If you have a current Union Metrics account, you’ve probably seen a few of our new features – upgraded dashboards, project functionality, and our brand new insight stream. These new features become incredibly powerful when used together, so read on to learn more about how you can make the most of them in your account.
First, let’s start out with a little background on the new Union Metrics features. If you know this already, skip down to the example section to see it in action.
A project can be a campaign, a client, a project – any kind of logical grouping that makes sense to you. The idea behind a project is to group multiple related Trackers together to make it easier to view your results and share access with select others. Use projects to:
- Track competitors and measure share of voice
- Group a client’s Trackers together
- Organize an internal program
- Manage user access permissions across your account
There’s more here about how to manage projects in your Union Metrics account.
Another great feature of projects is that you can invite other users into them. You can also manage their access levels, so if you’d like to invite in a client or coworker to view your Trackers, but not edit them, you can do that. It’s a great way of sharing guest access to certain Trackers without worrying about someone editing your tracked terms or seeing data they shouldn’t.
Dashboard and insights
The dashboard is the top-level view of your account. It shows you how a set of Trackers compare at a glance, and highlights the important trends in your data. It’s meant to provide a quick view into what’s going on in your account, what’s working well, and what you can do next. The dashboard helps you understand:
- Important changes in key metrics like follower growth, engagement and potential impressions
- What posts and hashtags are popular
- How one account’s performance compares to others
- Who’s active or influential in a particular community
- Exactly what to do next to improve engagement
The best part of the new dashboard is the insight stream. It pulls out actionable, data-based insights selected to help you identify important changes in key metrics and figure out what steps to take next to improve your performance. The insight stream includes information like spikes in impressions or engagement, above-average follower growth, hashtags that perform better than normal, and the best time for you to post.
You’ll have a dashboard-level view for your full account (that’ll be one dashboard for Twitter, one for Instagram, one for Tumblr, depending on what channels you can access in your Union Metrics account). But even better, once you’ve created a project and either moved existing or set up new Trackers in it, you can view a dashboard specifically for that project. That means all the insights and overview graphs will reflect only the data in Trackers in that project. It’s perfect to quickly identify trends and key information for a particular topic.
Now, an example
So, let’s take a look at how you can make the most out of projects, dashboards and insights in your Union Metrics account. Here’s an demo account, where we’ve set up a bunch of different projects. You can see them in the following screenshot, and yours are accessible through the the projects menu in the top right corner of your account. To view the dashboard and drill into any project, just click on its name there in the drop-down menu.
Then you’ll be taken to that project’s dashboard. You can think of it like a home page for that project – it’s an overview of everything going on in this project, an at-a-glance view of trends and key insights. In this example, we’ve selected the TV project and are viewing all the Instagram Trackers we have in the TV project. That’s four television-related Instagram accounts, which you can see in this screenshot.
There’s a ton of information about our TV project here. First, a quick comparison of the four Instagram accounts we’re monitoring in this project. That’s shown on the left side, with a set of graphs comparing metrics for the four accounts, plus a numerical table of that data. You can see that the @anthonybourdain Instagram account gets the most engagement of the four accounts we’re analyzing, but isn’t doesn’t post as often as the other accounts do. @comedycentral and @teamcoco post a lot more often, but to fewer followers. You can also see several big spikes in engagement in the graphs; you can hover over those spikes to get more information, as shown above.
Next, on the right side of this dashboard, you can see the insight stream, which highlights some key moments in these Trackers, followed by the what’s hot section, which shows the most popular post, publisher, hashtag and participant in this Tracker. In the insight stream, there’s a spike in followers for the @comedycentral account, as well as a few hashtags that are performing well in other Trackers. Insights are updated regularly, so anytime anything interesting happens, we’ll capture it here in the insight stream. If you scroll through the existing insights, you’ll see these two:
These are time of day insights that show when engagement with an Instagram account happens at a different time than that account posts. Here, you can see one time of day insight for @brooklyn99fox and another for @comedycentral. It looks like both accounts get engagement later in the day, and may want to consider posting content at those times to reach their audiences when they are most active. You can click on any insight to be taken to the Tracker report that corresponds to this data, so you could drill into either of these to see a full heatmap illustrating when engagement with a particular account happens.
Finally, you can customize your dashboard by changing the Trackers selected and displayed, as well as reordering the Tracker listing table. For example, here we wanted to remove the @anthonybourdain account from our results, since it’s not a comedy-related Instagram account. Now we’re left with three Trackers, as seen here:
Now you can see more clearly how these comedy accounts compare to each other. @comedycentral, shown in orange, has the most followers, posts most frequently, and also gets the most engagement. But the @teamcoco account has several spikes in engagement that are higher than @comedycentral’s, which are definitely worth investigating. Any time you want to see more detail, you can view the data in a particular Tracker by clicking on its name there in the table.
Want to see more?
If you’re a current Union Metrics customer and you’d like to learn more about how you can use projects in your account, our customer success team would be happy to walk you through it! Just send us a note and we’ll set up a time to go over it
And there’s more on the way to make this analysis even richer, so stay tuned. We’ll have all kind of interesting updates over the next few months, particularly for our suite subscribers. (If you’re not using our full social suite yet, why not? We should talk.)