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Please join us for this webinar featuring eMarketer Principal Analysts David Hallerman, Debra Aho Williamson and Noah Elkin. To get you ready for the upcoming year, they’ll be covering a variety of topics including digital advertising, social media, mobile devices and platforms, video, and digital audience, content and commerce.

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									J A N U A R Y 1 9, 2 0 1 2

                             Measuring Social
                             Media Success

                                            Sponsored by:
Debra Aho Williamson
Principal Analyst

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What we’ll look at today…

   1) Why it’s important to get measurement

   2) The four problems of measurement today

   3) Metrics for success: Three things all
      marketers should do

   4) How to take measurement to the next

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 What’s wrong with social media
 measurement? A snapshot

              11 social
                             “Not a single one of the
              measurement   vendors could help them
              vendors         justify the spend that
Big company                    they’d made in their
                              tools, much less their
                                social campaigns.”

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The Importance of
Social Media

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   Marketers believe social media will
   bring a range of benefits …

   … if they can only unlock the key to success.

              “Global executives attribute 52% of their brand’s
             reputation to how social it is online today, up from
                            45% one year ago.”

          “They project that 65% of their brand’s reputation will
             come from its online sociability in three years.”
Source: Socializing Your Brand: A Brand’s Guide to Sociability, October 2011

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      Measurement and budget go hand in

      need proof
      that social
      media works,
      so they can
      continuing to

Trial: organization does not have a process or guidelines for performing social marketing. Transition: organization has an informal process with a
few guidelines it sporadically performs. Strategic: organization has a formal process with thorough guidelines it routinely performs.

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The                             Marketers’ Top Two Digital
rewards                           Marketing Challenges
can be
great, but              #1
                        Generating and
the risks               leveraging deep customer
are high.               insights is a necessity to
Accurately              compete effectively

social                  #2
media is a              Managing brand health and
                        reputation is harder when social
must.                   media plays an important role in

                        Source: McKinsey & Company “McKinsey Quarterly,” November 2011

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Social Media
Measurement Today

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Here’s what marketers say:

 Social media measurement is not very
  effective. Even though there are many ways to
  measure, concrete success metrics remain elusive.
 Fan count is still a top metric. 60% of marketers
  use friends, followers or “likes” as a success measure
  (Chief Marketer, 2011).

 The ROI question is unanswered. Return on
  investment is a top challenge of social media marketing,
  making budgeting difficult.
 We don’t know what tools to use. One tool or

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  Marketers in their own words

“I wish I could say there are many best
practices and case studies out there, but
right now we are still at the infancy stage
of defining a framework for social media

                                            “I don’t think anybody’s really cracked the
                                            code about how these types of online tools
                                            directly impact revenue or ROI.”

“We’d like to be able to say that because
we launched a Facebook sampling tab
we’ve increased our fan count and
increased sales by a certain percentage,
but we’re not in that place yet to have
those sorts of metrics.”

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Only 13% of marketers say they are
‘very effective’ at measuring results

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Marketers are more apt to count fans
and ‘likes’ than sales

                                  No change
                                  from 2010

                                    3 points
                                  lower than

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ROI is
cited as a

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Marketers do not know what tools to use
to measure success

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          How can social
          media marketers
          get to the metrics
          that matter?

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Measurement must move beyond the
basics and prove business value

     “We have gotten to the point where
     brands and companies are making
      decisions on whether to increase
  investment in a channel that is receiving
 a huge amount of consumer attention. It’s
   very important to start to move toward
   measuring in a better, more business-
            value-focused way.”

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Three Things Every
Marketer Should Do

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      1) Start measuring

            Don’t assume it’s impossible

       39% of worldwide retailers don’t measure
      social media marketing. (Economist Intelligence Unit,
      April 2011)
       36% of UK B2B marketers don’t measure.
      (PricewaterhouseCoopers, September 2011)
       6.9% of high-revenue companies worldwide*
      don’t measure. (CMO Club/Bazaarvoice, 2011)
                  * half of respondents worked for companies with $1 billion+ in sales

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The measurement landscape is
crowded—but navigable

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 2) Don’t wait for the silver bullet

     Because businesses use social media for so many reasons
       and goals, there may never be a single success metric.

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Every social media effort should start
with clear goals and KPIs

Experienced marketers use multiple metrics

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3) Demand that your marketing partners
play a larger role

The days of recommending social as an
add-on without a clear set of goals are gone

             “The bigger consultancies and agencies—
             out of self-defense—will start to develop
             some pretty good methodologies and
             mental models for social performance and
             social ROI.”
             —Erik Huddleston, Dachis Group CTO

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Some are
up to the

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How to Take
Measurement to the
Next Level

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Three goals for increasing measurement
sophistication in 2012

 It’s not the fans, it’s what you do with them.
  Understand who your brand followers are and how
  influential they can be on your behalf.
 Go beyond brand metrics. The more marketers
  can work toward understanding how social media
  impacts actual business, the better.
 Integrate social analytics and marketing
  analytics. Understand how social media can make
  other media spending more efficient, and how online
  buzz relates to overall marketing performance.

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 1) It’s not the fans, it’s what you do with

Understand who
your brand
followers are
and how they
can be
influential on
your behalf.

Focus on
leads, sales and

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28% of
track the
number of
people who
to a

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2) Track more than just brand metrics

 Awareness and engagement may be easier to
  measure, but social media can do more. Harder
  metrics can show social’s contribution to business results.
 Make sales an objective. Only 17% of marketers use
  sales or leads as a success metric. (Econsultancy/SEMPO)

  “Sales are what matter to our agents.
  You can only measure how many
  people or how many positive
  comments for so long before people
  start to question it, especially in this economy.”

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Case study: Measuring the impact of
buzz on CPG sales


 How does an increase in positive online buzz impact CPG sales?
 How does negative buzz impact sales?
 How long can the effect be expected to last?

Gathered point-of-sale sales data and online buzz for two brands:
Lay’s chips and Skinny Cow ice cream

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Case study: Results

Finding #1:
Incremental sales increases correlate to the amount of online buzz

Finding #2:
An ad campaign can trigger online buzz, which in turn can cause a
sales surge

Next steps:
    Study campaigns with less social activity to determine the
   influence of buzz
    Incorporate ad campaign data to better filter out the impact of
   advertising vs. buzz

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3) Integrate social analytics with other
analytics to help build future business

   Can buzz
   generate leads?

                          And save money,

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Jim Farley, Ford’s global marketing

    “We’re shifting the timing of our [ad]
    spend. Social media allows us to start to
    build a community months before a
    vehicle goes on sale. We learned this
    with the Fiesta Movement and we are
    continuing to perfect the model.”

       If a social campaign drives broad
       awareness “we can take the traditional
       media [spending] down a notch.”

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have an
to integrate
just as
they have
media into

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Key Takeaways

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Getting to the metrics that matter

Social media measurement has evolved, but still doesn’t satisfy
most marketers. The effectiveness question remains top of mind.

Measurement and budget go hand in hand. Marketers need adequate
metrics to be able to determine budget allocations.

Marketers are still too reliant on counting what is easy to
measure. Counting fans and followers is fine as a basic benchmark metric,
but marketers must strive to understand what those hand-raisers do for them.

Marketers must apply business-level analysis to social media
measurement. Understanding social media’s effect on a company’s bottom
line is critical. As SymphonyIRI and Ford have shown, it’s getting easier to
consider the relative influence of social media on lead generation and sales.

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Measuring Social Media Success
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                  Debra Aho Williamson
                  Principal Analyst, eMarketer, Inc.

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