Twitter is the the most efficient marketing megaphone I have ever seen.
It moves news, ideas and content in real time with only 140 characters. It is not only lightning fast, it is global. It amplifies your message and engagement with just one click.
Its attraction for me was it was free to use and simple.
I started using Twitter about 4 months before I launched my blog and I discovered that it was a great tool to not only engage with people but to distribute my content. I then proceeded to not only create content but build my Twitter followers as it provides an unfiltered stream that is not restricted by update choking and censoring that occurs with Facebook.
Twitter is well known for spreading and breaking news and is the darling of politicians and celebrities. What is not often understood is its raw naked power to make your content as an online publisher to flow across a global web.
It helps make your content ”liquid”
So what is engagement on Twitter?
There are three types of Twitter engagement and total engagement is the sum total of these three key components.
When a follower sends a Tweet directly by using your brand handle at the beginning of the Tweet. This will only show up in your feed, and the feeds of users who follow you both.
Example: “ @jeffbullas What Twitter tools do you use? ”
A retweet is when a follower directly shares your brand message with their audience.
Example: “ whoa!! RT @jeffbullas: 10 Secrets of Professional Writers Every Blogger Should Know http://ow.ly/h08r4 #blogging #writing #blog”
When a user includes your brand hand, but not as a direct @Reply.
Example: “8 Great Twitter Tools That Will Get You Tweeting Like A Pro http://po.st/q232TU vía @jeffbullas ”
Add these all together and you have “total engagement” as a pure metric.
Insights into Twitter’s raw marketing power
I have been trialling an analytics tool and platform called “Simply Measured” and plugged in my social media network accounts and have let it start collecting data and after a week it was a revelation to take a closer look at the insights it revealed.
#1. Twitter engagement megaphone
The top graphic that is produced once your report is live is the “Twitter Engagement Megaphone”. It is a snapshot of your Twitter activity, engagement and potential reach and impressions in a graphical format.
What was surprising for me was the size of my Twitter “Potential Reach” at over 11 million and “Potential Impressions” which is calculated at 146 million.
Potential impressions have always been an important metric for advertisers. For traditional mass media like newspaper, radio and TV, it has been one of the only metrics available to gauge success, and its relevance is also prominent throughout the social media revolution.
Definition for “Potential Impressions”: “The total number of times a tweet from your account or mentioning your account could appear in users’ Twitter feeds”.
What is the importance of potential impressions?
It is important for measuring brand impact as it measures the viral power beyond your inner circle of influence which is your follower count. If your content is having a viral impact then the potential impressions metric is the most important data point that identifies that trend.
For a more detailed breakdown of how it is calculated read this explanation.
#2. Twitter engagement breakdown
In looking at this metric what stood out was that retweets were by far the largest, which is a good thing as it is the engagement type with the most reach. The other revelation was the Tweet with the most engagement over the 7 day period was a Tweet with the headline “Facebook Finally Joins the Hashtag Party”
#3. Top time and day for Twitter engagement
This shows that mid week is the the top time with Wednesday the most active at between 7 and 8am. Surprising also was that it was over 26% of total mentions.
#4. Best tweets by content
I tweet with links almost every time. Normal tweets without links do not create as much engagement as a link or a video tweet.
Want to drive engagement then you need to include a link.
Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/06/21/10-insights-on-twitters-raw-marketing-power/#u0R1xOXT6MLfV8zx.99