Google Analytics Is Underreporting Results from Twitter

Question MarkB2B marketers are undervaluing Twitter’s contribution to their business.

That’s hard to believe at a time when many B2B marketers are glomming on to Twitter like it’s the last shiny object opportunity they will ever have (even turning to spamming), but it’s true. It is happening because web analytics packages are dramatically underreporting traffic from Twitter.

How many leads came from Twitter? How many website visits? How many purchases? When your web analytics package doesn’t recognize that traffic is coming from Twitter, Twitter doesn’t get the credit it deserves. [Read more...]

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12 Surprising B2B Marketing Spammers on Twitter

Twitter Favorite SpamCollecting followers is so last decade. It is easy to make arguments against simply trying to build up your following count and the tactics that are often used:

  • Purchased followers aren’t real. Fake follower sites can reportedly tell if you followers are real or fakes and fakes are a sign that you have been buying followers.
  • Mass following is frowned on by Twitter and if carefully managed, your follower ratio eventually makes you look like a spammer.
  • A smaller group of followers genuinely interested in you and paying attention to what you share is far powerful.

But what if there was a way to get more followers without paying to promote your account through Twitter, hurting your follower ratio or filling your stream with an excessive number of tweets?

Apparently, then its different. [Read more...]

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How To View Any Profile On LinkedIn

LinkedIn_LogoI’m sure it has happened to you too. You look someone up on LinkedIn only to find they are a third degree connection (or not even!) and you get a profile page with basically no information.

LinkedIn profile access is even more restricted, today you now need a premium account to view third degree connections.

Of course, you can solve this with a premium membership, but here is how to view the full public profile without a premium account.

Here is an example using Eric Cantor, a Congressman from Virginia that I don’t share any groups with and isn’t a connection. Searching in LinkedIn, this is all I was able to see of his profile: [Read more...]

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Pinterest: How To See Who Pins Your Content & How Much Traffic They Drive

Reese's Cups in Magnifying GlassThe latest report shows Pinterest now drives more traffic than Twitter. You may want to know not just how much traffic Pinterest is driving but also what users are pinning your content and driving the most traffic.

Fortunately for marketers, Pinterest is one of the easiest platforms to track.

Recently I published tricks I have learned to discover who is sharing your content on Twitter and LinkedIn and how much traffic each is driving. Here is how to get the same information about Pinterest, even if you aren’t using Pinterest. [Read more...]

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Social Sleuthing: Who is Sharing Your Content: Twitter & LinkedIn Edition

shadow detective servicesHave you ever wondered who is sharing your blog posts or other content on social media sites but don’t have access to expensive social media monitoring applications that can tell you? Here are ways you can find out who is sharing your content, and in some cases how much traffic each share is driving, on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Some of the approaches here use Google Analytics or WordPress statistics, the measurement solutions I use here on B2B Digital Marketing. [Read more...]

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Social Media Sleuthing: A-List Traffic and bit.ly Tricks

Ever wonder how much traffic social media A-listers and publishers drive with their own Twitter stream? Using bit.ly, you can often see this as well as a wealth of other information, such as what content someone shares and even what accounts they manage.

If you know me, you probably know that I am part analyst, part geek, and looking to peel back one more layer of the onion whenever I have time. In this occasional series, I will be sharing some of the ways I have learned to use social media and marketing tools to peel back one more layer.

Here is some of the information you can discover with a few minutes on Twitter and bitly. [Read more...]

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