In my daily work, of guiding companies through the complexities of effective customer acquisition and growth strategies, I am often inundated with a plethora of metrics and KPIs, each clamoring for attention as a measure of success. In this ocean of data, one metric stands out as the North Star for any endeavor: the consistent upward and rightward trajectory of growth.

This is not just a graph line; it’s a philosophy, a commitment to progress and excellence that drives every strategy and decision I’ve made as a CMO and entrepreneur.

The Essence of the Upward and Rightward Trajectory

At its core, the “up and to the right” metric is about growth. This growth can manifest in various forms: revenue, customer base, market share, engagement or brand recognition. The key is that whatever the specific indicator, it must show a clear, upward trend over time. This trajectory signifies not just temporary success but sustainable progress.

Why This Metric Reigns Supreme

Clarity of Focus: When you prioritize growth, your goals become clear. Every marketing campaign, every piece of content, and every customer interaction is weighed against this overarching objective. This clarity simplifies decision-making and aligns the entire marketing team towards a common goal.

Adaptability: The pursuit of consistent growth necessitates agility. Markets change, consumer preferences evolve, and competitors adapt. By focusing on the upward and rightward trajectory, the marketing team is compelled to innovate and adjust strategies to maintain the growth curve continuously.

Long-term Vision: Short-term wins are important but not the endgame. The true measure of a successful marketing strategy is its ability to drive sustainable growth. This long-term perspective is crucial for building a brand that can withstand market fluctuations and emerge stronger.

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Implementing the Growth-First Approach

Implementing this approach requires a strategic blend of creativity, analytics, and customer-centricity.

  • Data-Driven Decisions: Embrace data analytics to understand market trends, customer behavior, and campaign performance. Use this data to inform decisions and pivot strategies as needed to keep the growth trajectory on course.
  • Innovative Campaigns: Consistent growth often requires thinking outside the box. Encourage creativity in your marketing campaigns. Test new ideas, explore different channels, and take calculated risks to capture new market segments or deepen brand engagement.
  • Customer-Centricity: Ultimately, growth is about customers – acquiring new ones and retaining existing ones. Develop a deep understanding of your customers, tailor your messaging to meet their needs, and create memorable experiences that foster loyalty and advocacy.

Challenges and Balances

While pursuing this metric, it’s essential to maintain a balance. Blind pursuit of growth can lead to short-sighted decisions or unsustainable practices. The growth should be ethical, responsible, and aligned with the company’s broader values and mission. Additionally, it’s important to balance short-term tactics with long-term strategies to ensure lasting success.

The Role of Leadership in Cultivating Growth

As a CMO, part of my role is to instill a growth mindset within the team. This involves setting clear goals, providing the necessary resources and support, and creating a culture where experimentation and learning from failures are valued. It’s about leading by example – showing resilience, adaptability, and a relentless focus on moving “up and to the right.”


In a world where change is the only constant, the pursuit of consistent upward and rightward growth remains the most reliable indicator of marketing success. It’s a metric that simplifies complexities, aligns efforts, and keeps the entire organization focused on what truly matters. As CMOs, our ability to drive and sustain this growth trajectory is not just a measure of our success; it’s a testament to our capacity to lead, innovate, and build brands that endure and thrive in an ever-evolving marketplace.

About the Author: Jeremy Mays

Is the Founder and CEO of Transmyt Marketing. He's an accomplished, award winning marketer, responsible for guiding companies though the complex challenges of navigating and succeeding in today's digital economy. To get in touch, you can email him at

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