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Tracking Your Results

Tracking Your Results
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In this section of the book on implementing systems, you’ve got everything you need to create the core systems every business needs.

If you look over those systems, you can see how simple a business is. Here it is in 36 words:

You create an offer, build awareness, pull the prospects off the platforms, generate leads, engage them, present them with offers, sell to your new customers, and offer more value with your product ecosystem to create clients.

Yes, it’s quite simple. But I’m sure it doesn’t feel that way, especially if you’re struggling right now in any of those areas. The best solution I’ve found to clarify the process of unlocking growth in your business is through a simple dashboard.

Your Tracking Dashboard

Your simple dashboard tracks the output of your different core systems. So across the top (or the side, whichever way you like to look at it), you’ll create these rows:


What you decide to track is up to you based on the output each system should be generating for your business. But let’s look at a typical example of, you guessed it, a video production company.

They have chosen social media and warm outreach as their awareness system. So they might track a few separate awareness metrics - posts, impressions, and DMs

| Posts | Impressions | DMs |

You can just add a separate header row under the main one and add sub-categories for each system. In each of these you would track, respectively - the number of posts that week, the number of impressions from those posts, and the number of people you Direct Messaged.

I like to use the weeks of the year for my tracking, so I come in once a week - generally the Monday after that week ends - and input all of the data for the previous week.

| Posts | Impressions | DMs |
| 25 | 5204 | 250 |

Then, moving to the next column, I’ll add the number of people that visited my website that week. Those are prospects. The number here isn’t perfect because you’ll have people from other sources than your direct awareness efforts visiting the site, but those people are a bonus!

| 187 |

For leads, that’s how many new email subscribers you got that week. So I’ll head into ConvertKit and see how many new subscribers came in that week.

| 41 |

For presentations, that’s how many times you got on a call with a prospective client or customer. You had a chance to present your offer to them. Depending on your business, you could track the number of appointments, then the number of presentations, then the number of quotes sent out. It depends on how many steps you have in your sales process.

| 5 |

For sales that’s the number of new clients and customers that purchased from you. Under that you can add a row to include NEW CUSTOMERS | RETURNING CLIENTS.

| 2 | 1 |

Next you add revenue, which is the revenue that came into your business last week.

| $8,437 |

Lastly, your customer Lifetime Value (LTV). This helps you track the value of each new customer/client, and whether your efforts are making that number go up or down.

| LTV |
| $895 |

Once you’ve laid it all out, you need to put on that “Manager” hat and dive into this tracking sheet at least once per week. The power of this lies in the analysis.

What you’ll do is add new columns between each of your main header columns, with a CR% as the header. This will show you your Conversion Rate for that step.

So if your impressions were 5204 and you got 187 prospects, that’s a 3.4% conversion rate. If you want to track DMs instead, that would be a 75% conversion rate (woo!).

Prospects to Leads in our example would be 22%, Leads to Presentations would be 12%, and Presentations to Sales is 40%.

Looking at this example data - which system do you think is the biggest constraint in this business?

To find the answer, you could look at the lowest conversion rates. That system isn’t outputting as efficiently as the others.

In this scenario, that would be the Awareness system. This goes back to why you want an awareness system that includes something passive (content or ads) and something active (cold or warm outreach). If you only had awareness, and the conversion rate is 3.4%, that’s a big constraint, but it’s also a decent output for that system. No system gets to 100%, so we have to be aware of what the typical range of each step is.

The next biggest opportunity with this business would be the engagement system, which takes leads and turns them into presentations. The current conversion rate, or throughput, of that system is 12%. With a 40% presentation to sales rate, you get a new customer 2 out of every 5 calls. Doubling the throughput of that engagement system means that instead of 5 calls you’d get 10, and instead of 2 new customers you’d get 4. That would double your revenue by focusing on just one area of your business.

But we also need to understand that these systems are all interconnected - changes you make to one system affect the entire business as a whole.

You could focus on getting more awareness by shifting your content strategy to “go viral” and reach a broader audience. You then create a more generic lead magnet. You have more awareness, prospects, and leads, but your conversion to presentations drops because the leads aren’t aligned with your offer. You forgot you need right-fit clients coming through your system, not just sheer volume of people.

This is why we track each system every single week with a tracking dashboard. To see what the changes we make in one area does to the business as a whole.

Instead, this business could focus on their lead magnets and their email sequences to better align them with the offer to schedule a call and hear the presentation. You monitor that for a few weeks and see that the conversion rate jumps from 12% to 15%, a positive signal that the changes you made improved the system as a whole. Same amount of awareness, prospects, and leads, but more presentations and new customers.

Each week you’ll not only input the data into your tracking sheet, but you’ll then take time to decide what you’ll focus on this week. The whole process should take no more than an hour, and if you have a team you can do this together or you can get a report from a manager and then have a meeting on what each department (marketing/awareness, marketing/email, sales, and product) can do to improve.

This is how you systematically and consistently grow your business. You identify the areas that are the current constraints, then focus on that area until it’s not longer the biggest constraint. Once all the systems are working together to create a business that is oversubscribed, you can then start looking at growing the team, or increasing prices, or tweaking the inputs (posts/DMs/ads), or your product ecosystem to get the amount of clients and revenue you want as an oversubscribed company-of-one.


Alright, if you haven’t yet built your dashboard, do it now.

Then, schedule in a time every Monday to input your data and plan your focus for the week.

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