You Ask, I Answer: Twitter Performance Report Metrics?

David asks, “I’m working on a Twitter performance report. I’m trying to determine the best metric for demonstrating our performance (assuming the thing that matters for the moment is engagement, and not necessarily conversions). My feeling is that engagement rate could potentially be the most valuable – albeit imperfect – metric, since absolute numbers like retweets, likes, and replies can fluctuate based on how many times we tweet in a given month + general seasonality. Is that a fair assumption? What KPIs do you use? Thanks in advance!”

Social media metrics from a platform tell you what you’re doing right or wrong on that platform, but they rarely tell you what that platform’s impact is.

Conversions do matter, and your report will have more long-term impact if you show how Twitter is either assisting or delivering conversions.

That’s something Google Analytics will be able to provide once you’ve configured it correctly.

I’d also look at Twitter’s ability to generate website traffic, as well as what Twitter’s returning user numbers to your website look like – that shows you’re delivering an audience over and over again, building loyalty.

So new audience from Twitter (awareness), returning audience from Twitter (engagement), and conversions from Twitter, either as leads/sales or as alternate sales (like newsletter subscribers) will really demonstrate the impact you’re looking to show.

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In today’s episode, David asks, I’m working on a Twitter Performance Report, I’m trying to determine the best metric for demonstrating our performance assuming the thing that matters for the moment is engagement and not necessarily conversions.

My feeling is that engagement rate could potentially be the most valuable.

I’ll be imperfect metrics since absolute numbers like retweets, likes and replies can fluctuate based on how many times we tweet in a given month plus, General seasonality.

Is that a fair assumption? What KPIs Do you use Thanks in advance, okay.

Conversions do matter.

You’re going to find that the report is of a lot less interest to people if it does not talk about how you’re helping support the business.

So let’s get that out of the way.

First, your report has to address conversions if it doesn’t.

It will be you will be asked to at some point, take care of that upfront when it comes through social media platforms, the metrics from the platform tell you what you’re doing right or wrong on that platform, right? They tell you this tweet work, that tweet did not work, or this many people started following you because of that tweet.

social media platforms rarely ever tell you what that platforms impact is to your business.

The exception to that rule is Facebook’s analytics and don’t particularly like or trust those.

You’re going to want to look at this social media platforms impact on the rest of your business through a tool like Google Analytics.

Now, should you keep looking at this case, Twitter analytics and diagnosing what’s working what’s not? Absolutely, absolutely.

But for the impact side, you’re going to want to look at Google Analytics, you’re going to want to look at your marketing automation system.

You’re gonna want to see what happened after somebody engaged from With your tweets and stopped by website, and maybe did something of value.

So conversions absolutely matter.

All that has to come through Google Analytics to start with.

So make sure you’ve got it set up correctly, that you’ve got Twitter identified as social media, that you’re not dropping attribution.

Make sure that you’re doing things like using UTM tracking codes on links that you share on Twitter to other to your website so that again, you can properly attribute the any of the activity data you see in Google Analytics, back to Twitter.

So what metrics should you be looking at? Well, think about the marketing operations follow awareness, engagement, conversion, and conversion.

conversion.

Remember, the conversion does not need to be, hey, I bought something right now.

Right? Especially for b2b rarely going to happen, someone’s going to buy an expensive service conversion.

Could be a lead generated a conversion could be a shopping cart started, right? A conversion can be someone signing up for your email newsletter and giving you the ability to reliably reach them.

So all those things I think are valuable and vital conversions.

program goes into Google Analytics, make sure it’s tracking them.

And then you can start to see Twitter’s real impact.

The metrics that I would look at if I was going to put together a Twitter report today that demonstrated the impact of Twitter would be just the top line metrics on the platform.

As you outlined, your addressable audience that you reached the engagement on Twitter, and then new users to your website from Twitter, how is Twitter doing at generating new audience giving you the ability to reach out and bring people in to your conversion engine right your website.

If that number is zero, then Twitter is definitely not having any impact on your business, beyond maybe brand awareness, but it’s not delivering butts and seats or heads and beds or people walking in the door, because they’re not even interested enough to click through on the links that you share that go back to your website.

So new users is the first one second metric that everybody forgets about is returning users.

People forget about returning users, returning users, or people who have coming back to the website, they found something of sufficient value that they like, okay, I keep coming back.

I’m gonna keep reading your blog posts, I’m going to keep doing these things.

And they’re doing it from Twitter that’s showing you that your Twitter audience is engaged is paying attention to you.

And then when you share something new, like a new blog post, or a new white paper or a new announcement about a product, and it gets people to come back.

That’s a good thing.

That means that your Twitter audience is loyal to you.

And you want to compare it to say like your Facebook audience and they return to users.

Some things to see.

Does Twitter do a better job than average of bringing people back? And third are those conversions? Right newsletter signups email marketing, signups lead generation, prospect generation, whatever the thing is that your business does with its website.

If you’re using good web analytics software like Google Analytics or Adobe analytics or whatever, you want to be able to see how did Twitter contribute to those conversions? It will not necessarily be a last thing right or not a sob.

Hey, they came from Twitter, they bought a Gulfstream jet like that, that doesn’t happen.

Or if it does happen to you’re very, very lucky.

But did they sign up for your email newsletter, hey, there’s value in that.

And you can talk another time about calculating the value of your email newsletter, subscribers, but in doing so, You can now say, hey, Twitter is pushing measurable business impact into your pipeline, your sales pipeline of some kind.

Because again, your job, particularly with those very top of the funnel activities, like social media marketing, is not to try and sell somebody something it is to try and nudge them into the next logical step in your marketing operations follow, and then that takes on doing its job.

So Twitter gets you that awareness and bringing some new audience to the front door.

And then when somebody walks in the front door, it’s up to the website to get them to take the next step to raise the hand and say, I’m interested in learning more, and so on and so forth.

If you can show that with your Twitter report, you’re going to do really well in impressing people that hey, this is a channel that matters.

This is a channel that delivers people that are interested Potentially qualified even to our sales mechanisms to do our ability to generate revenue.

Now, here’s the catch.

You may find that when you put together a report like that, that Twitter doesn’t generate impact for you.

For some companies, it’s not the place for other companies.

It absolutely is the place it depends on your audience.

But when you do this report, expect the unexpected.

And also expect people to ask Okay, this was great.

Can you do this for LinkedIn, for Facebook, for Pinterest for Instagram? And even if nobody asks you for that, you should plan to do that so that you can compare apples to apples with the same types of numbers from Google Analytics, what channel is delivering real results? Where should you spend your time? If the answer is no Facebook or Instagram or you YouTube, then you know that once you establish that then you can change your strategy you can change your ad spend, you can pivot your tactics to where you’re getting the juice.

Alright, so that’s what I would say goes in that that Twitter report yes the top line metrics, and then your marketing operations funnel data from your web analytics that say here is the impact of this platform.

If you have follow up questions, leave in the comments box below.

Subscribe to the YouTube channel in the newsletter, I’ll talk to you soon take care.

One helps solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems.

Visit Trust insights.ai today and let us know how we can help you In today’s episode, David asks, I’m working on a Twitter Performance Report, I’m trying to determine the best metric for demonstrating our performance assuming the thing that matters for the moment is engagement and not necessarily conversions.

My feeling is that engagement rate could potentially be the most valuable.

I’ll be imperfect metrics since absolute numbers like retweets, likes and replies can fluctuate based on how many times we tweet in a given month plus, General seasonality.

Is that a fair assumption? What KPIs Do you use Thanks in advance, okay.

Conversions do matter.

You’re going to find that the report is of a lot less interest to people if it does not talk about how you’re helping support the business.

So let’s get that out of the way.

First, your report has to address conversions if it doesn’t.

It will be you will be asked to at some point, take care of that upfront when it comes through social media platforms, the metrics from the platform tell you what you’re doing right or wrong on that platform, right? They tell you this tweet work, that tweet did not work, or this many people started following you because of that tweet.

social media platforms rarely ever tell you what that platforms impact is to your business.

The exception to that rule is Facebook’s analytics and don’t particularly like or trust those.

You’re going to want to look at this social media platforms impact on the rest of your business through a tool like Google Analytics.

Now, should you keep looking at this case, Twitter analytics and diagnosing what’s working what’s not? Absolutely, absolutely.

But for the impact side, you’re going to want to look at Google Analytics, you’re going to want to look at your marketing automation system.

You’re gonna want to see what happened after somebody engaged from With your tweets and stopped by website, and maybe did something of value.

So conversions absolutely matter.

All that has to come through Google Analytics to start with.

So make sure you’ve got it set up correctly, that you’ve got Twitter identified as social media, that you’re not dropping attribution.

Make sure that you’re doing things like using UTM tracking codes on links that you share on Twitter to other to your website so that again, you can properly attribute the any of the activity data you see in Google Analytics, back to Twitter.

So what metrics should you be looking at? Well, think about the marketing operations follow awareness, engagement, conversion, and conversion.

conversion.

Remember, the conversion does not need to be, hey, I bought something right now.

Right? Especially for b2b rarely going to happen, someone’s going to buy an expensive service conversion.

Could be a lead generated a conversion could be a shopping cart started, right? A conversion can be someone signing up for your email newsletter and giving you the ability to reliably reach them.

So all those things I think are valuable and vital conversions.

program goes into Google Analytics, make sure it’s tracking them.

And then you can start to see Twitter’s real impact.

The metrics that I would look at if I was going to put together a Twitter report today that demonstrated the impact of Twitter would be just the top line metrics on the platform.

As you outlined, your addressable audience that you reached the engagement on Twitter, and then new users to your website from Twitter, how is Twitter doing at generating new audience giving you the ability to reach out and bring people in to your conversion engine right your website.

If that number is zero, then Twitter is definitely not having any impact on your business, beyond maybe brand awareness, but it’s not delivering butts and seats or heads and beds or people walking in the door, because they’re not even interested enough to click through on the links that you share that go back to your website.

So new users is the first one second metric that everybody forgets about is returning users.

People forget about returning users, returning users, or people who have coming back to the website, they found something of sufficient value that they like, okay, I keep coming back.

I’m gonna keep reading your blog posts, I’m going to keep doing these things.

And they’re doing it from Twitter that’s showing you that your Twitter audience is engaged is paying attention to you.

And then when you share something new, like a new blog post, or a new white paper or a new announcement about a product, and it gets people to come back.

That’s a good thing.

That means that your Twitter audience is loyal to you.

And you want to compare it to say like your Facebook audience and they return to users.

Some things to see.

Does Twitter do a better job than average of bringing people back? And third are those conversions? Right newsletter signups email marketing, signups lead generation, prospect generation, whatever the thing is that your business does with its website.

If you’re using good web analytics software like Google Analytics or Adobe analytics or whatever, you want to be able to see how did Twitter contribute to those conversions? It will not necessarily be a last thing right or not a sob.

Hey, they came from Twitter, they bought a Gulfstream jet like that, that doesn’t happen.

Or if it does happen to you’re very, very lucky.

But did they sign up for your email newsletter, hey, there’s value in that.

And you can talk another time about calculating the value of your email newsletter, subscribers, but in doing so, You can now say, hey, Twitter is pushing measurable business impact into your pipeline, your sales pipeline of some kind.

Because again, your job, particularly with those very top of the funnel activities, like social media marketing, is not to try and sell somebody something it is to try and nudge them into the next logical step in your marketing operations follow, and then that takes on doing its job.

So Twitter gets you that awareness and bringing some new audience to the front door.

And then when somebody walks in the front door, it’s up to the website to get them to take the next step to raise the hand and say, I’m interested in learning more, and so on and so forth.

If you can show that with your Twitter report, you’re going to do really well in impressing people that hey, this is a channel that matters.

This is a channel that delivers people that are interested Potentially qualified even to our sales mechanisms to do our ability to generate revenue.

Now, here’s the catch.

You may find that when you put together a report like that, that Twitter doesn’t generate impact for you.

For some companies, it’s not the place for other companies.

It absolutely is the place it depends on your audience.

But when you do this report, expect the unexpected.

And also expect people to ask Okay, this was great.

Can you do this for LinkedIn, for Facebook, for Pinterest for Instagram? And even if nobody asks you for that, you should plan to do that so that you can compare apples to apples with the same types of numbers from Google Analytics, what channel is delivering real results? Where should you spend your time? If the answer is no Facebook or Instagram or you YouTube, then you know that once you establish that then you can change your strategy you can change your ad spend, you can pivot your tactics to where you’re getting the juice.

Alright, so that’s what I would say goes in that that Twitter report yes the top line metrics, and then your marketing operations funnel data from your web analytics that say here is the impact of this platform.

If you have follow up questions, leave in the comments box below.

Subscribe to the YouTube channel in the newsletter, I’ll talk to you soon take care.

One helps solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems.

Visit Trust insights.ai today and let us know how we can help you


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