The Math of Marketing

November 3rd, 2017

In my last post on driving business outcomes using our Marketing I/O framework, the focus was on connecting the dots between strategy and tactics. Every marketing activity should have a goal and metrics to measure performance. This is where the math comes in.

In most organizations, marketing is tasked with strategic and tactical goals such as increasing sales, driving downloads, or generating attendance for a webinar. Whatever your desired outcome – sales, downloads, RSVPs, etc. – you need to do some math.

  • How many top of funnel inquiries must trickle through before they are converted into conversations or proposals?
  • Among the proposals, how many result in a deal?

If it takes five conversations to qualify three proposals that yield one deal, then you can use this math to build out your marketing plan and tactics. Thus 10 deals in this scenario would require 30 proposals from 50 inquiries. You can take this further by putting valuations on the average deal and extrapolate accordingly. This is how sales pipelines are developed.

You can apply math in other areas of marketing too. For example, if the goal for a webinar is to have 50 people attend, then you need to figure out how many of the RSVPs will actually show. There are industry metrics for you to reference, but the general rule of thumb is that approximately 50 percent typically show for a webinar after RSVP’ing. So, in this case 100 RSVPs are needed for the desired outcome.

As you build out your marketing campaigns, give careful thought to the math that is needed to achieve your goals. Doing anything less would be a gross marketing miscalculation.

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Domenick Cilea

Domenick founded Springboard in 1995. When he is not working on marketing, PR, branding or content strategy, Domenick can be found in a gym, on the road or pool training to survive his next triathlon.

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