Posts filed under ‘Social media monitoring’

Top metrics for social media

social-media-metrics-that-matter-v2-01Like many, you may be confused as to what you should measure on the social media platforms you are using for your communications.

Well, Katie Delahaye Paine, aka  The Measurement Queen, has offered her valuable advice on the top five social media metrics you should be measuring:

  1. Net increase in share of desirable conversation
  2. Top five performing pieces of content, measured by conversion
  3. Percentage increase in conversions
  4. Net growth in high­ quality engagement
  5. Cost­-effectiveness comparison

I really like the focus on engagement; read more here (pdf) where Katie explains each metric for you.

June 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

Beyond online vanity metrics

Here is a very interesting study (pdf) from the Mobilisation Lab on what counts and doesn’t for online metrics and campaigns.

The study looks at what they call “vanity metrics” for online campaigns that they define as “data that are easily manipulated, are biased toward the short-term, often paint a rosy picture of program success, or do not help campaigners make wise strategic decisions”. Examples of vanity metrics include: number of petition signatures; web traffic, number of “opens” (of emails I guess).

So what do they recommend campaigns should be measuring?

They have plenty of good suggestions and insights. Here are some of the metrics they mentioned that could be more significant (and possible to measure online):

  • Monthly members returning for action
  • Actions per member (rather than size of lists)
  • Number of members actively part of a campaign

View the study here (pdf)>>

July 28, 2015 at 8:28 am 1 comment

The ultimate social network mapping software?

It could have been predicted…The most sophisticated network mapping tool of social networks has been developed for espionage…

“A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites.”

Read more>>

February 13, 2013 at 7:02 am Leave a comment

Best Social Media Metrics?

Further to my post of last week, here is an interesting take on the issue of social media metrics from Avinash Kaushik,  a leading expert in web metrics.

Avinash sets out metrics for the following areas:

  • Conversation
  • Amplification
  • Applause
  • Economic Value

View his concept here, it’s interesting reading…


December 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Measuring reach to engagement on social media

The #SMMStandards Initiative is a cross-industry effort to simplify and unify the measurement of social media that I’ve written about before.

Digging deeper into their proposed standards, I found interesting their preliminary guidance on how to “standardise” the following terms, as I summarise here:

Reach & impressions:  how to compare visits/viewers/circulation?
They caution against using any type of “multipliers” given that it is probably overestimated the number of people actually “viewing” content, e.g. an estimated 10% of your “friends” see your average Facebook post.

Opinion/advocacy:  this needs to be broken down into types: e.g. “opinions” (it’s good), “recommendations” (try it), “feeling” (makes me feel good) intended action (going to do it).

Influence: it is multi level and multi-dimensional – difficult to rely on an automated measure alone.

Engagement: occurs after reach, consider it at different levels:
Low: Facebook “like”, Twitter “follows”
Medium: Blog/video comments, Twitter “retweets”
High: Facebook “shares”, original content/video posts created by users.

The #SMMStandards Initiative have also proposed a Sources and Methods Transparency Table for use when analysing/collecting social media data which is now open for comments.

Read more about #SMMStandards Initiative here>>

December 13, 2012 at 6:43 am 2 comments

Standards for social media measurement?

At the recent AMEC Measurement Summit there was an interesting discussion on setting standards for social media – a group of specialists have been working on this for the past years – as more and more companies use social media and wonder how to measure the outcomes- and it would be useful if some common standards were set…View the presentation below for an update on the latest developments:

June 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm 1 comment

When is a social media “visitor” not a visitor?

I’ve been looking into recently what constitutes a ” visit” or “action” on social media platforms. This may seem straightforward as on websites it’s well established what constitutes a “visitor“. However, in social media there is a lot of variation in what constitutes a “visitor” or “action”.  Andrew Ross Sorkin writes in the Dealbook blog about what Facebook considers as a “visit”. He notes that Facebook says it has 483 million “daily active users”. Within this it counts visits to its web and mobile websites – which seems legitimate. But it also includes those who visit third party websites and click on a Facebook “Like” button; those who share a Twitter post on their Facebook page; and those who leave a comment on such a website that then gets fed into Facebook. Rightly so, Sorkin is astounded by including such “visits” (which largely inflates visitor numbers of course).

For me, Facebook should count these so called “active users” as “actions” – they are more so actions using Facebook features/tools but not actual visits to the website.

Measuring activity on Twitter also throws up some interesting questions. There are many services that measure activity on Twitter, mostly based on the use of the Twitter #hastags. You can find out all sorts of interesting statistics such as how many people used a hashtag, how many people and how many times they received a Tweet containing a hashtag, etc.  For example, you can see that a hashtag generated by a campaign was used by 1000s of people that then reached millions. But what does that actually mean? In reality it means that millions have received a Tweet containing a hashtag that they may or may not have looked at – and the hashtag may or may not have been used in a Tweet in a way compatible or not with the original intention of the campaign that created it. So there is more work to be done as to what is the impact of message exposure through Twitter and other social media.

For those interested in this subject, here is an interesting post from Metrics Man on three fundamentals of social media measurement>>

February 22, 2012 at 8:37 am 1 comment

Progress on Setting Social Media Measurement Standards

There is an ongoing debate about setting standards for social media measurement. Here is an interesting contribution from the Measurement Standard that reports on a recent meeting of specialists in the US organised by PR measurement guru K.D Payne.

One conclusion which I agree with is the need for the so-called  “Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP)”  for social media reporting, particularly in defining the following areas:

  • Content
  • Reach /Engagement
  • Influence/Relevancy
  • Sentiment/Advocacy
  • Impact and Value

Read more on the Measurement Standard >>

November 3, 2011 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Global standards for social media measurement?

Three leading leading communications associations have formed a new coalition to define, develop and promote industry-leading standards for social media measurement. The coalition is comprised of the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC), Council of PR Firms and the Institute for Public Relations.

Coalition chair, Tim  Marklein commented:

“Too many of the social media measurement options available today are based on proprietary tools and methods that can’t be easily replicated across brands, campaigns and organizations. As a coalition, we intend to break down those barriers and map out a path to standards that address key social media measurement challenges, including content sourcing, influence, sentiment, engagement and ROI among others.”

We couldn’t agree more.  It will be interesting to see what the coalition comes up with as they move now into the consulting phase.

Read more on the AMEC website>>

October 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

Social media measurement – standards or ritual measurement

I am currently at AMEC’s 3rd European Summit on Measurement in Lisbon where a major discussion about social media measurement was held today –  the Dummy Spit blog by Tom Watson provides a good summary of the debate.

June 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

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