Judi asks, “When measuring engagement rate on SM platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, FB and LinkedIn, which metrics do you recommend using for an accurate measure? Is it # of engagements (likes, comments, shared) divided by post reach OR total followers OR other metric?”
Great question, and it depends on what data you have available. If you’re analyzing just your own metrics, I’d suggest using the post reach data divided by the total number of engagements. If you’re doing competitive analysis, you’re going to have to use size of audience overall divided by engagements.
That said, coming up with a blanket engagement rate isn’t super helpful. Why? In the same way that we don’t just look at one average measurement of our heart rate for an entire year, nor should we treat digital marketing and social media metrics as one blanket rate. It’s much better to visualize and study the rates over time, to see what’s happening. A continuously declining engagement rate is more important to know than an average of that rate.
Watch the video to see some examples analyzing Instagram accounts of large B2B companies and one major warning about social media engagement rates.
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Today’s you ask, I answered. Judy asks, When measuring engagement rates on social media platforms, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc?
What metrics do you recommend? use for an accurate measure? Number of engagements, likes columns, common spheres to buy by post reach for total followers or some other metric? Great question. And it depends on what data you have available. If you’re analyzing your own metrics, you don’t care about what anyone else is doing. I would suggest using your own data, the post reach divided by the total number of engagements that it’s going to be the most accurate love will engage because when you download data from the social platforms, especially a LinkedIn, you get a lot more data about your own stuff, but you get nothing but anybody else’s. Now if you’re doing competitive analysis, landscape analysis, you’re going to have to use overall size of audience and the device
that by the number of engagement because for a lot of the third party tools, they can only see the size bones, you can’t see the individual folks reach. Now that said, one of the things that that social media marketers do wrong with databases that they go for the sort of blanket average engagement are really is you know, 4% and they tend to be over a very long period of time like 4% is our annual engagement that’s not really helping us and why is that in the same way that we look at
one we don’t look at one engagement with one average rate for health metric we shouldn’t do the same for digital marketing your doctor would never say I’m going to take your one average heart rate for you for the year and that will be that’s what we’re going to make all your health assistance on though is resting heart rate fitness, our target heart rate and maximum say party stuff like that
you want to know during exercise is going the right direction.
Things like that
in the same way you don’t want to do that with your bed blanket average social media engagement said you want to measure engagement
over time and visualize and study those rates drinks you know each of these time periods to see what’s happening because it continuously declining engagement rates that would be more important to know than an average of that rate overall the average kind of swishes the trend down nothing so let’s look at a real quick example here and we’re going to go ahead and let’s take a look at some social media data for b2b companies
first thing going to do is put together that the engagements and settles
to likes plus comments this is Instagram data so we we don’t have access to shares that are here’s the script yet and then we’re going to need to create engagement rate
it’s called rate which is engagements divided by in this case because again, we don’t have access to the individual page
data we’re gonna have to use
that so if we put up engagement rate as his
and make this an average that can see the average better
and slap a label on it
you so what we see here is we see engagement rates tues company called Myers client which is a shipping company there by the 2% average engagement rate for the year of 2018 see VMware here see
down years with Dell so these are you know the average engagement rates of their Instagram posts which is ok but again that kind of flattens things out if we were to go down to say week level
that’s like pretty crowded obviously
month level you can see there’s a lot more spikes up and down so the amber spike much more here they are supplying spike too much more here so you can
Now you can see in more detail okay this this variability there’s some this jumping around in these different rates. Now if I was just focusing on for example
if I was
let’s do management if I was Justin management team, just that one. Now I’ve got
a sense of what’s going on let’s slap a trend line on this.
And now we know that’s monthly. The trend is headed down. Let’s let’s look at day level and we see it is still going downwards.
That tells us that even though they’ve had some decent successes, the overall trend is heading in the wrong direction. So for them, it would be time to take a look at what are the things that might be contributing to that declining engagement.
We might even want to for example, let’s duplicate best with this right here. Instead of doing engagement rate, we break it out into the individual post comments, likes
making those averages to disprove it up, we see that it’s the likes that are going down comments are actually slightly going up on a daily level. So if we are being measured on engagement rate this would be we want to increase those likes to boost that right now here’s the other catch the engagement rate itself is a meaningless metric in the grand scheme of social media marketing, unless it is tied to something else. So we did a statistical analysis that determine that engagement rate resulted in more traffic to the website and board form fills, and so on and so forth down that marketing operations funnel, then this would be worth spending a lot of time on. But until we have that attribution analysis, the engagement rate itself is not super important, right? It’s a metric that has no content. So
the first part for measuring any kind of social media is to figure out the attribution model. How much does social media contribute?
Work is the last touch within the marketing operations funnel for overall versions. And then if we see that there’s a good strong mathematical relationship, then go up the social media funnel into all these different mentors to figure out what of the social metrics we have access to is driving that that down funnel activity. So great question Judy. As always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel and the email newsletter. Happy answer questions about this. Maybe we’ll do a follow on video at some point on attribution analysis. But this is how you would do these engagement rates based on the data that you have. So choose wisely. Thanks for watching and talk to you soon.
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