Whether you’re a marketing manager for a private organization or a web analyst for a digital agency, you surely understand the great importance of data and the powerful insights it can yield. You’ve also probably encountered one (often frustrating) roadblock: The people around you just don’t get it. The business analysts haven’t gotten the historical data you requested. IT has adopted a “we’ll get to it when we get to it” approach to installing tags on the website. Upper management doesn’t share the enthusiasm that your department does.
These factors almost always lead to marketing inefficiencies for the long term, with your organization’s proverbial marketing rear-ends hanging in the wind. Without quality insights, marketing campaigns cannot improve and are ultimately doomed to fail.
Tips for Success
So how do you go about creating a data-driven culture in your organization? Check out these tips to help convey the importance of data and insights:
- Get Everybody On Board! – This is perhaps the most important item in this list! Measurement simply cannot happen without the complete support of the required parties in the organization. Make sure everyone, from IT to the decision-makers, knows what you are measuring, why you are measuring it, and how it affects them.
- Establish Data-Gathering Policies & Procedures – You’ll be measuring with the goal of gathering insights to drive business, so you will want to ensure that the data you’re basing it all upon is of good quality. Establishing policies and procedures related to data and documenting them will take some time, but it will definitely pay off in the long run.
- Identify KPIs Relevant to Your Audience – At this point you’ve caught the eyes of the necessary people in your organization. This is where you reel them in completely. Identify the Key Performance Indicators that matter most to each of them. This will differ according to their respective roles. You want to ensure they see the benefits of their work!
- Create a Measurement Plan – Once you’ve identified all of the necessary KPIs, you must map out how you’ll go about obtaining the data. Identifying opportunities for measurement and creating documentation for deployment are included in this step.
- Get Hyped! – You’ve put all this effort into winning the right people over. Now it’s time to get excited about it! Show them why they should be excited about the insights they’ll be receiving. The more anticipation you build, the more likely you’ll have advocates for the long haul.
So there you have it; 5 great tips for creating a data-driven culture. Some of them will be easier to accomplish than others, but all are possible with enough planning and communication with the right people. The benefits that can be reaped from them greatly outweigh the challenges. The insights that can be gained from complete buy-in and support can help drive business and improve campaigns well into the future.