Nov 19 2010

Twitter Analytics Revealed

by Andrew DiFiore

We have been anticipating the release of Twitter Analytics since the company acquired Smallthought Systems (makers of Dabble DB and Trendly) back in June. Now it appears that Twitter has started inviting a select group of users to test their new Twitter Analytics dashboard.

It is unclear exactly when the rest of us will have access but Evan Williams and gang have hinted at sometime this year. I use a combination of tools such as TweetDeck, SocialOomph, TweetGrader, TweetStats, and Klout, to manage and measure my clients’ Twitter accounts so it will be interesting to see how these tools fair against the source.

Along with Promoted Tweets, this was the logical next step and may prove to be a real money maker for Twitter.

Sep 3 2010

Google Alerts + Social Mention

by Andrew DiFiore

A great combo for reputation management — free!

Google Alerts and Social Mention cover most of the bases for the keywords/phrases important to your brand. Both allow you to deliver social mentions to your inbox.

Jun 4 2010

Blog Demographics Report

by Andrew DiFiore

Sysomos, a leading provider of social media monitoring and analytics technology, has released a new report on the blogosphere after analyzing over 100 million blog posts. The report is broken down by age, gender and location.

Not all that surprising, 53.3% of the total blogging population is 21-35 years old. Bloggers aged 20 and under came in second, with 20.2%, followed by 36-50-year-olds (at 19.4%), and 51-year-olds and older (7.1%).

Read the complete report here.

Apr 1 2010

The Best of Free Viral Video Metrics

by Andrew DiFiore

So, you just can’t get enough of the Cadbury’s eyebrow dance? Especially if you live in the UK… maybe not so much since Kraft bought them up.

You love those talking baby commercials from E-Trade? And now that Lindsay Lohan is suing E-Trade for $100 million for besmirching her (first) name with “milk” addiction, you really love them.

And who can resist cute dogs at 1000 FPS?

But before launching your own YouTube sensation, consider only 15% of all video ads actually go viral according to a new study from Millward Brown (this actually sounds pretty good to me considering users now upload over 24 hours of video to YouTube every minute). The marketing research company just announced their Creative Viral Potential (CVP) metric for predicting viral success of video ads (you can view the press release here). After analyzing behavioral data from YouTube for 102 video commercials along with survey-based data, they’ve come up with four essential components to viral success:

  • Awareness Index – a measure of branded engagement that has long been used by advertisers to predict the success of their TV advertising
  • Buzz – which identifies whether an ad is likely to generate pass-along
  • Celebrity – the profile of a celebrity when used in an ad
  • Distinctiveness – a measure of originality

However you prefer to break down viral success, these free online services can help you research, measure, and manage your video campaigns.

  1. YouTube Insight – YouTube’s analytics and reporting product that enables anyone with an account to view detailed statistics about their videos.
  2. Viral Video Chart – offers at-a-glance basic statistics on all videos. Good to see how competing videos compare.
  3. TubeMogul – the first online video analytics and distribution company serving publishers large and small who need independent information about video performance.
  4. Visible Measures – an independent measurement firm for Internet video publishers, advertisers, and viral marketers. Currently offering a free public beta.

I’m sure there are other free video metrics so if you have found something worth sharing, leave a comment.