Requirements for Successful Marketing Attribution: Data

Requirements for Successful Marketing Attribution: Data

By Brenna Lofquist, Senior Marketing Consultant / Client Services Operations at Heinz Marketing

I’m going to stay with the attribution theme (see my latest weblog submit) because it’s continued to be a preferred subject in B2B Marketing.

In my earlier submit, I walked by the completely different attribution fashions. Once you could have an concept of the mannequin, it’s essential to perceive all the necessities to make it potential. Which is the inspiration for at the moment’s submit and the sequence that follows. Throughout my subsequent few weblog posts, I’ll give attention to a particular requirement to profitable monitor attribution. Today’s subject: Data

One factor to notice, the next necessities are relevant with or with out an attribution instrument/platform. The necessities are actually the muse to have the ability to efficiently report on attribution. The steps wanted to take earlier than you truly implement an attribution mannequin or instrument.


This is an enormous one however I’ll break it down into a couple of sub sections. Data is vital on the subject of attribution. If your knowledge is messy, issues get misplaced, or aren’t tracked correctly, it’s going to be actually troublesome to belief your attribution reporting.

Lead sources

The first step is to make sure your sources are correctly outlined. I say correctly as a result of some organizations use lead sources in numerous methods. However, for attribution your sources ought to relate to the sources in which you’ll seize demand. You can use channels for lead sources (i.e., paid social) or you possibly can categorize sources by intent (low versus excessive). Another means to consider the right way to outline lead sources is by gross sales metrics and velocity. The dynamics often differ fairly considerably by supply– for instance, a excessive intent supply is prone to shut quicker, subsequently it wouldn’t make sense to lump a low intent supply into the identical class.

There’s no magic quantity to the quantity of lead sources it is best to have, though I at all times advocate retaining it easy – you possibly can at all times add extra if want be.

Going again to correctly defining lead sources, one factor you don’t need to do is to have your sources outlined by the division or workforce that sourced the lead. I do know there’s doubtless a necessity to trace this, which is ok and I agree with however, it shouldn’t be accomplished within the lead supply area. Or at the very least it shouldn’t be accomplished inside the identical area used to trace sources and report on attribution.

Preserving unique supply

In my expertise (and my opinion) you should be capable to protect the unique supply through which a lead entered your database to have the ability to precisely monitor attribution. At the very minimal, this must be a requirement if you wish to monitor the primary contact. This may sound like a no brainer to some however you’d be stunned at what number of companies aren’t doing this. If the lead supply area used for attribution is being up to date each time a lead interacts with one among your efforts, your attribution will likely be in every single place.

Now there’s a couple of methods to do that and it depends upon what Marketing Automation Platform you might be utilizing. Ideally you need to have some type of “original source” area the place as soon as populated, it might’t be modified. I like to recommend creating an “original source details” area to offer extra details about the lead supply. For instance: unique supply = occasion, unique supply particulars = the date and title of the occasion. These fields would at all times want to stay collectively and be populated on the identical time, by no means individually.

Next you’ll must create one other set of fields to trace most up-to-date supply. This would be the area that’s up to date and reveals a leads historical past of what they’ve engaged with or taken motion on.

Marketo has the power to dam area updates however different MAPs don’t (like Hubspot and Pardot) so that you’ll must create a workaround. The specifics on how to take action deserve it’s personal submit. If you have an interest you possibly can attain out to me ([email protected]) and I’m completely satisfied to share what we’ve accomplished. In Marketo you’ll nonetheless must implement automation to first verify if the unique supply fields are empty. If so, have the system populate these fields. If they aren’t empty, the the newest lead supply fields will populate to construct the leads historical past.

Tracking unique supply from result in alternative

You’ve accomplished all this work to seize and protect the unique supply, be sure that it makes it by to the chance!
In most methods this may be automated primarily based on the lead that transformed. Once the chance is created, the supply is pulled from the lead report and added to the chance supply. When reporting on attribution you will do this on the alternative stage, making this crucial.

And I’m certain there are different methods to do that. Most of my expertise with attribution has been accomplished in Salesforce, in order that’s the place this comes from. I’d be curious to know what others have accomplished utilizing completely different CRMs (let me know within the feedback or attain out instantly).

Collecting the info

Once you’ve outlined lead sources, it’s essential to make sure you’re in a position to or are amassing the mandatory info to find out the lead supply.

Forms could be one option to gather supply knowledge. You can use hidden UTM fields on the shape after which standardize that info into your lead supply area. Again, this may look like a no brainer however, if you’re utilizing hidden UTM fields be sure you’re including UTMs to URLs. You received’t get very far when you don’t.

Another option to gather knowledge are checklist imports which almost definitely come from occasions or tradeshows.

Make certain you might be including the relevant lead supply area and coming into the suitable values for the fields. I like to recommend making a course of doc (when you don’t have one already) that explains the right way to add lists so it’s accomplished correctly and the info is constant. This is very necessary in case your group has a number of folks importing lists.

Similar to checklist uploads, there will likely be instances the place gross sales reps are prospecting and including new contacts. They must be skilled on the method and definitions of the lead sources, in addition to have entry to an inside useful resource doc.

This doesn’t cowl the gamut of all methods to gather knowledge. The important level right here is to guarantee that nonetheless you’re amassing knowledge used for attribution that there’s:

  • Alignment on using the fields and values
  • Training and supporting reference/course of documentation
  • Consistency within the knowledge


We’ve talked the primary requirement/step to have the ability to monitor attribution efficiently – woo! Look out for subsequent months weblog the place I’ll talk about the second requirement …what might or not it’s?

As talked about within the submit, you possibly can attain out to me instantly ([email protected]) when you’re curious concerning the unique supply workaround or to speak attribution basically. I’m at all times to listen to how others are doing it!

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