In the spirit of transparency, here is the monthly social account report for August 2016. This report tracks the data across 7 social networks (Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube).
august 2016 social network growth
editor’s note: The graph uses the WordPress Chart and Graph plugin may take a few moments to pull the data from Google Drive. A detailed explanation will be provided for accessibility purposes below the graph.
summary of new and total connections
- Connections – 654 new connections, 2971 total connections
- Facebook – 0 new connections, 6 total connections
- Google Plus – 0 new connections, 11 total connections
- Instagram – 130 new connections, 270 total connections
- LinkedIn – 6 new connections, 76 total connections
- Pinterest – 81 new connections, 307 total connections
- Twitter – 438 new connections, 2300 total connections
- YouTube – 0 new connections, 1 total connections
For the month of August, my total connections grew by 22 percent. This is almost triple the connections made during July 2016. This brings my total growth for the year to date to 1550 percent.
the floating target
After examing the data closely, I realized the spreadsheet was flawed. A new spreadsheet to clean up the data points. Specifically, the floating target which is now more accurate.
the results of proven strageties
Using proven strategies, both Instagram and Pinterest grew at a rate that exceeded previous performance. This is significant because during the first six months, Twitter was the largest growth driver.
While Twitter did generate the second strongest monthly growth to date, along with Instagram and Pinterest, August provided a more rounded growth rate.
As expected in my last report, I crossed the 2,000 mark for Twitter. Based on the current progress, it is not unrealistic to reach the 4,000 mark by the end of the year. While it will be challenging, it is possible using the same strategies to cross the 1,000 mark for both Instagram and Pinterest.
what should we expect to see in september
With a three week road trip, a new challenge has appeared.
One common trait regarding social networks is that the more active you are, the more likely you are to maintain your connections.
In other words, if you stop producing social media content, the more likely your connections will disconnect with you.
As a result of that, I signed up for the Buffer’s Awesome plan to help manage my social media posts across Google+, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
working smarter with proven strategies
Now that I can duplicate successful strategies across three networks, it becomes a question of how to work smarter. A lot of these strategies are time consuming, requires an active presence, as well as an Internet connection.
There are many social media management tools available ranging from free to hundreds of dollars per month. There’s no way I am going to be able to recommend which one is the best for you because everyone’s budget is different.
It is obvious that the ability manage your time effectively will allow you to do more. The Buffer.com’s Awesome plan allows you to schedule up to 100 posts in advance. That means you have options.
- schedule one social media post a day for 100 days
- schedule two social media posts a day for 50 days
- schedule three social media posts a day for 33 days
It will take at least a month or two to experiment and find the best frequency.
In the meantime, I look forward to seeing your thoughts. I’m curious how you did with your social networks. Feel free to comment below.