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In the Mobile ERA: The Evolution of Digital Tracking, Statistics and KPI’s

Dec 5, 2016, 10:11 AM | Published under Mobile Websites by Michael Hodgdon

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In today’s technology driven world, mobile phones are the first line of inquiry when it comes to consumerism. These mobile platforms create ample opportunity for marketers.  However, this new platform also requires a certain amount of evolution in regards to marketing measurement. With this new mobile trend, measurement no longer follows the same behavioral patterns as it used to. Many prominent marketers are now changing their approach to how they measure results.

Imagine you have the need to purchase a new computer. Where do you start? If you are like most consumers today, you would pull out your smart phone and start researching different types of computers on the internet. Copious amounts of need-based research are done before you ever set foot in a Wal-Mart or Best-Buy. This same method of research-before-purchase shopping applies to most consumers today regardless of generation (although certainly mobile usage is highest in the millennials). Whether you are searching for a new microwave or planning trips to a resort, consumer decisions are based upon brief moments (micro-moments even) of binary decision and curious research (buyers journey).

The Mobile Consumer

This new consumer behavior creates marvelous opportunities for smart-brands to relate with their customers. However, this new-found trend also presents nuance’s when measuring the impact of our media on the audience. Many of our modern marketing rules were created when consumerism was mainly a desktop driven market. With the rising prominence of mobile shopping, we must evolve our guidelines for measurement just as the market itself has evolved.

Developing a fresh approach that reflects the modern consumer’s online pathway or buyer’s journey is crucial to Mobile Shoppingevolving measurement. To accomplish this, the smart marketer utilizes tools such as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), investing in experimentation, and implementing cutting-edge measurement models such as cross-device and online/offline measurements practices.

Successful marketers are twice as likely to exceed their business goals when transitioning to a more integrated measurement model. What does this mean exactly? Marketers are re-evaluating their approach to measurement with positive results. In order to comprehend how we can all benefit from revamping our measurement models, it is important to analyze the mindset of these new-age marketers.

Focus on Business Goals First and Foremost

To start with, these successful marketers focus on their business goals first and foremost. When digital marketing was in its early years, marketers invented a set of Key Performance Indicators or KPIs to track how digital marketing affected the consumer’s online path. These KPIs include data such as return on ad spend (ROAS), click trhouh rate (CTR), cost-per-acquisition (CPA), and more. However, these data sets fail to capture all modern mobile phones influence and the path of consumer purchases. Over 70% of smart-phone users first research their products of interest before buying them at a storefront. So, whether you are selling from an online marketplace or a physical storefront, these mobile assists are of great importance to your business.

KPIConsidering this, we can see how old measurement models fail to fully grasp the impact of online to offline or cross-device purchases. Modern marketers recognize the need for change regarding this new-age issue and adjust some for attribution. To remedy this problem, marketing KPIs need to be tied to wider business goals. In order to do so, one must ask the hard questions like “is a return on ad spend (ROAS) keeping my business from reaching my customers?”. The smart marketer addresses their business goals first, then proceeds to prioritize their marketing data to align with those goals.

Another trait of the smart marketer is the ability to not only recognize gaps in consumer behavior, but bridge them as well. What used to be a fairly simple consumer path-to-purchase (buyers journey) is now a complex web of consumer interest and research. As this web gets more and more complex, gaps in consumer patterns are bound to follow.  In light of these gaps, leading marketers use estimates to fill in holes in consumer trends. Through active estimation and testing, they are informed and connected with their consumer’s needs. When the marketer is more in tune with their consumer’s needs, it becomes easier to make accurate and beneficial alterations to your business goals.

Each unique brand or business will have its own unique gap. In order to make an accurate estimate, marketers often require their tools-of-the-trade such as Google analytics, search console, crm's or internal data. Nonetheless, leading marketers illustrate the importance of pin-pointing and bridging these gaps.

The controlled Gamble

New-age marketing is a healthy mix between gambling and science but is confirmed by end result. “Big-bet” experiments are a crucial asset of the smart marketer. Though the term “experiment” may bring the connotation of fine-tuning or optimization (which in part is the case), in the evolution of progressive marketing the term is more analogous to its scientific meaning. The smart marketer starts with a hypothesis, and acts in the digital world to prove or disprove said hypothesis. These high-risk strategic gambles actively reveal new mobile opportunities that would otherwise remain hidden.

royal flushFor marketers concerned with growth, measurement isn’t an afterthought. It’s a cornerstone of their success in a progressive and mobile-based world. By using available tools to bridge gaps, addressing business objectives first, and testing the hard-to-ask questions through experimentation, marketers are quickly discovering the driving factors behind value. It is not only beneficial, but essential to ask yourself how you can evolve your own business to keep up with the modern world. Do you know where to attribute the impact of mobile devices on your business? Do your KPIs reflect your business goals? And, how can you work to better bridge the gaps left by the research-first mentality of the modern consumer?

Smart marketers do not have a perfect KPI, or a secret tool for success. What they do have, is the mindset required to jump on new opportunities and overcome hurdles in the process. The smart marketer has the flexibility to redefine measurement in relation to growth. This mindset, is what propels the marketing industry in an ever-changing world.

Read the Top 50 KPIs for Mobile Apps: The Ultimate Guide here.

Please comment on questions below:

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About the Author

Mike is the COO at Infront Webworks. An online entrepreneur since 1997, he has owned or run website design / SEO, online marketing and internet advertising companies for over 15 years. Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Colorado Springs Business Journal and with projects featured in N.Y. Times, L.A. Times, he has a solid track record of successful online undertakings. He has Digital Marketing and Marketing certifications from Cornell University, is a certified Yext Partner, Google Certified in Analytics, Tag Manager, AdWords, Online Display Advertising, Shopping and Video Advertising.

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