Traditional marketing planning takes a systematic approach to identifying strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, threats and the activities needed to meet key objectives.

This approach asks difficult questions and provides a necessary starting point but plans become increasingly obsolete as time passes and conditions on the ground change.

Today’s fast paced business environment requires an agile approach to identifying weaknesses, opportunities and adjusting marketing activities to meet ever changing demands.

Data is the voice of your customer, the market and your business. Taking a data first approach empowers your organization to continually improve listening skills and transform marketing.

What is a Data First Approach? Simply put, a data first approach requires the identification, resolution of data gaps and key performance metrics during the business and requirements phase.

Traditional methods look for data at the end of the process, as a proof of result. Consequently, data gaps are either unidentified or overlooked entirely as data is used to support predetermined outcomes.

What are the benefits of a Data First Approach? Taking a data first approach transforms marketing in the following ways:

  1. Identifying data (i.e. knowledge) gaps early on enable management to understand the value of missing intelĀ and prioritize next actions for closing gaps.
  2. Continual data collection and analysis increases the organizations agility and empowers marketing to evolve activities as conditions on the ground change.
  3. Historical data and supporting systems ensure that the organization does not lose institutional knowledge due to inevitable personnel changes.
  4. Establishing key performance indicators early on allows marketing to align activities to goals and keep the team focused on key objectives.

Contact us discover what is needed to incorporate a data first approach into your marketing efforts.