Setting Smarter, Not Harder 米6体育直播nba Goals

In order to develop a cost-effective 米6体育直播nba Process with a high return on investment is fundamental to set goals that target the site’s business needs and take into consideration the market and site behavior, characteristics, restrictions, available resources and time, otherwise is easy to end-up with unrealistic goals that will lead to a non-effective 米6体育直播nba process.

A solution to this problem is to use the SMART -or its extended version, the SMARTER   (acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based, Ethical, Recorded )- guidelines that will help us not only to set goals but to identify and manage the best strategies to achieve them:

Specific

The easiest way to set specific and clear goals  is to start listing them according to the answers you get by asking the five “W questions”:

  • What
    • Is a conversion for your site? -its business goals-
    • Do you want to achieve with the 米6体育直播nba process in order to help your site to accomplish its objectives?
    • Is the 米6体育直播nba situation of the site? Present rankings and optimization?
  • Who
    • Is your target market and how does it behave?
    • Is the decision maker?
    • Are the stakeholders?
    • Will be involved and you can count to support you in the 米6体育直播nba Process -developers, writers, link builders, community managers, etc.-?
  • Where
    • Will be the 米6体育直播nba process activities implemented: In-house, an external agency or freelancers?
    • Does your business have online presence besides the site -social networks, communities, affiliates, etc.-?
  • Which
    • Are the site technical, content or promotion constraints and requirements?
    • Are the most important products or services for your business? (most popular, highest profit margin, etc.)
  • Why
    • Do you want to start a 米6体育直播nba process? -identify expectations in order to manage them-.
    • Is your site designed, organized and optimized as it is at the moment? -understand the reasons of the site status-

When you have the answers to these questions you can do a prioritized list of the site requirements, restrictions and an overview of its online business , resources and organization.

With this information you can do an audit to verify the answers and develop the first draft of the 米6体育直播nba goals .

Measurable

You need to make sure that you will be able to measure the success (or failure) of your 米6体育直播nba efforts and have a system to track each step of the process:

  • How will you measure the achievement of each of the 米6体育直播nba process goals?  How often and for how long?
  • Which activities and presence you will need to track? -behavior of site in search engines, users in the site, etc.-
  • What will be the key performance indicators? -incoming links, rankings, non-branded organic visits, conversions, etc.-
  • What tools are you going to use to track the progress towards the goals achievement? -Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, SEscout, Open Site Explorer, etc.-
  • How can you organize and automate data gathering and reporting? -This can represent a huge difference if it’s a big process or you are managing many 米6体育直播nba processes at the same time-.

Review the first draft of 米6体育直播nba goals and answer these questions for each one of them.

Make sure you will  have access to the data  and that you can gather all the necessary information from the start of the process. If you see this is not the case then you will need to rethink that goal and how to approach that need in a way that is measurable.

Attainable

Now that you have a complete overview with a list of the desired goals that are measurable and a list of the site requirements, restrictions, present status and resources you can verify how reasonable are these goals according to the site characteristics and their importance towards the site business. With this information identify  which are the feasible 米6体育直播nba strategies to implement to achieve these goals .

Additionally, you will be able to  prioritize them for the present 米6体育直播nba Process  -or even leave them for the following ones if they are too ambitious and not realistic to achieve at the moment-.

Relevant

With a list of specific, measurable and attainable goals is important to verify their relevancy to the site business and the type of conversions you’re looking to achieve with each one of them.

Asses the importance of each of the specified goals towards the site benefits , make sure that the expected benefits are reasonably higher than the related costs of implementing the strategies to achieve them -for a high ROI- and prioritize (or leave for following 米6体育直播nba Processes) again your 米6体育直播nba goals according to this.

Time-Based

When do you plan to achieve each of your goals ? Take into consideration the required time to implement the strategies and related activities. Are these times under the expected timeframe?

How long it will take to start getting results for each stage of the 米6体育直播nba Process? Take into account the business seasonality and develop a schedule that you can use to follow-up the 米6体育直播nba activities implementation and goals achievement through their key performance indicators.

Ethical

 

Verify that the goals you look to achieve and the strategies you have planned to implement follow the search engines guidelines and your own business -and the client’s business- ethical principles .

Remember that it’s not only important to achieve a result that will benefit you from a business perspective but that you can also be proud of what you do . Additionally, if you rely your strategy on taking advantage of some search engines vulnerabilities you will end up losing what you have achieved  sooner than later .

Recorded

To effectively measure the success is fundamental to  document your goals, the related strategies and planned activities , along with the site characteristics, requirements and initial status.

It’s also important that you don’t only track but also keep a record of the activities you implement during the 米6体育直播nba process and verify that these follow the schedule you have set for them.

Start setting your SMARTER Goals Now

Although you may have already begun your 米6体育直播nba process it’s never late to focus it with with smarter -not harder- goals that will help you to achieve the results you really need.

You can also take a look at this larger  list of questions you can ask to identify the best 米6体育直播nba strategy  and the different types of  米6体育直播nba goals  you can have depending on the results you are looking to achieve.

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