SparkToro CEO Rand Fishkin poses with his new book, ‘Lost and Founder.’ (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)
Seattle entrepreneur Rand Fishkin thinks it’s “so darn frustrating” that brands still use the number of followers an account has to determine which social media influencers will most effectively spread their message. He calls follower counts “a crap metric” in a blog post announcing a new tool to measure the influence of Twitter accounts.
Fishkin came to that realization by comparing his Twitter account to that of his wife’s. Seventeen years ago, Fishkin founded the Seattle marketing startup Moz. Over the years, as an evangelist for digital marketing, he’s amassed more than 400,000 followers on Twitter. His wife, Geraldine DeRuiter maintains @theeverywhereist, a Twitter account tied to her book and blog. She has more than 72,000 followers.
“From those numbers, you might assume that an average tweet sent from @randfish reaches ~5.17X as many people as a tweet sent from @everywhereist,” Fishkin writes. “That assumption is dead wrong.”
To challenge that assumption, Fishkin’s new startup, SparkToro, built SparkScore. The tool determines the influence of a Twitter account using a broad range of metrics, like the average engagement with each tweet, Twitter lists the …read more