In some circles, social media marketers still get a bum wrap for not being able to prove how their work impacts the bottom line. Despite an abundance of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many business leaders still view social media as a “nice to have” but not a necessity. “We […]
Managing a Facebook page is a major part of many companies’ marketing and communication programs, but the data we use to measure the effectiveness of those efforts is sorely lacking. Facebook consistently changes what’s measured and how, adding complexity and incongruence to an already squirrely data scenario. For example, People […]
There’s been lots of gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands and pounding of keyboards about Facebook’s Edgrerank lately. “How dare they!” pontificate the social pure bloods. “We put forth the effort to get fans to ‘like’ our page, and now we have to PAY Facebook to reach them? It’s […]
I like Michael J. Fox. I’m of the vintage that grew up with Alex P. Keaton, Teen Wolf, and Marty McFly. Further, I lost my grandfather to Parkinson’s a few years ago, and Fox’s efforts to raise funds to combat the disease are remarkable. So it was a thrill to […]
Use Google Analytics reports and tools to demonstrate the value of your social media marketing practice.
Last week, Susan Etlinger from Altimeter Group published the Social Media ROI Cookbook. It contains significant quantities of solid thinking, and provides a useful framework of six primary ways to measure social media effectiveness. (click here to view and download the Social Media ROI Cookbook on Slideshare) There’s no question […]
Injecting a real face and personality into your personal Twitter account is intrinsic, and most people don’t give it a second thought. We share what’s happening in our lives, photos from great vacations, things that annoy us, and other content that compels us. But when it comes to imbuing corporate Twitter […]
Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been known to spend a few too many minutes trolling Twitter and Facebook on personal time. You have, too. But when it comes to business, I’m not playing around. I’m not on social media to kill time; I’m there to build a business and find my customers. And the ability to make data-based decisions and assign ROI to social actions is what enables me to do that.
Do you sell advertising on your website? No? Then why are you so excited about your website traffic? The most overrated social media metric is traffic from social outposts. This blog post is symptomatic of this problem, although there have been hundreds (thousands?) like it. Here’s the highlight: With only […]
Josh Mackey is General Manager at PeekAnalytics, a Social Audience Measurement Platform. (More importantly, a family man and sport loving Aussie who loves life). There has been a lot of talk recently about social networking spam – inactive and bogus accounts on social platforms. While I agree inactive and spam […]
Guest post by @Lisa Loeffler, Research & Analysis Lead at Convince & Convert. She is also founder and principal of Genuine Media, a marketing agency that helps clients build their individual and brand reputation through social media. It started out innocently when I saw Crystal Light’s new TV commercial last […]
Guest post written by Rocky Walls, who has more than 10 years’ experience in digital content creation. As CEO of 12 Stars Media Productions, Rocky works with businesses to create video that’s so real and simple it changes audiences into relationships. It’s no secret that embedding videos on your blog […]
Whether you’re on a first date, meeting new people at a dinner party, or making it rain on Twitter, it’s just not a good idea to go on and on about yourself. It’s just awkward. Conventional social media marketing wisdom suggests that brands should avoid being overly self-promotional. Thus, brands […]
Social media optimization gives you the ability to not waste bullets. Every tweet and status update has a cost associated with it. Perhaps not a direct financial cost, but a real, and at times considerable labor cost. The time you spend tweeting and Facebooking and Google Plussing on behalf of […]
Social media measurement causes unsavory (and ineffective) marketing behavior because unlike the rest of our marketing key performance indicators, social media metrics are out there for anyone to see. Was it a surprise last week when Presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich was (allegedly) busted for having 1.3 million followers on Twitter, […]