9 Data-Driven Marketing Best Practices for Small Businesses Infographic

9 Data Driven Marketing Best Practices for Small Businesses

9 Data-Driven Marketing Best Practices For Franchise Brands

Last year, Promio generated 51,968 leads and $42,638,810.85 in revenue for its clients.

The following nine consumer marketing best practices are based on an analysis of the data related to the marketing activities that delivered those results.

1-target-roiBest Practice #1: Optimize online advertising based on ROI, not Cost Per Click or Cost Per Lead.

94% of the franchise locations using Promio last year experienced an interesting dynamic where the channel that delivered the lowest cost per click actually delivered the worst ROI. For the vast majority of those locations, the same dynamic existed for cost per lead as well. Many franchisees instinctively want to focus their digital spend on channels that deliver the lowest cost per click and/or cost per lead, but our data reveals that’s usually not the best business decision.

2-google-logoBest Practice #2: Prioritize Google search ads over Bing – and not just because of search volume.

Everyone knows that Google is the 300-pound gorilla when it comes to search volume. They account for nearly 68% of all search traffic, which is roughly 3.5 times more than Bing. Our data revealed that Google is the 300-pound gorilla when it comes to ROI as well. Leads generated by Google search ads delivered 86% more revenue than leads generated by Bing search ads.

3-search-adsBest Practice #3: Prioritize search ads over display ads to maximize revenue. Prioritize display over search to drive brand awareness.

Facebook has made tremendous progress with their advertising products over the last few years, but when you look at ROI they still lag behind the results delivered by search advertising. Facebook outperformed Google and Bing by 126% and 241%, respectively, when it came to leads generated per dollar spent. However, when you look at the amount of revenue actually generated by those leads, Google and Bing outperform Facebook by 189% and 96%, respectively.

4-automate-lead-followupBest Practice #4: Automate your lead follow-up processes.

Our research revealed that an astounding 45% of leads are never contacted by the franchise location. Based on that data, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that research also shows leads that received automated follow-up were 47% more profitable than leads that did not. That’s why it’s critical to have a fully-automated follow-up program in place to ensure every lead receives prompt and on-going follow-up.

5-follow-up-fastBest Practice #5: Follow-up fast.

Lead follow-up emails sent within 15 minutes had an 82% higher open rate than follow-up emails sent after 15 minutes. This data not only supports Best Practice #4, but also highlights the need to develop standardized processes and set follow-up timeline expectations for franchisees.

6-follow-up-again-again-againBest Practice #6: Follow-up again… and again… and again.

80% of lead conversions happen after the 1st follow-up contact. That’s why it’s not coincidental that the franchisee with the best conversion rate out of every franchisee using Promio last year has a policy to follow up with leads every week until the lead either converts or requests to be removed from the list.

7-customer-retention-ecosystemBest Practice #7: Build a standardized customer retention marketing ecosystem.

Last year, existing customers of Promio’s clients generated 67% more revenue than first-time customers on just 18% of the marketing spend. Lead generation is what drives growth, but customer retention is what drives profitability. Creating a standardized customer retention marketing ecosystem will help to insure the investment made on aquiring new customers actually translates into unit profitability.

8-personal-emailsBest Practice #8: Use personal emails in your customer retention marketing.

When it comes to email marketing, most people believe nicely-designed HTML emails are better than text-based personal emails. However, our analysis reveals that while HTML emails may look better, they don’t perform better. Text-based emails designed to look as if they are personally sent by a franchisee had a 96% higher open rate than highly-designed HTML emails.

9-direct-mailBest Practice #9: Integrate snail mail into your customer retention marketing.

It’s easy for both efficiency and budgetary reasons to rely exclusively on email communication with your existing customers. However, the customers of Promio clients who received a personalized letter or note card delivered 114% more revenue than customers who received only emails.

Promio LogoPromio is the only fully-automated marketing platform for franchises that shows clients exactly how much revenue their marketing generates. It integrates lead generation, lead conversion, and customer retention into a single platform that makes marketing easy for franchisees. Most important, though, Promio provides incredibly insightful data to help identify best practices that make marketing more profitable.

Are your marketing metrics costing you money?

It all depends on the metrics you use.

But, clicks don’t pay bills and
you can’t retire on leads.

Cost per click and cost per lead are probably the two most common metrics used to measure digital marketing success. Franchisors and franchisees alike build, track, and optimize their digital marketing to drive those two metrics as low as possible. They assume or have data that suggests a lower cost per click delivers more clicks and more clicks means more leads. For the most part, that’s true. But, clicks don’t pay bills and you can’t retire on leads.


That means many of those franchisors and franchisees, like two of the three little pigs, discover their marketing isn’t as effective as they thought when the Big Bad Wolf shows up in the form of an economic downturn, a new competitor, or an unexpected cash crunch.


Promio’s proprietary revenue reporting technology allows businesses to track their digital marketing results all the way to the exact revenue paid by their customers. And when you can track marketing that far down the funnel, you can see critical information others can’t – like the fact that more clicks and more leads don’t always mean more dollars.


Here’s an example using 12 months of data from an actual Promio client.

Google $1.53 $11.02 411%
Bing $2.08 $16.26 325%
Facebook $.046 $10.43 223%

That means, if you spent $500/month on Facebook ads instead of Google ads, you would have cost yourself $11,280 last year.


If you optimized the campaigns above using cost per click and/or cost per lead, you would have emphasized Facebook – your worst performing channel. That means, if you spent $500/month on Facebook ads instead of Google ads, you would have cost yourself $11,280 last year. You would have generated 9,122 more clicks and 31 more leads – but most business owners prefer dollars. That’s why it’s critical to make sure you optimize all your marketing on meaningful metrics instead of vanity metrics. If you don’t, your marketing metrics might end up costing you money.