Sales Velocity is a metric that measures performance of both Marketing and Sales because it is influenced by both. So can be a bridge for discussion on how and what to optimize. Not a bad job for a lagging indicator.
I found myself in discussion this week with some people that were creating their first sales page. They were making making decisions about the roll out of that were based on beliefs they held. Yet bigger providers in their field were doing contrary things to achieve marketing outcomes. I believe in doing what is known to work, instead of what your cognitive bias wants you to do.
Sometimes complex customer problems require complex solutions. We can get stuck in considering how do we address it instead of thinking of the customer first. Addressing the complex problems of your customer requires finding a way to be part of the bigger ecosystem that the customer’s complex issue sits in.
Some people would ask, as a data scientist are you upset that the data actually failed you. Not really. Because I know in data science gaining insights from data is a combination of what the data tells you as well as a business person’s intuition and experience. It is a failure to rely too heavily on one or the other. You need to question everything. The data as well as our cognitive biases.
If we want to see your data impact trends, then we need to look at metrics rather than just tracking data. The thing is that we have to track the data to produce the metrics. But it’s seeing the trends in metrics that really drives business outcomes and behavioural change .