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I’ve been a little quiet this week, due to being very busy with monthly and quarterly reports… I data!

Even if you don’t do regular reporting (which I do recommend) the end of the first quarter of the calendar year is a great time to take stock of your digital and social media progress.

Look at:

Your website:

  • is traffic trending upwards from the dip that many business websites experience over the festive break?
  • are there any patterns in visitation? For example, does your website attract more traffic on the weekend or weekdays?
  • if there are traffic spikes, what was the cause? Was it a particular piece of content, email campaign etc, and can it be replicated this quarter?
  • where is most of your traffic coming from? Organic search, referral, social… And which group appears to be the most engaged? You may get a smaller amount of visitors from social, but if they’re the ones spending longer on site, enquiring, buying etc, then they are very valuable! It’s not all about quantity…
  • what pages are being viewed most? If particular blog posts are standing out, could further blog posts about the same topic be created and shared?
  • if you have Goal tracking set up, how’s it going? If not, what goals could you set up onsite? eg online enquiries, document downloads, subscriptions, purchases etc

Your social channels:

  • have likes/followers/subscribers grown over the quarter?
  • how many times have you posted updates to each channel? If it’s a bit erratic, set a plan to regularly publish updates this quarter (and beyond)
  • what types of updates are getting the best responses? And look at the non-visual metrics like link clicks as well. Many people read useful articles that businesses share on social without liking
  • or commenting. Plan to create/collate/share more of the types of content that are doing well with your communities, and keep in mind that they may differ on different channels.
  • and this is more housekeeping than metrics, but are all of your social profiles up to date? Now is a great time to review your bio/about info, and refresh your profile or header pic.

Finally, looking at the numbers is great, but not if you don’t DO anything with it! Try to select a couple of actions you can take based on the past quarter’s results.

And here’s to an awesome next quarter!

Erica Stacey

Erica is a Google Analytics and Google Ads certified professional, so you’re in qualified hands. Erica has had over a decade of experience – working for agencies and a wide range of clients – in digital and social media marketing strategy, website development, search engine optimisation (SEO) and marketing (SEM), content marketing, inbound marketing, online advertising and so much more. A professional in the field of design, branding and marketing, she is a trusted name in the South Australian and online community to help an array of businesses sort out and achieve their marketing objectives.

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