With all of the content we generate, share and publish we need to know what is effective and where we are wasting our resources. Some people rely on straight clicks, shares and venue analytics - such as that on Facebook or Pinterest. KPIs don't always relate back to your business goals of conversions, subscribers and impact. Lany talks about business proof vs. social KPI. UTMs (Urchin Tracking Module - the precursor to Google Analytics) allow you to be smarter with your time invested. But that only tells part of the story. It doesn't tell us what happens next with that shared bit of content. Are you gaining more subscribers through the sharing of your content, and then the next level of sharing? Without a better way to track the full journey, you won't know. You need to know where they are coming from, and what is having the greatest impact. That's where UTM links come in.
It used to be you had to go to a special site to generate the UTM tracked link through the browser after you copy and paste. This was a cumbersome process that usually didn't happen due to laziness, shortness of time or just forgetfulness. David Kutcher has a 15 minute lesson on how UTM codes can improve your marketing.