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You’ve written out your social media strategy with the steps you’ll take and the goals you want to achieve. You’ve started to implement this strategy, but how do you determine the impact you’re having?

5 Ways to Tell If Your Social Media Strategy is Working | Social Media Today

These are just 5 of the many ways you can determine your strategy’s impact.

1. Vanity Metrics

While they’re not the highlight of your results, vanity metrics can help you quickly and easily see whether your activity is working. When you gain fans and followers, see more “Likes,” “favorites,” “shares,” and “retweets,” you can tell that what you’re publishing is drawing in interest.

Measure these metrics, and keep an eye on what types of content you’re sharing is bringing in the most interaction. You’ll learn what content works best and what time period has the most activity.

5 Ways to Tell If Your Social Media Strategy is Working | Social Media Today

2. Sales

After sharing on social media, ask your sales department staff whether they see an increase in activity on their end. Request they reach out to interested parties, asking how the person found out about your company.

If you learn that new customers are reaching out based on your social media activity, you’ll have evidence that your strategy is working, and your sales staff will appreciate it.

5 Ways to Tell If Your Social Media Strategy is Working | Social Media Today

3. Website Traffic

Do you use Google Analytics to measure your website activity? Did you know this service can show you how social media plays a role in your website traffic?

In Google Analytics, you can set it up so you can see where your traffic is coming from. If you have visitors coming directly from your social media accounts, you’ll know that they were interested in you based on your activity.

5 Ways to Tell If Your Social Media Strategy is Working | Social Media Today

4. Workload

Although you might question whether this is a good thing, you will see an increase in your workload if your social strategy is working.

More users will want to reach out to you on social media, you’ll have a bigger audience to respond to and interact with. You might even need to hire more staff to handle this workload – but that’s a good thing.

A larger workload means a higher interaction rate with your social presence. A higher interaction rate means your strategy is working.

5 Ways to Tell If Your Social Media Strategy is Working | Social Media Today

5. ROI

Perhaps most importantly, you’ll need to prove the return on investment (ROI) of your social media strategy. Your company leaders will want to see whether social media is money well-spent.

If your strategy iss working, you’ll have the evidence you need to prove ROI. Your vanity metrics are a great introduction, but using deeper metrics and analytics can really drive your point across.

5 Ways to Tell If Your Social Media Strategy is Working | Social Media Today

These 5 pieces of evidence can help you see the impact your hard work and strategy is having for your company.

Measure them and you’ll know whether your strategy is working.

5 Ways to Tell If Your Social Media Strategy is Working | Social Media Today

  1. The vanity metrics tell you that people are interested in you on social media.
  2. The sales department can tell you whether they see results from your activity.
  3. Your website analytics will show you whether people want to learn more about your company based on your social media activity.
  4. If you see yourself getting busier, your social media presence is getting stronger.
  5. If you have enough evidence to convince your company leaders that social media activity is worthwhile, your strategy is working.

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