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We’re often fighting an uphill battle when it comes to proving our worth as a marketing organization. But marketing doesn’t have to be like this. With all of the tools and data available to us, it’s time for marketers to make a change... to leave behind our old way of doing things — of looking at and reporting on the same metrics over and over again — and start showing our organizations that we should be considered one of the most strategic assets in the business.

How can we do this? Marketers need to shift from focusing only on the channel-specific, operational KPIs we’ve used for so long and instead emphasize strategic KPIs that actually impact our businesses. It’s time for our industry to go from benchmarking to benchmarketing. What does this mean? In short: benchmark marketing. The idea behind benchmarketing is to take the benchmark reports we all know and love one step further. We should be using strategic KPIs that go beyond operational and channel-specific metrics and give us a better understanding of how marketing is actually impacting the business. What if you could tie those day-to-day metrics to revenue, customer growth and retention rate?

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