Prove it.

With great power comes great responsibility. If communication is part of the product, it needs to demonstrate its value.

The marketing side of the house is more advanced than the PR side when it comes to measuring impact. Marketing is closer to the end result — sales, which are the quintessential impact measure.

Executives have looked up from the marketing quarterly reports and asked PR, “How do you prove your effectiveness?” And they aren’t satisfied with open rates and page views — measures of activity, not impact.

Internal communicators and PR folks are getting with the program. Digital media communication leaves a lot of data around, just waiting to be analyzed by the curious types who make up the profession.

It’s time to bridge the gap.

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