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.
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.
#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:
- Calls to action
- Comments (replies)
- Likes (favorites)
- Shares (retweets)
- Total engagement
Are you looking for a tool to bring important analytics to one place?
In this article, you’ll discover four social media analytics tools that deliver clear insights about your business’s social media activity.
Social media analytics are more than numbers.
Analytics give you the data you need to improve your social media engagement, make marketing decisions and tie social media to your bottom line.
To use analytics effectively, the data needs to be presented in easy-to-understand formats.
Here are four tools worth checking out:
#1: Receive Automatic Reports Daily Via Email With Social Report
The one thing we check every day is our email. So it makes sense to get social analytics and updates automatically delivered to your inbox.
Social Report is a comprehensive analytics tool with a very affordable starter account that lets you to monitor up to five projects, each with an unlimited number of social accounts for only $9 per month.
To get started, sign up for a 30-day free trial of the plan that best fits your business.
Do you find it difficult to keep up with how quickly social media is evolving?
In this article, I outline a collection of technology tools and tips you’ll want to consider using to improve your presence across social media.
It takes a lot of time to create quality content, engage on social profiles and sustain online relationships that support your business goals.
Larger businesses and corporations often have teams of people dedicated solely to these tasks.
For smaller businesses that don’t have the luxury of staff or financial resources, there are tools to help. But there are also efficient shortcuts and tips to help you get more out these technology tools.
By using some of these tips to strategically choose your tools, you can get more out of your social media marketing.
Are you wondering what tools marketing pros are using successfully?
We asked fourteen well-known marketers to share the latest social media tools they’ve been using.
Discover how you can use these tools to help you to get more out of your social media marketing.
As well as being an absolute joy to use, it captures so many more, ahem, ‘mentions’ online than any other platform I’ve used that it’s become my #1 go-to social mention reference tool.
There are many clever things behind the way Mention is set up. They’ve taken the Apple approach to clean and simple UI to give you great functionality as a default and the power to modify settings to really hone in on what’s important to your circumstances.
Have you considered using Facebook apps, but don’t know where to start?
In this article I‘ll highlight some of the most popular uses of apps, as well as a few individual apps, so you can find the right fit for your Facebook Page.
What You Need to Know about Facebook Apps
Apps let you do all sorts of things on your Facebook Page without writing your own code.
You can import your blog, run contests and promotions, collect email sign-ups, sell product through ecommerce and provide customer support.
Are you wondering what tools can help your social media marketing?
To discover free or low-cost tools to simplify your social media marketing, I interview Ian Cleary for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
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 Ian Cleary, the founder of Razor Social—a blog dedicated to social media tools. He’s also the social media tools writer for Social Media Examiner.
Ian shares why as a marketer you should look beyond Google Analytics and Facebook Insights data.
You’ll learn the services available to keep up to date with relevant content and the tools to use to monitor your overall activities across all social channels.
Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!
Do you need better tools to help you manage your social media marketing?
Automating some of the more repetitive tasks related to social media can help you be more productive and efficient with the execution of your social media strategy.
To save you time and improve your marketing efforts, I’ll show you three social media tools that will deliver your content efficiently.
#1: Be More Efficient on Facebook
Post Planner, an independent application you install within Facebook, is designed to help you deliver content to your Facebook Page effectively. The app offers paid plans and a free trial. We’ve used the free trial for the demonstration below.
- Automate publishing of selected content to your Facebook Page based on a time schedule that you predetermine.
- Identify trending content to add to your queue.
- Add your blog feed and publish your new posts automatically.
- Crowdsource content from other Post Planner users. If a Post Planner user creates a folder containing content from the top Facebook experts, this folder is available to other Post Planner users to select content from.
- View the latest content from your favorite Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts or blogs from within Post Planner and add articles, tweets or posts to your queue.
- View simple analytics that show you the percentage of people who liked your post, clicked it or commented on it.
- Target your posts based on a selection of details such as gender, age group and level of education and save the target for future use. Link the targeting to a time zone and Post Planner will adjust the publish time.
- Post Planner provides a database of thousands of updates you can search to find ideas for your status updates.
- Upload a bulk file of posts.
It isn’t always easy to generate the buzz you’re looking for.
Knowing what to publish, when and where can greatly increase the visibility and reach of your content.
In this article, you will find 26 topics, an A-Z guide, with key points that will help you create a social media content strategy that resonates with your audience.
#1: Align Content Development With Social Media Metrics and Goals
Understand the goals of your company’s social media content delivery to help you develop a more attainable strategy.
Jayson DeMers suggests, “First you need to know what to measure. The end goals dictate the measurement metric.”
He offers metrics for four social media goals:
- If you’re looking to generate traffic, your metric should be: unique visitors from social websites where you’ve run your social media campaigns.
- If you’re looking to create a following, your metric should be: subscribers, followers on your social channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
- If you’re looking to generate interaction, your metric should be: quantity and type of commentary (Facebook comments, Twitter replies/mentions).
- If you’re looking to generate revenue (which is the ultimate purpose), your metric should be: the precise dollar value of every lead a social post generates.
Is finding time to read and share interesting content a battle?
In this article, I outline 3 tools to help you find and share great content while saving you valuable time.
#1: Subscribe to Blogs Using Feedly
Blog posts can be a great source of content, but it takes time to visit each blog and check for new posts every day. Subscribe via email and you get far too many emails or they may not arrive at a suitable time for you to read them. This makes an RSS reader a valuable curation tool.
Google Reader has been widely adopted by content curators, but Google is retiring this product on July 1.
An ideal replacement is Feedly, which lets you easily receive, organize, read and share content from your favorite blogs.