Rival IQ Publishes First Rival Results Index for Social Media Rankings

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The RRI is a scoring system and analysis of a market on social media designed to provide a competitive and data-driven view across key social media measurements.

 Social Media Research Report

Today, we released our inaugural Rival Results Index (RRI) social media rankings report. The RRI is a scoring system for any select market on social media. It is designed to provide a competitive and data-driven view across key social media measurements, including presence, audience, engagement and content. For this report, we collaborated with a Swedish digital news media and consulting firm, Eljester, to analyze 15 Swedish news media outlets.

The just-released RRI for Swedish National Press analyzes and scores 15 of Sweden’s national media outlets for their performance on social media over the fourth quarter of 2014 (October 1 through December 31). Nyheter 24, one of Sweden’s top national digital publishers, scored the highest Social IQ. The four social networks emphasized in this analysis based on the Swedish market are: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram, with extra points given for additional presence and following on LinkedIn and Google+.

Swedish National Media Market Landscape

The 15 Swedish National Media included in this RRI Report

The RRI Social IQ Score

Participants in the RRI fall into one of five social media rankings, aligned with a Social IQ Score:

  1. Superior Social IQ
  2. High Average Social IQ
  3. Average Social IQ
  4. Below Average Social IQ
  5. Extremely Low Social IQ

Social Media Rankings Social IQ Scores

Nyheter 24 scored 32 out of a maximum potential of 40, landing the firm as the only media evaluated in this RRI to receive a Superior Social IQ. Dagens Nyheter, TV4 Nyhetsmorgon and Expressen followed and also received High Average Social IQ ranking. Majority of the publishers fell into the Average Social IQ ranking category, with four scoring Below Average.

RRI Social Media Rankings Scoresheet“It’s clear that Nyheter24 truly has digital DNA in the way it moves between the four channels we analyzed, while the more traditional media have noticeable difficulties in succeeding outside of Facebook,” said Markus Pettersson, Founder & Chief Digital Advisor of Eljester, which partnered with Rival IQ on the creation of the RRI methodology and this report.

The RRI Scores 8 Social Media Categories

The RRI evaluates across eight key categories:

  1. Social Presence
  2. Social Audience
  3. Social Total Engagement
  4. Average Engagement Rate on Twitter
  5. Average Engagement Rate on Facebook
  6. Average Engagement Rate on YouTube
  7. Average Engagement Rate on Instagram
  8. Top Social Content across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram

RRI Social Media Rankings Categories

Swedish Media Rock Facebook & Instagram Engagement

This RRI revealed that Swedish National Media is increasingly social, and several media outlets are using multiple social networks to reach their audience and extend their journalistic reach. However, Twitter and Facebook are the only two networks used by all the media in this analysis, with Facebook the most important from a community engagement perspective. Instagram showed promise as a key channel for engaging with Swedish consumers, but is rarely used by the outlets analyzed.

One of the biggest surprises from this analysis was the high level of engagement by Swedish national media on Facebook and Instagram, which far exceeds the global average. Engagement rate is defined as a post’s average number of interactions per thousand followers on an organization’s social page during a specific time period.

SVT Nyheter scored an outstanding 22.72 engagement rate on Facebook, followed by ETC with 12.07. Even the lowest engagement of 1.89 by Fokus, is on par or higher than average engagement rate’s achieved by many leading consumer brands. For example, Starbucks’ Facebook engagement rate during the designated period was 1.91.

Facebook Engagement Social Media Rankings

Instagram is also proving to be a successful channel for Swedish press. The engagement rate for this market ranged from as low as 10 to a record high of 125. For example, Omni scored well over 100 on Instagram engagement rate, far above the industry average of approximately 20.

Instagram Top Post Social Media Rankings

The most engaging Instagram post from the RRI Swedish National Media Report, showing an engagement rate of 98.6!

 Twitter and YouTube Need More Focus

In contrast, Swedish media performed below average on Twitter, with not one news outlet reaching a successful industry average of 1.0 in engagement rate, and most scoring well below 0.50. In spite of Twitter being the most active social channel by all of the media evaluated, the engagement rate fell far behind that of Facebook. It appears in the case of Twitter that the media outlets are focusing purely on content dissemination and not engagement. YouTube also is not being fully leveraged, even by television stations.

There was one disqualification in the report, given to Aftonbladet, which received a zero score for its Twitter top content and engagement rate. During September and October, Aftonbladet ran a promotion on Twitter, where it asked a quiz of the day, asking followers to answer “yes” by retweeting, and “no” by clicking “Favorite”. The RRI judges felt this was an invalid method that created false twitter engagement, and therefore removed Aftonbladet from the engagement and top content Twitter scoring criteria.

Twitter Engagement Social Media Rankings

The RRI Social Media Rankings Process

The RRI program, related processes and scoring is managed by us – Rival IQ – a digital marketing analytics firm based in the United States. All data for the RRI is based on the Rival IQ digital marketing analytics software. Eljester (part of Resultatfabriken group), a Sweden-based digital news media and consulting firm, managed this Swedish National Media RRI, selecting the participating media and auditing the scoring process. Eljester’s Markus Pettersson is a renowned expert in publishing, working with many national and international media, such as the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) to accelerate the pace of innovation for the world’s newspapers.

Look for More Social IQ Reports

This is the first of an ongoing series of Rival Results Index report to be published by Rival IQ.

You can download the complete RRI for National Swedish Media Report here.

Margaret Dawson

A 20-year tech industry veteran, Margaret is known for taking people, brands and companies to the next level through creativity, awesome positioning and messaging, coaching and hard work. She is a proven entrepreneur and intrapreneur, having led successful programs and teams at several startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Amazon, Microsoft and HP. She’s a frequent author and sought-after speaker on subjects such as cloud computing, big data, women in tech, and the convergence of technology and business. She is also an active mentor for men and women in technology. You can follow her on Twitter @seattledawson.

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