Google Analytics: How to Make Smart Marketing Decisions

Do you want to know if your content and social activities are supporting your business?

Are you wondering how you can use Google Analytics to track your progress?

To learn how to use Google Analytics to help make smart marketing decisions, I interview Andy Crestodina for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Andy Crestodina, author of Content Chemistry and co-founder of Orbit Media (a Chicago-based web design agency). Andy has also written for Social Media Examiner and he’s a Google Analytics expert.

Andy shares how to use Google Analytics to help you make informed marketing choices.

You’ll discover why analytics are so important to your business success and step-by-step instructions on how to get started.

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How To Build a Content Strategy Using a Social Media Audit

social media how toDo you want to create a strong social media content strategy?

Are you looking for tools to help you analyze the content on your competitors’ social media profiles?

To create a content strategy that engages and motivates your audience, you need to do a comprehensive social media audit.

In this article I’ll share how to perform a social media audit to build a successful social media content strategy.

#1: Identify Your Competitors

Most businesses have already identified the main players in their industry by searching Google or social networks.

If you don’t already have a list of competitors at hand, just search for your site on SEMrush to see a list of related providers. SEMrush automatically sorts them by competition level based on how many common keywords the sites rank for in Google.

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Identify your competitors using SEMrush.

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25 Social Media ROI Tips From the Pros

social media how toDo you struggle with establishing return-on-investment (ROI) for your social media efforts?

Are you looking for advice to help you measure your ROI?

For most businesses, being able to substantiate the allocation of resources into social media is a necessity. But it’s not always easy.

We asked 25 online marketing pros to share their best ROI tips. Find out what they had to say below.

#1: Measure Your Key Performance Indicators

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Eric Siu

People who try to set revenue expectations are setting themselves up for failure because people aren’t on social media to buy.

So, what should you do?

It’s better to look at numbers such as engagement rate, referral traffic and audience reach.

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Ensure you’re measuring the correct metrics for your campaign. Image source: iStockphoto

If I’m doing app install ads through Facebook, for example, I’ll measure cost per install. If I’m promoting content, I really only care about the traffic coming back to my site for branding reasons—conversions from social media content promotion are icing on the cake.

Eric Siu, founder of Growth Everywhere and COO at Single Grain, a digital marketing agency.

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How to Analyze Your Social Media Activities With Excel

social media how toAre you looking for a way to analyze the impact of your content?

Do you need a simple system that works?

If you don’t have the budget for expensive software, spreadsheets and a little of your time can produce some useful data.

In this article I’ll show you how to analyze the engagement and impact of your social media posts using Excel.

Why Analyze?

No matter the size of your business, when it comes to social media you want to build two things: engagement and community.

To ensure that you deliver great content that resonates with your fans and followers, you need to track, test and measure the posts you put on your social networks.

It’s really that simple.

Here’s how:

#1: Build Your Spreadsheet

To begin, open Excel and create 14 columns that will contain the following categories to incorporate all of the information you need on your social media updates and posts:

  • Date
  • Network
  • Categories
  • Subcategories
  • Target
  • Calls to action
  • Meta-tags
  • Posts
  • Impressions
  • Comments (replies)
  • Likes (favorites)
  • Shares (retweets)
  • Clicks
  • Total engagement
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An example spreadsheet (target, meta-tags, posts and impressions hidden).

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How to Use Pinterest Analytics: 6 Metrics Worth Measuring

social media how toIs your business using Pinterest to reach your audience with one-of-a-kind visuals?

Are you measuring your Pinterest marketing effectively?

It’s crucial that any business understands whether their time spent on a social network is generating results.

Why Pinterest Analytics?

Consistently measuring your activity on Pinterest can also help your business identify what types of content resonate best on this channel and with your specific audience.

The number of followers your account has is important to note, but it’s certainly not the final indicator of a successful Pinterest strategy.

pinterest analytics tool

Pinterest’s new analytics tool offers insights into how your website’s content is performing.

To gain access to your Pinterest account’s analytics, verify your website and then from the Settings drop-down menu at the top right-hand corner, you’ll be able to check your stats by clicking Analytics.

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How to Estimate Your Social Media Return on Investment

social media how toAre you wondering how to determine the return on your social media activities? If so, look no further.

In my prior Social Media Examiner article about Social Media return on investment (ROI), I discussed the financial definition of social media ROI.

This article goes a step deeper by working through a few examples of estimating the social media ROI.

Why Estimate a Return?

Before we go any further, let’s review why we need the social media return and ROI again.

You use the return and the ROI to compare the efficiency of marketing campaigns; for an in-house team, you can use these numbers to negotiate budgets with your management; for agencies, you can use estimated numbers to land prospective clients and to retain current clients. The numbers are used in conjunction with social and web metrics to analyze and optimize current and future campaigns.

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Social Media Integration Big Theme for 2010

social media researchSocial media integration is becoming a big buzzword this year.  As social media marketing matures and starts playing a bigger role within marketing campaigns, businesses are beginning to see that social media can be integrated into many channels.

Here are two current studies that show how the integration of social media marketing is changing the way marketers connect and engage with their audiences—online and offline.

#1:  Marketers Ditch Silo Campaigns and Report Social Media as “Critical for Success” (Alterian)

As digital and social media marketing mature, the demand for greater integration is evident. Marketers are quickly realizing that operating in a one-way marketing tunnel makes success impossible in this social media–saturated world.

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