Judith Mackrell has posted an article today on the Guardian Culture website about the importance of social media to dance companies. And because a fair percentage of people visiting our site comes from various social networks here's a few stats† about people visiting our site*.
Since we re-branded and launched our new site in September 2010 we've had 420,687 visits to northernballet.com from 298,983 people and they have looked at 1,527,616 pages!
Our busiest month was March 2011 where we had 27,021 visits and 101,828 pages were served.
Our monthly eNewsletter goes to 5,556 people and around 1,500 links are followed in each email.
The following table shows the number of visitors various sites have sent us (this does not include search or paid advertising.)
|Leeds Grand Theatre||3,990|
When it comes to search (Google, Bing, Yahoo et al) there are no surprises of the most common phrases people use to find us...
|northern ballet theatre||19,777|
|northern ballet leeds||5,540|
|northern ballet cleopatra||3,246|
|northern ballet school||2,285|
|northern ballet academy||1,900|
|northern ballet beauty and the beast||1,880|
Since April 2012 we've included the number of times a link to northernballet.com has been included in search results pages, here there are a couple of surprises... (The numbers here are rounded by Google.)
|Term||number of appearances|
|leeds grand theatre||40,000|
|norwich theatre royal||35,000|
|nottingham theatre royal||18,000|
|northern ballet school||15,000|
|theatre royal norwich||15,000|
We post our videos to YouTube and since our relaunch our videos have been watched 155,587 times (this includes our old Northern Ballet Theatre YouTube channel). Our most popular video has been the trailer for Cleopatra which has been watched 25,039 times. (The video was filmed before any of the set or costumes for the ballet had been produced!)
Recently we've started using Pinterest and Tumblr to highlight some of the photos from our archives as well as to find and share amazing ballet/dance pictures from all across the web. There are 125 people who follow us on Pinterest and 46 on Tumblr.
We're always looking at new social networks and ways of making it easier for you to engage with us. You can leave a comment below if you want to suggest anywhere online you think we ought to be or drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook, email... You get the idea!
†Stats are up to the and of July 2012 unless otherwise stated.