How to Measure if Your Outreach Program was Effective

You want to grow your business, so you’re investing in an outreach program. But how do you know if it is working? Many companies don’t have a way to determine the effectiveness of their outreach programs, leading to wasted time and money on ineffective efforts that are better spent elsewhere.

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Learn what your outreach program is doing to improve business, and how to make a continuous improvement process.

You want to grow your business, so you’re investing in an outreach program. But how do you know if it is working? Many companies don’t have a way to determine the effectiveness of their outreach programs, leading to wasted time and money on ineffective efforts that are better spent elsewhere.

Regardless of what kind of interactions your program generates, it is vital to track, analyze, and measure what’s working so you can continue to reevaluate and hone in on your mission. The good news is that there are some simple ways to gauge whether your outreach program was successful, and this article will guide you through the process.

How Many People Did You Reach in Your Outreach Program?

The first step in measuring the effectiveness of an Outreach Program is to determine the number of people reached by your program. Without this information, it is challenging to determine the success of the program. You should be able to measure the number of people you are reaching and their engagement.


The second step is knowing what metrics are relevant for your industry and goals. For example, when measuring social media campaigns, we need to look at clicks or opens (depending on the platform) and engagement metrics like likes, comments, and shares. These can help us determine whether our content resonated with our target audience and influenced them to take action. Then we can use this data over time to measure the overall success of our campaign or individual pieces of content within it.


Some other examples of relevant metrics could be:

1.    The number of people reached

2.    The conversion rate from prospects to leads or customers

3.    The average engagement time on your site


Collect Data Throughout the Program

Successful marketing campaigns are all about data. We gather as much information on the program as we can before, during, and after. Did we reach our goals? If so, does that mean people were entertained by what they saw in your last email blast? What did their click-through rate look like for this month vs. previous months?


To be sure you’re heading down a productive path with your latest digital outreach strategy, having several data ranges will help to reveal the tools that are working. By stepping back to see the bigger picture, trends and habits can begin to focus, indicating new avenues to deeper engagement.


Try an approach like the following to collect the needed data:

1.    Review metrics related to traffic from social media channels.

2.    Monitor progress of leads generated through emails sent out.

3.    See how many individuals visited the website because of an interaction with one of those two mediums.


Results Matter. What Is Your Conversion Rate?

We need to know what percentage of people who interacted with our content actually converted into customers. If we want to grow relationships and gain conversions, we need to understand the conversion rate – how many followers or potential customers did you convert? These conversions may range from a sale down to your customer survey, depending on which outreach program they are partaking in. The results matter!


To measure the effectiveness of your outreach program, you will need a system that keeps track of those conversions. You should also have different set goals for each type of conversion and keep track of which is most effective in this particular situation.


The Bottom Line

The measurement phase is necessary for every aspect of marketing, from sales, leads generated by online ads to emails sent out in a company’s email marketing strategy. Measurement reflects on the success or failure of each element within the more extensive campaign and helps determine where to focus more effort. This phase also allows marketers to compare their campaigns against themselves over time or against competitors to evaluate performance trends.


The bottom line is how profitable the outreach program was for this cycle. Once you know your conversion rate, you can calculate how much money you made per customer. Using that information, it’s easier to refine and pinpoint what worked effectively during the last campaign to start a new one with more success than before!


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