These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things (To Measure On Social Media)

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Clicks on my links,

And engagement rates on posts.

Influencer scores,

And client boasts.

Robust Sprout Social reports,

Tied up in strings …

These are a few of my favorite things (to measure on social media)!

Nerd Alert: I’m actually listening to Julie Andrews sing her famous Sound of Music track as I write this.

Do you find yourself getting all bent out of shape with Facebook changes their algorithm?

Or when reading a post entitled, “101 SMM Things To Measure” — yikes!

I like to keep it pretty simple, you know, focus on a few of my favorite things.

It doesn’t mean there aren’t other things I’m looking at, but these are at the top of my list.

favorite things to measure on social media

My Favorite Things To Measure On Social Media: Clicks

I’ve written a few posts on dark social media and the importance of click audits.

And sure, there’s something to be said about click-through-rates on emails and such, but I’m talking about social media clicks.

When you share a piece of content — a link — you know how many people commented, or shared, or favorited, but do you look at how many people clicked?

I think this is an often-missed metric when trying to evaluate your content.

Because whether that piece of content is something you created or something you curated (someone else’s content), clicks tell you how many people are interested in that type of content.

They help you move forward with your content marketing strategy (and it’s no secret that content marketing will be much harder in 2015 and coming years).

How To Measure Clicks

Let’s look at two of the “biggies” when measuring clicks: Facebook and Twitter.

On Facebook:

  1. On your Facebook Page, go to Insights in the top menu
  2. Once in Insights, go to Posts
  3. Under ‘All Posts Published’ you can see about 15 past posts you’ve published
  4. On the menu above the Posts grid, you’ll see a key; Post Clicks is a periwinkle color (some may beg that’s blue)
  5. Under the Post column you can also click on a specific post and a report card will open up, there you’ll see “Post Clicks” under the highlighted grid
Where to find Facebook post clicks in Insights
Where to find Facebook post clicks in Insights
FB Post Details_post clicks
Post Details in Facebook Insights

You can also export your data into an Excel sheet that will lay out all of your post metrics (just make sure you click “post level data”!), including clicks.

Facebook Insights export
Export your data into a report from Facebook Insights

On Twitter:

  1. When logged into Twitter, click on your Twitter profile picture
  2. Click on “Twitter Ads”
  3. This will sign you into your analytics and ad options for Twitter
  4. On the top menu, choose “Analytics” and then “Tweet Activity”
  5. Since they don’t have specifics on clicks for each tweet, check your righthand column for your link clicks for the last 28 days
  6. And on Twitter MOBILE, you can click on any tweet you’ve sent and hit “VIEW ANALYTICS DETAILS”
Twitter analytics_link clicks
Twitter Analytics only shows 28-day stats for clicks


Twitter mobile analytics
Analytics viewed on Twitter mobile

Sprout Social 

I feel like it’s important for you to know that with Sprout Social, our social media analytics and monitoring platform, we can download all of this information into beautiful Excel sheets.

And yes, that means we get clicks on each and every tweet we put out there rather than an estimate.

Those robust Sprout Social reports, tied up in strings make us — and our clients — extremely satisfied.

My Favorite Things To Measure On Social Media: Engagement Rates

Yes, there are engagements such as:

  • Likes
  • Comments
  • Shares
  • Favorites
  • Retweets
  • CLICKS (see above!)

that we measure.

And with those handy, dandy, all wrapped up nice and neat with a bow Sprout Social reports, we have all of those at our fingertips in customizable data sheets.

But we like to take it a step further.

How We Measure Engagement

With our “Think Conversation, Not Campaign” approach, we like to know how WE’RE doing in the social sphere when it comes to engagement.

Enter Sprout Social Engagement Reports.

These tell us — and our clients — things like:

  • Our Percentile Ranking: As Sprout defines it, “Get a sense of how you rank among the pack. Sprout Social calculates your percentile ranking by comparing your Response Rate and Response Time metrics for the selected period against the latest data that we have on profiles similar to yours.
  • Our Response Rate: Sprout uses estimated inbound links (think replies, retweets, shares, favorites, etc.) and divides that number by the number of our responses to those engagements.
  • Our Average Response Time: (And this is a big one for us) How quickly are we responding to engagements, requests, or customer service needs?
  • The report also breaks down your response rates by day of week and hour.
Sprout Social Engagement Report
Sprout Social Engagement Report — looking AWESOME SAUCE

My Favorite Things To Measure On Social Media: Influencer Scores

I might catch some flack here, but yeah, I’m looking at your Klout score.

I view Klout scores not as a popularity contest, but as a score that tells me how well you’re able to MOVE CONTENT.

Looking at it that way, I can understand that with a higher score, you can possibly help me move MY CONTENT.

Before you get your undies in a wad, read Mark Schaefer’s post on Klout, why it matters, and how you should view it (he’s much more eloquent than I am).

I even have a browser extension so I can easily see Klout scores right from my Twitter stream.

How We Measure Influencer Scores

  1. We take a general look at the scores of our followers from time-to-time (monthly)
  2. We follow people/influencers in our niche with high Klout scores (The average Klout score is 40. Users with a score of 63 are in the top 5% of all users. We consider 65+ to be “high” or “influencer”)
  3. We create Twitter lists with influencers and use those to formulate a strategy for influencer outreach
Klout Scores on Twitter
You can see Klout scores in your Twitter stream (the little orange box with a number)

My Favorite Things To Measure On Social Media: Client Boasts

Also known as client testimonials, social proof, or peer-to-peer recommendations.

It would be too obvious to tell you how to go out and ask for testimonials.

That’s low-hanging fruit.

To be a little more in tune with social media, you need to know when your customers are mentioning you on their own!

How We Measure Client Boasts

We flat out use listening tools to tell us what’s going on. Here they are (in no particular order):

I’d like to note that NONE of the links in this post are affiliate links. Not even for Sprout, who we’ve mentioned like, 10 times. We just like to share awesome sauce stuff with everyone.

What Are Your Favorite Things To Measure On Social?

What we find valuable may not be what you find valuable. And that’s okay.

The important thing to think about is what matters most to YOU, your business goals, and your social media success.

Feel like sharing what your faves are? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Brooke B. Sellas is an award-winning Customer Marketing Strategist and the CEO & Founder of B Squared Media. Her book, Conversations That Connect has been recognized nationally and is required reading for a Customer Experience class at NSU. Brooke's influence in digital marketing is not just about her accomplishments but also about her unwavering commitment to elevating the industry standard of digital customer experience and customer marketing.
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2 Comments. Leave new

  • Wow, what a great list! And as I mentioned to you before, you got me singing the first bit too!

    The refresher on Facebook insights was useful. I’ve not put a whole lot of effort into our Facebook pages and so it’s not really warranted a deep dive into the analytics, but I do intend to do that next year. Do you use any other tools for Facebook insights/analytics? I’ve been using Agora Pulse and I’ve been impressed with the reports it gives.

    I LOVE Twitter analytics- so simple but powerful. I hadn’t realised that there’s also another Twitter analytics which can be found in Twitter ads. It tracks links to your website from Twitter, even if that tweet is from someone else. You can do that by visiting (you don’t need to pay) and then go to analytics->websites. You’ll need to add a meta tag to your website, but then it starts tracking!

    I’m definitely a fan, and I love the way it’s portable and can be used across multiple platforms (Buffer, SproutSocial, Friends+Me, IFTTT and more). It’s also great you can create a free vanity/custom short domain with and that’s something I’ve set up.

    For tracking I also use CircleCount and the basic analytics in Friends+Me for Google+. I’ve also used NOD3x for Google+- but I’m still trying to get my head round it- it’s insanely powerful and quite difficult to use.

    I’m also madly in love with QuillEngage for Google Analytics. Whilst I love diving deep into the caverns of Google Analytics, it’s nice to have an easy to report in plain English. I’ve got weekly and monthly reports sent for my blog and a few other websites.

    I’m not sure this is measuring, but I do like to get alerts when someone links to an article on Twitter when they don’t mention me. I also want to make sure I don’t miss the tweets from certain people in my main Twitter list. I built a Twitter app called Twools which allows you to set up filters for your various Twitter streams. You can view this within Twools or connect it with a service like IFTTT and get alerts that way. It’s work in progress but it works well for me. The simplest way to install is on your own website as a WP plugin.

    I’m also a big fan of advanced search on Twitter, and I’ve set up a few custom alerts for this. I wish you could do the same on Facebook and other social networks.

    I quite like SumAll because it allows you to add pretty much all your social channels and you can see them all in one dashboard. Quite useful sometimes.

    And hashtags, have you tried RiteTag? Gives you some great stats on the popularity of hashtags and gives you some feedback on the ones you use on social networks.

    Anyway, I better stop. Thanks again for the article. Hope you have a great holiday!

    • Wow to YOU, Ian! What a great list of what YOU measure!

      I use/have used just about everything you’ve mentioned, except for IFTTT and SumAll. Super duper list with tips — I hope people are reading these golden nuggets down here! Maybe you should write a post, too. ;-)

      I’ll go answer your email now. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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