Twitter: Measuring clickthrus Social Media Metrics

How do you know who has clicked through on a link, how many times and the sum of click thrus on retweets? Let Auntie SilkCharm explain.

In dot points:

  • Sign up to Tweetburner
  • Add Twurl button to your toolbar
  • Monitor pages twurled on yr archive page e.g. http://tweetburner.com/users/SilkCharm/archiveOpens in a new tab.
  • Click the barchart graphic for more information – retweets for example, Twitter apps used, time of clickthroughs.

In pictures.


Go to Tweetburner, sign up, you’ll end up with a URL like http://tweetburner.com/users/SilkCharm/archive

tweetburner-orangeDrag the Orange thingie to your toolbar. This means that whenever you are on a page you want to Tweet and monitor, you click the toolbar button and up springs a popup window.

twurlthisSee? There’s the toolbar.

The pop window looks like this


You can see the URL that is being twurled, add @names and your 140 chars.

Now monitor your archive page that has a URL like http://tweetburner.com/users/SilkCharm/archive


The bar chart takes you to the URL for more information on that Twurl/Tweet and has the format http://tweetburner.com/links/3zj6hw


Dunno why it only shows a few reTweeters – I had at least 80 on this one. But you can check retweeters usually on http://search.twitter.comOpens in a new tab. – hope this helped. For Mike Seyfang @FangOpens in a new tab., who asked nicelyOpens in a new tab..

Metrics and measurement in the social network space rock. I don’t understand why people say you can’t measure a social media campaign – I’d be lost measuring a traditional media campaign. I teach Social Media Measuring one day workshops through AFTRS and in Singapore. Not really plugging – just making sure that no-one says stuff can’t be measured without knowing I’m gonna slap ’em – just gently. 😛

By the way, if you are tweeting your own blog posts – spamming ’em – WordPress has Tweetback plugins. FTW!

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

19 thoughts on “Twitter: Measuring clickthrus Social Media Metrics

  1. RT @SilkCharm: How to measure the # of people clicking through a link on Twitter. even measure retweet clicks http://twurl.nl/wghrxe …

  2. Twitter: Measuring clickthrus Social Media Metrics
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  3. Tweetburner test. Help a dude out 🙂 @silkcharm ‘s Twitter: Measuring clickthrus Social Media Metrics article http://twurl.nl/d7pk4b

  4. I needed this info two weeks ago! Oh, well. I have it now. I looked for “tweetback plugins” but didn’t know exactly what I was looking for. Now I have an official name I’ll try again.

    By the way, your class last Friday was excellent. I want to sign up for more.

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  5. Tracking clicks via link shortening services is quick and simple but very 1 dimensional and can give misleading assumptions about the over all effectiveness of your online social media marketing campaigns.

    If you are marketing your business website through online social media you need to be using Google Analytics to track the type of visitor entering your site from which social media source and their intention.

    Using this type of strategy can allow you to measure the direct monetary value of your online social media strategies.

    1. I wasn’t aware that Google Analytics gives you the name, and bio, of the people clicking on your tweeted link. Good to know. I must have another look at GA.

      Must say, the more sophisticated social media dashboards – like the ones with sentiment analysis are great. Does GA do that?

  6. Apologies, GA doesnt provide you with the Twitter bio and name of the user who clicked the link. GA can be used very effectively on the “macro level” for tracking direct commercial value of visitors from your social media sources.

    If your website was an ecommerce website you can set up a “goal” that is achieved when someone finalises a transaction, GA will aggregatively track and produce a range of very useful data on this ‘type of visitor’. You can then set up advanced segmented tracking traffic sources (facebook, twitter etc) and over time gauge the commercial value of traffic from different sources. Ie, visitor from FB is worth $1, visitor from Twitter is 50 cents etc.

    This method will allow a business to put a direct value on your social media strategies.
    E-consultancy discuss the segmentation tracking here -> http://bit.ly/4dDywk

    I am thinking about creating some kind of information product on how to use GA to measure the value of social media marketing. Do you think there’d be a market for this information?

    I dont know a lot about sentiment tracking but I have been looking at this http://www.clicktale.com/ analytics software that tracks cursor movements. It’s really only justified for large traffic ecommerce sites though.

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