Over 500 internal comms professionals participated in PoliteMail’s 2016 Internal Communications Measurement Survey, offering an inside look at how they define and measure the effectiveness of their efforts.
Among the survey’s most striking findings is that many internal comms professionals remain unsure of what and how to measure. Perhaps because of that, 20% of respondents measure very little of their efforts, and 15% don’t measure at all. More than half (60%), however, measure at least some of their work.
According to survey respondents, there are three main benefits to measuring internal comms:
Stronger Employee Engagement
76% of internal comms professionals surveyed said measurement strengthens employee engagement. One practical way to use measurement to encourage engagement is through the process of audience segmentation. Creating targeted, segmented messaging builds trust, delivers more appropriate messaging and shows that engagement is a priority.
Also, companies with high employee engagement enjoy 6% higher profit margins than those with lower engagement.
Proof of ROI—and Support of Senior Executives
Everyone in the business world has been told they “better have the numbers to back it up” at some point—and that’s exactly what internal comms measurement provides.
Having firm data in hand helps communicators prove their departments’ worth (44%) and supports increasing department budgets (22%).
Data-Informed Decision Making
Communicators need to know the outcomes for all of their efforts to help them create the best game plan for their next project. And they can find those results through measuring their communications.
83% of survey respondents say measuring internal comms efforts helps them make data-informed decisions. 79% of those cited the ability to create stronger campaigns based on that data as a major benefit.
Start Benefiting from Communications Measurements
Want to see how (and why) other teams are measuring their internal communications efforts? Download our 2016 Internal Communications Survey Results.