Before planning ahead for the next financial year or even just the next three months, it’s a great idea to take a look at your social media and digital marketing insights so you can understand what worked and what didn’t. Your content insights will inform your decisions and show you where and how to focus your efforts so you can avoid wasting time and instead focus on the things you love doing. Who wouldn’t want that?
You don’t have to be a data enthusiast to discover how your content is working for you. You just need to know where to look and what to look for. Let’s dive in beautiful kin!
Your insights let you know what content your tribe likes and responds to by looking at how people are commenting, liking, sharing or clicking on a link. Here’s where to look and what to look for depending on where you post and share content.
You can access Facebook Insights on your Facebook business page along the top menu. To discover when your followers are online, head to ‘Posts’. You’ll see a table similar to the one below that will show you when your audience is online and detail around which days too. Then, scroll down to see which posts received the most engagement in the form of reach, post clicks, likes, comments and shares.
Once in your analytics, there are some great stats to look at so don’t be afraid to play around! Make sure you look at your top pin impressions which are the pins that have reached the most people and the boards with top pin impressions which shows you the boards that are getting the highest reach. You can also see the clicks, saves and likes that pins receive and you can even see what interests your followers are into by clicking on ‘People you reach’ and then ‘Interests’.
Many email software services such as Mailchimp, offer reports on the links clicked in each newsletter, so you can see what your email list is actually interested in.
You can find analytics on your blog either in the backend of your website or via Google Analytics. Look at which blog posts received the highest number of views, how long people stayed on the page to read the post (i.e. did they click the link, land on the post and then leave because the title didn’t match what the content was about?) and consider what these numbers are telling you.
What do your insights tell you?
For each of your digital and social media channels, look for the answers to these questions in your analytics. Grab a pen and get answering.
- What is the best time to post for each platform?
- Are there any content types (videos, infographics, images) or content themes that your audience prefers?
- What content received the highest engagement?
- Which social media platforms saw the highest engagement overall and which social platforms drove the most traffic to your website?
- What content were you proud of creating this year?
- Where will you focus your efforts (i.e. on what content themes, types or social media platforms) going forward?
- What would you like to try in the next 12 months?
Focus your efforts
Take some time to really get stuck in and find the answers to those questions. Let your answers guide how and where you focus your efforts. Digital marketing is a constantly evolving space and one that shows real results for businesses – it’s how we do marketing today! You want be making the most of your valuable time and focusing on the areas that will bring you the best results, while remaining in line with your business values and beliefs.
Before moving onto planning for the next year, get your head around what your content is telling you first so you know where to start. Next week, we’ll be stepping onwards and upwards.
Do you often check your content insights kin? What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to analysing your digital marketing efforts? Let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions and help you through it!
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