If your client asks how we are doing on sign-ups this month, can you confidently answer them? Or do you need to fumble through your computer files to pull out the latest report to find the answer?
Knowing your metrics well communicates credibility and confidence. If you’ve made this mistake before, creating a marketing scorecard can help you memorize your numbers.
Besides improving communication, marketing scorecards are a powerful tool to guide marketers to what’s working, what needs change, and the next steps. We’ll look at what goes into a marketing scorecard and how to use it to keep your marketing team on track.
A marketing scorecard takes your marketing goals, campaign metrics, and data. It puts data in an easily readable series of charts, widgets, and graphs to have on hand for reference or to send to your client to update them on the latest campaign performance.
And voila! Now you know how your marketing efforts are doing at a glance.
Let’s illustrate this with an example.
Let’s say you’re helping your e-commerce client focus on growing their sales and improving conversion rate while improving return on ad spend for their online store. For that, you'll need to track how effective your marketing and conversion rate optimization efforts are at bringing in qualified leads and sales.
Usually, gathering these metrics needs you to open at least three different platforms:
So to create a weekly report, you’ll need to open at least three separate tools, export their data, and format metrics in Excel. It’s tiresome and takes hours out of your day.
Automated reporting tools are your solution to make this otherwise tedious process simpler. Here’s where you can put all essential metrics in one view to monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) in real-time using tools like DashThis.
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With a marketing scorecard, you keep your team and client on the same page as you work towards the same goals. It’s a vital communication tool to keep your marketing plan focused on marketing activities that drive results.
How do you know whether your marketing campaigns are working?
Well, that’s where scorecards come in.
Let’s say you’ve been working with a clothing brand that’s just launched a new promotional summer sale campaign with their hottest summer deals. As a peak season campaign, advertising costs and competition are also at their peak, and you want to ensure the campaign is profitable for your client’s sales team.
Since this campaign is focused on generating sales and bringing in new customers, you might concentrate on these leading indicators in your scorecard:
It’s also worth thinking about how you’ll measure change in these KPIs over time, and the goal number you’re aiming for.
Did you know you can add a goal line to a widget in DashThis? Goal lines help show if you’re on track for your marketing goals. Go to any widget in your DashThis report, click Edit Widget > Data Display, and tick the Show goal line check. From there, input the goal value as you desire.
Do these marketing measurement situations sound familiar?
Celebrating when you double referral traffic from content marketing. Or when you rank on the first page for a hard-to-rank keyword.
While these situations are fantastic, and you’ve probably worked hard to get there, these metrics measure marketing output and activities, not results.
Hence, when choosing which metrics to measure, it’s crucial to ask yourself this question. How does marketing contribute to the other parts of the business, and how do I measure this?
It's easy to forget the bigger picture when we’re caught up in day-to-day work.
A marketing scorecard with the right metrics ensures your marketing activities align with your client, sales team, and management. It’s also easier to build confidence with your client by helping them see the direct impact of your work on their business.
Suppose your client had an excellent week for inbound marketing, converting twice as many people on a lead generation offer.
But do you know why this happened? Did you get a mention from an industry influencer about your company? Did a Google algorithm change, affecting search engine results?
Marketing scorecards track your week-to-week activities and results, so you don't have to rely on guesswork or assumptions for your strategic planning, making it easier to replicate your success in the future.
It’s also motivating to see numbers go up and know exactly what you did to get there.
But throwing numbers together on a scorecard doesn’t automatically help you make better decisions.
You need to establish context to give your data meaning by comparing it to something else.
Let’s look at our revenue metrics, for example.
This total revenue metric tells me how much we earned in revenue this month.
But is this number good or bad? It’s difficult to tell on its own.
However, by comparing them across channels, you better understand which channel brought in more revenue.
From here, you can sharpen your analysis by comparing them with the cost of the campaign to know how much profit each channel brought in. Or, compare revenue by channel across a time period (between one to six months) to see whether your marketing campaigns are improving or whether there’s any area for improvement.
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Being comfortable marketing and analyzing data across multiple channels is necessary for any marketer today, as customer journeys are increasingly non-linear across multiple platforms and devices. Plus, multi-channel marketing campaigns perform 37% better compared to single-channel campaigns.
Thing is, no matter how much you love spreadsheets, gathering and organizing data from 10 different tools is a pain.
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Marketing scorecards are potent ways to get an overview of your marketing performance. Whether it’s high-level overviews of your sales and marketing funnel or a deep dive into a specific campaign, marketing scorecards are communication tools to tie marketing’s contribution to the business and keep your team on track.
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