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New Years Resolution: SMART Marketing Goal

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As the year ends, many companies contemplate resolutions and plans to make 2024 successful and productive. Setting SMART marketing goals is one resolution that deserves attention. We love the SMART strategy for crafting actionable and effective marketing plans that align with your long-term objectives, including sales and customer engagement. In this post, we’ll look deeper at SMART marketing goals and explain why they’re worth adopting as you consider what’s next in the New Year. For a bit of fun, we’ve added a quick quiz at the end to test your knowledge.

What are SMART Goals?

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals.

Specific: Defined with Detail

Specific goals clearly articulate what needs to be achieved, the methods to be used, and the timeframe for completion. For instance, rather than setting a broad aim to increase social media presence, a more specific goal would involve increasing Instagram followers by 20% in the first quarter by targeting engineers with innovative engineering projects and insights. This approach eliminates ambiguity and provides a clear target.

Measurable: Quantified Objectives

Measurable goals are defined by clear metrics or quantities, allowing for tracking progress and assessing success. A goal like “increase website traffic by 30% in six months using SEO and content marketing strategies” is measurable and provides a tangible target to work towards. Regularly measuring progress helps in understanding the effectiveness of the chosen strategies.

Achievable: Realistic and Feasible

Achievable goals in marketing are realistic and within your capabilities, striking a balance between aspirational and practical. For example, a goal to increase email campaign conversion rates by 10% over six months by optimizing email content and design is feasible for most companies, whereas doubling email conversion rates in a month without additional resources or budget is not. To create bold yet achievable goals, envision and list your ideal outcomes. After pausing for a day or two, review and critically evaluate each goal for potential challenges and feasibility, ensuring they are inspiring yet realistic to maintain team motivation.

Relevant: Aligned with Broader Objectives

Relevant marketing goals align with and support your company’s broader mission and strategic priorities. Before setting these goals, review your mission, vision, and objectives, then ensure each goal is tied to these elements. For example, a goal like “increase lead generation by 30% within 12 months by developing and implementing a content marketing strategy focused on our core services” ensures that your marketing efforts directly contribute to the company’s growth objectives and tap into areas of strategic importance.

Time-Bound: Deadline-Driven

Time-bound goals have specific deadlines that create a sense of urgency and help prioritize tasks. For example, “launch a new marketing campaign by the end of Q3 to capitalize on seasonal demand” sets a clear timeframe, encouraging timely action and decision-making. Time constraints ensure focus and can significantly impact the effectiveness and execution of plans.

Why SMART Marketing Goals Matter in 2024

SMART goals guide your organizational and marketing initiatives, providing a systematic approach to achieving your objectives. This method ensures that goals are well-defined and attainable, leading to several key benefits:

  • Clarity and focus: SMART goals provide clear direction and a focused framework, which helps allocate resources efficiently.
  • Improved planning: They allow for better planning and management of marketing strategies, ensuring that every action contributes to overarching business objectives.

  • Enhanced motivation: Achievable and measurable goals boost team morale and motivation with progress that can be easily tracked and celebrated.

  • Better results: With realistic and timely objectives, you are more likely to achieve meaningful results, driving growth and success.

  • Adaptability: The specificity and measurability of SMART goals make it easier to adjust strategies in response to market changes or unforeseen challenges.

Next, take our quiz to see if you’ve become a bonified marketing expert in SMART goal-setting.

Quiz: Can You Spot the SMART Goals?

Below is a set of marketing goals. Some of them are SMART goals, while others are not. See if you can identify which goals meet the SMART criteria (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) and which do not.

 Marketing Goals

  1. Increase website traffic by 30% over the next quarter.
  2. Enhance brand awareness in key markets by participating in industry events.
  3. Launch a new digital marketing campaign in the spring.
  4. Grow the email subscriber list by 500 users by the end of the year.
  5. Improve social media engagement through frequent and diverse posting.
  6. Decrease the cost-per-click (CPC) of online ads by 15% in the next two months.
  7. Implement a digital marketing strategy by Q3 2024 to increase web traffic in the European market by 20% within six months of the campaign launch.
  8. Become a top 10 influencer in our industry on LinkedIn.
  9. Achieve a 25% conversion rate for our next online promotion.
  10. Develop a more effective content marketing strategy.


  1. SMART – Specific (increase website traffic), measurable (by 30%), achievable, relevant, time-bound (next quarter).

  2. Not SMART – Lacks measurable criteria, a clear timeframe, and which events to target. A SMART version of this goal could be to increase new business leads by 20% in the industrial equipment sector by participating in four major industry trade shows and organizing two networking events specifically for this sector by Q4 2024.

  3. Not SMART – There is avague timeframe and a lack of specific details about the campaign. Let’s make it SMART: Increase lead generation by 15% in the aerospace sector by launching a targeted digital marketing campaign focused on LinkedIn and email marketing, starting April 1st and running through June 30th, 2024.

  4. SMART – Specific (email subscriber list growth), measurable (500 users), achievable, relevant, time-bound (end of the year).

  5. Not SMART – Includes some detail, such as increasing the frequency and diversity of content, which may give the impression that it’s moving towards the SMART criteria. However, it remains not SMART because it still lacks specific, measurable targets and a clear timeframe, and it doesn’t specify what kind of engagement increase is expected or on which platforms the efforts will be focused. A SMART goal could be to increase social media engagement by 25% on LinkedIn and Instagram by implementing a new content strategy and interactive campaigns by the end of Q2 2024. .
  6. SMART – Specific (reduce CPC), measurable (by 15%), achievable, relevant, time-bound (next two months).

  7. SMART – Specific (implement a digital marketing strategy), measurable (20% increase in European web traffic), achievable, relevant, and time-bound (Q3 2024).

  8. Not SMART – This goal lacks specific, measurable criteria and a defined timeframe. Here’s a SMART version: Increase LinkedIn following by 30% and achieve an average engagement rate of 5% per post, positioning our company’s profile among the top 10 platform influencers in our industry by the end of Q1 2025.

  9. SMART – Specific (conversion rate), measurable (25%), achievable, relevant, and time-bound (for the next online promotion).

  10. Not SMART – Lacks specific criteria for effectiveness, measurability, and a defined timeframe. Let’s make it SMART: Develop and implement a new content marketing strategy by Q3 2024, focused on producing bi-weekly industry-specific blog posts, monthly whitepapers, and a quarterly webinar series to increase website traffic by 20% and boost lead generation by 15%.

Incorporating SMART goals into your marketing strategy is a wise move and an essential step toward sustained business success and growth. By setting specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely goals, you can navigate the uncertainties of the New Year with more confidence and clarity. Let 2024 be the year when your marketing efforts are smarter, more strategic, and more successful than ever! We can help. Our SMART goal-setting expertise can guide you in crafting precise marketing objectives that align perfectly with your business vision. Let’s get started.

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