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20 Stats That Explain Why Marketers Still Struggle to Measure Social Media ROI [Data] Quantifying the ROI of Social Media Product Promotion. Kevin Tate | October 16, 2012 | 1 Comment inShare19 How can you prove the success across your product engagement strategy?

Quantifying the ROI of Social Media Product Promotion

As brands' social commerce efforts have evolved over the course of 2012, the focus has shifted largely from pure social transactions toward social product discovery and engagement. Approaching social engagement with a product-centric lens, with a concerted focus on product content and product experiences to address social customers "higher in the funnel" has proven exceedingly successful - much more so than asking someone to pull out their credit card in Facebook.

While transactions are inherently measurable, how can you prove the success across your product engagement strategy? Social Media ROI: How To Define a Strategic Plan. As marketers are tasked with the challenge of doing less with more, there's an increasing demand to quantify the value of social media.

Social Media ROI: How To Define a Strategic Plan

Here's a guide to mapping a social media strategy with meaningful key performance indicators (KPIs) that align to business objectives for tangible measurement! Following the Social Media Strategy Funnel Quantifying the value of social media can be a daunting task. Unclear objectives and numerous metrics add confusion. 4 Critical Metrics You Won’t Find in Google Analytics. Why You're Struggling to Measure the Value of Social Media.

In a recent report, Adobe examined the oft-discussed issue of how exactly to quantify the value of social media.

Why You're Struggling to Measure the Value of Social Media

What they found was that when it comes to measuring the ROI of social media, most marketers are using all the wrong tools. In fact, the vast majority of marketers included in their study of 225 companies relied exclusively on last-click attribution to measure the success of their social efforts. Last-click (aka last-touch) attribution is the form of tracking that most analytics tools like Google Analytics employ. It’s called last-click attribution because conversions are measured based on the most recent channel that brought a visitor in before they converted.

Social Marketing vs. Marketing Automation. By Chuck Schaeffer There an interesting two-fold growth occurrence occurring in the marketing software sector—with marketing automation systems and social marketing automation showing increased traction (along separate but converging tracks)—and both representing the highest growth technologies within the CRM software industry.

Social Marketing vs. Marketing Automation

Gartner just reported that the marketing automation software industry reached $2.8 billion in 2011, about a quarter of the reported CRM software industry total of $11.9 billion. The analyst firm also forecasts that the marketing automation software industry will see double digit year over year growth for at least the next three years. Marketing automation clearly represents the highest growth sector among the CRM software tenants which also include sales and service.

9 Ways to Measure Your Brand's Social Media Health. Jacqueline Zenn is the Director of Social Media Strategy at SociaLogic, a social media marketing firm.

9 Ways to Measure Your Brand's Social Media Health

Prior to joining SociaLogic, she worked at several leading interactive agencies creating and executing digital strategies. Follow her @jazspin. Thanks to the variety of social media marketing tools available today, there is a nearly endless stream of data available to marketers. That could make it tough to determine what metrics actually matter for your campaign or brand and why.

A Simple Guide to Measuring Facebook Ad ROI. It's a topic that is running rampant around the web.

A Simple Guide to Measuring Facebook Ad ROI

How do you measure ROI from Facebook? Is anyone (besides Fortune 500 brands with multi-million dollar budgets) generating ROI from Facebook? And if so, how? The difficulty with establishing ROI on Facebook has typically been tracking, but luckily, Facebook recently made a bunch of updates to help marketers tackle this problem. And while Facebook is heading in the right direction, SMB marketers (and all marketers) need more, and they need it now. 4 Unique Approaches for Measuring Social Media ROI. Krista Neher | February 15, 2012 | 2 Comments.

4 Unique Approaches for Measuring Social Media ROI

The 7 Slides You Need for an Epic Monthly Marketing Report. Here's a challenge for all you marketers who are on top of your game: How do you make sure your marketing team is taken seriously within your own company?

The 7 Slides You Need for an Epic Monthly Marketing Report

One important step you should take is publishing a thorough, thoughtful, quantitative monthly report on your marketing team's impact. For as long as there’s been marketing, marketers have struggled to show their impact. But today, there's no need to struggle. Today, it's simple to collect the data you need to show how your marketing investments are generating revenue for your business.

You just have to pull together the right reports. Marketing Research: Only 25% of marketers can show value to the organization. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Julie Schwartz, Senior Vice President of Research and Thought Leadership at ITSMA (Information Technology Services Marketing Association), and Laura Patterson, President of VisionEdge Marketing .

Both were involved in recent marketing research, . The survey was conducted during the summer of 2012 via email and social media invitation through Twitter and LinkedIn, and included 405 completed surveys. Here is a chart outlining details of the respondents: Click to enlarge All respondents were analyzed by company type, company size and by a self-grading system (grade results included, and note that “D” was the lowest possible grade):

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Business Metric Resources. Metrics & ROI - A Three-Step Approach for Linking Content and Behavior: Measuring Relevancy. Various studies over the years have examined the relationship between content relevancy and behavior.

Metrics & ROI - A Three-Step Approach for Linking Content and Behavior: Measuring Relevancy

Almost everyone would agree that content must be relevant. But what is relevance? According to Wikipedia: "Relevance describes how pertinent, connected, or applicable something is to a given matter. " A thing is relevant if it serves as a means to a given purpose. In the context of this discussion, the purpose of content is to positively influence customer or employee behavior, such as increasing purchase frequency, purchase velocity (time to purchase), likelihood to recommend, productivity, etc.

When we ask marketers and others how they measure content relevancy, we often hear, "We base it on response rate. " Clearly there is a relationship between relevance and response. So, what is the best way to measure relevancy? The best-practice approaches for measuring relevancy are many, and many of them are complex and require modeling. The process and equation include the following:

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