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How to Tuesday: How to Measure Your Social Media ROI

Published Lynne on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 9:00 AM

How to Tuesday: How to Measure Your Social Media ROI

While the benefits of a strong social media presence are clear, many businesses struggle with one crucial aspect: measuring return on investment (ROI). Understanding the impact of your digital marketing efforts is essential for making informed decisions and enhancing your strategy. Let’s explore how to measure your social media ROI effectively.

Calculating ROI

The way you determine social media ROI is the same as with any other investment, with the basic formula being: (return - investment) / investment x 100. Potential returns could be new followers, click-throughs, conversions, completed lead forms, or sales. Investments include time spent managing campaigns, tools and software costs, paid ad budgets, content creation expenses, and fees for agencies. Essentially, if your ROI value is greater than 0%, this indicates you’re making money from your social media campaigns. Anything below that means you are not.

Defining Your Objectives

Before you can measure ROI, it’s important to set clear and specific goals. Do you want to increase website traffic, boost sales, or enhance brand awareness? Your business goals will then dictate the metrics you track. For example, if you're looking to increase web traffic, you should be monitoring clicks, click-through rates (CTR), and website conversions. On the other hand, if your aim is to measure sales, you need to analyse revenue generated from social media campaigns.

Tracking Metrics for ROI

There are numerous metrics, but the common ones to look out for when measuring ROI are engagement, reach, leads and conversions. You can do this easily by using social media analytics tools, such as Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, or third-party platforms, to simplify data collection and analysis. And don’t forget that social media is not static, so make sure to regularly review results and tweak campaigns to improve ROI.


Written by Stephanie Clark

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