Actual vs. Target Chart

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Chart Type
Combination Chart (Column + Line)
Use For
Comparison
You can customize this Combination Chart (Column + Line) for any report where you need to;

report and present actual vs. target performance comparison.

Key Features

  • Difference between actual and target values is derived from absolute values using formulas.
  • When actual values are short of target, the underachieved target portion is auto highlighted in red.
  • When actual values are above target, the overachieved portion is auto highlighted in green.
  • Pre-built data setup with comments, so that you don’t have to spend time figuring out how to setup data correctly.
  • Uncluttered charts with professional formatting and styles that automatically adopt to your data, so that you don’t have to find, learn and fine tune tens of hidden settings.
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  • Fully functional data chart with real world data.

Example

In the example above, actual monthly revenue generated by an organization is compared against target / budget revenue for each month. Monthly target is indicated by a thick black line. The underachieved target portion is auto-highlighted in red and the overachieved target portion is auto-highlighted in green color.

At a glance, you can spot that except for March, August and September, actual performance is below planned budget. In other words, targets are unmet in nine months of the year.

As this chart draws attention to key findings at a glance, it can be a great chart for monthly report and performance dashboard.

Formula:

Target Overachieved or Underachieved = Target value – Actual value

Chart Data

To edit this chart template, execute following steps.

  1. Right click on the chart to open chart menu. Click Edit Data. This will open the linked Excel sheet (see video below).
  2. Enter categories in column A. They are plotted on X-axis.
  3. Enter target / budget values in column B. They are plotted on primary Y-axis and indicated using a thick black line.
  4. Close the Excel sheet.
  5. You can set same or different target for each month (easily replace months with products, employees, branches, locations etc.).
  6. Difference between actual and target values is derived from absolute values using formulas. The difference is plotted on secondary Y-axis.
  7. When actual values are short of target, the underachieved target portion is auto highlighted in red color.
  8. When actual values are above target, the overachieved portion is auto highlighted in green color.

Video Demo

The following video shows how you can easily edit data and customize the chart in minutes, for any data analysis presentation, irrespective of industry or job function.

Specifications

Dimensions:
Modern 16:9 aspect ratio. You can easily change to 4:3 aspect ratio, or resize to any dimension.
Customizable:
100% editable and fully customizable. You can edit data, change text and fonts, apply your custom brand colors. Basically, you can edit and  customize every chart element.
File Format:

PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2013 and above.

Instant access and download. Can be saved as PDF, PNG, JPG to insert in MS Word or in other documents or to use on websites and blogs.
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