Measuring the difference

If you can't measure something, you can't manage it

Futureproofs helps your team deliver to market on time more easily, reliably and cheaply – save up to 25% on your proofs!.

Improving your processes means that you make a real difference. Using Futureproofs is no different – we want your team to become more efficient, save money and be happier! Which means that we want to help you measure that difference.

It can feel difficult to deal with business metrics (as they're called) but it can be as simple as comparing the date from your approval paperwork with the actual date your team delivered. Ideally, they'd be the same but sometimes things slip.

But beware - metrics can be slippery! Just because something is easy to measure doesn't mean that it's the right thing to measure. For example, you might be tempted to measure the success of a website by number of visitors, but this is a so-called 'vanity metric' because it can only ever go up. You need numbers that reflect real current performance.

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What makes a good metric?


There has to be something that you can count in practice.


It should let you compare one product or period with another.


You should be able to make decisions based on the result.

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Try these metrics for success with Futureproofs!

Pick your goal and then use the suggested metric to measure your progress towards it. If you'd like to discuss metrics or get help picking and tracking a good metric during your Futureproofs trial, get in touch!

Reach market faster

Key to profitable publishing, often affected by slippages during production.

Measure: Average time from handover to publication.

Hit market dates

Key to predictable revenues, often missed because of communication failures or errors in production.

Measure: Average difference between approved and actual publication date.

Less time emailing

Key to efficient use of staff time, time is often lost to unnecessary emails and poor communication.

Measure: Average number of emails sent per editor per month.

Loved by editors, freelancers and managers

Louise Harnby
Louise Harnby

Freelance proofreader, UK

The line-by-line markup functionality is, frankly, gorgeous.
Helen Seachrist
Helen Seachrist

Production Editor,
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, USA

Collating corrections takes a fraction of the time it does when working with hard copy or PDFs.
Amy McGuinness
Amy McGuinness

Operations Manager,
RIC Publications, Australia

It is improving the speed at which we edit our documents, especially for our International market.
Faye Cheeseman
Faye Cheeseman

Freelance proofreader, UK

The best support I've ever received!