You Ask, I Answer: What Belongs in a Social Media Audit?


Christopher Penn: In today’s episode summer asks, What do you include in a social media audit for a client? This is an excellent question because there are some tips and tricks to help you do this much more easily. And the number one thing you have to do before you do anything else before you start planning any data polls or charts or visualizations is to understand whether or not social media had any business impact. You have to make that determination First, if social media had no business impact, guess what? You don’t need to do the rest of the audit because it doesn’t matter. If it does have business impact, then you want to drill down and understand what are what in specific within social media is having impact. Now there’s three different ways to make this determination. The first and the probably the simplest for most people is going to be within Google Analytics, if you go into Google Analytics, you go to conversions go to multi channel funnels go to assisted conversions. If your channel groupings your default channel groupings are set up properly, this will be an accurate report that will tell you the impact of social media. That said, most of the time, most people’s Google Analytics are not set up correctly. For default channel groupings a lot of the time social media gets lumped into referral rather than social because of the nature of the way so people do the tagging and the tools that they use. And the very, very non standard way people tend to tag their social media links with the UTM tracking codes will put all sorts of random stuff in those fields, and not use the approved conventions by Google to tell Google Analytics Hey, this is social traffic. Quick tip on that front, your UTM medium code if you’re doing social media should be social Keep it simple, keep it social, for any UTM tracking codes on social media and then things will be attributed properly within the default channel groupings. So, let’s take a look here. This is my website. This is all of 2019 looking back at the year, and we see for assisted conversions last touch conversions last click value. Let’s sort my last click value first just to see what impacts social had social responsible for me for $460 of last touch conversion and then additional $45 of assisted conversions. So this to me says, Okay, I think I have some value here and social media. Let’s switch this to source medium, just to see just to get a sense of what those things might be. And we see here this is important look, T dot CEO, Twitter links are coming in as referrals. That’s not set up in here correctly for attributing t that co links This is something that by fixing my fix, we see $226 came from Twitter. Okay, so in my social media audit, I should probably spend a decent amount of time on Twitter if I’m getting good economic value from that. So number five source, ignore direct non because direct non means Google doesn’t know what happened there. LinkedIn $73 and $60 worth of revenue there. Now this is for my e commerce side. And let’s see. Yeah, so that’s, that’s it for the top 10 sources here. So should my social media audit contain extensive charts and graphs about Facebook? No, there’s no Facebook here. Facebook is completely absent from the top 10 revenue generating sources. And we can see with about $7,000 worth, if I actually flip this to pie chart mode here, we can see that everything else in the other outside of the top 10 is Only 10% of all revenue. So by far, we have organic search, is it responsible for the lion’s share here, followed by my email newsletter, and then then Twitter is my number three, source for assisted conversions, we flip this to last conversions value. Here we have Google organic direct, company website, email newsletter, Twitter number five. So this is what, when you do a social media audit, this is what the starting point is to say this is the economic value, the business impact. And even if you don’t have ecommerce setup, or you’re not an e commerce company, you could still use things like the total number of conversions either direct or last touch to illustrate, yes, social media is having business impact. Now if you want to get more advanced, you have to start to leave Google Analytics behind and use more sophisticated tracking tools. This is an example of one using a machine learning technique called Markov chains, which is sort of like, imagine basketball players playing basketball. There’s always that person who scores the basket. But you got to check out the passing game with the people who are around that person to get the ball to that person so that they can score the baskets. That’s sort of what this chart looks at it, it looks at who scores the most baskets, but then also looks at how to the different channels interact with each other in terms of placement. Here again, we see Twitter about 5% of conversions impact, in line with what we saw inside of Google Analytics, but we can see the Twitter and sort of at the end of the engagement, customer journey, we see actually no, I’m sorry, it’s it’s within the conversion. So really the last touch channel so it was email. So that tells me from a social media audit perspective, I should be looking at my messaging on Twitter, to validate that is the language I’m using is the Sort of the closing language rather than introductory line of people apparently know who I am on Twitter, because they’re buying stuff from it. Whereas organic search when when people come to my website organic search, I would want to check the messaging of the top searched pages to make sure this introductory stuff so that they’ll Oh, this is who this person is. And again, we see Facebook is in their tiny little dots and things. So from the perspective of what to include, I would start with that strong foundation of this is the business impact of any given social media channel and then build upwards from that say, okay, so if we know Twitter’s the thing when it comes to social media, what things on Twitter work best, do more of those what things on Twitter didn’t work? And then do comparative analysis to say okay, what do our competitors doing on Twitter? what’s working well for them? And should we do similar ideas as those competitors in order to try Gator audiences more. So that’s what I think belongs in a social media audit. Keep your audits light. I know and I’m guilty of this, as well, of throwing everything in the kitchen sink in an audit. But at the end of the day, like any form of analysis, you want people to make decisions. What decisions are you looking for somebody to make? I’m doing an audit of my own website here. The decision is what social networks right not spend time on Facebook, right, I should clearly not be spending any time on unpaid Facebook because it’s just not delivering any results. I should be spending to the extent that I can time on Twitter and then maybe experimenting on some some smaller platforms like Reddit, etc, to see if I can get some juice out of those. But any audit should be very lightweight, to keep it to the decisions that you want somebody to make in order to grow to create that growth. The the general format I recommend for any kind of report is strategy, tactics, execution, you know, sort of next steps and then timeline. Call it st strategy or summary analytics insights, next steps timeline. And that’s sort of what is goes in a really good audit is the quick summary, the analysis of what happened, the insights as to why those things happened. Why is Twitter better than Facebook? What are the next steps do more Twitter? And then what’s the timeframe? Do more Twitter right now and just stop messing around with Facebook? Stop trying to make Facebook work. It’s just it’s just not that way. you summarize for people this is what it is that you need to do. And that’s what makes a good audit. So great question, important question because a lot of people will be doing year and wrap ups. Around this time of year as I record this, a lot of people do quarterly wrap ups monthly wrap ups and you always want to have a very concise, here’s what we need to do. Here’s the decisions and the approvals I need from you report reader. Let’s go ahead and either make those decisions or continue on the way we are. As always, please leave your comments in the comments box below. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter. I’ll talk to you soon take care want help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems. This is Trust insights.ai today and let us know how we can help you




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