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Social Media Metrics For Dummies by Leslie Poston

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Battling Denial and Isolation

The biggest struggle you’ll face when embarking on metrics gathering and analysis is feeling alone and unheard at first. Any new campaign, website, Twitter account, Facebook page, or other item you want to measure starts at zero. This number can make you feel like you’re talking into a void, talking to yourself or that you’re hidden from view. This feeling can lead to an overall sense of isolation as you look at stagnant metrics numbers.

The typical Google Analytics graph of a website that just launched looks like Figure 5-1.

You can see that this site has had only 21 visitors in one week. If you’re looking for the validation of people visiting your site and reading your blog, this metric can be a harsh feeling! What these numbers don’t tell you is that increased targeted content will drive up your visits and conversions considerably. Add in social media sharing, and your site traffic will also become much healthier, which will be captured (and trackable) in future graphs.

Figure 5-1: The Google Analytics graph of a new website

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