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by Jay Reeves |

Analyzing Facebook Metrics 101

There are reasons pro and con for using Facebook to market your law practice.

But if you choose to do it, and especially if you purchase Facebook ads, you need to know the basics of Facebook analytics. Otherwise, you’ll have no way of gauging the success of your efforts.

“You have a Facebook page for your business, but how do you know if it’s helping your bottom line?” ask business writers Jamie Johnson & Miranda Fraraccio in this article for the online newsletter CO. “Understanding your Facebook analytics is crucial to growing your page, understanding your audience, and determining the success of your content strategy. To track all of your analytics, you’ll go to your Facebook business page and click on the Insights tab on the left. You’ll see an overview of your stats as well as a breakdown of your reach, page views, and more.”

Read “Understanding Facebook Stats and How to Measure Success” by Johnson and Fraraccio in the US Chamber of Commerce newsletter CO here.

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Key Facebook Analytics

Hat tip to CO and “Understanding Facebook Stats and How to Measure Success” for the following. Read the full article here.

  • Impressions. The total number of times people saw your Facebook post. A new impression will be counted even if your post was seen multiple times by the same user. Impressions help gauge how viral your content is.
  • Reach. The number of times a new user sees your content, whether organic or through paid advertising. As your reach increases, Facebook will push your content out to more people. Find this information by clicking “Reach” in the Insights tab.
  • Engagement. “When someone engages with your post, it means they saw it and then took action. This could be liking it, leaving a comment, clicking on a link, or sharing the post. You can also monitor negative engagement on your page. This is when someone hides your post, unlikes your page, or reports a post as spam. Negative engagement is important to track because it can decrease the number of people you reach.”
  • Page followers. “These are your business’s biggest fans and the ones who engage with your content the most. When someone follows your page, they agree to have your posts show up in their news feed. Track how your number of page followers is changing over time.”
  • Video performance. Click on the Videos tab to monitor how your videos perform with your audience.
  • Pages to watch. “If you scroll to the bottom of your analytics overview, you’ll see a section called pages to watch. This section will compare your page to your five biggest competitors and see how your page matches up. You’ll see a quick comparison based on total page likes, new posts, and overall engagement.”
  • Local. “Take advantage of the Local tab in your analytics. This tab gives you information about customers in your area and demographics of your customers. If you run Facebook ads, you can see the percentage of local customers who viewed your ads. All of this information can help you increase your business’s presence in your community.”

Source: Facebook Stats: How to Measure Success With Metrics (


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About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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