Tweets for Boobs Status

An update on #tweetsforboobs, but first … thanks for everyone’s participation so far. You all have been amazing!!! Keep it up!

How #tweetsforboobs Started (if you’re curious)

We’re really happy to be involved with the #tweetsforboobs twitter campaign for breast cancer awareness. At the beginning of September I decided I wanted to do something non-profit oriented on Twitter. I bounced the idea off of my buddy Josh Strebel, he liked it and reminded me that October is breast cancer awareness month. I have a few women very close to me who are currently fighting breast cancer or have survived it. Because of that, I really wanted to see if we could make something work, on Twitter, to 1) help raise awareness, and 2) generate donations. A few days later we bought the domain and started putting things in motion.

I had noticed a few successful Twitter promotional givaways like the #moonfruit campaign. I had also noticed a few other non-profit efforts that were successful as well, so we tried to model those. I started reaching out to potential sponsors, to match $1 for every hashtag tweeted. The problem was, it was a little late in the game to find a sponsor at the level we needed. I reached out to Komen Phoenix and Komen National, but again it was too late to get any of their contacts committed. About a week before October 1 we gave up on finding a sponsor and realized we could do this without one.

How #tweetsforboobs Works (if you don’t know already)

If you’re not familiar with it, basically we (ie: keeps track of every account which mentioned #tweetsforboobs and counts that as a $1 pledge. People can pledge all they want through October, and at the end of October the site will DM each participating account their pledge total with a link to our Susan G. Komen donation page. This model met a few requirements: 1) pledging / donating needed to be easy 2) it needed to be public via Twitter, which raises awareness and 3) we couldn’t touch the money. Brian Roy hooked us up with a JustSignal account (thanks!), to track Twitter mentions, and over the course of a couple days, Josh designed and built out We put the site live late Friday the 25th of September.

#tweetsforboobs Status

Alright … enough back story, lets get down to it. How has the campaign done so far?

Goal 1 = raise breast cancer awareness on Twitter.
Goal 2 = raise donations.

I’ll start with Goal 2 because it’s still early October and frankly, at this pace we won’t meet it. We’re almost at $900 pledged a week into October, which is great, but not enough. So … if you’re reading this please help!!! We’ll do another post summing up the campaign when it’s all said and done, with a more detailed analysis on who pledged what and who actually followed through with their donations.

As for goal #1, I think we’ve been successful so far and if you like data, here’s why 🙂

The first thing we started tracking was the link included in the suggested tweet text. You can check that out in real-time here Our link has been clicked almost 3,000 times and the aggregate link has been clicked almost 3,200 times. Pretty cool!

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Google Analytics is showing us we’ve had 2,807 visits to and 2,170 unique visitors. We’ve had visitors from 59 different countries. That’s not bad either!

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What we really need to know, though, is how much exposure our hashtag, #tweetsforboobs, has received. This is a little bit more difficult to measure, as Twitter is fairly new and all the social media monitoring solutions are therefore, also new. I reached out to a few I knew off the top of my head, Radian 6 and ScoutLabs … both basically gave me the cold shoulder. Radian 6 generously offered their “non-profit” pricing which was around $250 / month right off the bat. ScoutLabs didn’t offer anything more then their 30-days free which I’ve been using somewhat. It really doesn’t give much Twitter data, just a list of all the tweets matching our filter. Not much help here…


I was hoping for something more insightful. I asked Brian what we could get from JustSignal, since we’re already using it to track mentions. From, we know that 895 tweets have included the hashtag #tweetsforboobs. We also know who’s using it the most, from the top BRAs leaderboard. Out of the box JustSignal gives us some interesting details like most frequent re-tweeters, tweets per day and tweets per hour (yesterday).

What I wanted to know was what kind of exposure this has had. How many streams has the hashtag made it into? Who’s helped us the most, in terms of exposure? I needed some more data for that and JustSignal helped me get it. I was going to get into TweetMeme’s new analytics, but they only track links 🙁

We have all the twitter accounts which tweeted the hashtag, so I got their tweet count (for #tweetsforboobs) and their follower count. Their follower count we can think of as Unique Reach. I multiplied their follower count by the amount of times they tweeted #tweetsforboobs to get the Reach per Account then added all those up to get the Total Campaign Reach and Total Unique Reach.

So, our hashtag has had a Total Unique Reach of 625,627 and a Total Campaign Reach of 1,257,570 for an average 2.01 hashtags per feed. Basically, #tweetsforboobs has made it into 625,627 unique account streams on average, 2.01 times.

I’ve also broken down Total Reach per Account, showing the top 25 accounts here…


There are obviously some caveats to this, like accounts don’t = viewed or even people; as well as a number of other issues, but it’s the quickest and simplest metric I could put together today.

What’s Next?

First and foremost, we need more support and we’re asking for your help. We’d really like to reach our pledge goal by the end of October and YOU are the ones who make that happen.

As far as the data goes … I’d really like to be able to see who has been responsible for getting the most people involved. Getting re-tweet and reply data into this will be able to show us some interesting things. Specifically, we’d be able to understand who is responsible for what percentage of the total amount pledged, beyond just how much they’ve pledged themselves. We would be able to see how much influence, in dollars, each participating Twitter account has.

Thanks again for everyone’s participation so far!!

About Chase Granberry

Chase Granberry Founder and CEO of AuthorityLabs. He loves building things on the Internet, skiing in the winter and his beautiful wife.

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Hi Chase, Sorry if we weren’t more helpful. We should have spoken more about your unique needs. For instance, we do not support the hashtag in our search functionality at this time (we will soon). That said, I think you may have assumed some things about us, and visa versa. On behalf of Scout Labs, I do have record that I offered you an NP discount, so however cold our shoulder may have seemed, I think we did do our part. And, for the record, the discount is %50, which would = $50 p/month – anyway, I’ll spare the boring details. Looks like you are having fun for a good cause, and you are doing an awesome job! Best of luck, Julie and the Scout Labs team

Amber Naslund

Hiya Chase,

Sorry for the cold shoulder impression. Not our intent, most certainly. If you’d like to drop me an email to, I’d like to understand a bit more about what you’re trying to capture. If we can help we’ll give it our best, otherwise I might have some other ideas to share.

Amber Naslund
Director of Community, Radian6

Chase Granberry

Appreciate the response … would love to hear your thoughts. What I want to do is at the bottom of this post.

Amber Naslund

Truth be told, we’re far broader than a Twitter analytics platform, so it’s a little tough to track down attribution the way you’re looking to do it. But I’m not giving up. Let me chew on it a bit and see what I can come up with.


Hayes Davis


You might want to also check out (disclosure: yes, I wrote it). I think it will give you another take on these numbers. Get in touch (@hayesdavis) and I’ll be happy to run you a full report for free.

Here’s a link to the free report (over the last 50 tweets):

Good luck with the campaign.


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