5 Ways to Campaign Buy-in

By Susan Varty, Managing Partner

Marketing campaigns and projects are always a gamble. Trying something new means that you have no new data or proven results – so you are stuck doing the same old thing campaign after campaign. Break the cycle and get project buy-in before you can prove the return on investment.

  1. Present a competitor’s case study and propose a modified version for your campaign. Your team will see that it works, and will be curious as to how the results may vary from the competition.
  2. Plan a project or campaign solely to benchmark data (not drive results). Let your team know that you will run this campaign multiple times (at different times) to see if you can improve upon the benchmark.
  3. Do a (secret) soft-launch. Ask a few salespeople to use a new phrase in their emails or send a selected link. Record their results and present the soft-launch data to make your case for a larger campaign.
  4. Gather online sentiment. Access free software (or free trials) that monitor the Internet and social networks. Show your team how many people talk about your products or services online. Present a list of new keywords you would like to use in a new campaign.
  5. Document and run an internal campaign with HR or a work-related committee using a new tactic or idea. Use the internal campaign to showcase your idea to run the campaign externally.

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