Twitter Adds New Data Dashboard and Tweet Image Presentation Option

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Twitter continues to add new features and functions at a rapid pace – and while most of their recent additions are only small tweaks or updates, their cumulative impact is growing, advancing the Twitter eco-system towards the next phase of the network’s progression.

New Data Dashboard

Via the official Twitter blog, the social network has announced that a new data dashboard will be rolled out to all users effective immediately. The new dashboard includes a range of new information to help users manage the privacy and security of their accounts, including your details and device history:

Twitter Adds New Data Dashboard and Tweet Image Presentation Option | Social Media TodayAs well as a login history of all the apps which you’ve logged into using your Twitter account:

Twitter Adds New Data Dashboard and Tweet Image Presentation Option | Social Media TodayFrom the announcement:

“Your Twitter data dashboard — which you can access from the settings menu on twitter.com — shows your account activation details, the devices that have accessed your account and your recent login history. With this information, you can quickly review your account activity and verify that everything looks the way it should.”

Twitter recommends using this data to ensure your page is not being accessed by systems you don’t recognize – and if it is, to revoke access from any suspicious apps in the apps tab, or change your password to ensure your account isn’t hacked.

Additionally, via the new dashboard, you can also view and download all accessible data associated with your account, including your entire tweet history and a listing of accounts you’ve muted or blocked.

Twitter Adds New Data Dashboard and Tweet Image Presentation Option | Social Media TodayThis is great oversight to have, and while most of this functionality was available previously, the new format makes it easier to access and more user-friendly, in terms of navigation. It really is worth all users checking out these listings to ensure their accounts are secure and that the apps accessing their data are apps they’ve approved to do so. This is particularly pertinent for brand accounts, where the wrong person getting control of your tweets could have major implications. Seriously, go check it out, today. If nothing else, you’ll be able to assure yourself that everything’s all good – and you’ll familiarize yourself with the new functionality for future reference.

Expanded Article Previews

Twitter has also started displaying a new form of card tweet in timelines which look more like Facebook-style auto-preview posts:

Twitter Adds New Data Dashboard and Tweet Image Presentation Option | Social Media TodayIn effect, this new addition will reduce the need for brands to attach an image to their every tweet in order to boost engagement – now, any websites with “large image” cards enabled will have a picture auto-generated for them, along with the first few words of the article or meta-description. While the presentation’s a bit different, the only change, in a posting sense, is that it will streamlines the tweet creation process (while increasing the amount of characters you can use in each tweet). You can expect to see more of these appearing as brands cotton on to the fact that they can reduce their posting time (if only slightly) by no longer having to manually attach pictures.

While this is a relatively small addition, it underlines, again, that Twitter is pushing ahead with new products and additions, which seems to have been ramped up since the announcement of the CEO Dick Costolo’s departure. There’s no doubt that Twitter has been under pressure of late, with user growth stalling and revenue numbers coming in below market expectations. To counter this, the micro-blogging giant needs to show that it’s taking action, and updates like this all align with that greater momentum and push towards the evolution of the platform.  

What Twitter has done well, now and always, is it’s managed to make advances without causing major ructions amongst it’s user-base. Every addition, every upgrade has been carefully placed and rolled out with care, altering the user-experience only slightly, whilst also giving them new options. Unfortunately, it does seem that that approach may need to be shaken up for the sake of progress at some stage, but thus far Twitter has excelled at working with their communities, rather than making drastic changes.

As an avid user, I’m hoping that’s how it remains, and that we keep getting helpful upgrades like these rolling through and added to the wider Twitter mix.

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How to Discover Analytics With the Google+ Dashboard

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social media how toDo you know how your Google+ business page is performing?

Are you using Google+ My Business analytics?

The Google+ Dashboard has greatly improved the analytics it offers for its platform.

In this article you’ll discover the Google+ Dashboard and the analytics included in each option.

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Discover how to find analytics with the Google+ Dashboard.

Google+ My Business Dashboard

In the early days of Google+, analytics were limited to viewing the Ripples on an individual post. Thankfully, over time, Google+ has improved its analytics for business pages.

ripples

Ripples show you how many times your post has been shared, and who shared it.

Now you can see analytics related to the past 30 days of activity for your Google+ business page, Google Analytics (if you’ve set it up for your website) and YouTube channel activity (if you have one connected to your business page). If your Google+ business page includes a physical address and map location, you’ll have an additional section with data for Google business reviews.

To access your Google+ Dashboard, go to your Google+ business page and select My Business from the left navigation menu.

dashboard left menu

Upon hover, the left menu will appear.

You’ll end up on your Google+ Dashboard. Scroll down and you’ll see each option—Insights, Google Analytics, Reviews (if applicable) and YouTube channel. Click on each to view detailed data.

You’ll quickly see that your Google+ Dashboard is an excellent hub for viewing the analytics of all of your connected Google products.

#1: Insights

The Insights section gives you an overview of your Google+ page Insights for the last 30 days. Your Insights show numbers for Google+ post views, post actions and new followers. You can also see how each of those numbers has changed in the past 30 days.

upward trends

Upward trends are shown in green; downward trends are shown in red.

You have three types of analytics within your Insights: Visibility, Engagement and Audience. Click on the View Insights button to see them and get a more detailed view of your Google+ business page activity.

Visibility

The Visibility tab offers historical page view activity. You can choose the date range you prefer to analyze—the default view is the last 30 days, but you have the option to look at your data by the last 7 days, 90 days or all-time.

views insights

Hovering over any point on the graph shows the date and total views for that day.

Click on the down arrow to the right of the total views count to reveal the data breakdown of your post views, profile views and photo views.

photo views insights

This detailed view shows that photo views slightly edged out post views.

If you have your physical address included on your Google+ business page, you’ll have a few additional reports under the Visibility tab.

The Clicks report displays the number of people who visited your website from local search results, as well as the number of people who requested driving directions.

contact insights

It’s helpful to see what contact information your customers are searching for most.

If you don’t have enough data for any one of these reports, you’ll still see that analytics section in this area, but with the message ”Not enough data.”

You can also see the number of phone calls and sort that data by day of week or time of day. Identifying phone call trends may also help you identify foot traffic trends in your store.

Engagement

The Engagement tab shows +1, comment and share activity on your posts. Click on the arrow next to the total actions count to see the specific activity breakdown.

+1 insights

It’s not surprising that +1s have the highest tally.

Scroll down a little further to see your Recent Posts analytics, as well as data for average activity by post type. Your Recent Posts section displays post titles and dates, along with a count of actions taken and the number of views of each post.

recent posts

You can click on any of the posts to see the original post plus the corresponding post analytics.

The Average Activity by Post Type graph gives you a snapshot of which post type resonates the most with your audience. Click on one of the graph bars to see the activity breakdown of +1s, comments and shares for a post.

actions by post type

Photo posts are receiving more total actions, but videos receive the most comments.

Knowing the specific actions taken on each post type can help with your social media content planning.

Audience

The top section of your Audience tab lets you see the recent follower growth pattern of your Google+ page.

audience insights

Check to see how your growth compares to your goals.

Below that is a chart showing all followers broken out by country. Google+ only shows the significant values, so if your total number is too low, you may not be shown the male/female breakdown by country.

audience by country insights

Find out where your audience comes from.

Scroll down a bit more and you’ll see the gender and age graph. Hovering over any section of the graph shows you what percentage of each gender falls into that age category.

#2: Google Analytics

Just below the Insights section on your Google+ Dashboard, you’ll find Google Analytics. If you have a Google Analytics account set up for your website, this overview section will show the number of new website visits, unique visitors and the total number of website page views you’ve received in the past 30 days.

google analytics insights

This is helpful for a quick glimpse of your website activity.

To directly access your Google Analytics account for a more in-depth look at your website analytics, simply click on the View Analytics button.

#3: Reviews

If you have a physical address associated with your Google+ business page, you’ll find Reviews just under the Google Analytics section.

star review ratings

Your average star rating is for your Google ratings only.

The Reviews overview will give you your average star rating, as well as the total number of business reviews, Google reviews and reviews on other sites around the web.

Click on Manage Reviews to access your Inbox and Analytics.

Inbox

Your Inbox provides a convenient interface to monitor and follow up on any reviews needing your attention. Google reviews are shown at the top of the screen, with additional reviews underneath (like those from other sites such as SuperPages.com, MerchantCircle.com and Yahoo).

Google Reviews show the Google user’s name, the star rating he or she gave you, the date of the review and the full text of the review. As the business owner, you have the option to directly reply to the Google review.

star review ratings

Reviews are listed in reverse chronological order.

Reviews aggregated from other sources (including websites) show the star rating, source and date of each review along with the review itself.

Analytics

Next to your Inbox tab is your Analytics tab. The Analytics tab provides a breakdown of where your reviews came from and the star ratings from each platform.

number of reviews

Google reviews are the prominent review type for this company.


If you discover that you have a lot of review activity on a specific website directory, it may be worth exploring how to claim and list your business on that site.

#4: YouTube Channel

The last element of your Google+ Dashboard is your YouTube channel.

youtube insights

Get an idea of how your YouTube channel is performing.

If you have a YouTube channel connected to your Google+ page, you’ll see the number of new channel subscribers, views received and minutes watched in the past 30 days. The Go To Channel button takes you to your YouTube channel home page.

Final Thoughts

Your Google+ My Business Dashboard serves as a hub for your other integrated Google products like Google Analytics, online business reviews and YouTube channel activity.

Having information about how effective—or ineffective—you are at reaching and engaging with your customers can help guide your future Google+ tactics and content.

What do you think? Have you explored your Google+ Dashboard? What kinds of posts receive the most actions for you? In the comments below, share which section of the Google+ Page Dashboard is the most useful to you.

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