The Community Manager – Metrics

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This is the third installment in my Community Manager series.  I believe in managing people over spreadsheets, but without defined measurements, you will not know if you are on the way to meeting your goals or what corrections to make.  In this blog, I will discuss setting and measuring goals for your community as well as Twitter.

Size vs Collaboration:

It happens all the time, no matter a community or Twitter account, too much attention is given to membership size rather than engagement.  You may have a community of 200k; if they are not asking and answering each other’s questions, you have a group of individuals, NOT a community.  The same goes for Twitter Followers: without engagement, you have the modern equivalent of a failed email distribution list.

Active Users:

How many of your members are active each month or quarter? Active users are those who are participating: they have logged in, asked a question, contributed to a discussion, liked a comment or discussion topic, or provided an answer or or marked an answer correct.

Answer Rate vs Engagement Rate:

As you build your community, you will be generating the majority of the content as well as providing the answers.  As your community matures the content flow will shift: members will not only start discussions, but will also answer questions.  For each month and quarter, how many questions have answers that have been marked correct?  For each question asked, how many get a response; not just answers, but clarifying questions?  Engagement rate is more important than correct answer rate: answers may not always be marked as correct by the original poster, but you want to ensure when a question is asked, a response has been provided.

Measuring Engagement – Twitter

  1. Likes and Like-Ratio
  2. ReTweets
  3. Replies
  4. Lists

Social Promotion

Successful tweeting is more than casting a wide net via multiple tweets.  What are the best times of day to tweet, how many times week should I tweet?  Google Analytics and UTM codes can help you.  These four are indicators of both traffic and engagement:

  1. Sessions
  2. New Users
  3. Pages / Session
  4. Ave. Session Duration

How are you measuring your community?  What tools do you use?  Thanks for commenting.

Cheers,

Toby

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