Digital advisory boards or physical ones - you better be clear on their KPIs in advance.
According to a research done by Ignite Advisory Group you can expect 95% retention rate. According to our own numbers at Insights.US, you can also minimize your preventable mistakes by 82%. Hence, we should be measuring impact, and not participation.
Different advisory boards would probably focus on different issues:
However, whereas the issues can vary, the KPIs cannot. We need to measure the impact of an advisory board, regardless of the questions asked.
All advisory boards can be compared to each other based on two business parameters: how much money they saved, and how much revenues they generated.
Savings occur when an insight coming from an advisory board saves you time or money, by stopping you from going in the wrong direction. Revenues are generated when customers buy more services and products, because of the advisory board’s insights.
These two parameters can be measured in each of the boards: how many product insights changed our road map and saved our developers time? How much have we reduced the churn rate of customers by consulting with them on strategy?
In order to generate tangible impact from advisory boards, they cannot be tiny. A sample of 10-15 customers is far from being representative. We should be tracking results from a few hundred customers, users or employees.