You Ask, I Answer: Channel and Content Performance Metrics?

Tyler asks, “How do you prefer to track your channel metrics or content performance metrics? Native analytics? Social Media tools? Combination? Interested in hearing your thoughts!”

I prefer to look more at outcomes first, to determine what’s working best. For this, I use custom-coded software that takes Google Analytics data and processes it in a couple of different ways, using machine learning. Watch the video for a full walkthrough of what I look at.

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In today’s episode, Tyler asks, How do you prefer to track your channel metrics or content performance metrics, native analytics, social media tools, combination interested in hearing your thoughts. I prefer to look more at outcomes first to determine what’s working best. As opposed to looking at sort of data on what I’ve done, what I’ve done is good, and it’s important information half. But I care more about the outcomes first, because if I, if the outcomes are all bad, then analyzing the data of what I had done is kind of irrelevant, because he clearly didn’t do anything. So look at the outcomes first and do that. I use Google Analytics data. But I use Google Analytics data by extracting it from the application. I’m processing it using some machine learning tools. And the reason for that is that the type of analysis want to do is not built into Google Analytics, it it’s not in there probably won’t be there for some time. But I need to know not just how did a channel perform, but how did that channel also impact the effectiveness of other channels. There’s a built in functionality called assisted conversions. But it’s, it’s not as good as being able to do the sequencing like this one, helped this one more than to help this one more. So let me show you a couple of examples. Let’s bring up this first one here. This is the the digital customer journey map. This is, again, a custom software I had to write in order to be able to analyze this data. And what I wanted to see was the size of the bubble indicates the importance of that channel for impacting conversions. And then the position from left to right is beginning middle or end of the customer journey. So in this case, from from my blog, I can see that 66% of my conversions are driven through organic search, right, it’s just a very, very large amount of search of my conversions come through, then I see things like organic from Yahoo, medium marketing over coffee, LinkedIn, Duck Duck, go, which is kind of a surprise is in there, Twitter is in there towards the bottom as more of a something that is a call to action for someone to take an action rather than up top, which is more awareness stuff. So from top to bottom, on the left hand side, it goes from awareness down to conversion, same for you know, left to right. And then the size of the bubble indicates yet this channel is really converting strongly. Bing is in there, my newsletter is in there. So by looking at this assessment, I can go okay, I definitely need to continue my search game, my organic search game, it’s a strong game, definitely need to beef up and add more punching power to my newsletter, what can I do to improve my newsletter, my YouTube channels in there. But I clearly need to do a bit more with YouTube because it’s on there. And it’s in the middle of it actually towards the end of the funnel. And then there’s a whole bunch of stuff up top like what can I do to improve LinkedIn? What can I do to improve medium? Other than this copying and pasting things? What can I do to improve some of these other sources? So that’s the first thing, when you look at Channel metrics you want to look at? how impactful is the channel? And then where is it sequenced? Where is it in the customer journey, because if your messaging is wrong on a channel, it’s not going to resonate. So in this case, like in this chart here, Twitter is towards the end of the customer journey, that the very, very end of the customer journey. If my tweets are all Hey, get to know me, if you never heard me before. It’s wrong. It’s wrong, because Twitter’s closing the deal in a lot of cases. So my messaging on Twitter should be, hey, download this ebook, by my book AI for marketers book calm. And that’s how I should be using that channel. So customer journey mapping is really important for that reason. The second thing I do is a report that I jokingly call MVP, the most valuable pages. And again, using the same type of machine learning technology. In Google Analytics, Google Analytics tracks the path somebody takes to your website, on the way to a conversion.

If you know that this blog post always gets people to this landing page, which always gets people to fill out this form, then you know that that blog post needs more promotion. That’s how this assessment works. And so if we look at this chart, here, we see the blog itself. 34% of conversions come from the blog homepage, which is some summary of existing posts. newsletter, no surprise, their homepage, surprise me 15%. Which is weird, because I don’t do that much on the homepage, what makes you think maybe I need to rethink that strategy. My public speaking page, great, I want to see that page. If it’s not on, they’re not doing my job. How to set your public speaking fee as a blog post best practices of public speaking pages, my contact form. So what’s not on here is, that’s a little alarming to me is there’s not more blog content on here, right? So even though I’m Mike and my, my conversions are coming from organic search, is coming to very specific pages, it’s not coming to the to my blog, so I need to increase the amount of search work that I do on my blog, in order to keep attracting new traffic. So something to think about there in terms of how I approach this content. Now, all of this is unique to my website only. So please don’t go thinking that Twitter is your closer channel. And everyone should be tweeting, closing content there it’s is the one of the benefits of this type of analysis is that it is unique to your website, it tells you what is working for you and you only and it even changes over time. If I were to rerun this, in another 90 days, I run it with a rolling 90 day window, I run it in 90 days, I might look completely different. I might have a blog post that just knocks it out of the park. Great. I’m going to do more of that. I might also may I’ll make a change to the homepage and it drops right Oh, whoops, don’t do that that was a poor choice. So these two maps together are what I used to track channel metrics and content performance metrics for the content. That is that I have control over. Now, this does not take into account what I’m posting on a social media channel. And there’s again, we can do a different type of assessment for that. But for the results, particularly on the channel, one on the digital customer journey. I need to know what is the impact of a channel in nudging forward conversions? period? Right? That’s that’s the point of this map. So it’s a good question, Tyler. If you’re interested in getting these maps for your website, just pop on over to trust insights.ai we we do them for customers. Or you can just email sales at trusted insights.ai. And talk to me and the team about that if you’re interested in getting these for your own website. That’s how I approach this these channel metrics because without it, you did with a much more simplistic analysis and Google Analytics, which is okay, it’s not, it’s not going to sink your marketing, but you’re not going to know what to do. It’s not as clear cut it’s not as prescriptive. It is much more descriptive. Like this is just what happened as opposed to this is what you need to do to make things work better. As always, please leave comments in the comments box below. Hello and subscribe to the YouTube channel and to the newsletter I’ll talk to you soon.

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