It’s essential for your marketing strategy to carry out a good study about your competitors on social networks.
If you are aware of what your competitors are doing, it will help you to make smarter decisions and check which strategies work best and discard those ones that fail.
Invest time in analyzing your competitors and studying which strategy to use.
Why is so important to analyze your competitors on social networks?
- To get a general view to understand what’s happening in your sector on social networks.
- To save time in your SWOT analysis to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats related to your competitors.
- It helps you to develop new ideas. Analyzing your competitors is a good source to find some inspiration.
- To thoroughly analyze your own strategy. It will teach you what you do well or bad in relation to your competitors.
- Advance your competitors when you discover the areas that they haven’t properly covered.
- To better get to know your customers, their habits and their expectations.
- To avoid your strategy getting stuck and improve your business’s position.
How to prepare a social media competitive analysis
Did you find out who your competitors are? If the answer is no, follow these tips to discover your real competition.
MONITOR AND ANALYZE THE HASHTAGS RELATED TO YOUR SECTOR ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Track hashtags related to your brand or sector. It’s a very effective way to discover which users talk about your sector and the brands that are focused on your same area.
FIND THE BEST POSITIONED BRANDS ON GOOGLE
Find the keywords related to your business or project that are used in Google. Select the results that appear at the top and look for them on social networks.
LISTEN TO YOUR FOLLOWERS
People use social networks to communicate and chat. Listen to them and learn what and who they are talking about. You will obtain very valuable information.
LOOK AT YOUR MAIN COMPETITORS
They also analyze the strategies of their competitors that you probably have in common.
Once you have elaborated a list with all your competitors, you should save the information in an Excel file to keep it well organized.
How to do a social media competitors analysis with Metricool
So now the question is how can you best analyze your competition?
Metricool makes it easy to benchmark your competitors!
With Metricool’s feature you can benchmark and analyze your competitors on the three main social platforms: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
📌 DOWNLOAD THE DATA IN CSV 📌
[included only in premium plans]
All the information displayed in the competitor’s chart can be downloaded in a CSV file when you click Download Table, next to the option to add new competitors at the beginning of the table. This lets you manage the data as you like: You can include the info in an Excel file, store it during months to analyze differences, or add columns with any other type of information you want to include.
With both free and premium plans, you can click the graph icon at the end of each row that corresponds to each competitor. Here you will see the information in more detail. When you click the icon you can see an evolution graph and other valuable data. Remember that this competitor analysis can be carried out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
You have two options on Twitter:
- In the Real Time section, you can add a competitor and directly compare the main metrics with your brand
Find a most comprehensive post about how to carry out a benchmarking on Twitter.
2. In the Evolution section, you can examine the main metrics of your competitors in a table
In this table, you can check how the digital strategies of your competitors are working. You can organize the information by metrics. In the following image the information has been ordered by the number of retweets:
These are the metrics that you can find in the table:
- Followers: number of people who follow your competitors
- Following: the number of accounts that your competitors are following
- Tweets: number of tweets in a specific period of time
- Likes: number of likes received by publications
- Retweets: number of reposts
If you want to carry out a benchmarking on Instagram with Metricool, you first must have an Instagram business account.
In the section Evolution, you will obtain the main metrics of your competitors gathered in a table at the end. If you click the icon represented by a bar chart, you will obtain more detailed information about growth, interactions and posts.
These are the metrics that you will find:
- Followers: How many users follow your competitors.
- Posts: Number of posts published by your competitors in the period of time selected.
- Likes: The number of likes obtained.
- Comments: The total number of comments in the period selected.
- Engagement: Instagram Engagement Rate.
The free account has some restrictions: You can only add 5 competitors, you can’t delete them or download the information in a CSV file.
With a Premium account you will be able to add about 100 competitors and delete them whenever you want.
You can analyze competitors on Facebook too.
These are the metrics that will be shown at the end of the section Evolution for Facebook:
- Likes in page: number of likes received on your competitor’s page.
- Posts: number of publications
- Reactions: number of reactions received on posts.las reacciones de los seguidores a las publicaciones de la página.
- Comments: average number of comments
- Shared: how many times posts are shared
- Engagement: more information about the engagement rate on Facebook here
So, this is all the relevant information you need to know to start analyzing your competitors. Apart from downloading this info in a CSV file you can include it in your social media report. Start this new adventure and analyze your competitors’ strategies!
If your competition is also on YouTube you can analyze their channels with the premium version of Metricool.
Add up to 10 channels to the list of competitors and analyze them in depth:
⚡️ Sort the table by the metric you are interested in
⚡️ Download all the information in CSV format
⚡️ Expand the analysis further by clicking on the icon on the left
Twitch is an increasingly used platform and is growing like foam so it,s necessary include a social media competitor analysis on your strategy.
Want to know the performance and metrics of other twitchers?
You can also do it with Metricool and have a lot of information about their metrics.
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