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Brands can thank Starbucks for making pumpkin spice popular

By Jordan Hanson  •  September 13, 2016


Starbucks has a secret weapon when it comes to brand awareness: seasonal beverages.

Pumpkin spice lattes have become such a cultural phenomenon that they have even become a nostalgic symbol of Fall right after cute boots, chili cook-offs, and the back-to-school season.

Our dashboard on PSL conversations gives you a look at the most frequently referenced topics from the last 90 days. Click here or on the image button right below this text to see...

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Topics: brand perception, branding, psl, brand awareness, starbucks, pumpkin spice latte


How social data can solve YOUR brand's 'granny panty' problem

By Jordan Hanson  •  July 28, 2016


How do consumers really feel about their panty purchases? Is it a different feeling than their lingerie purchases? Fruit of the Loom is betting many women won't know the difference.

Recently, Adweek noted how agency Ketchum tricked New York shoppers with a classic bait-and-switch marketing tactic, using nothing but a snooty reputation and an equally-pretentious name, Früt.

Früt is presented as the newest upscale lingerie retail boutique to...

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Topics: social media intelligence, holiday, brands, sentiment, beauty, brand perception, retail, social data, social media market research, purchase, historical data, fashion, perception


How Agencies Can Speak for Brands Using Social Data

By Jordan Hanson  •  May 24, 2016


Good news: your agency receives an RFP to improve a brand's public perception. You have great ideas and a pitch meeting coming up.

Bad news: the clock is ticking and you're on a deadline.

Normally, preliminary research efforts are going to involve surveys, public polling, focus groups, you name it. These steps take time, resources, and consistent diligence to make sure your results are accurate. Doesn't that sound more complicated than it needs...

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Topics: brands, marketing, social media, market research, audience, brand perception, retail


Marketing Disney's New Star Wars for 'May the Fourth'

By Jordan Hanson  •  May 3, 2016


"Disney's gonna ruin Star Wars."

I said it. My friends said it. Critics even said it, but the data says otherwise.

Aside from raking in $2 billion at the box office globally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens represents a potential cash cow for the media giant if they can effectively market Star Wars to fans both new and old.

In 2011, at Toronto Underground Cinema in Canada, fans marked the first ever Star Wars Day, the target holiday for the Jedi...

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Topics: brands, star wars, audience segment, disney, audience, brand perception


Spokespeople in the Social Age: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

By Jordan Hanson  •  May 3, 2016


Call them what you want -- brand advocates, spokespeople, celebrity representatives, paid shills -- influencer marketing is alive and well.

It used to be simpler, too: your celebrity/spokesperson appears in radio, television, and/or photo ads. But social media has changed the rules.

Brands have to worry about the overall public perception of these spokespeople as advertising has developed from traditional media into the modern multichannel...

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Topics: brands, sentiment, spokespeople, spokesperson, brand perception


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