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Set the right goals for digital marketing using the 5Ss

Do your set of goals for online marketing cover all the bases? A good set of digital marketing goals covers a range of different measures to help set, review and control performance across all digital marketing activities.

The 5Ss of digital marketing is a good, simple starting point to help check you’re covering the whole of digital marketing, not just sales!

PR Smith, my co-author on Emarketing Excellence developed the 5Ss of digital marketing around 2000, and although basic, it’s still used by many planning their digital marketing strategy. So I thought I’d share it here by showing how it applies today to ASOS.com, a dynamic online business. To measure the goals suggested, see my post on goal setup in Google Analytics.

1. Sell – Grow sales

Start with your most important transactions that lead to revenue and profit! That’s sales, or if you don’t sell online, the leads that your online marketing will deliver which will convert through to sales or donations if you’re a not-for-profit.

Notice how ASOS aim to increase sales through boosting trust in the online purchase process and offering free delivery.

Tip. Use a conversion models helps set quantitative targets to hit. Use this Excel digital marketing budgeting spreadsheet we have developed to help set the right goals.

2. Speak – Get closer to customers though dialogue and participation

Digital channels are not only great sales channels, they excel as communications channels to engage your audience through the 6 main digital marketing tools.We recommend creating detailed conversion or budget models which allow you to set goals by channel for reaching and influencing your audience.

Since digital channels work best when joined with other channels, the goals here should also include online visits prompted by traditional offline media.

Although ASOS.com is a pureplay, it’s customer magazine is important in building the brand and influencing sales.

3. Serve – Add value

The company website and social customer service are a natural place for customers to go to get their questions answers or to complain… Paying attention to the quality of service you offer is also key to support your capability to Sell, Speak, Save and Sizzle.

So you need customer satisfaction goals to assess how you good you are at customer service and then improve it further.

ASOS have invested in a choice of customer service channels as this example shows.

4. Save – Save costs

Less glamorous than the sizzle of building your brand and social media engagement, but you should show the value you gain through using online cost savings to reduce service costs and save on traditional media like print and post.

This is most relevant for a multichannel retailer or service company who can set goals for number of catalogues downloaded or number of service transactions compared to other channels.

If you’re fighting for budget for online channels, the savings you can demonstrate to your finance director or budget holder will improve help your cause.

5. Sizzle – Extending your brand online


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