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The 7 Ms of Marketing: Measurement – Your Winning Playbook

Animal care is inherently a hyper-local business, whether it’s veterinary services, boarding, grooming, daycare, or training. This means its revenue largely depends on specific places and times, with most income generated from consistently serving the same area. Many small businesses operate this way, creating millions of jobs and playing a crucial role in their communities. Although well-known in their local areas, these businesses can benefit significantly from effective marketing strategies.

Marketing professionals often use the Seven Ms framework for decision-making, which includes:

1.      Markets: who should I try to reach?

2.      Mission: what is my goal / what am I trying to achieve?

3.      Message Content: what should I try to tell them?

4.      Media Strategy: how do I reach them?

5.      Message Design: what should the message look like?

6.      Money: how much should I spend to accomplish the mission?

7.      Measurement: how will a measure success, or were steps 1-6 worth it?

Today, we are going to focus on the 7th M: Measurement. We will pivot away from focusing on hyper-local and instead focus on the numbers, and we will do it with sporting examples. 

What do sports and marketing have in common? Surprisingly, a lot. Both are deeply rooted in measurements working toward a unified goal of winning. Whether tracking a basketball player’s shooting percentage, a runner’s mile time, or a football team’s yardage, these metrics are crucial for victory. Similarly, in marketing, measurement is your playbook for success.

Why Measurement Matters: The Sports Analogy

If you are a soccer coach, you wouldn’t step onto the field without a game plan. You’d meticulously track each player’s stats, analyze the opposition’s weaknesses, and adjust your strategies based on real-time data. In marketing, the principle is the same. Without measurement, you’re playing blindfolded and hoping for a slam dunk.

We should measure marketing similarly to how we measure competitive sports.

Setting Clear Goals: The Championship Vision

As a sports team aims for the championship, your marketing efforts should aim for specific, measurable goals. Are you looking to increase website traffic, boost lead generation, or enhance customer engagement? Define these objectives clearly. In sports, the goal is to win; in marketing, achieving your goals is the metric that defines your winning success.

Tracking Progress: The Season Stats

Athletes track their stats religiously. Every point scored, every second shaved off a lap time, and every yard gained is recorded and analyzed. Similarly, in marketing, you must track your metrics consistently. Monitor your website analytics, social media engagement, email open rates, and conversion rates. These numbers tell the story of your performance, highlighting what’s working and what needs adjustment. 

Adjusting Strategies: The Halftime Huddle

During a game, coaches make real-time adjustments based on performance metrics. If players struggle, they might be benched, or if a play is consistently working, they get more game time. In marketing, measurement allows for this same agility. The data will show if a campaign is performing differently than expected. You can then tweak your approach, pivoting strategies to maximize effectiveness.

Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses: The Player Scouting Report

In sports, scouting reports break down each player’s strengths and weaknesses. Measurement in marketing does the same for your campaigns. Which channels are driving the most traffic? What content resonates best with your audience? Understanding these aspects allows you to allocate resources more effectively, playing to your strengths and shoring up weaknesses.

Motivating the Team: The Scoreboard Effect

A visible scoreboard motivates athletes, pushing them to improve with each play. With marketing, sharing your metrics with your team can have the same effect. When everyone sees the impact of their efforts, it creates a sense of ownership and drives them to strive for better results. It’s not just about individual performance; it’s about achieving collective success.

Benchmarking Performance: The League Rankings

Sports teams often compare their performance against league averages and top competitors. Similarly, benchmarking against industry standards and competitors in marketing provides context for your metrics. Are your click-through rates above or below the industry average? Are you keeping pace with competitors in terms of customer acquisition? Benchmarking helps you understand where you stand and where you need to go.

Celebrating Wins: The Victory Parade

Finally, every sports team celebrates its victories, no matter how small. In marketing, it’s essential to acknowledge and celebrate your successes, or as l like to do, make it rain confetti. Did your latest campaign exceed its goals? 🎉 Confetti 🎉 .  Did your website see a significant traffic increase? 🎉Confetti 🎉. Celebrate these wins with your team 🎉 (with confetti) It boosts morale and sets the stage for future success. 🎉 🎉 🎉 (confetti cannon, blast)

Your Championship Marketing Strategy

Just as a sports team would only dream of competing by tracking their performance, your marketing efforts need the same level of measurement and analysis. Measurement is the heartbeat of your strategy, providing the data-informed insights necessary to achieve your goals. By embracing the principles of sports measurement—setting goals, tracking progress, adjusting strategies, identifying strengths and weaknesses, motivating your team, benchmarking performance, and celebrating wins—you’ll be well on your way to marketing greatness.

So, lace up your sneakers, grab your playbook, and get ready to measure your way to marketing success. The championship is within reach, and you’ll have the winning edge with the right metrics. 🎉 🎉 🎉

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