EventReach & EventScore
The Localist platform has a few ways to measure an event’s ability to be seen and how unique and interesting it is to users. It uses specific metrics called EventReach and EventScore to quantify the potential reach and popularity of events, respectively.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the ideal EventReach score?
A healthy EventReach score will fall around or above 70%.
How can I prevent mundane events from being on the homepage?
You should rely on the Trending algorithm for your default event list because it will automatically filter out mundane events and show your community what others are buzzing about! Another option you have here is to exclude certain Event Types from the event list tabs on your homepage. Similarly, on a per event basis, you can check ‘Exclude from Trending’ in the backend.
Why Trending instead of Upcoming?
In today’s digital age, a trending list is industry standard. For example, The New York Times sorts its news by relevance instead of chronologically. So most people will also expect your events to be listed in the same way. What’s more, Trending pushes the most unique and popular events to your homepage for users to easily discover!
EventReach is a metric to measure the expected “reach,” or audience awareness, of an event. After looking across our network of calendars, we’ve found the amount of certain content in an event greatly increases awareness and traffic. EventReach measures an event’s ability to be seen. The EventReach tool determines the metric by quantifying the single event’s potential reach as well as the overall health of the calendar.
- Google / SEO: How discoverable your event is in outside searches. If your listing includes things like a keyword rich description or a location then it can be properly indexed and displayed as a top result.
- Within Localist: How discoverable your event is to users browsing your calendar. If your listing is sponsored, assigned to multiple filters, connected to a place profile or includes tags then your event will be displayed across dozens of pages within Localist.
- Post-event engagement: EventReach includes factors that encourage audience communication after the event has occurred.
When adding an event the EventReach score will be set to 0% reach until you have entered a Title and Start Date.
Once you begin to add content to the form, the EventReach score will automatically update and check things off the list turning them green. Items that remain yellow have not been added and items that are gray are optional as they apply to only certain events.
Date more than 7 days away: If your event does not have an instance that is more than 7 days away then this will impact your score. While events should be posted as far in advance as possible, leaving at least 7 days allows enough time for Google to properly index the content and for your audience to discover the event.
Location / Linked to place page: If your platform has place pages enabled then you will see Linked to place page appear in the checklist if you connect your event to a profile.
Unlisted / Restricted: Selecting these visibility settings will remove the score table.
Monitoring EventReach Scores
A healthy score for a typical event will fall above 70%. The average EventReach score for your platform is displayed on your Admin Dashboard.
- This number is periodically re-calculated and updated throughout the day.
- Only the score for future events is included in this average.
Localist’s EventScore™ trending algorithm looks at dozens of factors to discover not just the most popular event, but the most interesting one. Let Localist automatically keep tabs on the social pulse of your community.
Event listings can be ordered using EventScore™ in two places:
- Channels – includes Homepage
Why use Trending?
The days of chronological posts being the default are gone. Your users expect to see the content displayed based on what is most popular and relevant to them. If you are looking at a Facebook news feed, a Twitter timeline, an Instagram feed, or even the New York Times app, you will see content curated by relevance instead of chronologically. The Trending view in Localist matches your users’ expectations for the way content is displayed because they are used to the relevance view.
On top of the expectation that digital entities display content by relevance, most of your users will not go to a calendar because they are bored and looking to do something that day. The majority of users will go to a calendar looking for cool events that they will work into their schedule. You want to make sure that those users are finding the cool and unique events that you are offering! Don’t worry, for those that want to see a chronological view or search by date still have the Upcoming list, All Events view, and the Minical as options.