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Measuring the ROI on thought leadership - accountancy marketing

By Tim Prizeman, Director - Kelso Consulting (Public Relations agency)

In a few weeks time I'll be on a panel at a marketing summit discussing how to measure the return of investment for Thought Leadership activities.

It sounds an esoteric subject and immediately begs some specific questions like:"What is Thought Leadership?"; "What resources are being invested and how do I cost such inputs as non-billable time?"; and "What actually is the return I am looking for and how will I know when I achieve it?".

It's easy to start over-complicating things, so the key question accountants and their marketing teams involved in Thought Leadership projects should be asking are: What is our objective?  My business is going to be spending lots of time and other resources on this, so what is the big business Thought leadership - clear objectives linked to strategic business goals vitalgoal we are looking to tackle? Failure to link Thought Leadership projects to your big business goals, rather than smaller tactical marketing concerns, is the big reason many flounder along the way.

How are we going to know if we are achieving it?  Don't have wishy-washy objectives like "Create a leading reputation in our market" or "Get our name out there".  Make sure you have specific, SMART objectives (Specific, Measurable, Achievable,  Realistic and Time-related).

How will I know we are on course (and how will I know if things are going wrong so I can right them)?

At the end of the project you want to be able to clearly show it achieved great results that are helping you attain one of your firm's major objectives... not least to highlight its success and help your firm assess whether more investment in these sorts of initiatives is desirable. thought leadership manual

You also want to have measurements that act as milestones to help you know that record you are making good progress, such as signifying that elements are being delivered on time and you are getting the necessary engagement from key stakeholders, such as fellow partners.

For more information about this and all other aspects of ensuring successful thought leadership initiatives at your accountancy firm, do have a look at my book The Thought Leadership Manual.

 

Topics: ROI, Thought Leadership

Tim Prizeman, Director - Kelso Consulting (Public Relations agency)

Written by Tim Prizeman, Director - Kelso Consulting (Public Relations agency)

Director of Public Relations agency Kelso Consulting. We specialise in working with B2B tech companies, management consultants and professional firms to help them stand out and win more business. We do this through award-winning PR skills and a proven approach to creating high-impact thought leadership that helps our clients stand out as leaders in their markets. I am the author of book The Thought Leadership Manual. Click here to request a preview copy: http://www.kelsopr.com/thought-leadership-manual-book