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Viewer of the Week

Peg Murphy

July 23, 2018

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Viewers from over 550 cities and villages read The Icon in 2017

Here's Google Analytic stats in our review of the past year

Q: What are the most popular two hours of the week when viewers read Bluffton Icon?

A: Wednesday evenings between 9 and 11 p.m.

Bluffton Icon experienced a solid year of views, according to statistics from Google Analytics. And the above fact was one of many that reveals viewer habits on the Icon in 2017.

Additional 2017 compared to 2016 stats, follow, but first here’s some social media stats:

The Icon has:
3,166 Facebook followers
719 Twitter followers (our You Tube videos go on Twitter)
591 Instagram followers
215 YouTube followers

The top, all-time watched videos on the Icon follow:
86,000 views of VBS spin the bottle posted July 25, 2012
29,000 views of first graders in the Bluffton fire station posted Oct. 12, 2011
9,500 views of Mike Edmiston explaining the solar eclipse posted Aug. 21, 2017

Now to the Google Analytic stats, 2017 number is first, 2016 number is second:

• The Icon experienced an increase of 14 percent in total views.
474,143 vs. 415,439
• The Icon experienced an increase of 19 percent in total viewers.
157,037 vs. 131,301
• Over 1 million pages were viewed for the second consecutive year.
1,163,935 vs. 1,046,854
• The highest single-day viewers recorded was June 21 when 14,430 individuals viewed the Icon.

Top 9 countries of Icon viewers, with 166 countries represented as viewers:
1 – US
2 – Canada
3 – Norway
4 – United Kingdom
5 – India
6 – Philippines
7 – Germany
8 – Australia
9 – Singapore

Top 10 states of Icon viewers, with all 50 represented:
1 – Ohio
2 – Michigan
3 – Florida
4 – Indiana
5 – Illinois
6 – California
7 – Texas
8 – North Carolina
9 – Georgia
10 – New York

Top 10 villages and cities with Icon viewers, with 553 Ohio villages and cities represented.
1 – Bluffton
2 – Lima
3 – Findlay
4 – Pandora
5 – Ada
6 – Columbus Grove
7 – Ottawa
8 – Kenton
9 – Wapakoneta
10 - Rawson

Top 6 browsers used to view The Icon:
1 – Chrome
2 – Safari
3 – Safari (in-app)
4 – Internet Explorer
5 – Android Webview
6 – Firefox

Top 5 web providers used to view The Icon:
1 – Time Warner
2 – Qwest
3 – Embarq
4 – Watch
5 – Fairpoint

Most viewed pages
1 – Home page
2 – Classifieds
3  - News
4 – Obituaries
5 – Photo gallery
6 – Ad index
7 – Calendar
8 – Restaurant menus
9 – Garage sale map

Most viewed local stories
(This does not include obituaries and police news)
1 – Zimmerlys sell Common Grounds
2 – Mexican Restaurant reopens
3 – Jamie Mehaffie terminated at village administrator
4 – Judy Augsburger resigns as mayor
5 – Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer resigns
6 – Meet Joy Stemen, Bluffton’s Georgiana Bailey
7 – Candidates seek 4 spots on village council
8 -  Bluffton’s newest health care provider now open
9 – DTR Industries becomes Sumiriko-Ohio
10 – Residents ask why village gets rid of village administrator