Tips for Analyzing Your Online Marketing
by Liz Hester, Staples® Contributing Writer
Measuring the effectiveness of your online marketing ensures youre spending time and money on tactics that deliver the best returns. After all, if you arent measuring your marketing, then you cant really know how successful it is.
For example, Brian Gatti, partner at Inspire Business Concepts in Phoenix, AZ, recommends that businesses evaluate the cost to acquire a customer for all marketing activities. For example, if you spend $1,000 a month and get 100 visitors to your site, then youre paying $10 per visitor. After that, if 10 people call and five become clients, youve spent $200 to acquire a new customer.
Use this metric to see how much you need to spend to acquire the number of customers required for your business to be sustainable. Get even more granular by auditing marketing efforts by activity or channel to see which ones give you the best return on your investment.
Next, select metrics specific to your online marketing program. Avoid tracking too many things, which leaves you scattered and unfocused, and makes it harder to achieve success. This is called analysis paralysis. You can prevent it by tracking only metrics related to your business operations and goals.
Online Marketing Analytics
The first step for many small businesses is learning Google Analytics, says Cole Watts, SEO campaign coordinator for TheeDesign Studio, a Web design and marketing firm in Raleigh, NC. Dont be afraid, he says. The first page when you log in, thats basic. Go below the fold and look at that information, too. He recommends starting with these statistics:
Heres how one small business owner uses analytics to market more effectively.
Jordan Demos, owner of Amy & Jordan Photography in Scottsdale, AZ, tracks a variety of tactics to help him make better decisions. We like to look and see where most of the referrals to our site and blog come from, he says. For instance, Jordan knows exactly how many people come to the site from the businesss Facebook page, where he and Amy concentrate their social media efforts, so he can continue to drive traffic from there.
The data also shows which content attracts the most readers and helps him identify the best times to post new content. Since analytics showed that traffic was heavy on Wednesdays because photographers have downtime mid-week, Jordan now posts new photography tips that day, when more people are looking for information. Data also showed that about half of the visitors are accessing the site from mobile devices, so hes optimizing the site to be more responsive to multiple viewing options.
Make Smarter Decisions
Use analytics to understand how customers and prospects receive your online marketing so you can make smarter decisions on how and where to promote your product or service.