How to Build the Best Digital Marketing Report for Your Business

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How to Build the Best Digital Marketing Report for Your Business

As a Digital Strategy Manager at TKG, I firmly believe that proper tracking and measurement are key components for campaign and marketing success. Ensuring you are measuring the right things is extremely important. In this guide, I’ll walk you through how to build the best digital marketing report for your business, sharing insights and best practices I've gathered over the years at TKG. 

1. Define Your Objectives 

Before diving into the data, it's crucial to outline the objectives of your report. What do you want to achieve? Are you looking to track the performance of a specific campaign, understand customer behavior or evaluate overall marketing effectiveness? Defining clear objectives helps focus on the most relevant data and metrics. 

Example: If your goal is to assess the success of a recent email marketing campaign, your report should focus on metrics such as open rates, click-through rates, conversions and revenue generated.   

2. Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) 

Once your objectives are clear, the next step is to identify the KPIs that align with those goals. KPIs are measurable values that indicate how effectively your marketing efforts are achieving business objectives. Different campaigns and strategies will require different KPIs.

Common KPIs include: 

  • Website traffic (sessions, unique visitors)
  • Organic traffic
  • Conversions/Leads
  • Conversation rate
  • Cost per acquisition (CPA)
  • Social media engagement (likes, shares, comments)
  • Email open and click-through rates 

3. Gather Your Data

Collecting accurate and relevant data is the backbone of any effective digital marketing report. Utilize various tools and platforms to gather data from all your marketing channels. Google Analytics, social media insights, email marketing platforms and CRM systems are some of the essential sources.

Pro Tip: Ensure that your data collection is consistent and covers the same reporting period across all channels to maintain accuracy and comparability.

If you need assistance setting up your tracking mechanisms, reach out to our team!

4. Use Data Visualization Tools

Raw data can be overwhelming and challenging to interpret – especially in Google Analytics 😊. Data visualization tools help transform complex data sets into easy-to-understand visuals. Charts, graphs and tables make it easier to identify trends, patterns and outliers. If you are a marketing leader at your company, this will give you some brownie points when you share with your boss.  

Popular data visualization tools include:

  • Google Looker Studio
  • Databox
  • Microsoft Power BI 

5. Analyze and Interpret Data

Data analysis is where you turn numbers into insights. Look for trends, correlations and anomalies in your data. Compare your KPIs against industry benchmarks and historical performance to gauge success – especially year-over-year (Y/Y).

Key questions to ask during analysis:  

  • Are there any noticeable trends or patterns?
  • What are the areas of improvement?
  • Which campaigns are performing well and why?
  • What can be optimized for better results? 

6. Provide Actionable Insights

A great digital marketing report doesn’t just present data; it provides actionable insights. Based on your analysis, recommend specific actions to improve future campaigns. Highlight both successes and areas needing improvement.

Example: If a particular social media campaign performed exceptionally well, suggest doubling down on similar strategies. Conversely, if email open rates are declining, recommend revisiting email content and subject lines. 

7. Review and Iterate

Finally, digital marketing is dynamic, and your reports should be too. Regularly review and update your reporting process to incorporate new metrics, tools and best practices. Continuous improvement ensures that your reports remain relevant and insightful. 

Need Help Creating your Marketing Report? 

Ready to optimize your digital marketing efforts – based on REAL data? Schedule a discovery meeting with TKG today and learn how we can help you build comprehensive and effective digital marketing reports tailored to your business needs.

Building the best digital marketing report for your business is an ongoing process that requires careful planning, accurate data collection, thorough analysis and clear communication. By following these steps, you can create reports that not only measure performance but also drive strategic decisions and continuous improvement.