You've no doubt heard the question: "How do we know that social marketing drives sales?" But just as not all TV spots or billboards are intended to drive direct response, not every social marketing program is designed as a sales trigger. To measure the success of social marketing - indeed, of any marketing tactic - you need to think of your customers' journey as a board game like Monopoly. Then follow three simple steps: 1) identify which stage of the customer journey your social marketing program is designed to support; 2) measure whether your social marketing efforts have moved your customers to the next state of their journey; and 3) count how many times your customers pass "Go" so you can collect $200. If you keep your customers moving around the board, eventually, you'll win the game.
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