How Should I measure Social Media Activity?

Today I was asked this question.

“How should I measure my social media activity?”

I felt like asking, how do you measure land?  Where is the context? Are you measuring you back yard? An estate? A farm? A country?

  • What are you trying to measure?
  • What are your objectives?
  • How are you going to make the results meaningful? By that I mean what are you tying the results back to?
  • What are they informing?
  • What is your budget?

The tools you use directly depend on the answers you give to the above.

Here is a great list of measurement tools.

Don’t feel you need a paid for search tool if your activity and budget do not warrant it. Similarly, if you need to measure multiple elements, are after some deeper analysis, or your time is scarce, then it is counter productive to skimp on the price of a paid measurement tool.

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