10 Marketing Objective Examples To Guide and Focus Your Strategy

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As marketers, there will never be a shortage of things to work on — strategy, content, video, social media, sales alignment. The list is long and growing. 

Prioritizing work that will actually make an impact on the business is key. That’s why having objectives is important. 

The problem is, marketing objectives too often are siloed, disconnected from the greater goals of the organization — sales, revenue, and growth. 

Most successful small businesses we work with have marketing objectives that tie directly back to revenue and sales (thanks to the development of a revenue team). 

Revenue is the lifeblood of every business, and when sales and marketing work together to drive it, the results can be incredible.

When your marketing objectives are closely aligned with the organization’s monetary goals, it helps you achieve results in the leanest way possible.  

After working with hundreds of companies over the past 10 years, we’ve found the following to be some of the best marketing objectives examples that align digital strategy with the rest of the organization’s goals.

In this article, we will share:

  • The difference between marketing objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • 10 examples of marketing objectives
  • KPIs that can be used to track those objectives

You can use this list to determine how to measure your success with the right objectives and KPIs.

Marketing objectives vs. KPIs

Some say objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs) are the same things. Others disagree. 

We’re the latter at IMPACT. 

Here is how we define objectives and KPIs:

  • Objective: The thing you’re trying to achieve. Objectives should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) goals that are clearly defined.
  • KPI: A measurable metric used to determine if you are on track to achieve your objective. (Often multiple KPIs contribute to one objective.)

In other words, objectives are what you’re trying to achieve, a KPI is a number you track to measure your progress. 

From company and sales objectives to marketing objectives

We coach our clients to begin by aligning their sales and marketing teams, especially when it comes to defining marketing objectives and KPIs. 

The best way to do this is by forming what we call a revenue team.

A revenue team is made up of the key players in your sales and marketing units.

Even though different members might focus on specific parts of the process, the team will come together and plan to work toward a common goal: driving revenue.

If sales and marketing are not aligned and working toward the same goals, a number of problems ensue, including:

  • Marketing campaigns that fall flat with your audience
  • Siloed data and metrics
  • An inconsistent buying experience for customers 
  • Tension and miscommunication between the teams

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Whether you’re a large or small business, here are 10 marketing objective examples that can bring your teams together and unite your efforts 

Examples of marketing objectives

1. Increase lead quality

This objective is about increasing the probability that the sales team closes a higher percentage of deals. The higher quality leads you can attract as a marketing team, the happier your sales team will be. 

Your KPIs for this objective should be focused on initiatives that define what a “quality lead” is or indicators of whether your efforts are working along the way. 

Examples of related KPIs:

  • Number of good fit leads 
  • Number of booked initial sales conversations.
  • Number of closed deals associated with marketing.

2. Shorten the sales cycle

It’s not just up to the sales team to be more efficient or effective with their conversations. Marketing can help shorten the sales cycle too.

Because modern prospects get so much information before talking with sales, it’s marketing’s job to deliver consistent messaging, branding, and relevant materials to help them progress toward making a purchase. 

KPIs for this objective can be focused on sales enablement materials.

Examples of related KPIs:

  • Pieces of sales enablement content created
  • New product pages launched
  • Case studies produced

(Note: Our The They Ask, You Answer framework is a great starting point for creating sales enablement materials that empower the sales team and shorten the sales cycle by wielding the power of assignment selling.)

3. Reduce the percentage of lost deals/sales

Though sales has the most impact on this objective, marketing can have a significant influence as well.

Marketing sets the tone for prospects entering the sales process. And if marketing is not qualifying leads properly or setting the right expectations, it will be nearly impossible for a salesperson to change course and still close the deal.

For e-commerce companies, KPIs may be metrics or initiatives around reducing cart abandonment rates. For non-e-commerce, on the other hand, marketing can assist by updating website content or other materials that prospects see before talking with sales. 

Examples of related KPIs:

  • Decreased shopping cart abandonment percentage
  • Sales enablement materials launched

4. Increase customer lifetime value

Focusing on increasing the average amount that each customer spends with you can be an easy way to impact revenue with less effort because the relationship is already built. 

KPIs for this objective can be based on the activities you’ll need to accomplish to re-engage customers with new products or new deals. 

Examples of related KPIs:

  • Percentage increase on average client spend
  • Number of return or upsold clients

5. Improve awareness and demand around new products or services

If your organization is ready to launch a new product or service, promotion and demand generation will be essential. 

KPIs could pertain to social media or the number of requests or opportunities that sales have in the pipeline related to new products. 

Examples of related KPIs:

  • Social media engagement related to new products
  • Content produced that answers questions about new products
  • Traffic to website pages for new products
  • Number of inquiries about new products

6. Increase positive reviews

Any brand, whether you’re B2B or B2C, can benefit from product or service reviews.

Depending on your industry, you may have a particular platform where reviews have special importance, but no matter what, they’re important. 

This objective will certainly direct more business — the more positive reviews, the more likely others will find you through review sites. 

Examples of related KPIs:

  • Number of reviews in X directory
  • Number of past clients likely to recommend you (based on NPS score or other metric)

7. Launch product or service in a new market

Beyond “make more money for the company,” you can get more specific with your objectives when it comes to launching a product in a new market. 

Examples of related KPIs:

  • Number of products/services sold in a new market by X date
  • Engagement in product trials

8. Increase profitability

Marketing can play a huge role in increasing the profitability of the company. 

After defining what products or services are most profitable, marketing can put more effort into promoting those items, effectively driving more leads to the profit center.

Examples of related KPIs:

9. Increase brand authority 

With increased brand authority comes additional opportunities to engage audiences, and this, in turn, makes it easier to compete against other companies.

Of course, your product or services can make your brand the best of its kind in the space, but what beyond that can you do to delight customers? Marketing plays a huge role in educating prospects, and this is your opportunity to put your stake in the ground. 

Examples of related KPIs:

  • Number of media interviews
  • Number of backlinks to your website
  • Number of placements in outside publications
  • Number of bookings on podcasts, events, or industry group meetings

10. Develop an engaged audience

Now, this is an objective many smaller organizations think they can get away with ignoring, but for your long-term company health, it is essential. You want to grow the size of your engaged audience.

Even if they are not ready to buy from you now, they are the ones who will be most likely to turn to you when they are ready to buy or even to recommend you.

If you’re doing objectives 1-9 exceptionally well, tracking this objective is even easier. 

Related KPIs should look at email metrics or social engagement to know if you’re on track to nurturing an engaged audience. Using these metrics allows you to measure without paying for market research.

Examples of related KPIs:

  • Number of newsletter subscribers
  • Email open/click rates
  • Social media impressions, interactions, and comments
  • Website traffic

Thinking beyond traffic

Now that we’ve gone through these objectives, you’re probably thinking — what about traffic?

Traffic is certainly something you should be tracking, but it is something that is more useful to marketing than the company as a whole.

Traffic should be monitored as an indicator of the objective’s success. 

For example, traffic can be an indicator of increased brand awareness, which leads to other successes. Traffic alone will not mean a lot to upper management or a board of directors. 

If the focus of the conversation is not on revenue or revenue-driven objectives, then you’re not putting your energy into the right focus area.

At the end of the day, if you grew traffic but sales plummeted, no one would be celebrating marketing. 

If marketing’s primary role is to assist the sales team, then make sure your marketing objectives align with your sales objectives, and with those of the organization.

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