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Guest Commentary: Marketing Metrics That Matter, Part 1 – What Are Marketing Metrics?

This week, we begin a new five-part series from The Marx Group on marketing metrics. The series will continue every Friday.


Tom Marx speaks to the heart of effective business growth management - from the viewpoint of expert strategic marketing. As Chief Strategist and Head of Client Services for The Marx Group, his knowledge of business-to-business and consumer marketing and advertising spans more than 25 years. Tom brings a depth of marketing expertise from many industries, including automotive and heavy-duty parts and services, motorsports, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, broadcast, real estate, financial services, and resort property management. His background includes owning a Porsche service center, driving race cars and personally building competitive engines and building chassis. He is also an active participant in many organizations, including: AAIA Marketing & Member Relations Committee, Automotive Communications Council (ACC), Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Performance Warehouse Association (PWA), Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).


This week, we begin a new five-part series
from The Marx Group on marketing metrics. The series will continue every

Many times
when marketing is discussed the question “How do we know if it is effective?”
is raised. For many companies, that question is difficult to answer because
they are not measuring their marketing efforts. What they are missing are
marketing metrics. This article is the first of a five-part series, designed to
provide you with tools to measure the effectiveness of your marketing efforts.
The articles are written by The Marx Group, a highly-focused, full-service
marketing communications agency. Celebrating its 30th anniversary,
The Marx Group works exclusively in the automotive and commercial vehicle



So what are
marketing metrics? Marketing metrics are data and statistics that help
determine the effectiveness of a marketing program. There are many things that
can be measured in a marketing program; however, the most common are brand
awareness, engagement and conversion. There are thousands of analytics
available and it is easy to get overwhelmed, so choose the ones you feel are
most important to you. If you are just getting started, you will be more
successful by focusing on a few metrics that you understand and will use,
rather than having too many metrics that are confusing or never get utilized.



metrics in place and periodically analyzing them is important for many reasons,
such as: 




opportunity to learn/improve

value of specific marketing tactic


The last
bullet point on this list leads us to one of the most important points: return on
investment (ROI). At the end of the day, we want to be able to determine what the
ROI is for the marketing we have done. Making sure the marketing dollars spent
provide a good ROI is important. Metrics help to illustrate which marketing
efforts are effective so that future marketing can be focused on the right



Once your
marketing metrics are established, and you’re tracking their results, make sure
that the right people are informed. At a minimum, that includes the marketing,
sales and management teams. A common mistake is using metrics but not sharing
them with other departments.


Now that you
have an overview of marketing metrics, let’s talk about how to use them as an
integral part of your marketing program. The following steps work very
effectively in managing any project.

Ready –
Define your goals and make one person accountable

Aim – Design
your program and makes sure it is measurable

Fire –
Implement your program

Evaluate –
Measure your results by using your 

Adjust –
Make any necessary adjustments to the program based on what you learned from
your marketing metrics


We hope this
article provided you with ideas that you will be able to apply in your
marketing program. In our next article, we’ll take a deeper dive into the first
of our top five marketing metrics: advertising and public relations.



About The Marx Group

The Marx Group (TMG) is a
full-service business strategy and marketing communications agency offering a
diverse range of marketing services, including research, business development
strategies, lead generation programs, customer retention processes,
advertising, website design, public relations, collateral, online marketing,
research, trade show programs and interactive campaigns.

TMG began as an advertising and
marketing agency in Southern California in 1984. Now based in San Rafael, the
company has creative and account teams in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Houston,
Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Knoxville, Tenn. TMG team members, each with a
strong, proven track record, include strategists, account managers, public
relations and media specialists, and an award-winning creative group for both
print and online programs.