Retweet After Me: Week of Oct. 22, 2013

Use Images on Twitter to Get More ReTweets by Dan Zarrella

I collected a dataset of more than 400,000 randomly selected Tweets and the number of times each tweet received a “new school” (native) ReTweet. I then compared 4 of the most popular ways to send images to Twitter: Facebook image links (images hosted on Facebook’s CDN, fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net), Instagram, Twitpic and Twitter’s own, native image uploading service (shown in Tweets as pic.Twitter.com). [Read More]

You Are a Source: How to Reach and Influence Journalists with Social Media by Ian Greenleigh

Facebook ads are one interesting tool in the outreach kit, and especially useful when you have a fresh, informed angle on a hot story the media already cares about. I worked with my publisher on the infographic you see below to promote my just-released book, The Social Media Side Door: How to Bypass the Gatekeepers to Gain Greater Access and Influence. [Read More]

How Duplicate Content Fits Into Your Social Strategy by Elizabeth Harper

We’ve all seen instances of businesses repeating themselves on social networks — reposting a morning message in the evening for a new audience, perhaps. Sometimes this cross-posting can be a social win, helping more viewers see your messages, but other times it takes a nose-dive into spam territory, which is likely to drive your follower counts down. [Read More]

Social Listening: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t by Jae Baer

“Listen” is the dogma of social media. Every social media consultant since the dawn of Friendster has a slide (or 23) about listening in every presentation. It’s the axiom that power the entire social media value proposition for brands. Eavesdropping on customers conversations yields positive outcomes, period. Or does it? [Read More]

The Beginner’s Guide to HootSuite by Marissa Cetin

Juggling multiple social media accounts across several networks can get hectic, especially when there’s a fine line between a manageable number of browser tabs and a terrible guessing game. [Read More]

Social Media Measurement: Taking the First Baby Steps

If you listen to what’s being said out there about measuring social media, you’re bound to hear everything from, “You must measure,” to, “It’s impossible to measure.” Personally, I find myself in between these two methodologies, thinking, “Measuring is important, but doesn’t replace intuition and gut feelings.” So where do you start measuring your social media? Here are a few key metrics to pay attention to, and some great tools for measuring your success.

Meaningful Measurements

facebook insights
Facebook Insights Graph

Facebook

If you’ve ever taken a look at the Facebook Insights for your brand page, you know there are quite a few numbers available, especially if you export the data. But there is a way to get a quick sense of how your Facebook posts are doing, by looking at the number of engaged users. This is a key metric that I look at, and have in my goals. I also like to take a look at the virality of those posts. This is the percentage of people who have created what Facebook calls stories out of the number of people who saw the post. This is a good way to see how posts have spread.

twitter

Twitter

Twitter doesn’t have any built-in analytics, but there are other opportunities to look at how your content is fairing out in the world. Retweets and favorites seem like an obvious way to measure, but this, again, measures engagement, which is a key metric in social media. Recording these numbers, along with replies, is a great way to start to get a grasp on measuring.

Tools to Measure

hootsuite ow.ly click summary
Hootsuite Ow.ly Click Summary

HootSuite

HootSuite has some great stats, even in the free version. HootSuite uses the Ow.ly link shortener, which opens up some possibilities of measuring what happens with your tweeted content. The Ow.ly Click Summary will break down clicks by region, rank the most popular tweets, and the top referrers.

 

 

 

Social Google Analytics
Google Analytics – Measuring Social Referrals

Google Analytics

I know what you’re saying, Google Analytics measures web traffic not social traffic! And this is partially true. But Google Analytics also includes a social section in which you can measure social clicks to your website. I use this feature all the time, since part of my social strategy is pushing traffic to our university’s news site. I can see exactly how much traffic came from social sources. Now, this doesn’t mean that the university’s social presences can claim all that traffic, but it’s still informative, especially if you combine it with one of the other measuring tools I’ve discussed.

Argyle Social Measurement
Argyle Social Measurement

Argyle Social

I’ve fallen in social media love, or at least that’s what I told my boss the minute after I finished watching a demo of Argyle Social. For someone who wants the highest level of organization possible when it comes to social media (which can be hard), this is the tool to make it happen. But that’s for a different blog post. One of the best parts about Argyle Social is the analytics it has built in. You can organize your content into campaigns, and also set goals for conversions. I especially love being able to see all of my stats in one place. Argyle Social is a paid solution, but I found it to be reasonably priced for my needs.

Have you started measuring your social media efforts? What are you using to measure?