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The Week in Social Analytics #99

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

Instagram Diverges From Vine By Personalizing Explore Tab [from TechCrunch; written by Josh Constine]

“. . .Instagram’s Explore page is now also personalized with top photos and videos Liked by people you follow. Personalization highlights Instagram’s focus on your own social graph and a subjective vision of beauty, to contrast with Vine, which centers around re-sharing and globally popular expert content creators.”

Pair with MIT algorithm predicts how popular your Instagram photo will be [from The Verge; written by Adrianne Jeffries].

Brands Need to Stop Trying to Play Hero [from AdWeek; written by Gaston Legorburu]

“Remember, the goal is participation, so brands must create experiences beyond the narrative where heroes become immersed and involved. That’s the differentiator between a story told and a story lived.”

Study: 4.7% of Your Customers Generate 100% of Your Online Word of Mouth [from Mack Collier]

“So to put it another way, it is 4.7 percente of your social media following that generates all of the word of mouth results, and by results we mean conversions, not just reach.”

Stop Trying to be Human– Try Being Useful [from Social Media Explorer; written by Tracey Parsons]

 ”It is however, un-natural to “engage” with a product or brand. I almost never talk to my pillow. I occasionally talk to my treadmill, but not in a nice, friendly way. So, let’s drop this whole notion of being more human and try instead to be useful.”

The art of storytelling in 6 content marketing context questions [from Fusion Marketing Experience; written by J-P De Clerck]

“Do brands create stories? Or do stories create brands?”

3 Reasons Your Brand Should Be Using Video On Twitter Right Now [from All Twitter; written by Lauren Dugan]

Video can make it possible to create an in-platform experience to connect with your fans, followers, and customers.

Pins, Tweets, and the Law [from TheBuzzBin; written by Dave Folkens]

A must-read if you’re planning a social contest:

“The issue for the brand in this case, and for all brands across any social network or site online, is disclosure and transparency of the connection between an activity and the incentivized nature of that action. Would a Pinterest user potentially create a board of fashionable shoes they liked? Absolutely. If the reason for the board, though, is a chance to win a prize, then they are essentially advertising to followers on behalf of the brand. Based on FTC guidance within its .com disclosures material, social media pins or posts are equivalent to providing an endorsement of the products. The use of a hashtag as part of the contest was also required and some might argue that was enough to identify that it was a promotion but it didn’t clearly indicate the potential financial connection so it failed in that sense of the disclosure. So while the brand was not (in my opinion) trying to deceive or trick users, it did not meet the true standard of the disclosure guidelines.”

Plus two more pieces on Pinterest from Social Media Today: Pinterest: The Gentler, Kinder Side of Consumer-Generated Endorsements and 9 Marketing Tips for Pinterest.

The Social Media and Device Facts You Need In 2014 [from Heidi Cohen]

“. . .what’s critical for marketers using social media and content marketing is that consumers want the content they choose on the device of their choice when they want it.

Emphasis original.

How to Succeed with Snapchat Marketing [from Social Media Today; written by Chris Syme]

An in-depth breakdown of marketing on the platform famous for its ephemeral content.

Written by Sarah

April 25th, 2014 at 9:38 am

Join us for webinars 4/22 and 4/23 to learn more about our Instagram analytics and Social Suite!

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Want to learn more about our new Instagram analytics or the Union Metrics Social Suite? Join us for a webinar or two; we’ve got one covering each new product. Learn more and see the new analytics in action.

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Written by Sarah

April 22nd, 2014 at 7:57 am

Game of Thrones Season 4: Updated Twitter numbers

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We’re three episodes into the fourth season of Game of Thrones on HBO and the talk has certainly not died down since the premiere and just keeps growing: 845.5k tweets have been posted  from 420.7k contributors for a unique reach of 141.7 million users, all around the show and its latest season, since April 6th. (That’s 500k+ more tweets, 20ok+ more contributors and nearly 30 million more unique accounts reached since our last post!)

While actress Sophie Turner’s tweet is still in the top three most retweeted around the show’s conversation, the announcement of being renewed for two more seasons from the show’s official account has taken the number one spot with over 12k retweets:

Followed closely by another of the show’s official tweets:

Top tags continue to be those promoted and supported by the show’s brand (and they now include #purplewedding for events from the second episode) and the show’s Twitter account is the top contributor to the conversation, followed closely by entertainment brands- @peoplemag@RollingStone, and @MTVnews - supporting and spreading GoT talk to interested fans and followers. These accounts share a mix of show recaps, behind-the-scenes interviews with cast members, and even some fan RTs; all great supporting materials to HBO’s own Game of Thrones Viewer’s Guide.

HBO’s heavy involvement in the show’s fandom online illustrates the balance brands need to strike in social television: Give the people what they want in terms of special, behind-the-scenes access and places to discuss the show and characters that they love, and work to add to the conversation with hashtags and resources without dominating it. HBO is nailing it.

Written by Sarah

April 21st, 2014 at 12:40 pm

The Week in Social Analytics #98

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

25 Small Business Social Media Trends You Need [from Heidi Cohen]

“Due to smaller size and lower amount of resources, these firms tend to take advantage of social media opportunities faster than their larger competitors.”

Instagram for Small Businesses: Your New Best Friend [from Social Media Today; written by Stephanie Jones]

“People love visual content, so that makes Instagram the ideal social media marketing platform for small businesses.  It’s also currently a completely free way to market your business to potentially millions.  Follow people, engage and you will have an impassioned following before you can say hashtag.”

More Tips for Avoiding and Containing Social Media Crises [from PR Newser; written by Patrick Coffee]

Social media often rewards wit and a little bit of attitude, but how can editorial standards and monitoring allow a brand to be interesting without being risky or offensive?

Wit should be reserved for brand messaging, but never for customer service. Those coming to customer service are in need of support and aren’t looking for a witty response, but a solution to their problem or an answer to their question.

It’s a much more difficult and dangerous venture to be witty or snarky with customer service when the main goal is supporting your customer.”

25 Customer Chat Tips to Reassure and Nurture Your Online Customers [from KISSMetrics; written by Kevin Gao]

“Live chat has been around for more than a decade, but only recently have companies discovered its profound effect on website conversion rates. A recent eMarketer paper cited live chat as being directly related to 38% of online purchases. And, 62% of consumers who have used live chat said they would be more likely to purchase again from the merchant who provided the service.”

How to Use Snapchat for Business [from C-Leveled; written by Regina Lizik]

“This makes Snapchat perfect for retail establishments that target a younger audience, like clothing stores, can share coupons and give sneak peaks of upcoming merchandise.”

STUDY: Cause Marketing Creates Brand Loyalty Among Millennial Women  [from PR Newser; written by Patrick Coffee]

“54% of Millennial women switched brands because it supported a #cause they care about.”

Written by Sarah

April 18th, 2014 at 9:33 am

A little more about our new Instagram analytics

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What does Union Metrics for Instagram do?

We wanted to build bigger, better Instagram analytics – something that allows us to take our deep-dive approach to social media analytics to one of our favorite platforms. Our Instagram analytics can show you how any account or hashtag – yours or a competitor’s – is performing at a glance. We can help you understand your posts and what makes them perform well, which hashtags get the biggest response, when an audience is most active. We can show you who your biggest fans and supporters are, who likes and comments on your posts, and so much more.

How does Union Metrics for Instagram work?

Just like TweetReach, Union Metrics for Instagram analytics provide real-time, ongoing monitoring for any account or hashtag on Instagram. When you set up a new Tracker, we’ll backfill it with some historical data to get you started, and then continuously add new and future posts in real time.

So who uses Instagram?

Instagram’s more than 200 million users might not be exactly who you’d expect. Roughly 10% (20.4 million) of Instagram’s dedicated user demographic (meaning they log in at least once a month) consists of 18-34 year olds. But another 15.3 million are 35 or older, and that number is projected to grow to 20 million by 2016. Instagram is, after all, the fastest growing social media site worldwide, rivals Twitter for smartphone audiences, and captures higher interaction rates than parent company Facebook.

Instagram also inspires the most dependence, according to one survey; the 18-25 year old demographic identify with it and see it as an extension of themselves. If this is the demographic you’re looking to target, then you absolutely need to be on Instagram.

Need more convincing? Social can make ads great again. Instagram gives us more room than ever for creativity. Now is the perfect time to dive in.

Okay, you’ve convinced me. Now how do I use Instagram?

We can help you with that! Here are some fantastic resources for getting started:

- Instagram has a blog specifically for businesses

- Instagram’s own Help Center can help get you started

- Check out our Helpdesk and helpful resources

- Want to know more? Download our Instagram whitepaper to learn more about Instagram data.

How do I get started with Instagram analytics?

It’s easy! You can sign up for a Union Metrics for Instagram subscription and have your first analytics running in just a few minutes. Subscriptions start at $199 per month. And if you want to talk to someone on our sales team or set up a demo, let us know! We’ve also got a webinar coming up next week to tell you more.

What if I’m already a TweetReach or Union Metrics for Tumblr customer and I want to add Union Metrics for Instagram?

We can add Union Metrics for Instagram to any existing Union Metrics account – TweetReach or Union Metrics for Tumblr. Or, you can upgrade to our Social Suite if you’d like flexible access to all three platforms. Just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll make it happen!

Sounds good!

Fantastic. Keep your eye on this space and we’ll let you know any new and exciting details as they roll out.

Written by Sarah

April 16th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Introducing Union Metrics for Instagram and the Union Metrics Social Suite!

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Merle is excited to start measuring robot Instagram analytics

We’re so very thrilled to share some exciting news! Today we’re releasing two brand new products – Union Metrics for Instagram and the Union Metrics Social Suite. Both will give you even more options for analyzing your social media campaigns, as we’re now on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Union Metrics for Instagram

Our brand new Instagram analytics – Union Metrics for Instagram – allow you to access our real-time, ongoing analytics reporting for any account or hashtag on Instagram. Use these analytics to:

  • Discover your most popular media and hashtags

  • Identify an account’s biggest fans and advocates

  • Monitor hashtag reach and exposure over time

  • Track competitor performance to compare share of voice

  • Analyze likes and comments to determine when fans are most active

Interested? Union Metrics for Instagram subscriptions start at $199 per month.

The Union Metrics Social Suite

Our new enterprise cross-platform social analytics suite – the Union Metrics Social Suite is perfect for larger brands and agencies running campaigns across multiple social networks. This is our first-ever integrated suite, allowing you to monitor your social media presence across Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram in one place. Union Metrics Social Suite subscribers receive access to Union Metrics’ comprehensive analytics across social platforms, as well as dedicated account management and other enterprise features. Social Suite pricing starts at $500 per month.

Learn more

We’ve set up a few webinars over the next week to tell you more about our new products. Join us for one to learn more and see the new analytics in action.

Union Metrics for Instagram

April 17, 1:00 p.m. PDT

April 22,  9:00 a.m. PDT

Union Metrics Social Suite

April 23, 9:00 a.m. PDT

If you’re currently a TweetReach Pro or Union Metrics for Tumblr subscriber, we can add Union Metrics for Instagram access to your account, or upgrade you to the Social Suite for the most flexible access. Just contact us and we’ll get it set up!

And if you’d like a personal demo or have any questions, please contact our sales team anytime. And there’s lots more info on our website, so let us know if you have any questions.

Written by Sarah

April 16th, 2014 at 8:27 am

The Week in Social Analytics #97

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

How to control rumours on social media during a disaster [from Phys.org; written by staff]

“Dr Oh believes the main motivation for people turning to Twitter in a crisis is to find out what is happening in their immediate area or to acquaintances, so in order to control the flow of misinformation, emergency communication centres need to be set up quickly to respond to misinformation through social media channels.”

How Brands Can Make the Most Out of Twitter’s New Features [from Social Media Today; written by Jaylee Miguel]

“This visually-led profile will give brands the opportunity to raise awareness and drive engagement for competitions and campaign launches. Gone are the days of scrolling through days worth of tweets – instead, the pinning feature can present key information to users as soon as they land on the page.”

The redesign of Twitter is a great opportunity for brands to be able to visually express themselves better on the platform, without losing the engagement and connectivity Twitter is known most for.

What It’d Be Like To Step Inside Your Twitter Feed [from Fast Company; written by Margaret Rhodes]

“You enter your Twitter handle on a touch screen outside, then walk into the high-tech hut filled with screens and mirrors. A kaleidoscopic stream of notifications, updates, and hashtags flicker and flash around you.”

The Hashtag Test: Best and Worst Practices for Social Media Marketers [from TopRank; written by Nick Ehrenberg]

“Hashtag overuse is a common error in social messaging, sending signals of desperation and inexperience.”

In the UK, Real-Time Social Media Marketing Focuses on the Customer [from eMarketer; written by staff]

“Interacting with consumers in real time may be beneficial when it comes to fostering relationships, but it’s not easy, with UK marketers citing many challenges. More than three in five respondents said managing engagement outside of normal working hours was a top challenge, the No. 1 response. Consumers use social media before and after the workday—and they may expect brands that respond to them in real time during the day to do the same in the early morning or at night.”

Why your brand should definitely be on Tumblr: 10 fantastic examples [from Econsultancy; written by Christopher Ratcliff]

“Tumblr has a huge youth demographic that’s growing rapidly. This demographic also has a higher than average disposable income and very little competition from other brands.

Tumblr is the fifth most visited site in the USA, but only 31 of the top 100 brands operate a Tumblr page. It seems like a no-brainer.”

SnapChat and Building Community Where Your Audience is [from Spin Sucks; written by Eleanor Pierce]

“Because there’s one big reason SnapChat worked for me: I had a community of people who were already there. I didn’t try to force a community into using a trendy new tool just because I wanted them to be there.”

Emphasis original.

The Ultimate Marketing Guide to Using Snapchat for Business [from Social Media Today; written by Ross Simmonds]

“We’re living a in a time where our attention is minimal. Snapchat is a tool that captures someones attention entirely for a few seconds and has the ability cut through the attention crisis. In a world where our attention span is limited to 5 short minutes, a tool like snapchat could be a marketers dream. Millions of people around the world have become accustomed to receiving their news in 140 characters and watching videos in under 5 minutes. It’s changing the way consumers think and the way marketers must react.”

Boards with Benefits: 5 Stand Out Brands on Pinterest [from Social Media Today; written by Deanna Baisden]

“Having 2.5 billion monthly pageviews, there is a growing opportunity for businesses to find success on Pinterest, but what makes a brand stand out amongst a sea of images?”

These brand examples can show you exactly what’s working for brands in different areas on Pinterest.

8 Ways to Get More Pinterest Followers [from Pamorama; written by Pam Dyer]

“Despite being much smaller than Facebook or Twitter at 25 million users, it accounts for more than 23% of all social media-driven sales. More than 47% of online consumers in the U.S. have made a purchase based on Pinterest recommendations, and the average order placed by users of the platform is $179 — compare that to $80 for Facebook and $69 for Twitter, and you can see why it’s important to get more Pinterest followers.”

6 in 10 Americans Aged 65+ Go Online [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“Some 59% of Americans aged 65 and older report using the internet as of the second half of 2013, up 6% points from a similar time a year earlier.”

 

Written by Sarah

April 11th, 2014 at 8:50 am

Game of Thrones Season 4 on Twitter

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The fourth season of Game of Thrones premiere on HBO last night, and Twitter was more than ready for it. Starting Friday, April 2nd and leading up to Sunday night’s premiere 344.3k tweets came from 206.8k contributors, for a unique reach of 112.1M Twitter users, all around Game of Thrones.

The most retweeted tweet came from the actress who plays Sansa Stark on the show, Sophie Turner:

With over 3k retweets and 2k favorites, this tweet was followed closely by one from the official show Twitter account, reminding us all that the next installment is only a week away:

Shows and actors getting more involved in the social conversations around their work is an important trend in social television, and the engagement from fans and followers shows it’s a smart move. Fans feel like they’re getting special access to their favorite shows and actors, and official accounts know what the ongoing conversation around their brand is. It’s hard to be surprised by a “sudden” turn in viewer sentiment if you’ve been part of the conversation all along.

HBO clearly knows this, and the top hashtags were all official hashtags supported and promoted by the brand:

#GameOfThrones

#TakeTheThrone

#GoTSeason4

#GoT

#GoTViewersGuide

The last hashtag leads to an in-depth behind-the-scenes section of HBO’s site, designed to help viewers understand the complex array of characters, relationships, and more behind the show, up to the current season.

Smart move to refresh viewers new and old alike and keep them engaged as season 4 rolls on.

Written by Sarah

April 7th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

The Week in Social Analytics #96

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

How Are Brands Using Twitter For Marketing? | INFOGRAPHIC [from All Twitter; written by Shea Bennett]

“. . .almost 80 percent [of marketing pros] are using Twitter to increase brand awareness, with the majority having been active on Twitter for 2-3 years. Almost half (46 percent) update daily and 88.7 percent regularly use hashtags in their posts.

However, just 2.4 percent implement Vine in their social media strategy, and 45 percent say that calculating Twitter ROI is their single biggest challenge.”

Click through for the full infographic.

How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts [from The Atlantic; written by Alexis C. Madrigal]

“Replying is dying, retweeting is up, North America isn’t dominant anymore, but English is, and more lessons from 37 billion tweets.”

Brands try out new multi-picture Twitter feature [from Digiday; written by Saya Weissman]

“The other new feature is the ability include multiple photos in a single tweet. Users can now share up to four photos in a single tweet that automatically arrange themselves in a grid. Users can just tap to get a preview and can then  slide through to the full images.”

Click through to check out several examples of brands trying out the new feature.

Instagram Usage in the US Surges 35% in 2013, Rivals Twitter for Smartphone Audience [from eMarketer; written by staff]

“By the end of this year, almost 25% of US smartphone users will snap a photo, slap on a filter and share their creations with friends on Instagram on a monthly basis (or, at least, sign in and check out what their friends are posting).”

How Smart Brands Use Instagram to Reach Women [from The Hired Guns; written by Danny Flamberg]

“You already know what Instagram is. What you may not know is just how long its marketing reach can be. Its 35 million monthly smartphone users average 257 minutes on the app per month. Forty percent of their traffic is in the United States, where 58 percent use the app daily. Seven in ten users are women age 18-44 with household incomes of $75,000+ and who are actively looking to be surprised, diverted, and delighted. According to research by L2 Think Tank, it registers 15 times the engagement and has double the engaged user base of its parent, Facebook.”

Tumblr is a ‘land of opportunity’ that allows brands to be creative, says its global head of brand partnerships, Lee Brown [from The Drum; written by Stephen Lepitak]

“The brands that do the best on our platform are the ones that show up as creators and as advertisers. The ones that want to show up and engage with the community versus broadcast to them – the ones that want to show up and earn that versus buy that – those are the ones that are having the most success, that are having the most engagement. Those are the ones that are creating a story.”

The Anatomy of a Forgotten Social Network [from MIT Technology Review; written by Physics arXiv Blog]

“In the blogosphere, reciprocity is almost non-existent. Only 3 percent of bloggers have this kind of reciprocal link. On Twitter, however, the ratio is much higher: some 22 percent of tweeters have reciprocal links.

In this respect, Tumblr is even denser than Twitter, with almost 30 percent of connections being reciprocated. What’s more, the average distance between two users in Tumblr is 4.7; in other words one user can connect to another in an average of 4.7 steps. That’s half the distance of the blogosphere and about the same as the distances in Facebook and Twitter.”

Older Adults and Technology Use [from Pew Internet; written by Aaron Smith]

“Today 46% of online seniors (representing 27% of the total older adult population) use social networking sites such as Facebook, and these social network adopters have more persistent social connections with the people they care about.”

Top TV Multitasking Activities, by Generation [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“Some 86% of US consumers (aged 14+) claim to always or almost always multitask while watching TV, up from 81% last year. Almost half of Millennials this year say they use a social network while watching TV.”

Brand Storytelling: How to Connect with Customers Though Visual Media [from Social Media Today; written by Ekaterina Walter]

 ”Your ‘official’ marketing images only show one side of the brand. Social media is a great place to show off all the aspects of your business that don’t make it onto the glossy magazine page: the behind-the-scenes photos, the customers who follow you, the human side, the communities you are part of… Rich media can tell your brand’s story in ways your official channels can’t.”

Social Pros Say Passion, Fun, and Understanding are Key to Social Success [from Convince and Convert; written by Jess Ostroff]

“Forget about trying to be on top of the next hot social trend. Unless your customers are flocking there in droves, it has no business being your priority. Instead, really listen to where your customers are talking about you, talking about the things that are important to your brand, and asking to engage with you. Then, make sure that’s where you’re joining the conversation.”

Written by Sarah

April 4th, 2014 at 8:57 am

Happy 5th birthday, TweetReach!

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They grow up so fast, don’t they? We can’t believe the TweetReach snapshot report is five years old already! We sold our very first snapshot report five years ago today, on April 3, 2009. Since then, we’ve run 6.5 million snapshot reports analyzing more than 251 million tweets.

This is what our early TweetReach Twitter analytics reports used to look like, in the spirit of Throwback Thursday. How far we’ve come!

TweetReach Snapshot Report circa 2010

TweetReach has grown so much in the past five years, and we want to thank everyone who has been a part of that journey. We wouldn’t be here without you.

And if you want to check on the reach of your tweets, you can run a snapshot report here any time (as always, the first 50 tweets are free, and up to 1500 are just $20). Here’s to the next five years, and beyond!

Written by Sarah

April 3rd, 2014 at 1:36 pm