Putting a Number on Your Social Media Success by andrewbran


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									 Putting a Number on Your Social Media Success

The question is not whether you need a social media presence or not – you needed it
yesterday, so asking that question today means you’re already behind the race. The
more pertinent matter to address is how you can develop effective marketing
campaigns leveraging on these online communities and how you will be able to
measure your success.

While signing up for a social network account is free, it does take a monetary
investment in order to come up with effective promotional or SEO campaigns in these
spaces. For one, if you are going to hire a social media company to render their
professional expertise, it will definitely cost you some amount of money. If you want
your campaign to be more engaging, you also have to spend on other things such as
freebies and other tokens.

Given that there is a capital outlay, who wouldn’t want a measurable ROI? The key
performance indicators for marketing in these social channels have been in limbo and
for some time, it was all fun and games with no clear-cut gauge of success. Recently,
innovative social media agencies have been able to come up with concrete metrics on
how you can measure your campaigns in social sites.

One at a Time

Social media marketing is an exciting foray and it’s easy to get too excited and next
thing you know, you are running a campaign in Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn,
YouTube and Pinterest at the same time. This can get too overwhelming and
impossible for you to maintain. What’s worse is you might not even know why you
entered a particular social space to begin with (of course, aside from the reason that
all your competitors are present there).

Metrics stem from objectives so make sure that you know your goals for using each
social platform. Also, take it one at a time and don’t rush into things. Unless you hired
a huge team in a social media company to do this for you, it would be more beneficial
if you become a master of one channel first before venturing into the others.

Look at both Quantitative and Qualitative Metrics

The thing that makes social network marketing trickier as compared to others is the
lack of obvious quantitative success indicators. The other things that make it more
difficult to gauge is numbers don’t really speak for themselves. You might have
thousands of fans in Facebook or millions of followers on Twitter, but this does not
necessarily spell out success.

With that said, when outlining your social marketing metrics, take note of the level of
engagement in your social community. This is the purpose of social sites in the first
place – to have people talking and conversing. Know how many people repost your
Facebook status, the number of re-Tweets you get, the number of mentions you
generate. Then look at what they are saying and derive rich insight from there.

Look at Concrete Business Impact

Once you have your quantitative and qualitative data, evaluate how your social
marketing initiatives are impacting your business. Did sales go up? Did you get more
inquiries? Did brand awareness increase? You have to measure these data against
tangible business performance indicators.

Tag Your Metrics

The other crucial element for gauging your social site marketing success is making
sure that the movements in numbers are actually due to your social marketing
efforts. What social media agencies do is to track your social shares or the traffic
coming from social channels versus other sources.

Be Flexible

Lastly, once you get the results and you see that it’s not working the way you want it
to, be ready to throw out your initial plan and create a new one. Every social media
company knows not to take it personally and that the interest of your customers
should be your top priority. Know when to say when. Build and destroy.

Author is an Internet marketing expert and wants to share his knowledge with people
who are about to hire a social media marketing company for their business. He has
also given words to many articles where one can find the latest trends popular in SEO
and social media agencies.

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