Data and Metrics
If there’s one thing that online advertising isn’t lacking, it’s data. Publishers, vendors, and agencies drool over the vast amounts of consumer and web user data available to them. It’s often presented against metrics, like cost per thousand impressions (CPM), cost per click (CPC), cost per action/acquisition (CPA), and countless others. If you’re a data junkie and Excel nerd (like me), it’s all too easy to present your efforts as a wall of data – huge multi-sheet grids of numbers strung together with complex formulas and stylish conditional formatting.
But this isn’t always the best approach.
Digital Marketing Analogy
Measuring digital marketing efforts is a lot like shopping for a car – there are lots of features and factors to weigh, but only the shopper knows what really matters. The shopper probably has an ideal car in mind, like a red convertible with a manual transmission, or some desired outcome, like the ability to tow a camper every weekend.
Irrelevant features clutter the conversation and complicate the transaction. In either case above, it might not do much good to tout fuel economy or off-road capabilities.
Just as a car shopper may have his or her dream vehicle, so too may a digital marketer have an ideal number of sales to generate at a specific budget. If that’s the case, then a conversion-centric metric like CPA is a nice match when it comes to planning, buying, reporting, and optimization.
9 Digital Metrics: When to Use Them, When to Ignore Them
So in order to meet the client’s needs and desires, it’s vital to know what to measure and how to measure it.
Here are nine digital metrics you can use, how you can use them, and when you can ignore them (or pay them less attention):
Keep Your Metrics Focused
There are an almost infinite amount of other metrics you can use (especially if you start to combine them and form hybrids). Just because they exist doesn’t mean they provide useful data to the campaign. In many cases, you’ll want to keep the reporting simple and focus on those metrics that best reflect your core goals.
The key is to establish the most important metrics prior to campaign launch. This will help keep you, your campaign, and your client all on the same page.
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