The difference between a KPI and a Metric

How does one decide if a Metric qualifies as a Key Performance Indicator? and if so, what are the characteristics of an excellent online marketing KPI?

I am actually an extraordinarily positive advocate of creating and using KPIs and I truly believe that one has to understand that using KPI and Metric interchangeable is not only wrong, but it can significantly damage your optimization initiatives!

Remember: a KPI is a Metric but a Metric is not necessarily a KPI!

Without real KPIs an organisation will not perform to its maximum and this is in particularly true for businesses where online performance is a vehicle for success. And I think it is noteworthy to remind us all that It is rarely about financial metrics – They represent the results of driving a good KPI.

Essentially concluding that KPIs are a communication and steering vehicle for management.

I will present the following 7 KPI characteristics at the RIMC conference in Reykjavik later this week.

7 KPI characteristics

a KPI echoes organizational goals

a KPI is decided by management

a KPI provides context

a KPI creates meaning on all organizational levels

a KPI is based on legitimate data

a KPI is easy to understand

a KPI leads to action!

You are more than welcome to challenge me on any of the above, add to the list or send me free diet cokes as a praise of their brilliance :-)
Find a presentation on the above KPI characteristics below:

Other great comments to the KPI debate from my fellow Analytics bloggers:

Cheers.. Off to Iceland! :-)