Business Coaches with ActionCOACH use the term testing and measuring frequently. This practice forms an essential part of our ongoing mentoring programs with clients. What are we talking about anyway? It’s quite simple so read on…
Why it testing important? We don’t realize it but we test everything in our daily lives. You always take a new car for a test drive before you sign the dotted line. When you go shopping at the supermarket, clerks are standing in the aisles with samples for you to test before you buy. Waking up in the morning and checking the weather before selecting your clothing for the day is also a form of testing. We do it all the time we just don’t think about it.
Yet businesses persist in embarking on expensive marketing campaigns with little or no idea of the outcome. These same businesses will spend thousands of dollars on an ad campaign and hope they get a response. Action firmly believes in testing a new ad campaign before the majority of the budget is committed. It may be a whale of an idea but no one knows with certainly the outcome of a daring new campaign. We at Action suggest that our clients commit 10=15% of the new campaign budget and test for the outcomes.
This then leads to the balance of the phrase..testing and measuring. There is little point in going to the trouble of conducting a test in the first place unless one follows through with some type of analysis of the results. Imagine taking that new car out for a test drive and not paying any heed whatsoever to the quality of the ride, the noise levels and the engine performance. Not reasonable is it? You would instantly compare this new car to your old one or other new cars you were considering wouldn’t you? You would have your own form of measurement to compare the car with others. Your taste is a form of measurement when you try those samples in the supermarket. If you lost your ability to taste..why bother trying the sample at all?
There is not point in testing the outcome of any type of marketing campaign with no measurement of outcome. Careful measurement and analysis of the results of a test campaign will provide much needed information on which to base decisions. The results of the measurement will quantify the success of the campaign. The results can be extrapolated to test the soundness of the campaign. An example of this is:
A test mailing to 500 households yields 10 responses. Each response results in an average sale of $150.00 with a margin of 40% that adds $60.00 to the company’s profits which is $600.00 overall ( $60 X 10 responses). Let us assume the overall cost of mailing is $1.00 each or $500.00 in all. The company then made a net profit of $100.00 ( $600.00 profit less costs of $500.00). This campaign would appear to be a winner!
If you would like to learn more about testing and measuring in your business call ActionCOACH Gregory Kopchuk at 780-478-0790