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How To Set Digital Marketing Objectives

Setting objectives for your digital marketing goals gives you something to aim for in the long and short-term. If set using the SMART mnemonic, achievements become clear, defined and achievable.

SMART Objectives

Bad example: Increase revenue from the online shoe shop.

Good example: Increase sales of Nike shoes 20% year-on-year in October on the online store.

  • Specific – Ensure that your objectives are exact in what they set out to achieve.
  • Measurable – Ensure that your success in reaching this objective can be measured against a specific metric.
  • Achievable – Objectives should be realistic and something you can actually do. Few things are worse than beating yourself up about not hitting the numbers you set out to achieve.
  • Relevant – Is what you’re measuring actually important and relevant to the goal at hand? If not, then reconsider your priorities and look at what will make a bigger impact on your business.
  • Time-driven – When do you want to achieve your objective by? Putting a deadline on your objectives can help focus your mind and efforts.

Digital marketing objectives

Digital Marketing Objectives

Now that we’ve looked at SMART objectives, how do we specifically apply this principle to digital marketing? If we divide digital marketing into 3 core sections – Attract, Engage & Convert – we can set SMART objectives for each part:

  • Overall objective – Increase sales of Nike shoes 20% year-on-year in October on the online store.
  • Attract – Generate 300 new visitors in October at an average CPA (cost per acquisition) of £4.
  • Engage – Decrease the bounce rate of the Nike category page by 25% year-on-year for the month.
  • Convert – Increase the conversion rate of the Nike shoes by 15% year-on-year for the month.

These objectives are Specific (each is detailed), Measurable (each has a metric), Achievable (the numbers aren’t obscene), Relevant (each supports the other to achieve the overall objective) and Time-driven (each needs to be achieved by the end of October).

We’ve taken a SMART objective and broken it down into the 3 key focuses in digital marketing, giving us something clear and defined to focus our efforts on. You’ll be surprised how motivating it is to have SMART objectives to aim for, and the sense of achievement and progress you’ll make is well worth taking the time to set these objectives.



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