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Tool of the Week: Facebook Insights

If you’ve got a Facebook Page for your business (which is different from your personal profile), you’ll want to know how it’s performing, to make sure you’re getting the most out of it.

That’s where Facebook Insights comes in handy. It gives you some basic analytics to see how your page is doing in terms of visits and interactions. According to the Mashable.com’s Beginners Guide to Facebook Insights, there are two basic insights you want to look at:

  • User Insights: Total page Likes, or a number of fans, daily active users, new Likes/Unlikes, Like sources, demographics, page views and unique page views, tab views, external referrers, media consumption.
  • Interactions Insights: Daily story feedback (post Likes, post comments, per post impressions), daily page activity (mentions, discussions, reviews, wall posts, video posts).

    This tells you how your page is doing, whether people are visiting, which pieces of content they like the most, which ones they don’t like, and even what they share and tell other people about. And with things like external referrers and media consumption insights, you get to see what brought people to your page — was it a Google search or tweet? — as well as what they looked at, read, watched, or listened to.

    Keep in mind that these insights are all anonymous. You can’t see who came to your page, but you can see how many did. By seeing this kind of data, you can get a good idea of which parts of your content and conversation are doing well, and which parts aren’t. That lets you choose what to focus on and what to drop.


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