January 22, 2024 4 min read

Digital Ads

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Digital advertising has moved to the forefront of many businesses marketing strategies. With such a robust amount of data, we’re able to track every aspect of a digital advertising campaign, from the number of clicks to the number of sales.

However, with so much data available to us, it can be difficult to determine which metrics are most important to measure and how they’ve contributed to the success of a campaign. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the key metrics to consider and provide insights to measuring the success of your digital advertising campaigns.

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Define Your Objectives

The first step in measuring the success of a digital advertising campaign is to define your objectives. What is the purpose of your campaign? These are typically closely aligned with your overall business goals. Are you trying to build brand awareness? Are you trying to increase clicks to your website? Or are you trying to generate leads or sales? Once you've defined your objectives, you’re then able to determine the appropriate metrics to track.

Track Conversions

If the objective of your campaign is to generate leads, sales, file downloads, etc. it is incredibly important that you are tracking conversions. Without tracking conversions, you won’t be able to measure the success of the campaign. A conversion is any action taken by a user on your website that aligns with the campaign's goals. Use tools, such as Google Analytics, to track your conversions. Also ensure that you’re tracking the same conversions in the ad platforms.


Key Metrics to Measure
  • Click-Through Rate (CTR)

    CTR measures the number of clicks on your ad divided by the number of times the ad was shown. A high CTR indicates that your ad is attracting attention and driving traffic to your website. If your campaign goal is clicks to your website, this is a KPI to be tracking.

  • Cost per Click (CPC)

    CPC measures the cost of each click on your ad. The lower the CPC the better as it indicates that your ad is performing well and generating clicks at an affordable price. This KPI is also important to track for campaigns focused on getting clicks/traffic to your website. Keep in mind that a conversion’s campaign CPC will be higher than a traffic’s campaign CPC, as getting a conversion’s campaign aims to get a user to take a specific action that is usually more complex that just a click of a button.

  • Conversion Rate

    Conversion rate measures the percentage of people who take a desired action, such as making a purchase or filling out a form, after clicking on your ad. This KPI is important for conversion type campaigns (campaigns focused on gaining leads, sales, downloads, etc).

  • Cost-Per-Acquisition (CPA)

    CPA is the cost you pay for each conversion. It is calculated by dividing the cost of the campaign by the number of conversions. This KPI is also important for conversion type campaigns. Always keep an eye on the CPA throughout the duration of the campaign. The lower the CPA the better, but keep in mind that, depending on your industry, the average CPA could be quite a bit higher than others.

  • Return on Investment (ROI)

    ROI measures the revenue generated from your campaign compared to the cost of running the campaign. A positive ROI indicates that your campaign is generating more revenue than it's costing, which is a sign of success. This is typically used for eCommerce businesses.

  • Return on Ad Spend (ROAS)

    ROAS is a metric that measures the revenue generated from your campaign compared to the amount spent on the campaign. This KPI can help you determine the effectiveness of your advertising spend. To calculate ROAS, divide the revenue generated by the campaign by the cost of the campaign. Along with ROI, this is typically used for eCommerce businesses.

Measuring Success

Once you’ve determined the metrics/KPIs to measure for your campaign type, it’s important to be tracking them on a weekly and monthly basis. This will help you identify any trends and make adjustments as needed. If you’re noticing CTRs and CVRs are going down and CPCs and CPAs are going up, it may be time to switch up your ad creative or make adjustments to your targeting.

CTRs, CPCs, CVRs, CPAs, etc, all vary by industry. It’s normal for some industries to see much higher CPAs than others. To get an idea of averages for your industry, check industry benchmarks. This is a good starting point in measuring the success of your campaigns. You can also compare your current results to previous campaigns you have run to see how they are matching up.

Measuring the success of a digital advertising campaign requires a combination of metrics that align with your campaign goals.

Defining your objectives, tracking conversions, picking the right KPIs to measure and monitoring them on a consistent basis can help you determine the success of your campaign and make data-driven decisions to optimize future campaigns. To continue improving your campaign measurement skills, check out our digital marketing bootcamp.



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