The last thing you want is a YouTube channel with zero engagement.
These nine YouTube metrics serve as a helpful starting point for beginners. They determine if your videos hit the right note and ensure your efforts are not wasted.
YouTube Analytics (in the left panel on YouTube Studio) gives you a bird's-eye view of your viewers and video performance. It digs into metrics spanning across your target audience and content:
The platform boasts an advanced mode where you can analyze specific data (e.g., operating system, device).
There's also a research tab for you to perform basic keyword research.
For example, here’s how it looks when we input a YouTube SEO term, "strength training”.
YouTube metrics are quantifiable measures that track the success of your videos. They determine how close you are to accomplishing your YouTube KPIs.
It’s a mouthful, so let’s break it down.
Let’s say, you have this for a YouTube KPI:
Increase number of free trials by 22% in Q3 in video marketing strategy
We might focus on these metrics to track our progress*:
KPIs tie in with your business objective. Whereas metrics monitor your progress in hitting those KPIs.
*This is not exhaustive, but it gives you an idea of the type of YouTube metrics that impact the KPI.
No successful YouTube creator or brand sets out to create new videos on a whim—just ask the 59% of marketers who believe strategy is the key to video marketing success.
Analyzing YouTube metrics in a well thought-out strategy helps you understand what resonates most with viewers (e.g., “are product live demonstrations more effective than webinars at nurturing prospects in the consideration stage?”).
These nine metrics, categorized according to engagement and channel analytics, serve as a great starting point if you’re new to making videos on YouTube.
Try these metrics to see if your channel performance is on the right track.
Number of subscribers
Higher subscriber count = more views. Track the total number of subscribers to see if your community is growing.
New viewers and subscribers indicate a growing community. Start monitoring this metric to gauge how much your channel has grown the past month, quarter, or year.
The audience tab gives you an overview of users who watched your videos. Analyze this metric to see if you’re attracting the right prospective customers.
Audience retention tracks the percentage of viewers who continue to watch your video. Monitor it to identify what’s working (and not) in your videos. For example, if you see spikes, it might mean your video has unclear explanations that result in viewers rewatching the video.
Most popular videos
This metric refers to the top videos based on number of views. Track it to zero-in on the topics that resonate most with viewers.
YouTube uses engagement to separate excellent videos from the pack. Track these key metrics to determine if your video ticks all the boxes.
Number of views
This refers to the total number of video views across your entire playlist.
According to many YouTube experts, this is the first performance metric to look at before looking at other metrics (e.g., average view duration) as it provides more context.
Number of clicks
This metric refers to the total number of times a YouTube video (or interactive cards) is clicked.
Few things to note:
Number of likes, comments, and shares
Discover if your videos are growing in popularity by measuring likes, comments, and shares. These three metrics are ranking signals.
That’s 170.4 hours of wasted time in a year.
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Here’s how it works:
Sit back while DashThis automatically grabs the selected metrics within the report. Once they appear on the right side of the screen, mouse-over and drag and drop them to form a cohesive look.
To add a personal touch, customize the color theme and change the profile icon to your brand logo.
Suggest the next steps within the report instead of emailing stakeholders.
Click Static Widget > Comments to recommend the next move, whether it’s:
Alternatively, use the notes widget (hover a metric and click Add Note > Save) to provide context for an erratic metric (e.g., high dislikes count likely caused by controversial opinions in video).
You can also auto-send all stakeholders email notifications whenever there’s a fresh note added.
Schedule your YouTube reports via an automatic email dispatch with a frequency of your choosing. Alternatively, send a shareable URL link for everyone to view the dashboard in real-time.
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YouTube metrics tell you if your videos hit the right note.
Before you think about the type or number of video content to create each month, analyze these metrics in your channel. It removes all the guesswork and moves the needle forward for creating videos that connect with your audience.
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