Twitter Releases Advanced Analytics for All

Last month, Twitter released analytics for all users. Previously, analytics were only available to advertisers. Have you taken advantage of the data in these reports?

To view these analytics, go to analytics.twitter.com and login with your Twitter credentials. Click on “Analytics,” and choose either “Timeline activity” or “Followers.”

Twitter Advanced Analytics

Timeline Activity

This area lets you see your Twitter engagement—mentions, follows, clicks, unfollows, favorites, retweets, and replies. You can view all your tweets, or your best performing ones.

Twitter Analytics Timeline Dashboard

What’s missing? I would like to see a “Reach” category that displays impressions, both mobile and desktop. I know they’re tracking reach because they show tweets with abnormally high reach. Maybe they’ll put it in the dashboard soon.

Twitter 3X Reach

You can download your timeline activity data, but there’s really not much data to be gleaned.

Twitter Download Timeline Activity

You can calculate your average favorites, retweets, and replies per tweet, but not much more.

Followers

The followers tab lets you see, as the name implies, information about your Twitter followers.

The first thing you’ll see when you get to this area, is a chart that looks pretty impressive…until you look into it. This chart shows lifetime follows—from 0 to present. If your chart has an upward trend (like ours below), that’s great, but nothing to brag about. If your chart has a downward trend, we need to talk.

Twitter Increase Followers

If the chart shows a big spike, you can look back and work to understand why followers increased and how you can replicate it.

This tab also shows Interests, Location, Gender and profiles your followers also follow.

Twitter Analytics Interests, Location, and Gender

From this, we can learn that the Far Reach followers are mostly from Iowa (45%), mostly male (80%) and interested in a variety of topics.

Will these advanced analytics eliminate the need for third-party apps like Hootsuite, Sprout Social, and SocialBro? My guess is no, unless Twitter steps up the amount and detail of the data and integrates it into Tweetdeck. Until then, keep using those third-party analytics platforms.

About Megan Horn

Megan is the social one, both online and off. She develops and implements digital and traditional marketing for Far Reach and our clients. She was schooled in traditional marketing at the University of Northern Iowa, and learned digital marketing first-hand by developing campaigns when digital media was still the new kid on the block. Megan puts a focus on marketing strategy, developing campaigns that reach the right audience at the right time with the right message.
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