Internal Audit

How to Conduct a Marketing Audit for a Business

Marketing Audit

Marketing is an essential function for any business. It helps businesses to identify, attract, and retain customers and build a strong brand image. However, for a marketing strategy to be effective, it must be regularly reviewed and assessed to ensure that it is aligned with business objectives and customer needs.
A marketing audit comprehensively reviews a business’s marketing strategy, tactics, goals, and performance. An audit aims to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in a business’s marketing activities and develop a plan to address them. This article will discuss how to audit the company’s business.

Step 1: Define the company objectives and scope

Before starting the company, an audit that defines the company’s objectives and scope is essential. What does the company want to achieve with the audit, and which areas of the company’s marketing strategy want to evaluate? To define the company objectives and scope, consider the following questions:

  • What are the objectives that a company want to achieve through marketing?
  • Who are the company’s target customers, and what are their needs and preferences?
  • What key performance indicators[1] (KPIs) are used to measure the effectiveness of the company’s marketing activities?
  • What are the marketing channels and tactics that the company use to reach the target customers?
  • What is the company budget for marketing activities?

By answering these questions, the company can determine the objectives and scope of the company marketing audit.

Step 2: Collect and analyze data

The next step is collecting and analyzing the company’s marketing activities and performance data. The company should collect data from a variety of sources, such as:

  • The company website analytics: The company website analytics can provide valuable information about website traffic, user behaviour, and conversions.
  • Social media insights: Social media platforms provide insights into the performance of the company’s social media campaigns, such as engagement rates, reach, and follower growth.
  • Customer feedback: Customer feedback can provide insights into customer satisfaction, pain points, and needs.
  • Sales reports: Sales reports can provide insights into the performance of the company’s marketing campaigns in terms of revenue and ROI.

Once the company has collected data from these sources, it should analyze it to identify patterns, trends, and strengths and weaknesses in its marketing strategy. The company can use tools such as Excel, Google Analytics, or marketing automation software to help the company analyze the data.

Step 3: Evaluate the company’s marketing strategy

The next step is to evaluate the company’s marketing strategy against the company’s business objectives. It would be best to determine whether the company’s marketing messaging, channels, and tactics align with its target audience and business objectives. Consider the following questions:

  • Are the company marketing messages clear, consistent, and compelling?
  • Are the company marketing channels effective in reaching the company’s target audience?
  • Are the company marketing tactics generating the desired results?
  • Is the company’s marketing strategy aligned with the company’s business objectives and target audience needs?

By answering these questions, the company can identify strengths and weaknesses in the company marketing strategy.

Step 4: Review the company’s target audience

The next step is to review the company’s target audience and ensure its marketing efforts address their needs, preferences, and pain points. The company should determine if it needs to refine its target audience or adjust its messaging to better appeal to its interests. Consider the following questions:

  • Who are the company’s target customers, and what are their needs and preferences?
  • Is the company effectively reaching the company’s target audience through the company’s marketing channels?
  • Is the company addressing the target audience’s pain points and challenges through the company’s marketing messaging?
  • Reviewing the target audience ensures that the company’s marketing efforts effectively address their needs and preferences.

Step 5: Assess the company messaging and branding

Evaluate your messaging and branding to ensure they are consistent, clear, and compelling. Determine if your messaging resonates with your target audience and your branding effectively conveys your brand values and personality.

Step 6: Review the company marketing channels:

 Review the company marketing channels, such as social media, advertising, and email marketing, and determine if they effectively reach the target audience and drive engagement and conversions.

Step 7: Assess the company marketing budget:

Evaluate the company’s marketing budget and determine if the company are investing enough resources in the company’s marketing efforts to achieve the company’s business goals. Identify areas where the company can optimize the company marketing budget to improve ROI.

Step 8: Develop an action plan

Based on the findings from the company marketing audit, develop an action plan to address weaknesses and capitalise on improvement opportunities. Prioritize the most critical areas for improvement and set specific goals and timelines for each action item.

By conducting a marketing audit, the company can better understand the company business’s marketing performance and identify opportunities for growth and improvement. It can help the company make informed decisions about its marketing strategy and tactics and ultimately drive better results for the company’s business.


Conducting a marketing audit is necessary to help businesses evaluate their marketing strategies’ effectiveness and identify improvement areas. By following the steps outlined in the audit process, businesses can gain valuable insights into their target audience, messaging, and channels and evaluate their competition’s strategies. The findings from the audit can then be used to develop a plan of action that will improve the overall effectiveness of the marketing strategies. Implementing the plan and monitoring the results will help businesses ensure that their marketing efforts align with their goals and objectives and deliver the desired results. Ultimately, a successful audit will enable businesses to optimize their marketing strategies and stay ahead of the competition in a constantly evolving marketplace.

Also Read: Media Audit – Its Importance and How to Prepare it?

Minakshi Bindhani

Minakshi Bindhani has completed LL.M. with a specialization in Criminal Law from Madhusudan Law University, Cuttack, Odisha.   She is more inclined toward legal research and writing and have prior experience in Civil and Criminal litigation and content writing.

Business Plan Consultant

Trending Posted

Startup CFO

Our Awards Our Awards

Top 100 Companies in Asia - Red Herring
Top 100 Companies in Asia - Red Herring

Red Herring Top 100 Asia enlists outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies. It selects the award winners from approximately 2000 privately financed companies each year in the Asia. Since 1996, Red Herring has kept tabs on these up-and-comers. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Google, Facebook, Kakao, Alibaba, Twitter, Rakuten,, Xiaomi and YouTube would change the way we live and work.

Top 25 in India - Consultants Review

Researchers have found out that organization using new technologies in their accounting and tax have better productivity as compared to those using the traditional methods. Complying with the recent technological trends in the accounting industry, Enterslice was formed to focus on the emerging start up companies and bring innovation in their traditional Chartered Accountants & Legal profession services, disrupt traditional Chartered Accountants practice mechanism & Lawyers.

Top 25 in India - Consultants Review

In the news