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Indicator Phrasing

the number of times social media users commented on the communicated content
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Indicator Phrasing

English: the number of times social media users commented on the communicated content

French: nombre de fois où les utilisateurs de réseaux sociaux ont commenté le contenu communiqué

Portuguese: número de vezes que os utilizadores das redes sociais comentaram o conteúdo comunicado

Czech: počet komentářů uživatelů sociálních médií ke sdělovanému obsahu

What is its purpose?

This indicator shows the extent to which the targeted audience engaged with your content by posting a comment. Such an action requires more effort than, for example, giving a like; therefore, it could be seen as a good metric. However, the content of many comments often does not represent a valuable engagement with the communicated content. Therefore, consider whether it is worth using this indicator as a key metric to measure the results of a social media campaign.

How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data

Determine the indicator's value by using the following methodology:


1) Decide what social media content you need to measure. Are you interested in the comments in all the posts on all the social media used during your campaign? Or a certain selection only?


2) Count the number of comments that different communication content generated. Avoid counting comments made by the campaign team members.


3) To determine the indicator’s value, sum up the number of comments the different communication content received.


Disaggregate by

Disaggregate the data by social media channels, positive / negative / neutral comments, and other factors relevant to the focus of your social media campaign.

Important Comments

1) Remember that comments can be both positive and negative, so receiving a high number of comments is not automatically a good thing. For example, you might have reached users that dislike the communicated content and write negative comments. While you can disaggregate comments by whether they were positive / negative / neutral, it needs to be done manually and, therefore, can be time-consuming.


2) In addition to reporting on a number of comments, consider doing a deeper analysis of what people actually say in their comments. Use such feedback to adjust the campaign’s future communication content.


3) Receiving, for example, 100 comments while your reach was 4,000 social media users is something completely different than when your reach was 50,000 users. Therefore, when reporting the number of comments, always mention the reach.

This guidance was prepared by People in Need ©

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