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  • Writer's pictureHayden Pribyl

Monitoring Metrics that Matter: Prioritizing People Over Vanity Analytics

In today's social media obsessed world, it's tempting to focus solely on vanity metrics like follower counts, likes, and shares. But while these numbers may stroke our egos, they don't always correlate to a successful social media strategy. To truly understand the impact of your efforts, you need to dig deeper into metrics that provide meaningful insights into your audience and business objectives.

Problems with Vanity Metrics

Vanity metrics like follower counts are easy to measure but don't reflect the whole picture. Some issues with focusing just on these surface-level stats:

  • Followers don't equal customers. Just because someone follows you doesn't mean they actively engage with or purchase from your brand. Low quality followers inflate your numbers without providing value.

  • Engagement varies. 1000 followers with a high engagement rate are more valuable than 10K inactive accounts. But vanity metrics don't show engagement quality.

  • No qualitative insights. Quantitative metrics miss how audiences truly feel about your brand. Are they delighted or frustrated? You can't glean sentiment from vanity stats alone.

  • No context. Judging your social media efforts without context leads to false conclusions. You need to analyze numbers against goals and KPIs for meaningful takeaways.

Shift Focus to Audience Happiness

Rather than obsess over vanity metrics, aim to monitor metrics that provide insights into audience satisfaction and happiness. Some ways to better understand your customers:

  • Analyze engagement metrics. Look beyond followers and likes to see who engages with your content, how often, and how they interact. This shows content quality.

  • Measure sentiment. Social media monitoring tools can analyze textual sentiment around your brand. Track this over time to see how you are improving.

  • Survey customers. Directly asking your audience questions through polls and surveys will provide qualitative insights into their needs and satisfaction.

  • Monitor reviews. Social media makes it easy for customers to share reviews. Track your overall ratings and read reviews to learn what you are doing well or could improve.

  • Assess ROI. Ultimate, you want your social media efforts to provide concrete business value. Set conversion goals and track analytics to evaluate ROI.

Balance Meaningful Metrics and Growth

While vanity metrics shouldn't be ignored completely, they still have a place in benchmarking growth. The key is balancing these with metrics that offer a more nuanced view of your audience. Monitoring both types of metrics will help you refine an audience-centric strategy that also fuels business growth. Just remember that meeting conversion goals and bringing value to your audience should ultimately trump any flashy numbers.

By taking the time to analyze metrics that truly reflect audience satisfaction, you can optimize social media efforts to grow and engage your community in authentic ways. The numbers that really count focus first on people, then the vanity stats.

Struggling to Make Sense of it All?

At 777 Media, we determine the KPIs that truly matter for your brand. We'll dig into your audience insights to develop a results-driven strategy focused on engagement, conversion, and customer happiness. If you're ready to get real results instead of vanity metrics, contact us today to discuss a customized social plan. With our data-backed approach, we can help you build an audience as loyal as it is large.

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