Web Analytics 2.0 Book: In Stores Now!!

webanalytics2 1 I am absolutely thrilled that my book Web Analytics 2.0 has been released and is in retail stores now, online and offline! Hurray!!

Even with a broken right hand I can't help but write this post!

The waterfall of positive feeling stems from the fact that this book was very hard to write.

I only had one job, at Intuit, when I wrote my first web analytics book. I now have several full time jobs, plus this blog, plus speaking around the world, plus a family, plus… so much more.

It took weekends of writing and nights of editing and days of research combined with practicing the preaching by doing oodles of analysis and, more importantly, the support of the most understanding wife in the world.

At the end of it all it is rather gratifying to see one's book at a bookstore, helps grasp the magnitude of the process. And there's absolutely nothing quite like hearing your five year old yell in a busy Borders bookstore: "I FOUND DADDY'S BOOK!"

This blog post is in three parts: The pitch. Request for help. A lovely contest [Contest closed now, thanks for the entries!].

You don't have to read the whole thing & skip ahead, but that would hurt my feelings. :)

Here we go. . .

The Pitch:

I invite you to consider buying my second web analytics book. It is not only the most current book on everything important and bleeding edge in Web Analytics, it is a labor of love that will help you transform your personal thinking and assist in revolutionizing your organization (big or small).

It is not a technical book, though it will make you technically dangerous. It is not just a business book, though every dna strand in this book is more about online marketing than online analytics. It is not a hard book to read, though it is brain food.

Here's why I think you'll love it:

Chapter 1 The Bold New World of Web Analytics 2.0

No dragging of the feet, the book starts with a bang by laying out the framework that will be the center of every company that will leverage data (qualitative, quantitative, competitive) on the web. It ends with a challenge to embrace Multiplicity – without this it's goodbye greatness.

Chapter 2 The Optimal Strategy for Choosing Your Web Analytics Soul Mate

It will be hard for you to find a more compelling four step process to choose the right web analytics tool for your company. Soul searching, questions to torture vendors with, comparing vendors, running a pilot and negotiating a contract, it's all in there. You be off to the races right.

Chapter 3 The Awesome World of Clickstream Analysis: Metrics

The thing I enjoyed about this chapter (I know I wrote it, but still. . .) was that the first half works really hard to evolve your critical thinking skills. I love that because we take too much for granted, now you'll be skeptical. A good thing. The second half shows exactly how to pick the best metrics for your org and, my absolute favorite (Page 64), how to diagnose the root cause of a metrics performance.

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Chapter 4 The Awesome World of Clickstream Analysis: Practical Solutions

When people think of web analytics everything they think about is chapter 4, and yet you'll find so many yummy treats here. The best WA report, segmentation, site search, SEO & PPC analysis, email, rich media, cookies, data sampling. . . . I am out of breath!

Chapter 5 The Key to Glory: Measuring Success

If I have one jihad it is to massively convert every person who touches the web to focus on measuring Outcomes! It is the one reason we can't achieve the greatness we so richly deserve. No more! Glory will be yours!! B2B. B2C. Small Biz. Large Biz. Non-Ecommerce. We make love to 'em all! One thing you'll read here that you'll read no where else? Computing Economic Value, a concept that will liberate you.

Chapter 6 Solving the “Why” Puzzle: Leveraging Qualitative Data

Oh, oh, oh qualitative analysis!! I am a Mechanical Engineer with a MBA, a late covert to the power of understanding the super sexy "why" by leveraging lab usability studies, surveys, card sorts, online remote testing and more. You get a jump start. The thing you'll adore: Pages 190 – 192.

Chapter 7 Failing Faster: Unleashing the Power of Testing and Experimentation

Sure you've heard of A/B and multivariate testing. But do you know how to truly win the game? There is no technical mumbo-jumbo here, just the real deal and how to get testing right. The thing you might not know / realize the power of: Controlled Experiments. I am convinced this is God's gift to online humanity, you'll agree with me by the time you reach Page 208.

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Chapter 8 Competitive Intelligence Analysis

The most magnificent advantage the web possesses: everyone's data is available for everyone else to use. If Hilton Hotels has the data for Choice Hotels why not use it to "crush" them (sorry Sarah!). This chapter shows you how. I think the thing you'll be surprised by is at the start of the chapter (Data Sources, Types and Secrets).

Chapter 9 Emerging Analytics: Social, Mobile, and Video

The chapter I had the second most fun writing. Mobile, twitter, blogs, videos etc are just so darned hard to measure and so much changes every few hours that I had to really really work hard to find the essence of each and then make specific practical measurement recommendations that will stand the test of time. It was hard.

Chapter 10 Optimal Solutions for Hidden Web Analytics Traps

This is a collection of major reasons I think people fail at web analytics, and of course I boldly try to share how to avoid that fate. Behavior targeting, dashboards, accuracy, data mining, predictive analytics, and, the thing you'll appreciate the most IMHO, five steps for intelligent analytics evolution!

Chapter 11 Guiding Principles for Becoming an Analysis Ninja

All my life learnings laid bare. . . this is where you, yes you, start to evolve from a Reporting Squirrel to an Analysis Ninja! No metrics, data pukes, guidance on creating every more reports. No, none of that. Rather… analytical techniques, tips and tricks to apply to your job, how to evolve your thinking to a higher level.

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Chapter 12 Advanced Principles for Becoming an Analysis Ninja

The chapter I had most fun writing (and rewrote the most number of times). It deals with two of the hardest practical challenges we face in the field of measurement: multi-touch campaign attribution analysis and multi channel analytics. Both are very hard to get right, both have a ton of fud out there, it was fun to share my recommendations.

Chapter 13 The Web Analytics Career

The chapter I should have had in the first book. How to plan a career in web analytics (paths, salary, longevity), and how to then cultivate the right set of skills. If you are a leader then how to spot great talent, how to interview them and make the right choice.

Chapter 14 HiPPOs, Ninjas, and the Masses: Creating a Data-Driven Culture

Some might argue, rightly so, that the most elusive thing to accomplish is to truly bring data democracy to your organization. This chapter bravely hopes to help you do exactly that: excite people about data, remove organizational barriers, use data to change behavior, dealing with data quality, and creating data driven HiPPO's.

Convinced?

Nothing, absolutely nothing, in life is easy. But if you have the will and access to knowledge then that just might help you choose an optimal path, a path where your hard work will yield above normal results. That's my hope, and promise, with Web Analytics 2.0.

Jennie and I have decided to donate 100% of our proceeds from this book, just like for the first one, to two charities. This book benefits The Smile Train and Ekal Vidyalaya. We are very excited about that.

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Request For Help:

As you all know my philosophy for this blog is eat like a bird, poop like an elephant. But if you are up for it I would love to ask you for a bit of help.

Recommend the book.
If you know someone who needs to turbocharge their online existence, please recommend Web Analytics 2.0 to them. Even in our hyper connected world, nothing works like a personal recommendation.

If you use a link please consider using: http://bit.ly/akwa20 That link has an affiliate code, all proceeds of which go to the above mentioned charities.

Review the book.
If you have a blog, website, twitter account, any kind of platform, it would be great if you could write a review of the book and help spread the word.

If you purchased the book online then please, pretty please, review the book on the store's website. Amazon. Borders. Target. Powells. Whatever you used.

Connect me.
I am very very bad at pimping. So if you know someone who is someone (or knows someone who knows someone) then please consider connecting us. Especially people outside our analytics / search circle. Authors. CEO's. Journalists. Influencers. TV anchors (or weather man/woman). Oprah (I can dream, can't I?).

Our world is separated by six degrees of separation, I am sure you know someone who just might consider helping me with my cause.

Share a picture.
I love getting to know my audience, and while your emails and tweets are pretty fun there is nothing like a picture.

I had a "Web Analytics: An Hour A Day Fan Mail" flickr group that has some incredible pictures from around the world, bringing my audience closer to me.

I would love to do the same again for my "Web Analytics 2.0: Fan Mail". Be as creative as you want to be. Babies. Cats. Posters. Cars. Places. Or the best, you. All would be welcome.

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I will only post the pictures with your permission. Please send them to blog at kaushik dot net. Thanks!

A Lovely Contest:

[The contest is closed now. Winning entry details.]

Steve Cunningham invited me to be a part of a little "contest" he is running. The prize is a delight, you get to win a pack of seven books on online marketing & social media: Six Pixels of Separation, The New Community Rules, The Whuffie Factor, Trust Agents, Crush It!, Duct Tape Marketing, and Web Analytics 2.0.

How to win you ask? Two ways.

1. Answer this question in comments below: If you were to measure the success of a company's social media efforts how would you do it?

Pick any social media channel, or all. Only a short answer is required. The most innovative / interesting answer wins. No answer is too small or too simple.

[If you have my book already then my answers in the book to this question will win you major brownie points, but perhaps not the contest! :)]

2. You can get four more chances to win, if you want. Simply visit these blogs and answer a different question on each: Steve Cunningham, Beth Kanter, Tara Hunt, and John Jantsch.

Good luck!

A Word of Thanks:

This is from my book's acknowledgment page…

I would like to express my deep appreciation to the readers of my blog, Occam’s Razor. In approximately three and a half years I have written 411,725 words in my 204 blog posts, and the readers of my blog have written 615,192 words in comments! Their engagement means the world to me and motivates me to make each blog post better than the last. It is impossible to thank each person, so on their behalf let me thank three: Ned Kumar, Rick Curtis, and Joe Teixeira.

A very solid case can be made for the fact that neither one of my books would exist without you and your engagement and encouragement.

Gracias. Arigato. Ngiyabonga. Xie xie. Obrigado. Shukriya.

Comments

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    Patrick says:

    Congratulations Avinash. Book is already ordered. Looking forward to read and review it.

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    Takashi says:

    Congratulations, Avinash!
    Long time waited.
    I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    Les says:

    Congrats! What a problem to have… (me) Reading first book, wanting to read second.

    Guess what I am doing today?

    You rock Avinash.

    Now get some sleep!

    ;-)

    PS Already tweeted: http://tr.im/akweb

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    Joe Teixeira says:

    Mr. Avinash,

    I was SOOOOO thrilled to see my name appear in your acknowledgments page when I first saw your awesome, shiny new book sitting on my desk (after a hell of a travel day after the GAAC summit at Google).

    I've been telling my friends – who know nothing about analytics or search engine optimization or really even the internet – about you and about our lovely industry. They now think I'm important because the most popular and brilliant analyst of our time wrote my name in his book! :)

    I am no doubt going to review your book on Amazon. I am a very slow reader because as well as being a GAAC I also go to school full time. I'm on chapter 6 right now and I have already been able to apply insights from your first 5 chapters in my organization. I'm also going to make sure I send you a picture because I don't see many South Floridians in your Flickr photostream, so we'll have to change that.

    So thanks once again for another phenomenal masterpiece.

    P.S. Web Analytics 2.0 also contains a CD with some presentations and videos, and also a $25 Google AdWords gift card…so if you haven't yet acquired this book, I don't know what you're waiting for :)

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    Braden Young says:

    I would measure it by The social media word of mouth. If it spreads across media channels on it's own then it's a success!

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    Paul Prewitt says:

    To answer your question about measuring the success of a company’s social media efforts and how to do it, I must give the simplest of all answers (as a business grad)… and no I haven't read your books yet (although looking forward to).

    Show the impact on the Bottom Line or in other words calculate an ROI and prove that you are increasing the bottom line.

    Although I know there are things that we do that everyone says "that is a branding thing and won't impact the bottom line" I would agree with you and say that is an excuse and a lousy one at that.

    So again correlate your efforts to the Bottom Line for the organization. Not just the "Goal" level of the organization as that doesn't prove the value of it. The goals are only steps to improve the bottom line and you should be able to show your impact all the way down the funnel.

    What do you think? Got a better idea?

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    Congratulations! How do I get a signed copy?

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    Heartfelt congratulations Avinash!!!

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    taobufan says:

    Congratulations Avinash,too. I want to buy this excellent book.

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    Hi Avinash,
    This is an amazing prize! Your book alone would be awesome, but 6 others too?!?!

    Anyway, I think there are many ways to measure success of social media efforts, and it probably depends on the company and their personal strategy.

    For instance, a small business that puts in 1-2 hours per day on social media would have a different measure of success than a huge company that has a social media team that spends 100 hours per week collectively.

    However, I think that one global aspect of success in social media is to get others to connect independently of the company's efforts.

    It's one thing for people to respond and engage with content that the company themselves produces. But I think a true success (not the only success but one measure of it) is having a community where the people are creating and engaging with each other without any prompting the the company itself. Whether or not, these community members are discussing the company and/or its products, I would consider it a success that we were able to bring people like-minded people together.

    Eric

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    Rick says:

    Avinash,

    I have another 70 pages to go in your book. Rest assured I will review it…likely in multiple places…to spread the good word out. Like Joe, I was also thrilled to see my name in the acknowledgement section. I've never been 'acknowledged' before! :) You've definately raised the bar with this book. You've delivered what was needed.

    Congratulations on another career achievement.

    Rick

    PS: I'll send a picture in. I have a couple of ideas…just haven't had the time for the photo shoot.

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    I just started reading Web Analytics 2.0, can't wait to finish this book.

    To answer the question "If you were to measure the success of a company’s social media efforts how would you do it?"

    If my boss won't fire me six months after I start social media campaign, then I would say I successfully measured it.

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    Mike Winger says:

    If I were to measure the success of a company’s social media efforts how would I do it? … In general it would have to be an analysis of the depth and breadth of the response from my target group. In other words; it isn't enough to have a large number friends and followers – they have to be engaged to the point of some type of action. (Deeper involvement = deeper commitment).

    After that, it's a just matter of asking if the response met your specific objectives. Too often, people and business engage in social media efforts without knowing what they want to accomplish. (If you set up a Facebook or Twitter account simply because someone said that you should – then you have probably already met your goal. Technically successful, but highly ineffective.)

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    Brent says:

    I got your book from Amazon the other week. I absolutely love it! I've been sharing it with one of my non-techie friends to give him a jump into using analytics principals, and he is also enjoying it. I think it shows how accessible your style is that a non technical individual (someone who has no experience whatsoever with websites or programming) can really enjoy and get a lot out of Web Analytics 2.0.

    I'm enjoying applying what I've learned to both my personal projects and work!

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    Leo says:

    Your social media efforts are successful if you have formed a community that can replace much of your company.

    – If your company missteps, your community offers positive PR and apologies on your behalf.
    – If you don't have a resource (e.g. enough customer service reps), your community fills the gap (e.g. community members help each other on public forums)
    – Whether you are doing marketing or not, your community members continually evangelize your company

    … and so on.

    These are not things you can measure at some instant with a calculator, but they are things you can observe and strive for as your company progresses through its life-cycle.

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    James says:

    I will never forget when I emailed you a question I had over a year ago, and you actually answered! I have been following your work ever since. Congratulations on your new book. One more thing I have to save up for! Thanks Avinash. And one more thing. There was just something different about this request to help spread the word. It didn't seem like a shameless plug, but more of a 'help me help others' You Rock!

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    I've started reading Web Analytics 2.0 the last couple weeks, and your down-to-earth writing style adds so much fun to learning what otherwise would be a very daunting and mystifying subject.

    My favorite quote so far: the "Avinash-non-technical" explanation of bounce rate — "I came, I puked, I left."

    I am an analytics novice but my goal is to become an analytics ninja! My copy of Web Analytics 1 Hour a Day is supposed to arrive at my doorstep either today or tomorrow so I can't wait to study your wonderful books in tandem.

    Thank you Avinash for helping me (and many other marketing professionals) augment and reinvent our marketing capapbilities.

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    Half way through this and already using this book every day. Amazing stuff. Keep them coming!

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    Loved the first one and can't wait for the next!

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    Brad Tidwell says:

    Ever since I was a kid playing on my dad's MS-DOS computer, I've been fascinated and intrigued by the power of computers and technology to change the world we live in. When I started with social media in 2005 as a high school student, I was immediately impressed by the potential social networking had to change interpersonal communication and social dynamics. Since that time, I've been constantly working to merge this passion with my other great love- politics.

    In my junior year at college, I wrote a paper about the use of new media in presidential elections since 1996 with a focus on the 2008 race- this paper won a Gold Pollie award at the American Association of Political Consultants for best use of social media research. Ultimately the biggest award to come from that paper was the job I have now- working with new media consulting at a brand-new company in Northern Virginia- RaiseDigital. My current boss found me through that paper, and used LinkedIn to get in touch with me. I was very fortunate to get a job right out of college- I literally finished my last few classes this summer. That's why I feel like I owe a big debt of gratitude for my job, as well as innumerable other opportunities, to social media.

    While I feel I have a pretty strong understanding of social networking and its background and functionality, I truly feel I have a lot to learn still. I believe these books will help round out my understanding of the best uses of social media and help me be most effective for my company's clients. Moreover, it will help me shape my understanding of how to merge my understanding of the political world with the benefits a successful online strategy can bring to our clients. Ultimately, the more candidates and organizations leverage this critical medium, the more competition and growth there will be, and the better experience we will all have online.

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    Corey Dragge says:

    "If you were to measure the success of a company’s social media efforts how would you do it?"

    Success could be viewed against the companies goals of said campaign. Analytically speaking, any social media campaign by a company is to either replace or supplement their "standard" marketing efforts and/or to build a self sustaining, viral, community of supporters.

    But if I am measuring the success of the campaign then I would have to ask myself if I would be satisfied with the end result. It is a perspective thing.

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    Michael says:

    In 2010, my biggest commitment is to evolve our corporate and marketing communications beyond traditional PR methods that includes a seamless social media platform that creates a two-way dialogue with the public. My dream is a fully operatioanl social media micro-site where we can engage the public and vice versa via multiple channels, from IR to marketing to environmental to CSR. And to be clear, while it would invovle various updates on what our company is up to, it would also include relevant and related topics that would serve as resources (e.g. environment) but not company-centric (for instance, 10 easy tips on how to be environmental or links to other sites that focus on environmental causes). To get there, the first step in this 1000 mile journy begins with being well versed and prepared in order to create and deliver a presentation to our leadership that is: 1) influential, credible; and 2) grounded in strategy and sound ROI.

    Toward that end, I firmly believe success begins with having a corporte objective that drives a strong strategic approach vs. a tactical mode centered on one offs that involves slamming up Facebook or Twitter applications and thinking you have a winning social media program. In the end, this is all still very new to me, but I know enuogh to know there are many things I know, I know I don't know in the way of sound social media. From where I sit, these books would certainly provide a wealth of insights to a newbie, such as myself, on how to correctly approach the dream so that the right strategy is in place.

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    Juan Camilo says:

    Hi Avinash, thanks again for your time and effort to spread-share all this knowledge…

    "If you were to measure the success of a company’s social media efforts how would you do it?"

    The art of measurement, regards in the ability to compare things, and in fact connect the dots.

    1.Niche Influence (Quality of Message): Each brand is talking to people in many, many ways. Internet enables the real time feedback. Its all about hearing the quality of the reaction to all that energy (mashup media tv Vs youtube, Radio Vs web content). You need to make sure you got an influenced user re-action matrix ¿what you value most, a user registration (follow), or a user comcaster comment?

    2. Clic Value: Give it a certain value to every interaction you capture, remember the users are in real control, that changes all, measuring how deep is your online conversation ("transaction").

    3. Findability: embracing the organic traffic to your message, SEO niche power Vs SEM, its all about the long term sustainability

    Internet give us the clues to solve each case, its all about the viewer optics.

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    Sibongiseni Dakela says:

    Avinash

    Thank you so much for sharing your Web Analytics with the world!

    I have already ordered the book – I am looking forward to reading, reviewing and applying your WA wisdom.

    Another word for 'thank you' is ENKOSI (in isiXhosa, one of South Africa's 11 official languages)

    Enkosi
    Sybz

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    Kim Kolb says:

    Avinash, I just purchased your book today… I am way excited to start reading it. I am working on the new Inbound Marketing Book by the hubspot guys. I am so enjoying that. I attended a Hubspot IMU webinar you did and if your book is anything like you did your webinar… I will not put the book down and let me tell you… I am not a book reader.

    Thanks for your hard work and I look forward to listening and reading what you have to say and putting it to action.

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    Lakkineni says:

    Hi Avinash,

    My book just arrived today from Amazon. Very excited and look forward to reading it over the weekend.

    I have already digged into couple of chapters, was very interesting to dive into the world of analytics.

    Have a great weekend. I certainly recommend this book to my peers. :)

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    Alex says:

    You're late with this post.

    Got mine from Amazon in the UK about 10 days ago.

    Looking good!

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    kittu says:

    I am waiting to get my hands on the book..

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    Adriana B. says:

    Avinash,

    I haven't read your book yet but based on the excellent content of this blog I'm recommending it to customers in our blog.

    http://2wtx.com/web/2009/11/web-analytics-2-0-the-art-of-online-accountability-and-science-of-customer-centricity/

    Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive book, and for giving the proceeds to worthy charities. Our website carries affiliate links to recommended books with 100% of proceeds also going to charity, but I kept your original link so all the money from your book goes to the ones of your choice.

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    I appreciate all of the work you put into writing your book & I am looking forward to reading it.

    I am responding to "Beth's Blog" and posting my plans for using Web2.0 and soial media in 2010. I plan to help those with developmental and physical disabilities form meaningful connections with their families, as well as their larger communities, through work with non-profit service agencies.

    In my experience, individuals with disabilities can benefit from a social media presence by increasing their opportunity to be seen and heard in a social setting, and thereby decreasing their sense of isolation and "differentness". It is a simple idea that is already expanding social horizons for many individuals with disabilities.

    I hope that people reading this will encourage and assist those they know with disabilities to take a first step, maybe open a facebook page, and work to create community that is inclusive of the disabled and thier families through their own use of social media platforms.

    The book "Connected " (Christakis and Fowler, 2009) has an excellent discussion on the relationship between social relationships and their impact on health within the larger community. I think you would find it very interesting.

    Again, look forward to reading your book and becoming more informed. I also plan to use the following site to broadcast my message:

    claim.io/welcome/?affiliate_id=30

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    sidney song says:

    Congrats! But seems for Chinese readers, hard to buy one. Only way is mail from abroad.
    I will get one from my friend of US.
    谢谢(xiexie) Avinash!

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    Deepak M says:

    Hi Avanish,

    Congrats on taking the next step on your success ladder.

    Though i am not related to this feild, i had stumbled into your blog one day and have been following it since then and have become more interested in Web Analytics. Working for an Web-based company has made me relate to your blogs to our company's success or failure points at one point or the other… Thanks again for inducing this interest in me.

    I am trying to think about a possible solution for the competition question you have asked above. Waiting to go and check for your book at LandMark tomorrow, if the book is available in India.

    Congrats… and wishing you the best!

    Regards,
    Deepak

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    Hi Avinash

    to answer your question:

    When measuring a social media initiative one should always go back to the objectives set. What was it you wanted to accomplish and what metrics did you tie to these goals?

    Basically it comes down to this: check where your company was BEFORE you started your initiative (traffic, sales,..) & where you are AFTER (increase/decrease).

    Do this by mixing the old (unique & recurring visitors, pageviews, ctr, subscriptions, comments, time spent,..) with the new (bookmarks, favorites, tweet, RT, app installations, NPS,..)

    Best,
    Rob

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    Romy Misra says:

    Hi Avinash!

    This contest is so much fun! I would take a more simple route (no tools) to measure the ROI of social media.

    So here is what I would do to measure the ROI of social media. I think social media in effect creates more awareness which indirectly increases you sales. What's challenging is that people might not directly come from a Facebook page/ Youtube video but they might hear from you from those channels, and visit later, hence it does not reflect in your analytics reports.

    So my answer is simple: I would use the power of a simple survey to find out how people find out about the brand/ come to buy both online and offline. Now people who answer survey are not the total number of visitors on my site, so I would extrapolate that answer to extend for all the visitors, which would give me a reasonable estimate as to ow much traffic does social media generate.Then I would segment to find how the traffic engagement is with respect to those social media outlets vs the rest of the site, and the direct impact if my goals (which may not be conversion rates, but a certain page view engagement on site etc). So here I compare how visitors from social media perform with the rest of the site that do not come from social media.

    The way I think of it is its the way you define ROI and set your goals. Here I have defined it as creating awareness and subsequently site engagement in different forms which is important to me. For different sites its different.

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    tim says:

    Hi Avanish,

    First and foremost, congratulations!

    Second, I heart books–especially well-written, interesting ones–and this is such a novel concept that I can't resist participating in your contest.

    I think the simplest way to define success is by answering yes to:

    if you had to do it all over again, would you?

    But because 1) business is about today and tomorrow not yesterday 2) your/the dept's/the company's resources are scarce and 3) we don't work in a vacuum; answering yes to:

    can you justify the spend to your boss/peers/HiPPO/partners and ask for greater than or equal to resources/budget on your next campaign?

    Again, congratulations! BTW, are you up for adding another pitch for those of us who have already purchased and enjoyed your first book?

    Best,
    Tim

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    nick says:

    Follow through on what I teach… since I am a forester… anyone who plants a tree and posts a picture or a thank you afterwards… is a win in my network

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    priteshpatel9 says:

    I have just finished reading web analytics 2.0 and i would now consider myself as a 'semi-pro-analytics-ninja' (just need to apply what i have learnt into the real world for a little while longer).

    The book itself is clean, easy to understand and is probably the only 'fun and practical' web analytics learning books out there. Avinash's style of writing is unique…every page is like a landing page to me and if i did not understand a page i would have considered it as a bounce (i came, i puked, i left) and you (Avinash) will be glad to hear there were no bounces. Well done on writing such a great book.

    Avinash gives great examples of how you can put data into context and questions which you would need to ask yourself and your business before you dive into the exciting world of web analytics.

    Unfortunately,(IMHO) many businesses in the U.K do not appreciate the power of web analytics and the success it can bring, i just hope i am one of many 'training analytics ninjas' out there ready to make an impact in the U.K. I know i am.

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    Cynthia says:

    I have a very basic way of measuring success and that is when someone high up in the food chain Retweets one of my tweets, there by validating it for everyone in that niche. That's gold.

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    If I were to measure the success of my company’s social media efforts how would I do it?

    I am educating my organization (& a few other organizations) about social media now. That process is slow. Each organization is understaffed and funds are tight. No one has the title of Marketing or Media or Communications anything. Very few are technically adept.

    For many, social media is that "new thing" everyone talks about. The same is true for a great many of the organizations' clients, so educating the organization is also about helping them understand that clients will use social media without needing to know all that we have to learn about it. Clients just want a way to communicate with us and each other in a way that helps them get what they need and/or want. And that only speaks to one potential group of "engagers."

    To measure these companies' social media success, I would start with:
    – how many engage with them (distinguishing between new and repeat users)
    – frequency of engagement (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.)
    – type of engagement (i.e., checking calendar versus "conversation" with them)
    – engagement between users on the sites (cross-talk among users)
    – nature of the engagements (complaints, compliments, requests for info, info exchange, etc.)

    It's difficult to say more without having a goal in mind for our social media efforts. I'd want to poll visitors to get more information about why they come and what they hope(d) to get from us. I haven't read all these great books yet, so don't know what tools I'd use to get these measurements. Winning these books would not just help me, but the result would be that I'd be better able to help several organizations move forward.

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    Data Entry Services says:

    Just wondering, is this book for the novice? Would you recommend having your first book before delving into the second?

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    searchbrat says:

    I have just ordered my copy. I can't wait. I will retweet this and write up a review once read …

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    I am answering based on my observations – looking forward to reading your book though.

    Sentiment analysis on Digg, Twitter, and across personal/corporate blogs would be a reasonable method to measure the success of your social media campaign. Another way would be to measure the frequency/observe the trend in frequency (in a time window) of tweets referring/tagging the entity under consideration; would be more apt to do it when there has been a press release/product launch to measure the reach of your campaign. Combined with sentiment analysis, and when compared with other entities, it would be a reasonably accurate indicator – both quantitative and qualitative.

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    Johanne says:

    I think that the number of adepts or followers on Facebook or Twitter are good things to look at to measure the success of a company's social media, but at the end, I think that social medias should participate to the main goals of the company and this is what we should look at. At the end, I believe that even if there is not an easy and efficient way to measure the success of a company's social media efforts, a company has to be there to exist for the new generation.

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    stealth says:

    Just purchased it!!! Now the wait begins :-)

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    Claudiu says:

    Hi Avinash,
    Holding your book as we speak :) Can't wait to dive into it.

    My answer to your contest question would be:
    How many users that bought my products or services engaged with my social media profiles.

    Social media is long term so no better place to start than the customer base. I like to do it like this cause this is also a good KPI for the quality of my products… and it's also fun. :)

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    Jorge Cunha says:

    Best wishes for the new book, I have the book already.

    Customer Centricity it´s a major trend for business.

    Obrigado, por partilhares o teu conhecimento!
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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    Avinash,

    I can't resist participating in the contest and perhaps all I'll be winning here is brownie points (but hey, the journey of learning is the ultimate reward).

    Based on my current study of Web Analytics 2.0, I would focus on one of these three outcomes to measure the success of a company's social media (SM) effectiveness. If all three are achieved that's even better in earning more love and hopefully more budget from senior management:

    (1) The revenues generated by this SM initiative
    (2) The cost savings achieved by the SM initiative
    (3) The resulting increase in customer loyalty or customer engagement from the SM initiative

    Many thanks for making a complex subject much simpler and more enjoyable to learn for all of us!

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    Everyone: Thanks a million for the kind words of support for the book, and for your lovely entries.

    I am struck by how well thought out your contest entries are and how much creativity is out there to solve this complex issues.

    The contest winners will be announced on Friday, until then please keep your ideas coming!

    Thanks again,

    Avinash.

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    ijh says:

    looking forward to a good read…

    Measure of a company's social media success: number of constructive interactions–closely or loosely affiliated users virally though perhaps unintentionally influencing one another towards behavior that is mutually valuable, be it to read something, click-on something, purchase something, support something, donate, etc.

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    Matthew Wong says:

    To measure the efforts of a company's social efforts I would use 2 criteria:

    1) How many people know the brand (obviously)
    2) But also how many people have heard of the brand but know absolutely nothing what it is about. E.g alot of people "heard about Twitter" but knew absolutely nothing about it. When people keep hearing about something without knowing anything their curiosity is piqued. Hence why #2 is a big thing in my mind.

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    Katy says:

    My measure of success would be somewhat counterintuitve to most "companies" who are working on branding and the like. I work for a science-based nonprofit that is trying to inform the public debate on issues like global warming, genetically engineered foods, etc (while yes, also getting new donors and activists). Followers and recognition of the brand are all key points, yes, but I really consider our efforts a success when data/facts that we have researched, published, and disseminated reach the point of general knowledge that they get shared *without* attribution.

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    I received your new book this past Thursday. Great reading so far.

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    Dr. Pete says:

    Congratulations! I'm excited to finally have the book in hand. You are one of those very few authors whose books I will continue to buy without reservation or review, not just because you're one of the nicest guys in the blogosphere, but because your 1st book is worth its weight in gold.

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    Elin Eriksson says:

    Hi Avinash,

    Here's my answer to your question:

    Measure your're social media success the same way you would measure your're relations with friends. Lets say I collected all fans, bloggers, followers and others interacting with a particular brand and illustrated that as a big social media web of a particular brand. If the web grew bigger how would that indicate any success for the brand? More customers, a stronger connection between the brand and the consumers… maybe, maybe not. As well as a friendship isn't about the amounth of friends on Facebook but the number and frequency of interpersonal interaction around social objects that creates a tangible or intagible meaning for you.

    But more importantly, how would measuring the number of Facebook friends help me find insights that could lead to action to improve the success? To find that I would like to find out what's making the social networks surrounding a particular brand (brand community) work well? First off. What's the number of action that people do related to the brand? Also measure the frequency and recency of thoose actions.

    Exempels of actions that would be interesting for H&M to measure:

    – Signing up the brands newsletter
    – Giving a blogpost about the brand thumps up
    – Sending a link to someone with a photo of a new piece of apparel
    – Buying something in the webshop
    etc.

    But you can't only measure actions – you also need to measure social objects. If you only measured actions the girl working in you local corner shop would be your best friend. What's the social glue that makes people connect to eachother through a brand? What I've found with both friend and brands is that the more social objects you share the more important the relationship.

    Exempels of social object that would be interesting for H&M to measure:
    – Guest designers
    – Low price clothes
    – The H&M financials
    – A new dress with flowers on it
    etc.

    Social object could also be explained as themes/associations and needs actions surrounding them to be alive and benifitial for the brand.

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    Reid says:

    Congratulations, Avinash! I was lucky enough to get a copy at your "book hugging" at the DC eMetrics conference.

    For social media, the obvious metrics still hold: referrals and conversions from referrals.

    But being from a nonprofit background, where the higher-ups are often skeptical of social media, the real metrics are the words. There's nothing more valuable than the tweet that says "I love that {your org} is on Twitter" or the time you respond to a comment on Facebook addressing a wide concern about your organization or when you comment on a blog and the author is blown-away impressed that he got your attention. Those are the things that really get the higher-ups' attention. And that's the social media that I want to measure, because that's what makes a difference to the organization.

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    Im sure this will be a fantastic read once again. I hope I have better luck than last time when can you believe two of my orders went astray! (nothing to do with you I must add)

    I hope your hand is almost healed as I am struggling to find so many of your postings lately.

    Saludos

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    Alex Destino says:

    Got two copies for my team and there is great demand for it among the analysts. The book is outstanding and a highly recommended read for the beginner, expert, or HiPPO.

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    Josh Braaten says:

    Avinash,
    I'm making it through the book in my free time (what's that?). I've always appreciated your first book and blog posts for your ability to succinctly put incredibly dense material into such practical terms. Your second book is no different. Thanks for putting so much time into sharing your insights and experience with your readers.

    As a simple project manager trying to spread the word about web analytics and customer centricity within a large company, in 2010 I'll be measuring our social media success by the number of HiPPOs' minds I can change with the voice of the customer.

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    Eric says:

    Is there anywhere that I can purchase English version in Spain and pay via payal?

    Thankyou

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    Clive says:

    "If you were to measure the success of a company’s social media efforts how would you do it?"

    See from analytics segments and advanced reports if you made a profit!

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    Scott Chapin says:

    I loved the first book (it sits right next to my desk) and I can't wait to get this one. Thanks Avinash.

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    Sahil says:

    Hi,

    I purchased your book web analytics an hour an day

    Really it is very interesting, I have learned more

    Thanks

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    Jai Vikram Singh Verma says:

    Hi

    I am eagerly looking forward to read this book, but apparently it hasn't hit the stores in India yet and Amazon takes very long to ship it.

    Is there a digital (std. Adobe, non kindle) edition also?

    thanks

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    Shannon says:

    “If you were to measure the success of a company’s social media efforts how would you do it?”

    A cocktail of things:

    – technically supported analysis that proves search/optimized relevance (SEM&SEO)
    – a look at SOV/Sentiment within the space (can be aligned to SOM)
    – tools/goals in place that meet or measure against ROI (eg. how much is a FB fan worth)
    – actively engaged communities built or leveraged that provide valuable insights (no $$ figure can attach itself to the value of this yet)
    – the relevance and influence of these communities and how they worked (or will work for your brand in future)

    It comes down to an all encompassing engagement performance that allows the company the opportunity to participate in 2 way conversations by both listening and responding with relative real time solutions/suggestions that put the company in a better place to determine the exact needs of their consumers. Measuring success in this space is being lead by the importance of being found and heard and to ensure absolute relevance for all time company/brand stickiness.

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    Ryota Masaki says:

    How would I measure success?

    First thing, if my customers are talking about me instead of me talking about myself, then that is a great success in social media.

    To get more technical about this, I would monitor analytics tools like Google Analytics and Radian6. Section off a social media profile by monitoring social networks, twitter, popular blogs, referring sites. Then compare/contrast spikes in GA with mentions that are captured in Radian6. Chase down these mentions and thank them, follow, monitor, engage etc.

    ROI always comes to mind with measuring success, and social media is only a part of my marketing efforts. I would mainly watch for increases in SEO rankings due to social media influence, watch for customer engagement, visitor actions/goals on websites, and sales lift.

    Will social media directly cause sales? For some cases it will, for my company it currently does not. Social media is an indirect cause of sales for my company. Thus that is how I would measure social media for myself.

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    Tom Miller says:

    I am really enjoying the new book – it will be a useful reference for many years. To answer your question, I measure social media success along certain dimensions:

    Reach: total numbers of subscribers/subscriber growth over time/size of 2nd and 3rd level networks. Another interesting thing to consider is growth potential across audience segment. For example, your Twitter account is probably followed by close to 100% of web analytics professionals, and you probably have a lot more room to grow your subscriber base among social media professionals.

    SM Engagement: measure the frequency of your incoming social interactions across your social networks. Always interesting to look at this compared with content creation frequency.

    "Ask" Power: where the rubber hits the road. This is a measurement of your power to influence behavior outside of the SM platform(s) where you request it. For example, buying a product, commenting on a blog based on a tweet, or driving attendance to a webinar – anything where you use your social capital to ask someone to do something.

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    Alex Kahl says:

    Hey avinash,

    Hope to get your Book here in germany soon.

    To answer your question (and hoping to Win):

    The best measurement for the success of a Social media campaign in my opinion is to find a way for Counting all the contacts, new Information and conversations and deals that are initiated. Just like soft skills are Not measurable in exact numbers so isnt Social media imho (yet).    

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    Mark says:

    to measure social media success, I think you look at engagement. Look at the ratio between the number of times you mention yourself versus number of times 'strangers' engage (or mention) you.

    so, take tweeter as an example …

    15 tweets vs. 1 incoming tweet is a start.

    15 tweets vs. 100 incoming tweet (or RT), you are getting somewhere.

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    To measure a company's social media efforts, I would first examine the goals I has set out to accomplish and the time period for which I wanted to accomplish my goals. These two principles would guide my measurement.

    I would continue to set goals, test, learn, reach my goals and then set higher goals. You can never stop reaching.

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    Shamanth says:

    Hello Avinash,

    I've been a regular reader, havent really commented before though. But here it is, to say congrats on the book. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    To answer your question…

    One interesting way would be to measure the cost of making a sale over time (could be the total marketing expense divided by # of transactions. Or alternatively, advertising expense divided by # of transactions). Of course, one can also use metrics like revenues, visitor value and customer lifetime value instead of transactions – the essential idea is to focus on outcomes.

    The reasoning is this. If your customers are engaged by your social media efforts, they dont need to be persuaded by your ads/promotions/discounts. They buy your stuff because they love you(or in a B2B context, trust you).

    Of course, this measures the impact/consequence of social media engagement rather than the engagement itself, but isnt the impact what we are all interested in?

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    Jai Vikram Singh Verma says:

    I am just a beginner in the field but still I will try to answer the question and
    may be, I will get lucky. :-)

    I would take a concrete case of Twitter rather than an abstract case of
    referring to social media.

    Trying to answer in points and hence keep the answer brief and crisp:
    (1). Measure Responsiveness and Engagement: the ratio of the number of
    @-replies(responses to users) to the number of normal marketing
    tweets (without @ ) from the company's twitter account will tell us the extent
    of responsiveness and two sided engagement.
    (2). Measure participation: A week-wise time series graph of the number of
    complaints/feedbacks/contacts registered for a quarter each, before and after
    the company started its twitter account.
    This will tell us is there a rise in the number of people coming forward
    with problems since the bar is lowered now. A constant or drop here can either mean
    that the efforts have not been enough or the company might not be improving.
    (3). Measure sentiment: A week-wise time series of sentiment (positive/negative/neutral)
    analysis of the tweets from users with "@company-name" reference will tell us how
    satisfied the users have been, from the interaction, over time. Again data from a
    quarter each, before and after starting the twitter account will give us a good picture.
    (4) Measure patron-ism: A time series of the number of re-tweets by users, of company tweets,
    with a custom remark. Re-tweet is easy, a custom remark on it makes is valuable.
    e.g. "RT @company-name —–" is less valuable when compared to
    "RT @company-name —–"+"<< kudos guys!!"

    *Presumption: the company has existed at least a quarter each, before and after
    creating the twitter account, else the data and hence the tests above may not
    be sufficient/applicable.

    *Note: Twitter is real-time but I couldn't think of real-time measurements for
    determining the success of a company's social media efforts, may be I need
    web analytics 2.0. :-)

    Hope I made some sense.

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    E Mills says:

    Loved the first book, can't wait to read the second
    Contest entry:

    Most companies are dabbling in just about every social media space, yet not all efforts carry equal importance towards a company’s overall web strategy. Step one for me would be to focus on the social media spaces which create behaviors that directly improve the performance of the main web site.

    As a caveat, I speak from my limited experience of working with a non profit content site and even more limited experience of working with social media so this is just an idea I’ve been kicking around.

    For my company page impressions are king because more page impressions mean more underwriting and grant revenue. Ultimately we want to drive people to look at our website and keep coming back for more because if they consume more of our content and loyal to our site, we know we are serving our audience well.
    To that end, I would value metrics that show interaction with our content (linking, retweets and comments) higher than other metrics available (Fans, followers and subscribers). Fans and followers are passive; the act of linking and spreading the word is active and gives a sense that our content is resonating with our audience. Since we have several fan pages, twitter accounts and blogs for different content categories, I would create rank reports for each social media platform based on the content categories performance in the key “active” metric associated with the platform (linking for facebook, retweets for twitter and comments for blogs). A content category may rank well in its comments, but poorly in its linking. If a content category ranks well in all metric categories than we can infer that it is serving our audience well. If we’ve put a lot of effort into one content category and it ranks low compared to our other content, then we should re-evaluate our efforts because we are either need to change something or realize that our audience may not put as high a value on it as we do and it is no longer worth our limited resources to produce it.

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    Randy Zorn says:

    Qualitative vs Quantitative Data

    Metric 1: measure by "word of type". How much attention and buzz is around your business name (as a keyword) and how much content was created within each network/discussions. Basically, how much user generated content did you create?

    Metric 2: Reputation. How has direct communication with individuals in your market changed your company reputation and image?

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    Justin Dux says:

    Here is my submission. I made a 2 minute powerpoint to explain it.

    http://screencast.com/t/N2I3MjNkN

    Executive Summary: Give

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    Ordered, and eagerly awaited! After I'm done with it I think I'll give it to my 9 year old for Hanukkah. Imagine how smart he'll be when he's my age! ;)

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    S Haggerty says:

    Really looking forward to reading this, and getting your always creative and inspired perspective on analytics in one portable place. The chapter titles alone were already a treat to read! Looking forward to seeing the fun you had with writing Chapter 12!

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    Ned Kumar says:

    On measurement of social media efforts ….it is difficult to answer that here without knowing the context — as someone I know once said, "Context is King Baby!" :-).
    So without the specifics, here is the framework I would use:
    – What was the goal behind the effort (acquisition, penetration, damage control, etc.)
    – What was the medium(s) used(Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, MySpace etc.)
    – What was the format (video, blog, podcast, etc.)
    The metrics for success (related to conversion, engagement, advocacy, etc.) would revolve around the answers to the above questions.

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    Ned Kumar says:

    On Web Analytics 2.0 – it is a wonderful book with tons of information and insights, for folks at any level. Avinash has the knack for taking apart complex concepts and explaining it in an easy to understand manner for anyone. I have posted my review at Amazon.com – http://bit.ly/8yUKEA. Definitely a recommended reading for everyone.

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    Hila Strong says:

    Twitter

    Most companies are excited about using twitter, but do not understand the value it provides.

    There are two types of measurable ways in which Twitter can be used:

    Broadcasting –

    This is where a company uses a Twitter account to Tweet for the brand. If they’re doing it correctly, they are either acting as customer care (see a great example with @omniturecare), or providing other valuable information to their clients.

    Measuring the value and success of your company’s Twitter account can be done by tracking:

    1. Follower Count and Churn
    a. Daily new followers
    b. Daily un-followers

    The key here is that if you are gaining 1,000 new followers a day, but also lose 800, then you are not acquiring loyal listeners. This type of insight is very actionable, since you can double your daily new followers by finding ways to save a ¼ of your daily loss of followers.

    2. Follower Ranking

    a. Identify followers as ‘Expert’ or ‘Small Time’ – Twitter API allows you to see the source of the Tweets. Someone that Tweets from TweetDeck is much more engaged in Tweeting than someone who Tweets from Web, or syncs from FB

    b. Track the number of folks they are following – this reflects the velocity of their feed. In other words, if one of your followers also follows 20 other people (and Tweets from Web), it suggests that their feed gets filled up rapidly and moves too quickly for them to read. They are most likely not catching your tweets at all.

    c. Track the lapse since their last tweet – this reflects if they are really using Twitter and listening to you. I remember seeing some statistic of how 60% of new Twitter users did not come back after their first Tweet (I may be quoting this wrong). Nevertheless, the idea is that maybe you’re talking but no one is there to listen.

    Measuring Brand Mentions –

    This is where you will capture every brand related keyword mention on Twitter. You will look at:

    1. Daily volume of brand keyword mentions

    2. Track each author’s follower count – to calculate the reach of the mentions

    3. Capture the accent of the tweet – positive or negative mention

    4. Track competitor’s brand keywords – to compare to yours and to take advantage of the volume that could come from their campaigns

    5. ***Most important for generating actionable insight***

    Overlay the trends of brand mentions on top of your site analytics, such as:

    – Visit trends
    – User engagement trends
    – Product launch calendar
    – Spikes in new members
    – Spikes in following of your company Twitter account

    This use of analytics approach to social media measurement would hopefully get companies closer to where they can say with certainty that their social media efforts are producing results.

    Avinash, thanks for facilitating this exchange of ideas.

    Hila

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    jim wilde says:

    Hey Avinash,

    I just got my copy of web analytics 2 last week. So now I have both books. Thank you. I've been busy following you around the net. Watched your webinar on the longtail at marketinprofs and am watching the one from google, think 2010. I am grateful that I can get a first rate education on analytics and web optimzation without spending a bundle. Thank you for sharing all of your hard work. Get well.

    Kind regards,
    Jim Wilde

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    Avinash Kaushik, congratulations! Looking forward to my copy. Now take good rest and wish you a speedy recovery.

    Best,

    Suresh Ramaswamy

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    Feras Alhlou says:

    Hi Avinash,

    Just finished reading the book, few days later than planned, but had to stop at times to do actual work (you know the consulting stuff we do to pay the bills :)).

    Congratulations again on an excellent book, covering strategies, techniques, "traditional" and cutting-edge analytics tips. I encourage all your blog readers to buy the book, read it and then implement what they can in their organizations.

    Thanks.
    Feras

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    Carl says:

    Hi Avinash!

    1. Your insights and your communication of those insights are, as always, top notch!
    2. Looking forward to read your new book, and the fact that 100% of the proceeds go to charity is very admirable.

    I'm writing an internal blog on web analytics and optimization in the company I work at (more than 100K employees) and I just wanted you to know that my last post was about your book and hopefully will encourage people to buy it using the "charity link".

    Keep up the good work!

    //Carl

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    valkhot says:

    Congratulations, Avinash!
    Long time waited.
    I’m looking forward to read it

    Best,
    Val

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    Hey Avinash,

    Got your book on my desk just the other day, and I'm only into the first chapter but already loving it!

    Great job. I will certainly write a review on it when I'm done reading.

    Tom

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    Adam Howitt says:

    Great to see an update to the first book I recommend to all my clients! I'll have my copy shortly but I would love to see a Kindle version too if you have the option.

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    Congratulations Time!!!

    The winner of our contest is…. Claire Murray!

    I humbly believe Claire had the best on point answer and she also added more detail when I asked her to comment on how she would measure twtter, as an example. Here's Claire's additional thoughts:

    For your Twitter account, I’d want to look at:

    · Number of your tweets that get retweeted and by how much

    · Number of followers (one time and repeat)

    · Content of retweets (any that get commented on, etc. seem to have some value to others more than just retweeting?).

    · I’ve seen some stats on tweets that indicate the major percentage of them come from a small minority of tweeters; and that study also examined and categorized the content. I’d want to look at it from something like that level of detail so get an idea of who, how, when, how often, etc.

    This is a bit subjective, and I’m sure I’d learn more from some of the books in the library!

    It was very hard to pick just one winner since there were so many good entries. For your kind efforts I wanted to award some more surprise prizes.

    There were some entries that struck me as remarkable for one reason or another, each person below will get a copy of my new book Web Analytics 2.0:

    For submitting the funniest, yet perhaps the most incisive, contest entry: Frank Rui Jiang

    For the most wonderful cost saving and community leveraging contest entry: Leo Polovets

    For using my favorite phrase, 2 way conversations, in a contest entry: Shannon

    For introducing the term, selfish as it might be (!!), "Ask Power": Tom Miller

    For putting in the most effort and doing a screencast as a contest entry: Justin Dux

    Thanks again everyone!!

    Avinash.

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    Haha, cannot believe my comment had won a book! Great fun with this type of post, please bring more :D

    Thanks a lot for the book, Avinash

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    It take me hours to get through the post but it was worth it. very educating.

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    This was a neat surprise on Thanksgiving morning. I look forward to getting the books and starting a new journey in analytics!

    Thank you.
    Claire

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    leeann says:

    The affiliate link goes to an overloaded server page and you can't get to the book.

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    Avinash, where did you find the time to get this one out? ;o) Even though I have been waiting for this for a while now thanks and look forward to getting it soon. How do I get an autographed version? :o)

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    Naveen says:

    Hi Avinash,

    Is Wiley India going to release an Indian edition soon or buying from Amazon or other US stores is the only way to get this book?

    I had bought your other book in India, which was an Indian edition, but I am not finding your new book at the stores here yet.

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    Naveen: The book is being translated into Spanish, Polish and Chinese but at the moment there are no plans to publish it in India. If that changes I will let folks know.

    Thanks so much for your interest.

    Avinash.

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    Fabiola Corvera says:

    Hi Avinash,

    I found your blog yesterday and I was impressed by your background and knowledge. I am buying your book this weekend.

    Sad I couldn't enter the contest.

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    Mark says:

    G'day Avinash,

    your book has just hit the bookstores Downunder.

    So naturally I bought the first copy on the shelf.

    Just in time for Xmas.

    Looking forward to reading it.

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    Kathi Mishek says:

    …on page 295 WA 2.0, am loving the "nonline" reference, and can't wait to jump into "Becoming an Analytics Ninja". Hiyah!

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    Avinash,

    Been your follower for a long time and really appreciate your work, knowledge and dedication to this field. What I like (we love?) about you is the extensive, thoughtful, creative, to-the-point writing, free of political and business garbage brought out in an unbiased manner. Keep up this good work.

    Have ordered the book and waiting for it. Just out of cusriosity … why are there no digital versions of the same? The 14 day waiting on Amazon intl expedited shipments seems sooo looooong :)

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    Peter Zajonc says:

    Hello- I'm loving this book. There are a few minor flaws with the DVD… videos launch without navigational control? Would have been helpful during my 6 hr drive to Montreal — well, my wife will drive while I watch the videos! This isn't fatal, I'm just passing the word along. I do like to pause once in a while. Download? Kisses.

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    Clive says:

    Have to agree there Avinash, the only dissapointment, altho I had actually seen most of it elsewhere anyway but yes, it would have been nice to know how long the videos were and add them to a list or something. I was sitting down getting comfy only to have to get up 5 mins later to play around again.

    Having said that I do see them as a potential bonus to some people so musnt grumble and doesn't take away from all the hard work that went into the book itself. I'm into my second reading and already finding great nuggets of information to impliment where beneficial. Well done for excellent work.

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    raine nguyen says:

    I would love to have a kindle version since I'm not in the US now and the book will take many weeks to reach me *_*

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    Kayla says:

    Found you through Google – what a nice Christmas present. Looking forward to reading your book and learning from you!

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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    Dan Moore says:

    The tr.im link does not work right now, just FYI.

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    Rakesh says:

    Hi Avinash,

    I stumbled upon (not the social n/w site) your blog today. You really have some very interesting insights. I will try to check out your book at Barnes and Noble tomorrow if they have it.

    I went thru' the content index of Web Analytics 2.0 and it seems quite compelling. Congratulations on your new book!!

    Rakesh

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    Norm Miller says:

    Is the first book a prerequisite for the second book?

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    Mark Nunney says:

    Affiliate not working.

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    Andrew says:

    Found you through Google – but delivery to UK is not possible?

    Happy New Years and great 2010 ahead. I have coined the term a decade of tension release, but not sure how this will make any sense of SEO!

    Best regards
    Andrew

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    Kazkida says:

    Hello, Avinash-san

    My book review for your Web Analytics 2.0 has been just published in Markezine, one of the Japanese leading web-marketing-e-magazine.

    http://bit.ly/b0IrlV

    That means your book comes to the East end of the world!!

    Kazkida

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    Juan Oriz says:

    Almost done with this fantastic book! Sad thing i did not find it before ;)

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    pengchloe says:

    I just ordered and look forward to reading it. Congratulations on getting your book released.

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