Maximizing Your 15 Minutes a Day
Spending 15 minutes a day scheduling outbound tweets, updating your Facebook status, posting to Google+, sharing a photo on Instagram, and linking to videos on your YouTube channel is a great way to stay top of mind and engage your prospects and customers, but where does all that content come from? That’s where the real time constraint kicks in.
The trick to maximizing your social media time is repurposing and reframing your most valuable and engaging content. Here’s an example: Say a local TV station interviews you about your business. You can post the three-minute clip to your YouTube channel and divide the original into 60-second “shorts” with embedded links to watch the full video or subscribe to the channel. Now, you have four new pieces of community-building content on YouTube.
You can also share the video through an email campaign and post those shorts one at a time on Facebook or Twitter. This approach maximizes your presence by drawing one piece of valuable content out into several different streams.
How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Social Media
Repurposing your content to engage users across different platforms is the best way to get full value from your efforts, but you really have to keep an eye on the data to see if your campaign is working. Keeping your finger on the pulse of your social media following means you can tweak your approach in real time to fit your audience’s response.
Here are some vital metrics I recommend checking every week to evaluate the effectiveness of your social media marketing:
- Website traffic: Is the number of unique visitors to your website increasing? How is referral traffic from the social platforms you’re using changing?
These numbers come directly from your Google Analytics dashboard. If the answer is “no change,” you probably need to work on creating more engaging content to draw your followers to your site.
- Conversions: Are your social media efforts leading to increased conversion rates? What content delivers the most conversions?
It just takes a few minutes to set up conversion tracking on Google Analytics. Here’s an excellent step-by-step tutorial from Google to get you started.
- User response: Is your online community across your social platforms growing? What content has your community “liked” or shared?
This is a simple measure of how well you’re engaging users and promoting your content. Let your most popular posts guide the topics of future content.
- Lead generation: Is your social media generating leads? If so, are those leads converting to sales?
If the answer to either of those questions is no, take a closer look at your content. If your content is generating leads, you probably have a post-lead conversion problem.
How much time do you spend building your social media presence, and how do you measure its ROI?