In a perfect world you want channels with the following values:
Targeting - High, Cost - Low, Input Time - Low, Output Time - Low, Control - High, Scale - High
You will rarely get a channel that fits those values perfectly so the question is how do you prioritize? This is where the work you put into Step 1 and Step 2 come in. Sort your channels using your constraints as a guide. If your biggest constraint is money, then look at channels that have a low cost as the first priority and come closest to the ideal values for the other attributes.
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The next step is to research each channel so you can fill in each cell with “low”, “med”, or “high” values. You aren’t trying to predict exact values. Get enough information to make educated comparisons of each channel relative to each other.
The matrix looks v...
In the header row fill in the attributes of each channel that you are comparing. At a minimum, there are 6 attributes you should have:
Building a channel matrix helps give you three things:
1. A methodical process to evaluate each channel
2. A way to compare each channel on the same attributes
3. A visual organization of the information for each channel
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Targeting: Does the channel have the type of targeting you need? How close to your exact target audience can you get with this channel?
Cost: Are there upfront costs? Minimum spends?
Your constraints will differ depending on the product, stage, funding, industry, etc. The most common constraints will be:
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