Following Eric T. Peterson’s Engagement Metrics Process
Eric Peterson, of Visual Sciences, over at Web Analytics Demystified has been running a series of articles on Engagement Metrics, as a response to Robert Scoble’s calling for “engagement metrics.” Based on discussions he has had with customers on building engagement metrics, Eric has outlined a possible scenario of the process of identifying and measuring engagement metrics.
As with analytics in general, getting good data comes from a combination taking knowledge of technical data collection processes and limitations and building “business metrics” on top of that.
One question to ask while reading the process he goes through in creating the engagement metrics for his website is: is this something that can prepackaged or will it be under some form of “tabula rasa” analytics (see “The Future of Analytics and the Fate of Page Centricity“), where each website has to be specially configured?
First he outlines what engagement actual means for his website:
- Read my weblog
- Read about the Web Analytics Business Process
- Research web analytics jobs
- Add a link to my link database
- Read comments about my books
- Give me an email address
- Host a Web Analytics Wednesday
- Join the Web 2.0 Measurement Working Group
Next, Eric narrows it down to key business goals and creates a simple formula:
my engagement calculation is essentially this:
(Pct High-Value Content Consumption Sessions + Pct Moderate-Value Content Consumption Sessions + Blog Subscriber Reads per Session + Pct Recent Sessions + Pct “Long” Sessions + Pct Direct Sessions) / 6
This results is the dashboard like below:
Yes, what Eric is creating is pretty raw, but we cannot ask for too much precision in measuring something very fuzzy – what is engagement?. What we can ask is rough measurements than can be measured as part of a trend over time to gauge changes in visitor behavior and correlating that with campaigns and changes to the website.
Conclusion: Where do we go with this?
As PR and Marketing folks struggle with measuring the success of their Social Media Marketing campaigns, how will they work together with analytics company to solve the issue of enagement metrics?
Working with “buzz measurement” companies like BuzzMetrics is only half the battle, this needs to be combined with on-site analytics tools like WebTrends, WebSiteStory HBX/Visual Sciences and others.
Daniel Barbosa, and others at Factiva, have been openly engaging a few thought leaders on trying to resolve the Engagement Metric issue at a Social Media Roundtable in last December. I’ll talk more about Eric side of things and how it fits with Factiva’s Social Media Roundtable discussions in Part 2.
Part 2 Coming Next Soon…