If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled defining what constitutes success from a social campaign. If you’re running a Facebook campaign, what metrics do you look at to gauge your success? Likes, comments and shares are great, but they don’t always translate in to success. What about Twitter? Are you looking at your campaigns with all those re-tweets and favourites and thinking…I’m doing pretty well! Don’t worry if you’ve fallen into one of these traps, we’re here to help! Let’s start by breaking the steps down to take to ensure you’re getting the most out of your social media campaigns.
Clearly define your campaign goals and KPI’s
One of the biggest mistakes that marketers make when running social campaigns is that they fail to define the goals of the campaigns and a way to effectively measuring this. ROI can be measured in many different ways like: lead generation, customer acquisition, click-through-rate, increased fans, or even the tried and true metric – revenue.
Choose your platform
It seems like everyday there is a new Social Media platform popping up with hopes of capturing some of the already saturated market. For this article, we’re going to focus on the 6 social networks listed above, however, it is essential that you find the platform that allows you to build an audience and effectively communicate with them. A simple checklist can help you optimize your chances of success by answering the following about your target audience:
- Who are they Age, location, interests, etc?
- What social media platform(s) do they prefer?
- How much time do they spend on social media?
- What mind-set are they in when they are spending time on those social platforms?
Track your campaigns
So after you’ve set your campaign goals and decided on your platform, its time to watch all that hard work pay off…but wait, you need to have some way to keep an eye on how your campaigns are performing. Measuring influence on social media platforms can be difficult, and it’s been the topic of debate in much of the industry. Depending on the needs of your business, there are both paid and free tools to use for campaign tracking and management. Some of the better free tools out there include Google Analytics, Hootsuite, SocialMention, and native platform insights (Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics). Check out our list of 6 Free Tools to track Social Media Campaigns here.
Optimize your campaigns and efforts
Now that your campaigns are live and running, you can just sit back and wait for all the conversions to come in….right? NO WAY! This is where many marketers drop the ball. Using the data you’ve obtained from tracking your campaigns, now its time to optimize and really hone in. One tip is to run A/B tests on your landing pages and ads. You may find that some methods helped you convert more, while others weren’t so successful. By having multiple versions of your advertisement, you can really see what works and what doesn’t and put your efforts (and spend) into those that will bring the best results.
Analyze, Optimize, Repeat
It’s finally here! Facebook has released a new app on Monday that lets page admins manage your branded Facebook page from your mobile iPhone.
The new App, Facebook Pages Manager, lets you post, comment, and responde directly to your page. Additional features include posting updates and photos, among others. The app is free, so no need to worry, just install from the App Store and get started.
This will work wonders for many brand managers on the go who had previously been unable to act as the brand/page on the original Facebook App. This app, along with all of the other apps hosted on Facebook, will be available in the new App Center, planned by Facebook to promote both iOS and Android apps.
Just as you were getting used to the new and improved Facebook Timeline, more changes are coming. Facebook has announced that on March 30, 2012, all Facebook pages will be converted to the Timeline format.
This new timeline layout allows page admins to do away with landing pages and focus on the stylish banner image and profile pic, which should provide for some interesting branding and design ideas.
According to Gokul Rajaram, Facebook’s product director for ads, “The goal is to make Pages more engaging and more social”.
Another benefit for page administrators is the new insights integration. Facebook had already introduced the new Insights for pages, but this takes it the step further by providing detailed information right at your fingertips.
Additionally, Facebook has finally listented to many users requests and added the private message feature. Now, pages will be able to respond to private messages from their fans, in the same way as a user profile does.