Know Your Social Media Stats

How have my followers grown this month?

Which posts seem to perform best?

Which times make the most sense to post?

The answers are out there, and there are tools to help you find them. I’ve collected a bunch of my favorites here in this post. Feel free to give them a try; see what insights you can find!

You can also use them to fill in the blanks for your Social Media Planner sheets in the Find Your Focus Planner.

10 Free Social Media Measurement Tools

1. Buffer

You may have noticed I use Buffer to post up my regular content and to keep the house in order when I’m spending time with my family.

With Buffer’s free plan, you get all the major engagement stats for every update you post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. My favorite feature—and one I’m always stoked to see!—is the Top Tweet/Top Post badge that pops up when an update goes above and beyond the average performance.

2. Followerwonk

I love the name alone, but not only does this tool have a funky name, Followerwonk shows you detailed breakdowns of your followers and activity. Click on the Analytics tab, enter a Twitter username (either yours or someone else’s), and view information on followers and following. See stats like when your followers are online, when you typically post, and how your followers fall into categories like social authority, activity, total tweets, and follower count.

3. ViralWoot

For thos starting out with Pinterest (myself included) this Pinterest tool helps with much beyond analytics. You can schedule pins, promote pins, and gain new followers all through Viralwoot. The analytics on the free plan shows you basic account metrics (boards, pins, followers, etc.), Pinterest stats (Pinfluence, reach, activity, and engagement scores), and how to increase those stats. Paid users have more comprehensive analytics, including data on best day and time to post and best-performing colors.

4. Google Analytics

I struggle to get this installed correctly however if you can manage to wrangle the code into your site the level of detail available is amazing.

The No. 1 use for Google Analytics is for analyzing website traffic. And as part of the analysis, you can dig into the referral stats on your social media marketing as well. Click through to Acquisition > Social > Overview, and you can check out how many visits your site receives from each of the major social networks. If you choose to add goals to your GA tracking, you can see the direct impact of social on the goals and paths as well.

5. Quintly

The free plan on Quintly lets you access analytics for up to three Facebook Pages, offering stats on the main engagement metrics (likes, comments, shares) plus stats on follower growth. When you add multiple pages, you can quickly see at-a-glance how the pages compare on the graphs.

6. Cyfe

The strong features at Cyfe let you create a custom dashboard filled with stats from dozens of marketing tools. Its social media section lets you sync up all the major networks and pull overview reports or individual reports for the accounts you manage and the accounts you want to follow.

7. Tailwind

This is a site I will be investigating in much greater detail this year.

Tailwind is a Pinterest and Instagram marketing solution that helps you schedule content, monitor conversations, and analyze performance. For Pinterest, its analytics tells you insights such as the number of pins with your domain, the potential impressions, and the number of followers for your boards. For Instagram, it tells you basic metrics such as followers, posts, comments, and likes.

8. Keyhole

A wonderful tool to help you understand industry relevant hashtags.  If you are new to pinterest or instagram then this s something to investigate…

Keyhole offers a free yet powerful preview of its hashtag, keyword, and account tracking service. For hashtag and keyword tracking, it provides a wealth of information such as reach, top posts, share of posts, and more. For account tracking, you can monitor your brand’s or competitor’s engagement on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

9. Klout

Klout is all about a personal level of influence through social media exposure and interactions.

Working with your profiles and pages across the major social channels, Klout puts together a score from 0 to 100 on your influence on social media. Klout also suggests content, which you can schedule and share through its app to improve your Klout score.

10. Klear

Similar to Klout as it again easures your personal influence. Once you connect your Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook Page, Klear will analyze your profile and your followers. Two of my favorite information are my profile insights (whether I’m active and approachable) and my followers’ interests.


Have fun playing and let me know if any other tools may be of use, as Social Media is constantly growing and expanding there will be new innovations along to match.

About the Author

The Founder of Yarn Academy Babs is all about inspiring others to find their creative juices. Babs finds it exhilarating to learn as many new techniques and skills as humanly possible and explore the entire world of yarn. Babs is always looking for the win win solution to any situation so we can all grow together in the wonderful world of fibre and colour.

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