Each of these four KPIs complete the picture of your company’s website marketing health. Here’s why Solid Digital chose these measurements:
Next, the nitty gritty. The measurement of your website KPIs is essential to understanding what your Digital Value is currently, and how you can increase it. (For an even nitterier grittier nitty gritty, check out our Marketing Directors Guide to Increasing Digital Value.)
Content: Because we know there will be peaks and valleys, we measure over a 3-month period and average that number for calculating Digital Value. First, set a goal that that sounds reasonable looking forward – we typically begin with ten pieces per month. This is valuable to measure because content must stay consistent in order to create a habit. Without fresh content, your site will become stagnant and invaluable to visitors, and it will not have more opportunity to show up in organic search, which leads us to the next point:
Organic Visitors: Measure your visitors through Google Analytics (it’s free and easy to set up). The number of organic visitors indicates whether your keywords are working or not. If they’re not, recalibrate and reconsider your keywords or content methods.
Target Keywords: Search results will tell you whether your target keywords are successful. The goal is to be found for the ideas, thoughts, and phrases that you have identified as important. Make sure that your site is functional and crawlable, proving that your website is optimized–one more step in the funnel.
Conversions: These are measured by how many visitors are converting on your website–a click-through rate in a way from step one. Basically: how many visitors are going from organic search to your website to your desired CTA button/form submission? The conversion rate is your endgame–whether you want their information, a sale or partnership to grow your business.
The four metrics are all interlinked, and when one part isn’t working well, adjustments need to be made. Content with targeted keywords helps with obtaining organic visitors that will in turn convert to obtaining information or sales. When you’re using KPIs and tracking monthly Digital Value with them, you’ll be able to see specific action items that affect the KPIs. Whatever is working or not working can be increased, decreased, and reiterated based on your results. Because the Digital Growth program involves an actual number (or score) this data can show concrete improvement that can later be shared with the leadership team. If a website redesign is imminent, it’s best to set up your goals before you hit “publish” so you can measure and attain your biggest KPIs through Digital Growth.
Once you begin measuring and working towards improving your digital marketing KPIs, it’s difficult to contain your excitement and not expect monumental change (or is that just us??). One thing to keep in mind here – not all numbers typically shoot up at once.
Content is, once again, king–especially when it comes to impacting other metrics that may be lagging behind. If you begin posting new content (blogs, for example) you might not see an immediate rise in organic visitors, keywords showing in the top 20, or more conversions. It takes time and consistency, but time and again we’ve seen this habit produce positive results. Instead of immediate movement in the numbers, watch for metrics improvement over a period of a few months. Any time you change a methodology, your numbers might go up and down here and there. The bottom line here is: visibility leads to engagement which leads to conversions (when done thoughtfully and methodically).
Tracking Digital Value, and taking action to increase it, helps create habits. Those habits will help you grow your team and your budget through solid statistics that prove the value of your entire team and your digital marketing efforts, and enable you to test different marketing channels and successfully support your company as it expands.
Our goal at Solid Digital is to get marketing teams in a consistent routine – tracking and measuring and adjusting throughout the process. When teams are able to show the value of marketing to leadership in their organization, they can grow confidently–with the data to back it up.
What gets measured gets done. Download the Digital Growth® Worksheet today, rally your team, and create results!