How to Measure (ROI) Social Media Campaigns in 2021

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Before starting any Social Media effort you must DEFINE your goals and targets (KPIs). A lot of these KPIs you can track from a CRM like HootSuite, HubSpot, Salesforce, or Sprout Social.

Basic Social Media Campaign KPI’s (Tangible) measurements:

  1. Product sales or qualified leads. New customers acquired. Not included: “converted leads” which are the responsibility of the sales organization or account manager.
  2. Increased revenue, and/or market share.
  3. Content Post CTR (Click-through rate) through Social Media platform.
  4. Site traffic (clicks back to website from a Social platform) or “sessions” by Social Media source

These are just a few basic metrics that you can use to measure your Social Media campaigns. So how do you measure the ever important “non-tangible” Social Media ROI?

  1. The quality of “buzz” or change in sentiment. Think Twitter buzz or the quality/quantity of blog feedback/comments. Develop an in-house engagement metric.
  2. Amount of relevant people handling digital content.
  3. Amount of “followers” or new members after a social media campaign. Not everyone’s social media goals is to sell product. Could be a branding goal or a service type goal.
  4. ReTweets
  5. Impressions
  6. Likes
  7. Connections

In the end, Social Media campaign goals must lead to increased revenue, SEO rankings (Google, and Bing are using “social signals” to help them rank), leads, branding/loyalty, or better service. It’s easy to present the tangible information to your boss or client. Make sure the non-tangible information is measured as well.

Instagram as a Key Marketing Engagement Tool

Instagram can help brands (and small business) reach audiences through captivating imagery and video. There are over 150 million active users with a typical user between 18-32, with household income north of $75,000. 90% of Instagram users are under the age of 35. For many small businesses, Instagram can also drive sales. A basic list of “must haves” follow:

  • High Quality pictures. Use your smartphone or a good DSLR camera.
  • Consistency in Posts & Content (this also holds true on all digital and social platforms). It also helps with SEO (search engines) and your overall content marketing strategy.
  • Hashtags. To further promote and extend the reach of your posts, add Hashtags (helps people searching for those terms in the search box so they can find you).


As far as Instagram metrics. The number of followers doesn’t truly reflect the real engagement with posted pics. The number of likes and comments on pictures is a way more meaningful measure of engagement. Focus on what your community wants. Go with the flow. Instagram is a natural, impromptu medium when compared to a typical marketing campaign tool. Above all, make it work with the mobile nature of the platform. 

How to Measure (ROI) Non-Tangible Social Media Campaigns

Before starting any Social Media effort you must DEFINE your goals and targets.

Basic Social Media Campaign KPI’s (Tangible) measurements:

1. Product sales or qualified leads. New customers acquired. Not included: “converted leads” which are the responsibility of the sales organization or account manager.
2. Increased SERP ranking.
3. Increased revenue, and/or market share.
4. CTR (Click-through rate), etc.

These are just a few basic metrics that you can use to measure your Social Media campaigns. So how do you measure the ever important “non-tangible” Social Media ROI?

1. The quality of “buzz” or change in sentiment. Think Twitter buzz or the quality/quantity of blog feedback/comments. Develop an in-house engagement metric.
2. Amount of relevant people handling digital content.
3. Amount of “followers” or new members after a social media campaign. Not everyone’s social media goals is to sell product. Could be a branding goal or a service type goal.

In the end, Social Media campaign goals must lead to increased revenue, SERP rankings, leads, branding/loyalty, or better service. It’s easy to present the tangible information to your boss or client. Make sure the non-tangible information is measured as well.