Metrics & Measurables: How You Know Your Marketing Is Effective

Metrics & Measurables: How You Know Your Marketing Is Effective

When marketing a business or doing public relations for a non-profit, the one thing that matters most when the rubber meets the road is the answer to the question: Are your key messages actually getting across…and actually compelling people to act?

Granted, maybe that’s two things, but those are the most essential points of effective business communications. You need to know, to the maximum degree possible, that your marketing is effective, and why.

Today, because marketing and public relations 1) are becoming more interconnected, and 2) are becoming increasingly omni-channel, the fifth major trend Loudoun Clear Marketing is seeing this year is the universal usage of metrics and measurables to determine marketing and public/media relations efficacy.

Whether your target market is Leesburg, Virginia, the USA or the Internet, it pays to be able to know people are getting the message and being converted into your customers (or, for non-profits, contributors.)

The result is today there exists an embarrassment of analytical riches, a sea of numbers simply not calculable a decade or so ago. We PR, social media and marketing professionals have fingertip access to rich troves of measurables, analytics, and deep-dive data tools useful for pinpointing your market and then determining what messages to deliver and how.

A few of the more common, popular and useful analytic stacks employed by marketers to improve message reach and increase customer traffic:

Google Analytics – the essential platform for website traffic analysis. Google provides data on unique visitors, visit duration, page popularity, screen views, bounce rate and conversion percentage. Moreover, there’s a bevy of audience data (e.g., age, gender and geographic breakdown), and how they came to your site in the first place (e.g., organic web search, paid AdWords search or direct email outreach).

Cision Communications Cloud – sometimes used in conjunction with Google Analytics, the Cision Communications Cloud measures the effectiveness of traditional public relations outreach and earned media coverage, including insights on your marketing campaigns’ returns-on-investment.

Facebook Insights – typically utilized in a social media marketing context (i.e., what to post and when), Facebook remains (with its two billion users and ownership of Instagram) nonetheless, an excellent source of both hyper-local and mega-broad marketing data, in terms of an audience’s ranges of age, population density, and income levels.

Memo – a startup company offering a service measuring the impact of online articles and web-based content that mentions specific brands. (Similar services are offered by Storyful and Dataminr, among others.)

In a piece published in the Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today section, the chief digital officer of a multinational communications firm says that integrating data from multiple sources is necessary to give clients the best marketing guidance, and he’s right.

Analytics algorithms are constantly being refined, novel methodologies are being invented, and new platforms are being introduced to the industry. In 2019 and beyond, the strongest marketing firms with the most effective tailored strategies – like Loudoun Clear Marketing – make use of today’s full array of analytic tools in order to identify your organization’s target market and communicate meaningful, engaging messages directly to them, evoking the response you want.

About Loudoun Clear Marketing: LCM was founded in Leesburg, Virginia, by Sharon L. Wright, who brings more than 30 years of local, national and international experience in the fields of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations. She has established a team of high-performing professionals to serve the PR outreach and strategic marketing needs of clients throughout Loudoun County, DC and nationally, bringing customization, community connections and technological know-how to every project.

LCM is heavily involved with a variety of non-profit organizations serving Loudoun, and works closely with for-profit companies to enhance their brand within the NoVA region. More about Loudoun Clear Marketing is at LoudounClearMarketing.com. Your Story. Brought to Life. Loud & Clear.

Top Trends In PR & Marketing: Trend Two

Top Trends In PR & Marketing: Trend Two

Part Two: Public Relations Needs To Drive Compelling Content

This is the second blogpost in our five-part series discussing the most important trends in public relations and marketing.

Nowadays, if you’re in the public relations business, you’re in the content marketing business.

Content marketing is an industry term that barely existed 20 years ago. Now, there are courses on it at institutions of higher learning, and some people choose it as a career. Content marketing entails packaging information in an attractive way that induces a desired call-to-action (find out more, make an appointment, give us a call, buy now, etc.) from your target audience – and that’s where the PR part comes in.

The role of a public relations firm has always been (and still is) to understand a client’s distinguishing message(s), identify that client’s target audience, then reach that audience through available channels of communication. Once upon a time, that meant things like press releases, media advisories, earned mentions, and public events.

But the times they are a-changin’. Effective PR today necessitates the creation and distribution of informative, attractive digital content such as:

  • Blogs
  • Infographics
  • Social media posts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Podcasts
  • Video productions
  • Photo galleries
  • Website content

…in addition to releases, advisories, articles and events. All these forms of communications outreach – when well strategized and implemented – work together to drive key messages directly at the target audience, resulting in a positive public perception of your company’s or organization’s brand.

But without compelling content to attract them, any outreach efforts could fall flat.

From a public relations perspective, the goal of content marketing is to define the client’s unique sales proposition – what they do better than anyone else – and to establish the client as a thought leader – a go-to source for expertise in their field. In essence, the goal is to rise above the rest. Viral videos, shareable Instagram posts and topical, relevant blogs are effective ways to be seen, heard, and liked.

Communications technology has changed immensely over the past few decades; the way people communicate hasn’t. As is human nature, we’re still attracted to pretty pictures and new experiences – and when we want something, we want it now.

Today’s PR demands creativity and novelty. It demands targeted outreach through social media as well as earned media. It demands messaging that can be posted quickly, seen quickly, and acted upon quickly. Today’s PR demands content marketing.

About Loudoun Clear Marketing: LCM was founded in Leesburg, Virginia, by Sharon L. Wright, who brings more than 30 years of local, national and international experience in the fields of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations. She has established a team of high-performing professionals to serve the PR outreach and strategic marketing needs of clients throughout Loudoun County, DC and nationally bringing customization, community connections and technological know-how to every project.

LCM is heavily involved with a variety of non-profit organizations serving Loudoun, and works closely with for-profit companies to enhance their brand within the NoVA region. More about Loudoun Clear Marketing is at LoudounClearMarketing.com. Turn It Up!