Helping small businesses in Kalamazoo.

  • Blog
  • >
  • Defining Your Marketing Goals is Key to Success

GKBRN Network

Defining Your Marketing Goals is Key to Success

If you’re not measuring your ROI, you’re wasting your time!

Setting measurable goals is step 1 in a successful 5-step marketing strategy.

Marketing is all about putting the right product or service—or a combination thereof—in the right place, at the right time, and at the right price. Right?

Remember the rule of 7? That it takes seven exposures to your message before consumers will remember it??

Well forget about it!

A Microsoft study tested the optimal number of exposures required for audio message recall. They concluded between 6 and 20 was best. Yikes! Six to 20 times our message has to reach the customer before they respond?

How on earth are we to get a handle on whether or not what we’re doing is working?

Begin with the end in mind.

What are your marketing goals?

Your marketing goals are the things you want to accomplish through customer engagement, whether it’s sales, increased education, action, advocacy or another purpose. But when you set those goals incorrectly, you may have a hard time measuring your ROI (return on investment) and measuring the effectiveness of your marketing actions. And if you’re trying to report marketing outcomes to a supervisor, you’re going to have big problems if you don’t have your goals set correctly.

Look at it this way. If you are a DJ or a photographer, your goal is to book more appointments. If you’re a party store or a nightclub, your goal is to get more people through the door. If you’re selling a popsicles or baked goods, your goal is to get people to buy more. For each of these situations, a clear goal has been set, right?

Wrong.

Each of the examples above contains what are referred to as “non-measurable” goals. Goals that contain words like “more” or “greater” or “increased” are vague and won’t give you exact statistics you need to know if your campaign worked.


Let’s take a look at the difference between measurable and non-measurable goals:

Non-measurable Goals:

  • Increase appointments (no measure of success)
  • Reach more customers (how many more?)
  • Have better online interactions (better than what?)
  • Increase customer messaging (by what amount?)

Each of these is, indeed, a goal, but when it comes time to decide if that $50 per hour social media assistant is doing their job, YOU, the client, will need to be able to measure your return on investment whether through sales increases or another method. So if you’re the cient in this job, and you expect your SMM to “increase engagement” unless you have a way to help measure that outcome, you are setting an unrealistic and un-attainable goal of “increase.”

And on the other hand, some useful, measurable goals.

Measurable Goals:

  • Increase appointments generated from web/social to 10 inquiries per month
  • Send quarterly newsletter to 100 new customer leads
  • Reduce online response time to 30 minutes or less
  • Increase sales by 20% over Q2 18

If you have a customer funnel in place, we can tell if the dollars you’re putting toward marketing are giving you what you need. We can track the number of inquiries on web/social. We can develop and send a newsletter to 100 new prospects. We can see our response time online and adjust as needed.

We can track sales from the top of the funnel to the conversion (buying decision) and measure those sales against previous years.

Measurable goals provide valuable data for future actions.

So think about it. What are your goals for 6 months? 12 months? Take the vague and non-measurable standard marketing goals below, and make them your own measurable goals and you’ll be able to select the best performing marketing channels for your business every time.

  • Increase lead generation for email/text
  • Grow audiences on social
  • Increase referrals and reviews
  • Partner market with other businesses
  • Increase traffic to website
  • Increase visibility and goodwill
  • Increase sales
  • Others??

Once you put numbers on goals and objectives, you’ll find it simpler to determine which channels (and messages) are giving you the best performance and you can then put more resources toward those choices to meet your measurable sales goals.

I appreciate your ears for listening, your eyes that see my vision and your heart that makes you who you are.  I thank you for your time. You are making a difference.

—Shawntel Lindsey, Director, The Artbor Community Connections Center

The WMed Innovation Center is a perfect environment for innovation to grow and become a successful commercial enterprise.

—Client

WMU Business Connection logo

Whether you are seeking a research partner or want to enlist the help of student groups in developing business plans, or just looking for ways to engage with WMU, the Business Connection office can find the resource to help move your business forward.

—Mentor

A loan (from Local Initiatives Support Corporation) helped expand our cafe to triple our seating, add a kids space, increase much needed staff work areas, and make other improvements to the space.

—Krystal

MEL logo

The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) is the State of Michigan’s digital library. It has excellent resources available to Michigan residents at no cost.

—Owner

Western Michigan University’s Starting Gate helped me take an idea and transform it into a much more attainable reality. Whether providing talks with investors and business owners or accountability, the ultimate goal is helping your business succeed.

—Peter Shutt

Kalamazoo County Land Bank logo

The Kalamazoo Land Bank did robust community engagement around the vision and gave us something to work with that was solidly desired by people in the neighborhood. Having a vision meant we had to protect it. That’s something I thank the Land Bank for. It was difficult. It didn’t make anything faster or easier, but we got a better project in the end as a result of it.

—Matt Hollander

Buy Local logo

Buy Local Greater Kalamazoo is a hard working grassroots group focused on the greater Kalamazoo community and its small businesses. Their events and networking opportunities are the best!

—Cheri Bales

SBDC logo

Michigan SBDC is a great company providing top notch service to local businesses all over Michigan. The consultants are professional and the student workers contribute with excellent work!

—Martin Herman Sorensen

Score Kalamazoo logos

If you have any questions about starting, growing, or anything business related SCORE Kalamazoo/SW Michigan is a great resource.

—Taylor Kallio

Previous
Next