Every marketing professional or business owner has experienced the struggle to justify marketing expenses. A boardroom meeting shouldn’t feel like you’re begging for donations to a worthy cause.
Thankfully, there’s a secret tool - that we wish wasn’t so secret - to help you develop a data-driven strategy that drives growth and identifies impactful opportunities to increase your ROI.
A digital audit involves looking at every aspect of your brand’s digital footprint. After completing one, you’ll have a 360-degree view of your brand packed with data-driven insights that you can leverage in almost any marketing conversation. Having the results of a digital audit is like being dealt a Royal Flush in poker. It’s a game changer. And you don’t have to wait for a good hand to come your way – you can do this right now.
Whether you’re a seasoned marketing executive, or a growing company that is just starting to think about their digital footprint, these questions will help you decide if a digital audit is right for you:
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but if you’ve answered “no” to just two or three of these questions, it’s time to perform a digital audit.
Once you can answer the questions above, you’ll be able to focus in on the things that will deliver the biggest impact to your company’s bottom-line. Instead of chasing your competitors in the marketing equivalent of “monkey see, monkey do,” you can identify the metrics and opportunities that matter most for growing your digital footprint.
At Fratzke Media, we’ve honed in on 236 data points across l the 8 Channels of Digital Marketing that define your brand’s success:
A digital audit will dive into each of these channels. We seek to understand how your customers prefer to be engaged and provide a holistic picture of your brand’s digital reach. Each channel has unique characteristics. But without performing a digital audit, you’re just throwing darts at the board – blindfolded.
When you take the time to assess your marketing efforts, you’re listening to the heartbeat of your digital presence. A doctor wouldn’t ignore vital signs, and it would be equally negligent to fail to collect accurate data about user engagement.
A comprehensive digital audit will produce a collection of statistics that tell a story. Some numbers are more important than others. Some of your most important key performance indicators (KPIs) include:
This really is just the tip of the iceberg. But it’s important to understand these numbers because it will focus your time and resources on the areas where you are weakest.
Numbers tell a story. When you come to the table with competitive insights, emerging trends and engagement statistics, you’re ready to handle virtually any obstacle that comes your way.
This data really is a win-win for marketers trying to justify their marketing budget, radical strategic changes based on your performance and business owners looking to identify their next steps. In the areas where you are weakest, you can more effectively communicate a sense of urgency and identify opportunities for growth.
And, of course, the areas where you are strongest will serve as justification that what you are doing is making a difference. Once enough of these numbers are in the right place, you will be able to point to a growth in revenue, user engagement and brand recognition.
If you have further questions about how to perform a digital audit, or need help diving into what your stats mean, Fratzke Media is standing by to help. Our goal is to deliver the insights you need in order to be the smartest guy or gal in the room.
Co-Founder & Head of Operations
Whether you’re looking for help with a single project or a long-term strategic partnership, Fratzke Media has the resources and expertise you need to help you achieve more with your Digital Marketing.