Understanding Twitter Analytics

understanding twitter analyticsAre you a fan of twitter?

Twitter is my BFF. I mean, where else can you share your random thoughts with the world and get lost in random hashtags? Oh that’s right. Facebook. At least with twitter you only have 140 characters to say what you need to say, so you better be creative! I was on twitter before I had a blog, I stuck with twitter when I dumped facebook for a year. Now that I am looking to grow my brand awareness, I tend to put a lot of focus on twitter because this is where my largest network of followers lie.

Did you know twitter had analytics? I’ve been using Twitter analytics for a very long time. Last summer, I converted my twitter account to a business account and unlocked all of the juicy stats. Today I am going to give you a quick overview on why you should be using twitter analytics for your blog/business.

Where on earth is Twitter Analytics?!

After you have converted to a business account (you can do that by going to https://business.twitter.com/) you must go to https://analytics.twitter.com/. There you will find SO much great insight into your twitter world. You can find out what tweets are most popular, who is retweeting you, how many impressions you are getting, how many people are clicking into your links…and more. I am a BIG stats girl, so I love this stuff. Out of all of the social media networks, Twitter has the easiest  and most user friendly dashboards, I am going to share a few of mine so you can see exactly what I mean.

Tweet Activity

 

twitter tweets analyticsTwitter analytics can tell you how many followers you had vs. how many unfollows you had. It can also tell you how many times someone has clicked your link. Above you can see that my Vidergize post got 7 clicks, which is great. I know now that kind of language and content will get clicks. It will also give me stats on  favorites, retweets and replies.

Followers

understanding twitter analytics

Twitter analytics can also get into your follower data. This is my favorite part of ALL of the twitter analytics. As you can see above there was a sharp but gradual increase in my twitter followers when I focused on growing this social media network exclusively last year. Once I hit my goal, my followers leveled off.

The interest part was what made me MOST excited. I hitting the exact demographic that I want to hit, mostly moms with babies and toddlers. I also have a surprisingly large following in California–which is important for me to know when it comes to scheduling tweets, something I had never stopped to consider before.

Not shocked that my audience is mainly women but I am shocked that my Male percentage of followers is so high! Good to know.

Twitter Cards (New!)

understanding twitter analytics

For those of you who love graphs, the twitter card tab is for you! Here you can see how far your tweets are going and how many pairs of eyes are seeing what you write. You can see clicks into your links from your tweets and also from the tweets that wasn’t yours but included your links.

twitter cards link impressionsunderstanding twitter analyticsSo according to this chart my impressions have gone up over 800%, I think this is largely due to a couple of retweets from people with high followings. My URL clicks are also up which means that perhaps I should be tweeting more. I also noticed that my “Tweet Old Post” tweets are getting a lot of love as well, which  is great to know.

 Do you look at your twitter analytics? Which of the stats are your favorite?

Nellie

Nellie

Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (2 and 5), she is a career woman by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is  a positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. She features a Weekly Wednesday Workout and a Friday Fitness Check-in series where she encourages her readers to check in and remain accountable for their fitness and nutrition goals weekly. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. In addition to getting in the gym 5 times weekly, Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. Since beginning to blog Nellie has lost 27lbs (and counting)! You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, & Google Plus.
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Comments

  1. I would like to start to follow this. I’m not sure where in settings I would need to change to a business account.
    Kristina Walters recently posted…Half Marathon Training Update – Week NineMy Profile

  2. This was interesting and I will probably convert my account to a business account. I am trying to build my twitter following since Facebook took such a nose dive. The data looks great but that might overwhelm me initially!
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  3. Well aren’t you just a wealth of information? I had no clue Twitter had analytics! I will definitely be checking this out as I also love to analyze every possible stat!!
    PS – Bought my ticket yesterday to the Healthy U conference!! I’m so excited!
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  4. Most of my other accounts are business accounts and not sure why I never converted my Twitter yet. You totally reminded me here that I have to do this. So thank you for that!! :)
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  5. I may be converting! I had no idea. I’ve seen the emails about it but I guess I ignored them.
    Not so anymore!
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  6. You know how much I love Twitter…I need to pay more attention! Thanks for the reminder AND the great information!
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  7. I didn’t know about this! I am looking into converting my account today. I was rocking with Twitter heavy this summer, but I need to get back on it again.
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  8. I’m super lame – I pinned this because it is going to take more than one reading for me! I have never used twitter analytics but I’m sure I could benefit from it – thanks for all of the great info!
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  9. I so didn’t know any of this existed! This is really great Nellie! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
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  10. I had no clue this even existed! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  11. I knew about the FB one but I had no idea about the twitter very neat and a great way to see how you are doing in social media.
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  12. Gah! Another set of analytics to obsess over. I’m sure it will be helpful someday, but for now I just can’t wrap my head around it. For now, I’m just going to pin this in my “Things to Remember” board so I know where to go when the time is right. In the mean time, thanks for getting the word out!
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  13. Okay, I had no idea twitter had this! I’m going to do this asap!
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  14. Never knew about this! Great insight especially for a stats geek like myself. Now if the other social media services would package their stats so nicely. Thank you for sharing!
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  15. This is epic! I new I could turn Pinterest into a blog/business account because they recently emailed me about it and I converted it, but to get this for Twitter too! I think my following is the largest out of all of my networks on there as well. Will definitely be looking into this Miss Nellie! Thanks so much for sharing about it! xo

  16. This.is.AWESOME. Yep. yes. Facebook is getting on my last nerve and everytime I try, they keep changing the rules! I am really going to focus on twitter,instagram and pinterest! Thanks for this!
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  17. I did not know this even existed!!! Will be checking it out, thanks!
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  18. I’ve been getting emails for Twitter for Business and just ignored them like someone above just said. But since you broke it down like this and knowing that the conversion is free I may look into this. Thank you so much for this information. I’m gonna look around on your site for a bit. Nice to meet you.
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  19. How did you grow your twitter following?

  20. You know me and twitter do not get along! I just can’t! If I ever do this will surely be helpful!

    So excited for A Healthy U! Yall are rockstars and I hope it is simply amazing!
    Joi recently posted…Go Where the Fire is, NOT Where You Wish it Would BeMy Profile

  21. Well you have provided me with the very useful information which I can use it in near future. My twitter account is not full with followers so I might need it later. Well as I am writing this, I am loving the font. Great work. Well some of you can follow me I guess. :)
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  22. I always wondered where the analytics were for Twitter. Now I know. Thanks for the info! BTW, I just HAVE to know. What font is that in blue! I love it!! (example the subtitles through out the article)
    Mary Y recently posted…Trying to get all my ducks in a rowMy Profile

  23. Hi, visiting you via The SITS Gils, thank you for the post, I found it very useful and informative!
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  24. This is so helpful, thank you!! Looking forward to spending this weekend in a mountain of data :)
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  25. great great information. Thanks for teaching me!
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  26. This is great information Nellie! I’m stopping in from Let’s Get Real today. I love my Twitter, but I feel like I mostly use it to be social. Imagine that…………social on social media. I do like stats though so you know you caught my attention with this one. I didn’t realize that business accounts existed for Twitter. Are you aware of any differences between the two tyes of accounts? How do you use the stats to your advantage? So many questions…………….You know it’s a good post when folks have questions.
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    • Thanks so much for stopping by! :) I haven’t noticed much of a difference with my tweeting, everything is the same except I now receive business emails. I check the stats to see what type of content my audience likes and don’t like–also I like to play around with the wording to see how many clicks I get.That kind of stuff :)

  27. I had no idea there was an option for twitter business account specifically. But now that I read this, it seems like a no-brainer! Should I convert mine? Does it make a difference besides being able to view your analytics?
    Jennifer Hall recently posted…Pissed Off at the Douchebags of the WorldMy Profile

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