Are there still no good user stats options on NIng? Google Analytics is useful for overall stuff, but as the admin, how do I track top contributors, and non-contributors?
Wouldn't nearly every network admin/community manager benefit from knowing which users have been lurking for 10+ months, and might benefit from an invitation/incentives to contribute and give back some wisdom to the community? This seems so basic--know your audience.
We have a closed network with some private groups, but I'd like to reward contributors as well as target my under-contributing members. All members are employees with an expectation to participate in their respective teams and groups I want to be able to track user participation a little more... again, mostly to encourage those that aren't participating.
Any ideas on how to get at this data that Ning seems to be collecting at some level (leaderboards)?
Excellent question! That is almost precisely what I came here to ask today.
On our network I want to set up a badge reward system to encourage members to generate content. Is there a way to not only track their activity, but the number of page views and Likes they receive from other members?
That way they are being rewarded not just for content, but for popular, quality content. Currently we are a small network, so doing it by hand would just be the matter of an hour or so, but we won't be tiny forever, and I don't want it to turn into a full time job.
Thanks for the support. We have only 320 members (employees) and probably won't grow much beyond 700 over the next couple years. I have a part time employee doing a lot of manual tracking in excel. All we really track is a participant's most recent post--much more than that is just too much work.
The best way I've found is to use the member activity feed and Google Reader. When they first sign up, every member has a feed that you can subscribe to - and I do that through Google Reader. I also figured out a way to do it for those members who hid their feed, but I can't remember how. In any case - you can see EVERYTHING they do. I'm not sure if this works if they hide their activity though.
Thanks for the tip, setting it up now.
I found a way to find the hidden feed, at least in Firefox:
Right click on the member's page
scroll down to View page info
Click the Feeds button at the top of the window that pops up
Copy the string of characters between "user =" and "&xn auth=no" and paste it into a word document...This is their screen name
Now click on the feed button on a member that doesn't have it hidden, copy the url that shows on the top of the Add to Google page and paste it into a word document.
Next copy the "hidden feed" screen name character string and paste it over the known screen name character string.
It should look like this:
then when you click on it, it should bring up the add to google page, but with the correct name for the hidden feed member.
I hope that makes sense, if not let me know and I will post a reply on a blog or something here with screenshots.
Yes that sounds like what I did - thank you for reminding me:)
thank you for these leads.