with DashThis (your first 15 days are on us!)
Step 2: Connect your favorite marketing tools and data sources in seconds (we support over 40 integrations with top-rated content marketing apps and digital marketing tools
Step 3: Select the KPIs you wish to track from DashThis’ preset widgets
Step 4: Drag and drop as many data points as you desire to create your custom KPI dashboard.
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Setting goals and KPIs aren’t just a way to keep your employees accountable for targets (or scare them during performance appraisal season, mind you.)
Clear goals ensure transparency between organizational leadership and employees. They help leaders make decisions and keep everyone accountable for a healthy and efficient work environment. A thoughtful KPI setting motivates your employees to do their best work.
If you’ve made mistakes setting KPIs in the past, don’t worry.
Now is the time to turn it around with these tools.
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