All of us have to report some kind of activity to those either higher up or in different departments at our companies. However, there aren’t consistent community metrics, or standard methods that CMs are using at the moment. After a lively debate, below are some of the best and most common answer.
Q1. What kind of reporting do you do for your community and how often?
NatashaKhan For Social: GA=Traffic/Revenue, Growth=following, and Engagement=Feedback Score
Historian I do a weekly account of the number of connected users (Likes/Follows/Registered) & the number of interactions we’ve had
corecorina Reporting for my clients = Google web Analytics web + social engagement data + reach data + ID of any issues/opportunitie
corecorina The best reporting I do draws specific insight from the data; so if 500 people “Like” something, I must identify WHY via data
mhandy1 Depends which kind of community, sentimentality with custom variables is huge, SOV, Comp analysis, industry reports
mbhahn I track the number of shares and to what type of social site. I get an email digest weekl
onideas Usually weekly or monthly, depends on level of content and engagement. Everything from brand sentiment to user demos
evanhamilton I (try to) do a monthly report on my community efforts – how & why I am succeeding or failing at retaining/gaining customers
djfanco Weekly.. DAU, Interactions (twitter, FB, app), competitive benchmarking, change, weekly CS issue trends, ratings
KellyLux Also just started using Storify (monthly) to show upper mgmt the types of mentions/comments we’re getting on twitter & FB
JPedde We’re heavy on reporting here. KPI reports regarding keywords, web traffic, blogger outreach, & social media engagement
jaimehutkin report to clients what posts were more engaging, less engaging, and what commonalities exist among them to repeat success
Q2. Which metrics are the most important to demonstrate a growing/healthy community?
alphamommie Growing comm is our raw number of total fans/friends across all networks. Healthy is a bit more complex..
mbhahn The metrics of user acquisition if your a membership, Page shares/views if your a content site. it revolves around the uniques
NatashaKhan: Engagement Score and Month over Month channel growth, are the top two for me
corecorina Healthy community metrics: user engagement (activity), new visitors/conversion (growth), and buzz (energy/sentiment)
dshanahan I consider engagement (type, frequency of give/take) and my share of the convo to be topline metrics
mbhahn You also want to know how much time you visitors spend on your site
nickcicero SOV, Sentiment, having Google Analytics on custom FB tabs makes it awesome these days. Insights more than numbers for me
mbhahn Raw data reporting is always better then an arbitrary formula someone made up in many cases
asheshayes Social media engagement, attendance at events, friend referrals, internal program ie User Engagement
rodicka Quantity (frequency, type) and quality (did we learn something new? is it actionable?) of engagement. Retention
corecorina How to measure community sentiment? ASK. Survey your fans, talk to them about their experience, watch their reactions
Q3. Are there stories to tell beyond numbers and KPIs? What kind of unique reporting can you do?
evanhamilton Providing actual quotes and screenshots is always key. Our job deals with emotions, we need to make sure bosses see ’em
evanhamilton think surveys can work well, but you have to make sure it’s not just the evangelists taking time to answer.
mbhahn Surveys are also a great way of gauging performance without using statistics. They sometimes confirm what you knew
Q4. How data focused should a community manager be?
evanhamilton Anyone looking at data but not relationships or vice versa is missing the big picture
jcness It’s on the community manager to balance personal interaction with hard data analysis. Can’t choose just one
theTsaritsa Data only tells a partial story. The human element fills in the blanks with the data
DigitalKaitlyn Data should be a natural part of your daily process. Numbers help guide your choices so your creativity shines at its best
mhandy1 This is where a split team is so important… let each do what they do best.
mbhahn a CM should be focused on core metrics like user acquistion, sharing and content happiness
djfanco Each person has a head and a heart to guide them. Each CM should have metrics and relationships to measure