'Media Planning & Buying' Category

Report: Social Media Benchmarks for 5 Industries

Posted by Doug Schumacher on October 15th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

One of the more popular reports we publish are benchmarking reports. As every industry is different, it’s interesting to see how KPIs like fan counts and engagement rates track across different industries, as well as across brands within the same industry.
This report takes a look at 5 major industries: Snack Foods, Fashion Retail, Pet Food, Luxury Auto and QSR Restaurants, assessing each on two major social media KPIs. Fan count, and engagement rate. The networks they are analyzed on include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest.
Key Takeaways

Facebook is still the dominant network in each industry. There’s only one industry, Luxury Autos, in which Facebook has less than 80% of the total average community size.

Instagram leads significantly in engagement rate in every industry profiled.

Google Plus is showing both strong community size, and even more surprisingly, high engagement rates, in several of the industries.

How To Plan Ahead For The Holiday Marketing Season

Posted by Katya Constantine on September 4th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

As summer draws to an end and Back to School season hits high gear, now is the best time to prepare for the upcoming holiday season! Follow our tips and tricks for making the most of the holiday season.

Report: Tourism DMOs – A Social Media Analysis

Posted by Doug Schumacher on September 4th, 2014 at 10:11 am

Performance benchmarking and content analysis of 9 destination marketing organizations across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest. DMOs included: Alaska Travel News, Explore Georgia, Go Hawaii, I Love New York, Texas Tourism, Visit California, Visit Colorado and Visit Florida.

New Instagram Business Tools

Posted by Tom Edwards on August 26th, 2014 at 7:01 am

Instagram recently announced they are taking major steps to enable brands by providing greater insight into the performance of both organic and paid content. These tools are a welcome addition to the highly visual platform and will create tighter alignment with business goals as it pertains to tracking impressions, reach and engagement.

The tools are built around three primary areas of account insights, ad insights and ad staging.
Account Insights - Account insights is the primary dashboard for mapping performance and engagement of organic content. This includes insights around the weekly performance of content, aggregate impressions over time as well as additional insight into the brands audience.
Here is a screenshot from the Instagram Blog highlighting account insights

Ad Insights - Ad Insights is the campaign performance hub for Instagram paid media that houses brand analytics (impressions, reach and frequency). Instagram, similar to parent company Facebook, are heavily focused on reach and frequency vs. engagement as a primary value proposition for brands. The Ad Insights dashboard is a quick and easy reference against the current campaign goals and all of the data can easily be exported for additional client reporting.

Ad Staging - One of the more exciting tools, especially for Social Agencies that partner... Read more

3 Things You Should Demand From Your Agencies Today (#3 Is Critical)

Posted by Nathaniel Kangpan on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:39 pm

It's incredible to witness the speed at which the scope and volume of marketing data has been increasing.  It's laughable what was considered big data for most of us even as little as 7 years ago.  I distinctly remember being brought in as a consultant in the mid 2000s to work  with a top tier, global retail bank on a 'big data' project to analyze a customer portfolio of roughly 500,000 records. It was considered a big data project at the time because their analysts could no longer handle the quantity of records since Excel at that time capped out at ~65,000 rows.

Now it's common for marketing analysts to work with millions or even billions of records in impression logs, transaction files, etc.  Oddly, most agencies and ad tech companies don't ultimately provide their clients with any of this detail, choosing instead to report entire campaigns as a single line item in a document generated once a month (like it's still 2002). If the data is available, you should have access to it.

In my opinion, here are three rights you have as a client when you work with an agency or ad tech partner these days:

#1: Knowing where your campaigns... Read more