English National Ballet Grows Social Audience 46.8% With Rival IQ

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Founded in 1950, the English National Ballet is a touring company focused on opening the art of ballet to broader audiences. The company’s social media focus is to drive awareness of its productions across the country, and sell tickets through the venues themselves. Using Rival IQ, the English National Ballet successfully grew social audience 46.8 percent in six months, while targeting a younger audience through Instagram, identifying types of content, such as video, for increased engagement.

English National Ballet grew Social Audience by 46.8% in 6 months


The social media team at the English National Ballet strives to connect with a younger audience. “Getting people interested in ballet is not easy,” says Mathilde Menusier, digital content producer at the English National Ballet. “Through social media, however, we can show educational materials that get a more varied audience interested.”

“The fact that in Rival IQ I have all my data and I see over the last 6 months my top posts and how they compare to each other—this is how you can make faster decisions and for future content to produce.”

– Mathilde Menusier, Digital Content Producer, English National Ballet

The team sought to apply its social media approach strategically, establishing performance benchmarks and measure their performance.



Having used Rival IQ in a previous role, Menusier immediately introduced it when she joined the English National Ballet. She concluded that Rival IQ provided the strongest tracking and content performance measurement, helping them get a view of the social media landscape by monitoring their own performance, gaining insights into what content is most effective.

“Rival IQ is easy to use and incredibly useful as we expand awareness in social,” adds Menusier. “it’s making a big di erence in our performance.”



Since introducing her new social strategy that leveraged Rival IQ, the English National Ballet grew its audience 46.8 percent in six months. More important, the team has nearly doubled its average engagement across all channels.

“Across the past six months, we have used Rival IQ to assess the audiences of our platforms, finding a slightly younger audience on Instagram and Snapchat than on Twitter and Facebook,” Menusier explains.

English National Ballet learned to leverage Instagram and Snapchat to attract new, younger audiences

“Rival IQ helps me keep an eye on what other ballet companies are doing in the world,” says Menusier. “It’s interesting to see what they do and how they do it. We’ve learned a lot from studying the amount of video content on Instagram.”

Using engagement insights from Rival IQ, Menusier has developed a content approach on Instagram that focuses on behind-the-scenes with the ballet company. “What I’ve learned from Rival IQ is that with Instagram, dancer-created content performs really well! Better than professional photographers, so this is what’s driving the direction we take on Instagram.”

Overall content decision-making has become much easier for the team managing social, thanks to Rival IQ. “The fact that in Rival IQ I have all my data and I see over the last six months my top posts and how they compare to each other—this is how you can make faster decisions and for future content to produce,” Menusier says. “Sometimes I’ve changed my mind about ideas we’ve had because of seeing how another company did it (and it didn’t work).”

In fact, the ENB social team keeps an eye on the 15 top ballet companies in the world. “At the start, we leveraged Rival IQ to determine the right number of posts per day. We’ve since watched how these companies use video. While they many have bigger budgets and higher quality, we see increasing engagement by leveraging whatever video we can, even in tight spaces and on short deadlines. It’s worth it.”

Menusier relies on the monthly report for overall social media tracking and on a daily basis reviews the top landscape posts—what performed best across all ballet companies she tracks—and the hashtag analysis.

John Gallagher

John has made his career working with Seattle-based startups, most recently with DocuSign and Front Desk before joining Rival IQ. After years as a data-driven demand generation marketer, he is, like everyone, shifting his focus to marketing power of social media.

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