May 252011
 

STATISTICS WITHIN What are the social media statistics of engaging on Facebook? Will you see an increase in: brand recall, engagement, time on your website, referrals, sales revenue, and so on if you add Facebook social plugins? This post is about social media statistics and Facebook.

One of the most common questions I am asked is about Return on Investment for time spent on social media sites. The answers can be sliced and diced many ways (I have to figure out that company representative’s priorities before I answer) but most organisations are at least looking for some hard statistics.
From a brilliant blog post By The Numbers: How Facebook Says Likes & Social Plugins Help Websites by Danny Sullivan of SearchEngineLand (based on statistics given to him by Facebook).

Media Stats

Here’s what Facebook says about media sites using Like buttons and other social plugins:

  • The average media site integrated with Facebook has seen a 300% increase in referral traffic.
  • People who sign in with Facebook at The Huffington Post view 22% more pages and spend 8 minutes longer than the average reader .
  • Users coming to the NHL.com from Facebook spend 85% more time, read 90% more articles and watch 85% more videos than a non-connected user.
  • ABCNews.com, Washington Post and The Huffington Post are said to have more than doubled their referral traffic from Facebook since adding social plugins.

Commerce Stats

About commerce sites and Facebook social plugins, the Facebook reports:

  • Levi’s saw a 40 times increase in referral traffic from Facebook after implementing the Like button in April 2010 and has maintained those levels since.
  • Outdoor sporting goods retailer Giantnerd.com saw a 100% increase revenue from Facebook within two weeks of adding the Like button.
  • American Eagle added the Like button next to every product on their site and found Facebook referred visitors spent an average of 57% more money than non-Facebook referred visitors
  • Children’s clothing retailer Tea Collection added the Like button to sale merchandise and saw daily revenues increase 10 times.
  • ShoeDazzle added the Like button to all of the products on its site and within the first month had thousands of likes for its top products.
  • ShoeDazzle also lets people login to its site using Facebook, and Facebook-connected users were 50% more likely to make repeat purchases every month than average shoppers.
  • When a Ticketmaster user posts a specific event they are attending, or may want to attend, to Facebook, it generates $5.30 of direct ticket sales
  • Eventbrite reports that a link shared on Facebook is worth $2.52 in ticket sales (see also here and here)

Making “Like” More Likeable

Facebook says Like buttons get 3 to 5 times more clicks if:

  • Versions that show thumbnails of friends are used.
  • They allow people to add comments.
  • If they appear at both the top and bottom of articles.
  • If they appear near visual content like videos or graphics.

Metacafe Puts Like Up Top

For example, Facebook says that video site Metacafe placed a Like button above its videos, in addition to being below, as the arrows point to in this screenshot:

After doing this, use of the Like button and traffic from Facebook increased. Facebook reports that:

  • The number of daily likes more than tripled, going from an average of 2,000 likes per day to over 7,000 likes.
  • Daily referral traffic from Facebook to Metacafe doubled, going from about 60,00 to 120,000.
  • Total Facebook actions (likes, shares, comments) rose to 20,000 per day.

More on SearchEngineLand

I’m teaching a small social media computer course on how to integrate “LIKE” into social media press releases and product shopping baskets online soon.

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