Learning how to read Facebook Insights will help build campaigns that generate qualified leads and create repeat customers.
You can see that Facebook users are interacting with your content by looking at the number of likes, comments and shares on each post. The question is, how do you dig a bit deeper so that you can out these metrics to good use?
Accessing and Navigating
Access Facebook Insights by going to your Facebook page and clicking on the Insights tab at the top of the page. Once you’re in the Insights tab, navigate the tool by using the links on the left side of the panel.
The likes tab gives you information about the number of fans your Facebook page has. By choosing a custom date range in the top of the panel, you can use the graphs to determine how many new fans you gained in the given time period, how many likes you lost and where the likes originated.
While you want to see the number of likes continuously increase, it is not the most important metric to track. Having 100 engaged, active fans is far more valuable than having 1,000 fans outside of your target area who never engage with a single post.
The first graph compares paid reach to organic reach on each post. By examining the highpoints on this graph, you can draw conclusions about the types of posts that do well and what types of posts fall flat.
Use the hide, report as spam, and unlikes graph to compare these negative actions to the types of content run on those days. If you notice that fans unlike your page when you post about a specific topic, you may want to consider staying away from that topic. Keep track of the posts that don’t sit well with your audience so that you can avoid using them in paid advertising campaigns.
The posts tab allows you to measure the success of each individual post. Facebook provides a table with every published post along with reach, click and engagement information.
This table gives you the ability to learn the following information:
- Reach tells you the unique number of people each post was served to. It shows both organic and paid reach.
- Engagement rate per post can be viewed by accessing the dropdown menu next to reactions, comments and shares. Looking at the engagement rate quickly tells you which posts spurred the most action.
- Reactions, comments and shares can be broken into individual graphs by again clicking on the dropdown menu to the far right. This breakdown is important because posts with multiple shares are more likely to go viral than posts with just likes or reactions.
- Negative feedback can be viewed by using the same dropdown menu and choosing reports of spam, unlikes and hides. Most posts will have very few negative actions against them. The ones with several should serve as red flags letting you know that type of content is not right for your page.
The People tab gets down to the business of telling you who your fans are These metrics will tell you if you are targeting the right people with paid ads and content voice or if you need to adjust your strategy. Each one of the following demographics can be found in the people tab:
- Age range
- People engaged
With this information, you can begin to build a “core audience” for your paid advertising in Facebook. In addition to gender, age and location, Facebook Advertising lets you target ads by interests, education, financial behavior and even marital status. Targeting by these additional characteristics and reviewing your advertising results helps you create your ‘ideal” audience.
If you find yourself frustrated by the wealth of information in Facebook Insights, Dream Local’s team of Honeybadgers is ready to jump in and help you target your Facebook advertising and create content that speaks to the actual audience. Contact us to receive a complimentary marketing consultation.