The Photo Studio KPI guide // 195 pages!

KPIs, Reporting, and Dashboards for eCommerce Photo Studios

Learn how to capture data and build dashboards for day-to-day management, expand reporting, and forecast in modern, high-volume eCommerce Studios

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The 3 Goals of Studio Reporting

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1. Improve Operational Efficiency

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2. Create Better Content

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3. Reduce Time to Market

“Intelligent dashboards, tracking important KPIs, allow a studio to manage day-to-day creative production efficiently – automating the boring stuff, measuring what’s important, and spending more creative energy on, well, creative.”

Adam Parker

Adam Parker

The author Adam Parker is a studio industry veteran

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How the KPI Guide Can Support Your Photo Studio

Introduction to Studio Reporting and KPIs
Setting the Right Goals, the Right Way
Systems & Data
Introduction to Reporting
Reporting For Higher Management
Daily Production Monitoring
Team & Talent Performance
Post-Production Vendor Management
Flow Reporting
Stakeholder Relationship Reporting
Financial Reporting
Styling & Inventory
Asset Performance & Conversion Reporting
Visual Reports
Advanced Reporting in Looker

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Chapter 1

Measure right, manage right

There is a clichéd quote that is often (mistakenly) tossed around by management: “What gets measured, gets managed.”

The idea is if you can’t measure something, how can you manage it? And more to the point: how can you make a plan to improve something that is unmeasurable? How will you know what is working, what isn’t working, or if you’re even on the right track?

This viewpoint is not uncommon, as evidenced by the myriad salespeople, solutions providers (and sometimes coworkers) showing off largely unhelpful pie charts and data points – all of which look professional enough, but don’t actually help you do anything.

Part of the problem is that they’re getting that old cliché I mentioned wrong.

The accurate quote is: “What gets measured, gets managed – even if it shouldn’t.”

What’s interesting about this quote is that it challenges the very idea of what everyone in studio management is being asked to do these days: measure everything!

Let's make an example

For example, a brand’s stated goal may be something like “increase the quality of our brand’s photography so that we can use product imagery for both eCommerce and marketing (emails, social, etc).”

If your studio is measuring and prioritizing a common high-volume photo studio KPI like “cost of photography per product,” not only may that KPI be useless – it may be harming your studio and brand.

While you watch your “cost per product” KPI dashboard drop each month, hiring cheaper stylists, outsourcing photographers, cutting additional angles, and pumping up productivity, the quality of your creative will likely be taking a nosedive. Images are less consistent, the styling is more rushed, styled less effectively, and you have less variety in your shots. Your brand was trying to invest in one thing (“more versatile assets, for use across eCommerce and marketing”) and you delivered the opposite (“less costly but less versatile assets”).

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Inside you'll find what key performance indicators are and how to build reports to measure them in your studio.

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