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Aug 3, 2023

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10 Marketing KPIs You Should Be Tracking

Carolyn Edgecomb

By Carolyn Edgecomb

Aug 3, 2023

10 Marketing KPIs You Should Be Tracking

When setting and tracking marketing key performance indicators (KPIs), it's easy to give all your attention to the usual suspects:

  • Sales revenue
  • The number of sales-qualified leads generated
  • Cost per acquisition

These common KPIs are decent indicators of success, but there are a number of other marketing metrics that will help your business lead a more successful digital marketing strategy.

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The right marketing KPIs help you identify which campaigns and tactics have the biggest impact on whether you reach (or fail to reach) your sales and marketing goals.

Without information from the right metrics, you'll struggle to see the whole picture — and your company might make decisions based on incomplete information.

But with so many possible marketing KPIs to track, it can be pretty overwhelming to know where to start.

As a marketing training company, IMPACT has taught hundreds of businesses how to build and analyze world-class marketing programs, and we've included information below that we teach to our clients. 

Here's our list to the 10 most important marketing KPIs you should track. These are the key performance indicators that provide the best benchmarks for your progress and wins. In this article, we’ll explain:

  • Which marketing KPIs you should track
  • Why you should track them
  • Methods you can use to track these key performance indicators

This way, you’ll know exactly which metrics you should pay attention to that will help you grow your business.

1. Marketing Revenue Attribution

Why it's important

How much revenue have your digital marketing campaigns brought into your company? In other words, how much of your revenue can be attributed to your content marketing efforts?

Understanding this metric is important because it allows you to see how effective those campaigns are. No company wants to spend money on something that isn’t generating a return on investment (ROI).

As They Ask, You Answer author Marcus Sheridan says, the only content that works is the content that generates sales. This is why, of all the marketing KPIs, revenue attribution is at the top of this list.

This is something you can use to track and evaluate all of your efforts, and not just as a whole. You can also track how the individual pieces of your marketing strategy, such as blogging or social media, impact sales. 

What to do

There are various models you can use to track revenue attribution, for example, single-touch attribution models look at your website users’ first or last interactions. You can also analyze multi-touch attribution models that divvy up the deal credits over each touchpoint.

With marketing revenue attribution, you’re looking beyond the number of qualified leads you close to see how much of your revenue is influenced by your marketing efforts. Tracking this information is a great way for your team to show the monetary value of their efforts.

If you’re using HubSpot, they make it easy for you to track and report on these numbers. Learn more here.

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Image credit: HubSpot

If your entire company helps create content marketing materials, revenue attribution is a great way to show how their efforts have helped close deals. This gives your stakeholders a reason to continue contributing to your content marketing program.

2. Customer Acquisition Cost 

Why it's important

Customer acquisition cost (CAC) looks at the total sales and marketing spend needed to gain a new customer. This includes all program and marketing costs, salaries, commissions, technology, software, and any overhead associated with a lead becoming a customer. 

You'll want to calculate your CAC for digital marketing and for outbound marketing as well. This way, you can understand the full scope of your efforts and which are working best. 

What to do

When calculating this metric, you first need to determine the time frame you’re going to use (e.g., month, quarter, year). 

Once you’ve decided on your time frame, use the examples below to help calculate your total sales and marketing costs associated with digital and outbound marketing.

Calculating CAC for digital marketing, relevant costs include:

  • Manpower (salaries for sales, creative, and technical)
  • Technology and software such as HubSpot, Vidyard, Adobe, and Semrush
  • General overhead

Calculating CAC for outbound marketing, relevant costs include:

  • Advertising
  • Marketing distribution
  • Manpower (sales and marketing)
  • General overhead

You can calculate your CAC from digital or outbound marketing by utilizing the following calculation:

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By calculating the costs associated with your digital and outbound marketing campaigns, you can directly account for new sales, as well as better allocate budgets for each campaign.

If your company is utilizing mostly digital marketing, you can break down that component further by campaign types, and then assess how successful and profitable each activity is. Then, you can then implement activities to improve effectiveness over time.

One way you can improve your customer acquisition costs is by optimizing your conversion rates and dedicating resources to high-value projects.

3. Customer Lifetime Value 

Why it's important

Customer lifetime value is how much revenue a business can reasonably expect over the average lifespan of a single customer

Of all the marketing KPIs, this one is especially important. If you know your CAC, you understand just how much you invest in getting a single new customer. If you can generate more revenue from existing customers, your cost per lead drops and your marketing budget can be spent on better-quality prospects.

What to do

You can determine the lifetime value of your customers by using the following calculation:

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One way that you can increase the lifetime value of your customers is by developing lead nurturing campaigns that reach out to existing customers, providing you and your sales team the opportunity to inform existing customers about new services, products, and resources.

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But remember, automated messages can often feel impersonal. Consider getting to know your customers on a personal level, like you would a friend. A personal message will always mean more. 

4. Digital Marketing ROI

Why it's important

Every company wants to see a return on its marketing investment.

Calculating your digital marketing return on investment is crucial in evaluating your monthly and annual performance. 

You don’t want to continue increasing your budget for an ineffective marketing activity that is costing your company.

So, no matter what marketing strategy your company is using, your return on investment will determine how you should proceed in the future. 

What to do

Use the formula below to calculate your digital marketing ROI:

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5. Traffic-to-Lead Ratio (or New Contact Rate)

Why it's important

Understanding your website traffic is very important, especially knowing where it is coming from — whether it’s organic, direct, social media, or referrals.

If your traffic is steady or increasing, but your traffic-to-lead ratio is low or decreasing, that’s a surefire sign that something is missing on-page. 

There could be a number of culprits, but the biggest is misalignment between what users thought they were clicking on and the information they were shown.

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You might also be showing them content they aren’t yet ready for, or that simply didn’t answer their questions, leaving them to find another resource that will.

What to do

We use native tools within HubSpot to track our new contact rate, which separates the numbers by source and date.

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But before you start optimizing your content to bring in more contacts, it’s important to identify what pages have the highest bounce rate and the lowest view-to-contact rate. Arming yourself with this information will help you identify which pages you should optimize first.

Another tool you might want to consider adding to your marketing report is a heatmap, especially on your landing pages and high-performing blog posts. Heatmap tools you can utilize include Lucky Orange and Hotjar

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(source: Hotjar)

This information will be helpful in determining if viewers are actually scrolling all the way through your content.

If not, consider adding additional CTAs throughout your content rather than only at the end. Or ask yourself, are you answering searchers’ questions?

Regularly tracking your website traffic-to-lead ratio can help determine when it might be time to change your website page copy, design, CTAs, or even the attached form. 

6. Lead-to-customer ratio

Why it's important

All the leads in the world won't do you much good if they don't become customers. 

Your lead-to-customer ratio shows you the percentage of leads who become customers. 

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To make it better, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are my marketing efforts capturing leads?
  • Is our CRM successfully passing qualified leads to sales at the right time?
  • Do we have an acceptable close rate?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, meet with your sales team to determine what is missing and how you can work together to improve your numbers. 

Here are a few sales enablement questions to help move the conversation along:

Another strategy for increasing your lead-to-customer ratio is utilizing assignment selling.

The premise of assignment selling is to use content to educate prospects in an effort to help close deals faster. Your prospects should see your sales team as a valuable resource whether they decide to work with you or not.

Broaden your mindset and focus on being a resource for your leads and customers — and you will close more deals along the way.

What to do

You will want to track both your sales qualified lead (SQL) conversion rate and sales accepted lead (SAL) conversion rate.

What’s the difference between the two?

  • SQLs are leads considered to be sales-ready based on their lead score or specific activities and/or triggers they complete. Most companies would consider a lead who filled out a form (such as “contact a rep”) to be a potential customer, someone who is ready to buy your service or product
    For example, for a waste management company, a lead who fills out the form “rent a dumpster” would be considered an SQL.
  • SALs are leads that your sales team considers opportunities and have either contacted them directly or scheduled a call.

Note: It’s also possible for these two types of leads to overlap.

Track lead-to-customer ratio by dividing the number of leads by the number of sales for a given period.

7. Landing page conversion rates

Why it's important

So your landing page is live. It’s beautiful and it follows all the best practices, but is it actually converting?

Like any other page with a form on your site, a landing page that doesn’t generate leads is useless, no matter how much traffic it gets or how beautifully designed it is.

So be sure to monitor your conversion rate.

What to do

Like your traffic-to-lead ratio, if your landing page is getting a lot of traffic but has a low conversion rate, this is a red flag that you need to change something on the page.

landing-page-conversions

Try A/B testing some of the changes below to see which are delivering the highest conversion rate:

  • Change your CTA color
  • Convey more value in your CTA text
  • Make your written content more persuasive
  • Shorten your form
  • Add social proof (i.e., reviews, social counts, awards, etc.)

8. Organic traffic and your top 5 entry pages

Why it's important

The goal of any business using inbound marketing is to have the majority of its website traffic come from organic search.

High organic traffic means people are finding your website on their own by clicking on results in search engines. It’s not traffic you paid for, so it’s extremely valuable. 

Organic traffic is directly correlated to your content strategy, so make sure to monitor this number (along with your keywords) and refine your SEO strategy accordingly. 

While each page should have targeted keywords, you also want to make sure that your content and website pages are optimized and actually answer the question your prospects are asking. 

What to do

Look at the top five pages bringing visitors to your website. Those pages (likely landing pages or blog articles) are the first experience visitors are going to have of your company and website. 

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Not only should you know what those entry pages are, but you should be regularly making sure those pages are updated and optimized for user experience

This is especially true if your website visitors could be landing on content that was published over a year ago. 

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You should be optimizing your content to not only generate leads but also to increase the number of pages your visitors are reading. The more pages they’re reading, the more educated they’ll be, and this is likely to reduce the amount of time it will take sales to close a deal.

9. Social media traffic and conversion rates

Why it's important

Many clients are wary about the importance of social media in their digital marketing. It’s not always seen as an avenue for generating leads, or even a way your audience would be engaging with you. However, we’ve found that social media has proven invaluable to every campaign’s success. 

Social media platforms are great for getting discovered by an audience, educating that audience, generating buzz, and building trust and awareness.

What to do

Metrics you can utilize to show the importance and impact of social media on your marketing efforts include:

  • Engagement
  • Audience growth
  • Lead conversions generated via each social media channel
  • Customer conversions generated through each social media channel
  • Percentage of traffic associated with social media channels

You might not have time to effectively utilize every platform, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and others, but breaking them down by the number of leads, customers, and percentage of traffic coming from each will help you determine where to focus your efforts. 

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While there are a number of social media KPIs you can track, remember that the amount of engagement you’re seeing on social media is a reflection of how well your content and brand resonates with your audience on that platform, as well as how much trust you’ve generated with them.

10. Mobile traffic, leads, and conversion rates

Why it's important

Is your website effectively optimized for mobile? About 80% of smartphone users have purchased something online within the past six months using their phones, according to OuterBox.

You need to be sure your site is responsive to whatever device a potential customer is using.

What to do

With so many people browsing the web exclusively from their smartphones and other devices, and Google showing a preference for sites optimized for mobile, you need to know how your visitors are using their devices to access your site.

Pay close attention to:

  • Mobile traffic
  • The number of lead conversions from mobile devices
  • Bounce rates from mobile devices
  • Conversion rates from mobile-optimized landing pages
  • Popular mobile devices

Understanding how and what your visitors are doing on your website on mobile will help you improve the experience, allowing you to optimize it to increase mobile conversions. 

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Then, whevener you build a new page or send a new email, be sure to preview it on a variety of screens. 

Remember, metrics don't mean anything without context

These metrics aren’t something you should check once and then never track again. 

You should be tracking each key performance indicator on a weekly or monthly basis. Regularly tracking these numbers will arm you with the data you need to do your job better, ultimately allowing you to pivot when a marketing campaign isn’t working.

You should make these metrics available to everyone on your sales and marketing team to provide insight into how well your efforts are going. 

The overall goal of marketing is to acquire customers and increase company revenue. Tracking, reviewing, and improving those metrics can help your team accomplish that goal. 

If you need more information about which KPIs to track or have questions, schedule a call with our coaches and they can walk you through your possible solutions.

You can also find a range of courses on how to improve your inbound marketing efforts using our They Ask, You Answer framework on our IMPACT+ digital marketing learning platform.

Once you get the important metrics down, you can have deeper conversations with your sales team, which in turn will help you identify any missing pieces in your digital marketing strategy — and finally see the results you’re looking for.

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