Walkthrough of New Facebook Insights

Facebook say they have listened to feedback and want to make Insights clearer and more actionable. Sounds good. Current insights are inconsistent and I always take them with a pinch of salt. With these new insights, Facebook have evidently realised that if they want to charge Facebook users to reach the fans they have already paid to acquire – there had better be some good stats available to justify all this spend to the CFO!

What’s New…

People Talking About This (PTAT)

Currently a single ambiguously achieved number Facebook are going to split this out in to its constituent parts. These will all now be reported sperately as:

  1. Page Likes
  2. People Engaged (the number of unique people who have clicked on, liked, commented on, or shared your posts)
  3. Page tags and mentions
  4. Page checkins, and other interactions on a Page.

Virality (now called ‘Engagement Rate’)

“We also heard that the virality metric in Page Insights is often used as a benchmark for Page post quality. However, this metric doesn’t include clicks in its measurement, which are a strong indicator of positive post engagement and a key piece in providing marketers with metrics around overall post quality. So moving forward, we’re including clicks in this metric and renaming ‘virality’ to ‘engagement rate’ to be clearer in our definition.”

The new insights are split in to four distinct sections; Overview, page, posts and people.

Post Insights

Facebook now give Page managers a post-specific ‘score card’, allowing you to compare positive and negative metrics together.

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New Demographic Metrics (People)

You can now see the data not just for those users you have reached, but also for those who have engaged with your page. You can now break this down even further and see if people in different countries or towns ‘like’ or engage with certain content categories. E.g, you see that fans in London engage most with posts that feature black cabs, where-as those users in Wales were more prone to interact with posts about rugby…or dragons.

New Facebook Insights

New Facebook Insights

Timescales

Facebook state that this will be a gradual roll-out starting with selected page managers, before becoming more widely available ‘later this summer’.

More information from the horses mouth

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Real World Social Business’ – RNLI at the Seaside

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Social Media at The Beach

Yesterday I went to the beach to enjoy our two week long British summer. Once we’d found a parking space, we (I) carried the entire contents of our home minus kitchen sink, the short distance from the car to the beach. Struggling along the promenade, kids straining at the (virtual) leash I saw the last vacant spot on the sand and headed towards it. “Hi how are you today?” I heard a voice say. “Are you going to build a nice sandcastle?” the same voice said to my 4 year old. Peering around the pile of towels, goggles and assorted balls in my grip I saw an RNLI lifeguardImage talking to my son. He was highly engaged in conversation with her as the topic was ‘how to build the best sandcastle. The girl next to her then asked my wife if she wanted any info on safe swimming for kids, which of course my wife did. What kind of a mother wouldn’t want this information. Impatiently tapping my foot, the cynical marketer in me was counting down the seconds for the goal conversion to occur, i.e. donate some money. It took 6 minutes for my wife to finally walk away, nearly as weighed down as I was, by donation /sign up forms.

This is nothing new in ‘real life’, however social media have allowed this commonplace tactic to occur in the digital space. All organisations, businesses, brands, SMEs and charities need to make a profit. It’s their ‘raison d’etre’ whether said profit goes to shareholders or good causes.

This will never be overtly communicated though. In fact mentioning the fact that a business is an actual money-making business these days is a heresy. Organisations want to ‘be your friend’, ‘tell you a story’ and share ‘the moment’. They definitely, DEFINITELY don’t want to relieve you of your hard earned $$. Yet.

Social media now allows organisations to enter in to that same conversation as my wife and son had at the beach:

Summary

  1. Location – we were at the beach, therefore a related subject is beach/sea safety, for which the RNLI are an authority.
  2. Weather/season/relevance – It would be fairly pointless those nice ladies from the RNLI standing in that same spot in mid-December.
  3. Conversation / engagement – Had they just asked us to give them some money we would have completely ignored them. They asked a pertinent question, at the right time and began a relevant conversation. This applies exactly the same in social media.
  4. Conversion – They weren’t there just to have a chat, they had targets and goals. With any social media activity you should also have a firm idea of the purpose of the conversation.
  5. Awareness – Even those people that walked straight past couldn’t have failed to notice the RNLI branded tent and branded paraphernalia. Not all (hardly any) social media activity will lead directly to a conversion – it’s largely an awareness thing.
  6. Value exchange – in this example, the RNLI gave us some useful advice on beach and sea safety with a helpful booklet for us to keep. That’s value for us so we may reciprocate by ‘liking’ them on Facebook or even signing up to a monthly direct debit.

You can donate to the RNLI (who do incredible things and save lives hereImage

Webby Winners- Social Networking Class – Reviewed

This contest spans nations and industries, awarding the best use of digital to the deserving. Under the section of ‘Social Networking’ the following winners have been announced:

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Webby Award Winner Agency/Credited Organization
DiggDigg
http://www.digg.com/
Digg
People’s Voice Winner
DiggDigg
http://www.digg.com/
Digg
Nominees
BakeSpace.comBakeSpace.com
http://www.bakespace.com/
BakeSpace Inc
BirdpostBirdpost
http://www.birdpost.com/
Birdpost
DiggDigg
http://www.digg.com/
Digg
FlockFlock
http://www.flock.com/
UnigoUnigo
http://www.unigo.com/
Unigo / Deepend New York / GotCoders

Digg – No introductions needed for this. Kevin Rose and co GET social bookmarking. Started as an experiment in 2004 and now has 27million unique users. not sure why it has won this year? Possibly in recognition of its newly released ‘Digg Bar’.

Bakespace – What it says on the URL- a hub for recipies and general food conversation. Includes a ‘mentors’ feature for advice as well as the usual forums, blogs and other web 2.0 stuff.

Birdpost – I’m going to tell my dad about this one. He’s a twitcher, and I don’t mean that with any dis-respect. This is one of those rare things- a website derived from a real need/demand. Bird watchers can utilse Goggle Maps to geotag sightings as well as to search for other user’s sightings. It allows users to create online lists and share – all thats good about social networking, sharing shared interests.

Also available as an i-phone app. Which is good.

Flock – The social web browser. Powered by Mozilla Firefox, this browser allows you to aggregate your online friends in one neat place. sounds like a great idea but I downloaded this last year and found that I never really used it. Maybe I just didn’t get it…otherwise it wouldn’t have been nominated for a Webby this and won one last year (2008)?

Unigo – College Reviews By College Students. In America. So gets a big fat ‘n/a’. Looks good though for when it does eventually cross the pond.
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