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3 KPIs you should be monitoring if you're a Marketing or PR Firm

Data – that’s the difference between a guess and an informed decision. As a marketing or PR Firm, the sustainability of your agency relies heavily on your ability to evaluate its financial health and overall success. Here are three of our firm’s favorite Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Marketing Agencies and PR Firms:

1. Revenue Growth:

Monitoring revenue growth is a critical KPI for any PR firm. It helps gauge the effectiveness of the firm's business development efforts, client retention, and the overall demand for your services. Tracking revenue growth over specific periods (i.e.monthly, quarterly, or annually), provides insights into your firm's financial performance and helps identify trends. Positive revenue growth indicates that the firm is attracting new clients and retaining existing ones.

How do you calculate it? [(Revenue in Current Period - Revenue in Previous Period) / Revenue in Previous Period] x 100

2. Utilization Rate:

The utilization rate measures the efficiency of the firm's resources, particularly the billable hours of its employees. It indicates the percentage of time that employees spend on billable client work versus non-billable activities, such as administrative tasks or internal meetings. A higher utilization rate suggests that the firm is effectively utilizing its workforce and maximizing revenue-generating opportunities. Monitoring the utilization rate helps identify any underutilized resources or potential bottlenecks in capacity. Note: This does require that your team members track their hours worked by project or client, but the additional effort will help to improve your project profitability tracking.

How do you calculate it? (Billable Hours / Available Hours) x 100

3. Profit Margin:

Profit margin is a key financial performance indicator that measures the firm's ability to generate profit from its operations. It indicates the percentage of revenue that remains after deducting all expenses, including direct costs (such as employee salaries and benefits) and indirect costs (such as overhead and administrative expenses). Monitoring the profit margin helps evaluate the firm's cost management, pricing strategies, and overall financial viability. A healthy profit margin ensures the firm can cover its expenses, invest in growth, and achieve long-term sustainability.

How do you calculate it? (Net Profit / Revenue) x 100

It's important to regularly track these accounting KPIs and compare them against industry benchmarks or historical data to gain meaningful insights into the financial performance and efficiency of the firm. It’s also essential to consider non-financial indicators as well, such as client satisfaction surveys and referral rates to gain a comprehensive understanding of your firm’s overall performance. Doing so allows you to identify areas for improvement, make data-driven decisions, and ensure the sustainability and growth of your agency.