Get started with Impact Reports
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Written by Whitney W.
Updated over a week ago

Welcome to your go-to-guide on Impact Reports!

Meltwater Impact helps you understand and communicate the true impact of a press release or news story. By entering a URL link of your published content, Impact will generate an online report including insights such as pickup results and details of which publications generated the most audience engagement.

How to create an impact report

  1. Select sign-in in the top right corner.
    If you have the Pro-Report Impact package your account will have access to further analytics, please be sure to log in with your work email associated with your Meltwater account

  2. Select the purple + icon in the bottom right corner

  3. Within the form enter a name for your report, a URL link of the published news article, a collection period from when the content was published and select Continue

  4. The report will now fetch the data from the URL link you've provided. You'll be presented with the details of the article to confirm and then select Search

  5. The report will now start compiling the insights and this may take up to a minute

  6. Your report will load on the page

Share your impact report

Once you've finalized your report, it can be shared with others without the need for them to log into Meltwater. To share your report, select the three-dot menu and select Share from the options.

All impact reports are viewed online so we recommend using the 'share link' option if you are incorporating your report into an email or presentation. Viewers of the report are prompted to sign in for free, to view the report.

Analytics and refining results

The best way to refine the content within your report is to update the percentage of similarity the collected content needs to match with to your original article.

  • Select the three-dot menu button

  • Select > Browse Content from the dropdown menu

  • Above your content stream is the following group of quick tools icons:

Search - Quickly identify an article that has filtered into the results via a search term

Similarity - Refine the percentage of similarity the collected content needs to match with to your original article

Add hit - Enter an article URL link to be added to the results

Sort - change the order of the displayed content by date, similarity, shares or potential reach

  • Select the Similarity icon

  • Drag the slide bar to increase the similarity percentage match, the default minimum similarity score is 60%. Meaning the body of text in your article must match at least 60% of the text within collected articles

  • Select Update

  • The similarity will now be updated across your report, select the back arrow in the top left to review the updated analytics

Google Analytics

In addition to the standard analytics within your report, if you are utilising the Pro-Impact Reports package you can also connect your Google Analytics data to view the correlation of one of your Google Analytics properties with the media coverage.

To connect your Google Analytics:

  • Select the three-dot menu button

  • Select Google Analytics. Please note you'll need to be a user or administrator of your Google Analytics account to make this connection as it will load you into the Google login page for your Analytics.

  • Follow Google's prompts to authorise the connection

  • Select the relevant Google Analytics property that relates to your media coverage. If you'd like to review all the views to your website you may choose not to select a single property.

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