To improve their effectiveness and profitability, all marketing campaigns should be continuously optimised; taking into account new changes to your business environment and target audience behaviour. Using the power of collaboration, this meeting formula is designed to help your team supercharge your marketing campaigns.
What is the goal of this meeting?
Develop clear and prioritised actions – agreed upon by our remote team – to drive marketing campaign optimisation.
What tools will I need for this meeting?
Web conferencing tool and a collaboration platform that supports stickies and voting.
How much time should I set aside?
You will need about 1–1.5 hours to complete this session.
It’s a good idea to share information ahead of time; such as the meeting agenda, any pre-reading material, and the link to the collaboration tools you will be using in your session. For this example, we have used Google Slides as our collaboration tool.
PROBLEM + CONSTRAINTS | 5 minutes
As the meeting facilitator, welcome everyone, thank them for participating and then briefly discuss the intended outcomes for this meeting. At the start of your meeting, provide a brief overview of the campaign’s ‘problem’ as well as the constraints you have to work within. In this example, the challenge to be solved is how to increase email conversion rates. The constraints are limited budget and design resources. This should be covered in the check-in phase and should not take longer than 5minutes cover.
CURRENT STATS & PERFORMANCE | 10 minutes
Once your team understands your campaign optimisation goal, the next step is to look at current campaign performance. No matter your campaign type, it is likely you will have a digital dashboard displaying your campaign’s performance statistics.
Include a screenshot of your campaign dashboard in your meeting presentation; however, if you do not have a dashboard, you can simply list your current campaign metrics in a table, or share your analytics dashboard.
This information should ideally be shared with your team ahead of time so they are familiar with the data and can spend this time in the meeting asking questions and adding insights to the raw data.
BRAINSTORM IDEAS | 10 minutes (silence)
Now the team is familiar with the campaign challenge and the team’s constraints, you can brainstorm together to find new ways for improving or optimising your campaign. Prepare a slide with blank “stickies” or text-box shapes people can type in. Your team will use these stickies to input their ideas.
At this point, it’s a good idea to ask your team to go on mute and allow 10minutes of silence while they populate the slide’s stickies with their ideas. The first time your team brainstorm their ideas like this, it is natural for them to be hesitant. Even if the first few minutes are an awkward silence, keep it going while your team warms up to the concept.
AFFINITY SORTING | 15 minutes
The next step is to cluster your team’s ideas into prefered strategies. It’s likely your team will have ideas which overlap. It is also likely some ideas need a bit more explaining. Commit 15 minutes for a discussion aimed at sorting all the ideas into clusters of similar concepts or similar actions. It’s also helpful to provide a brief concept description once your team has grouped their ideas together.
BEST ACTIONS | 10 minutes (silence)
The idea clusters now need to be evaluated for 1) their strength and 2) against your constraints. A simple voting mechanism in Google Sheets works well for this. Set up the voting sheet ahead of the meeting so all you need to do is input the names of the ideas. Share the link to the sheet in your meeting chat so everyone can score the ideas at once. The process should be silent and not take longer than 10minutes to score.
First, the team first votes on their preferred idea based on the strength of the idea and how well it meets the challenge. Next, the team scores the ideas based on the constraints discussed at the start of the meeting.
The highest scoring idea takes priority, and the others follow. It is also likely some ideas will not make it past this slide phase as very low scoring ideas should possibly not be acted on.
Once your whole team has voted, you can easily work out which idea scored the highest and then sort the ideas by their priority.
DELEGATE | 15 minutes
Your team should have a clear idea of where to start so it’s time to assign actions to your team members. This should be done directly into your task management system. If your team is not using one, you can use a simple table to assign the actions to your team. Be sure to include who does what and by when.
CLOSING | 5 minutes
Confirm team commitments by making sure each next step is clear, assigned to a
committed owner, and has a reasonable due date. Ask if anyone has final questions or comments. And finally, acknowledge your team’s participation and express gratitude for special contributions.