Social Media ROI: Check Before You Start

Jim Lenskold

An army of social media thinkers has deemed it useful to redefine ROI, as in social media ROI. In 2010, Brian Solis introduced it in his book Engage! as Return on Influence (and also as Return on Investment, Return on Involvement, Return on Innovation and Relevance of Interaction).

The term Return on Influence (now Realization of Influence as well) is not Brian’s invention. Back in 2009, Amy Jo Martin came up with a popular video including so-called “cold and warm metrics” and mentioning Return On Influence. In 2007, Valeria Maltoni and others already talked about it, elaborating on a post by Paul Dunay. Since a few months, there is even a book called Return On Influence.

Confusing, isn’t it? Time to get serious about social media ROI as in Return on Investment again.