Social media is a huge opportunity for growing your business.
The problem is that even when you follow all the steps to create profitable campaigns, how do you really know they’re working?
Only 43% of B2C marketers measure their ROI.
The main reason given is that it’s just too hard. They say they need an easier way.
You could pay for a social media tool or service to do it for you.
Or you can use these 12 different hidden reports I’m about to show you.
This way you can see for yourself, for free, if your social media marketing strategy is working.
But first, let me ask you a question.
Why is social media analytics so important?
More than 3 billion people are using social media and close to 3 billion use mobile social media.
This means that roughly 2 out of every 5 people on this planet have an active social media account, and most of them use it on their phone.
Not only are we online, and on social media, but we’re on it a lot.
The average amount of time spent on the Internet every day is 6 hours and 30 minutes just here in the US.
Out of that, close to a third is spent on social media.
It’s not just one social media platform either.
73% of US adults now watch YouTube and 68% are on Facebook.
If your target audience is teenagers, your social media analytics are even more important.
94% of teens are on YouTube, 80% are on Facebook, and 78% are on SnapChat.
People are using social media platforms multiple times a day.
With such widespread use, social media presents an incredible marketing opportunity.
If you’re not succeeding at social media marketing, you’re going to lose in the long run.
But how do you know if you’re succeeding?
Only 6% of B2C marketers feel that the metrics that they’re using are an excellent way to measure their progress towards their goals.
Add this to marketers who feel their metrics are at least good, and you still only have 53% of people.
That means almost half of respondents are not properly and successfully measuring their success.
If you can’t tell if your latest Facebook Ad is tanking or knocking it out of the park, how do you adjust?
You can’t improve your business if you can’t measure your results.
85% of marketers are already using analytics tools. But almost half still have no idea if their strategy is working.
This is why not just any analytics tool will do.
The following are the 12 reports you should be using to make sure your social strategy is succeeding.
Google Analytics Custom Reports
Google Analytics offers a ton of ways to monitor how your social media efforts are paying off.
Unfortunately, the default dashboard on your homepage doesn’t give you a lot of valuable information.
It can tell you how much traffic is coming from social media.
However, the more valuable information can only be gathered through custom reporting.
Here are the top 5 Google Analytics custom reports I recommend using in 2018:
1. Attribution Monitoring Report
One of the first things you’re going to want to understand is exactly how customers are arriving at your website.
If you want to understand how your social strategy is working, you need to isolate the traffic coming from social media.
The default way Google Analytics tracks conversions can be very misleading.
Currently, it defaults to the Last Interaction Model.
Here’s an example of how this Attribution Model works:
John is researching affordable sedans and finds your website via Google Search. He browses around and likes some of the cars you sell, but he’s not ready to buy yet.
John clicks to “Like” your company’s Facebook profile and then leaves your site.
Your company writes a blog about how happy one of your customers is with their new affordable sedan purchase. You post a link to your Facebook page. John clicks on the link and reads the article on your site. Then he once again leaves.
John’s back researching on Google and this time he sees a pay-per-click (PPC) ad for your website. He clicks on it and buys a sedan.
The last interaction model would attribute the sale entirely to the PPC ad.
You can see how this is a bit misleading when it comes to the success of each marketing channel.
John twice interacted with your company through social media. This report wouldn’t let you see that your social strategy was in fact working.
Thankfully, there are other options.
Here’s a look at the other available attribution models:
In the example above, the First Interaction Model would look like this:
It gives the first interaction with the customer all of the credit.
This is useful if you want to know which channels are driving awareness.
For more information about different types of attribution models, read this.
The Last and First Interaction Models are fairly straightforward.
Time Decay is a model that gives more attribution to recent interactions and less to those further in the past.
Be aware that analytics aren’t perfect.
This particular report also only looks back 90 days. If your customer’s first interaction was more than three months ago, the report won’t catch it.
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