How to ‘Speak CEO’ with Your Measurement Strategy


How to ‘Speak CEO’ with Your Measurement Strategy - Ragan Comms


Flashy KPIs and vanity metrics might make your boss happy, but they won’t optimize your communications. Here are three more strategic—and surprising—ways to quantify your value.

Brian Pittman

PR professionals have been looking for a plug-and-play measurement panacea for decades. That’s a problem, according to Katie Paine, founder of KD Paine Partners.

“A ‘silver bullet’ mindset suggests a one-time fix,” says Paine, who presented at PR Daily’s Media Relations & Measurement Conference last week in New York City. “It’s not sustainable.”

The solution, she believes, is to think more strategically and “speak CEO.” Here’s how:

  1. Think puppies and kittens.

“Instead of a magic silver bullet, make measurement more like cute puppies and kittens,” Paine suggests. “They were genetically made that way to be adopted, nurtured and survive longer. So make measurement something that will survive, be budgeted for and included.”

How to do that? Her advice is to “rebrand” measurement at your organization.

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“The word ‘measurement’ can seem unapproachable. Better might be phrases like ‘assumption testing,’ ‘market research’ or ‘opportunity identification,’” she explains.

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