How Megalytic Helps our Marketing Succeed at Mercator Media

By Megalytic Staff - December 05, 2016

“If you can't measure it, you can't improve it.”
So wrote Peter Drucker, an "Austrian-born American management consultant, who contributed to the practical foundations of the modern business corporation" [1]. The main reason why you should measure it is that it forces you to pay attention to your activity and identify what needs to be improved.
But before you get to that optimization point, you need to define what your KPIs are. They differ in every business, sector and organization.
If you partner with Megalytic to pursue digital marketing success for your business and your clients, you need to first define what success means to you. In my organization, Mercator Media, we look at different parameters to define success for our clients. We are a B2B media company building audiences and creating new markets online and then selling advertising spaces on our 14 websites to influence that audience. We are able to give our clients access to over 160,000 professionals in the marine industry globally.
These ad spaces take different forms; they can be one of the following:
  1. a sponsored article about a client’s new product or event published on our news websites;
  2. a directory entry about a client’s organization with details on their specialty, address, contact details and lots of other useful content;
  3. jobs published in our jobs section for all relevant positions within our industry;
  4. a sponsored post on our Social Media channels (Facebook and Twitter);
These advertising spaces are products that allow us to survive as an organization, so you can only imagine how important they are for us. But we could not keep reselling them to the same clients if we were not able to measure what the clients consider relevant. And this is thanks to Megalytic. Let’s look at an example of what I am talking about.


Megalytic Chart Showing Page Traffic


How we measure success

Our sales team sells a sponsored article to our client, who needs access to our 160,000 member audience. When the sales team talks to our client, they discuss: exposure to a quality audience, new traffic to their websites from different sources (our websites and our social media channels), clicks to their ads, amplification of their marketing message. In other words, they define the client's measures for success, which can be used as the client's KPIs.

In this image below you can see the comparison between the most viewed directory entry vs the paid campaign clients buy from us. The sponsored article has 2,381 views while the most viewed non sponsored article only 173.


Google Analytics Article Comparison


Also, the sales team promises our clients that they will have those results delivered in one single marketing report, that incorporates all traffic sources with relevant stats about the campaigns.

Our sales team and clients can make educated, data-driven decisions quickly

This is when Megalytic comes into the game, it allows me to build these reports pulling stats from different sources. By clearly defining what results constitute a win for the clients, I am able to build reports with Megalytic that allow data-driven decisions both internally and for our clients.

I don’t set a standardized process for all reports because I work with very different clients for very different campaigns as I showed you above. When we hear that a client wants to know how much traffic their directory entry is getting and how it compares to other directories within the website, I just add new Megalytic widget into the report to display this information.

This allows me to define success and when I notice our client is not getting the desired result, I can talk to our sales team to adjust the campaign to drive better traffic.


Megalytic Chart Showing Traffic by Source / Medium


I can build highly informative multi-channel reports

I believe transparency is very important in our reports. That means there aren't any buzzwords, taglines, or marketing jargon. Instead of focusing on just having our reports look good, we focus on our reports being good, as I have written about extensively in this post : What makes a good digital marketing report?. This means reports have to include lots of different comparisons numbers to give a measure of success to clients. Megalytic allows me to add traffic from different Google Analytics segments:

  • Traffic stats for specific pages on our website – the directory spaces;
  • Comparison of different directories to show clients the value of our campaigns and how they spend their marketing budget with us;
  • Traffic sources from different channels: google organic, direct, bing organic, yahoo, social media, newsletters;
  • Outbound clicks to client’s websites. With Google Tag Manager you can set up outbound clicks to client’s URLs and mailto: and then pull the report from Google Analytics into Megalytic;
  • Impressions, clicks and shares from Social Media. Megalytic allows you to differentiate paid and organic posts so you visually organize the information.

Also, Megalytic offer different chart types: lines, time series, bar chart, pie chart, table view. I particularly like how the Time Series Bar Chart can be used to visualize traffic trends. This allows me to understand how much traffic clients are receiving to the specific spaces that they purchased.


Megalytic Chart Showing Daily Outbound Clicks


Multiple marketing channels are supported by plenty of widgets

With Megalytic you can compare content within the same Social Media account, for example you can compare which post has the most reach, engaged users, likes and comments all into one nice table, as below.


Megalytic table showing Facebook Posts


If you are not happy with the number of columns, you can add more by clicking to the “settings” icon top left


Editing the Facebook Posts Widget in Megalytic


In our campaigns, we also send AdWords traffic to our client’s advertising spaces within our websites. For example, we need to show clients how much traffic we send them from AdWords. Megalytic has got us covered with all sorts of graphs, tables and integrations.

What I find really useful is the distinction between Search and Display campaigns within the same graph:


Megalytic Chart of AdWords Weekly Clicks by Campaign


For the most sophisticated clients, we also provide ad-hoc reports on keyword performance that allows us to take decision on which keywords to pause and which to increase traffic from.


Megalytic Table Showing AdWords Keywords


Megalytic offers over 100 widgets: AdWords conversions, Facebook likes, posts reach, viral impressions, social referrals, SEO rankings, eCommerce, goals, etc. It’s all there.

Superior technical support

One of the reasons why we have chosen Megalytic over other automated reporting tools is because Mark and his team are so knowledgeable and quick to reply to all sort of questions and fix all sort of issues in a professional manner.
Mark even produced a YouTube video for me to explain some things about Megalytic and I was really impressed by his commitment to make my problem like it was his problem and resolve it quickly.

About the author

Luca Tagliaferro Head ShotLuca Tagliaferro has over 6 years' experience in digital marketing. He has earned a MA in Digital Marketing from a leading UK University and is currently working for the UK publishing house Mercator Media Ltd. leading their new media department.




[1] Peter Drucker, Wikipedia

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