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12 Things We Learned Analyzing Pinterest Pins with Social Listening

By Derek Franks  •  November 5, 2018


75 billion ideas.

 

That’s the number of new ideas that have been posted to the popular social media platform Pinterest, according to Omnicore.

There have been billions of online conversations this year alone on Pinterest, part of the 175 billion total Pinterest “pins” all time since the network launched in 2010.

As you’re getting your mind blown by these stats, we should warn you: we’re just getting started.

 

Each major social network plays...

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Topics: social listening, social listening data, social media, social media data, social media research, pinterest


Are You Listening Where Your Audience Is Talking? Go Beyond Social Media

By Derek Franks  •  June 5, 2018


211 million pieces of user-generated content are created online every minute. People are talking, and they have a lot to say that’s important to you.

 

But people don’t just sound off on social media.

There are dozens of different mediums people turn to to provide feedback and details about their experiences online.

 

These include places like blogs, forums, articles, news stories, article comments, and review sites. All of these are in...

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Topics: social listening, customers, target audiences, social media, audience


INFOGRAPHIC: How Social Listening Is Transforming the Marketing Process

By Derek Franks  •  January 22, 2018


Listening is the new monitoring.

Today’s best marketers make it a point to listen to what people have to say, but more importantly also how they feel.

The previous hallmark method of listening in which brands engage and respond to people who follow them, known as monitoring, is still an important aspect to any marketing strategy and customer service strategy. But in this noisy, convoluted, ever-changing world, it’s not enough.

We need to...

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Topics: social listening, digital marketing, social media


Quick Tips: 7 Powerful Ways to Find Out Who Your Online Audiences Are

By Derek Franks  •  January 15, 2018


The medium is the message. At least that’s a fun saying that marketers say. There is a lot of truth to it. But it doesn’t paint the complete picture.

In reality what you say, how you say it and, yes, where you say it are only half the battle.

To win, you need to not only focus on what you’re saying, but what the world around you is saying. In this case, the message can be found on many mediums all over the web.

You need to fine tune the way...

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Topics: social media, audience, consumer research


10 Bold Predictions About Marketing and Social Media for 2018

By Derek Franks  •  January 8, 2018


2018 will be a landmark year for social media, digital marketing and research. Don’t believe us? Just ask some of the experts. They’re quick to say that, as fast as things have evolved in recent years, we aint seen nothin’ yet.

Now to be fair, we can say that pretty much every year. That goes for 2017, which saw some crazy breakthroughs that have upped the ante. Wendy’s gave a year’s worth of Chicken Nuggets to a guy for getting retweets, brands...

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Topics: social media, digital marketing


3 Revealing Industry Insights Using Social Listening Data

By Derek Franks  •  November 27, 2017


The remarkable thing about marketing technology and social intelligence is the far-reaching access to data that can be applied to so many aspects of business, marketing and advertising strategies.

 

There are tons of different and innovative ways to utilize consumer insights that brands and businesses need to take advantage of and are likely missing out on.

 

Social and digital marketing strategy teams are huge benefactors of social media tools...

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Topics: social listening, social listening tools, consumer research, social media, market research, social media research


5 Powerful Takeaways from Social Media Week Chicago

By Derek Franks  •  November 20, 2017


Social Media Week Chicago 2017 has officially come and gone, and we spent the past few days being treated to awesome presentations, groundbreaking ideas, thought-provoking theories and futuristic marketing techniques that any brand or agency should take closely to heart. Here’s what you need to know:

Social media is boldly going into new territories that, even now, it hasn’t really been before.

As it turns out, social isn’t a place for simply...

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Topics: social media, social media week


Your Social Listening Tool Kit

By Derek Franks  •  November 6, 2017


Listeners are the cool kids on the block. They are the ones who excel in society, at work, in the classroom and in relationships. Everyone loves a good listener.

 

Now, you’ve committed your team to being better listeners or help your clients be better listeners. Your brand or business is ready to be a listening-first organization.

 

The people that matter-- your customers, clients, fans, followers, patients or subscribers-- want to be heard....

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Topics: social listening, social listening tools, social media, social media data, social media tools


5 Social Media Tools Every Marketer Should be Using

By Derek Franks  •  October 16, 2017


One of the most searched marketing-related terms on Google is “social media tools.”

Marketers realize that social media is extremely important. More than that, they are recognizing that simply posting on social media and then forgetting about it does not work. They need to tap the many resources that can help them as part of an integrated, long-term digital marketing strategy.

It’s important to develop a strategy behind your content. It’s also...

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Topics: social media, social media tools, social media marketing


How to Use Consumer Research Data for your Marketing Strategy

By Derek Franks  •  October 9, 2017


Numbers never lie. I like to use this phrase a lot when working with teams on marketing strategies. Regardless of what your objectives are within your marketing strategy, you need that strategy to be data-driven.

 

The quickest way to failure for advertisers and marketers is to carry on without data, performance measurement and benchmarks to guide your team. I’d argue that the most essential data is that about your customers, prospects, online...

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Topics: social media, social listening, consumer research, market research


5 Ways to Build Better Connections with Customers in the Digital Age

By Derek Franks  •  June 15, 2017


Don Draper had a spectacular way of presenting amazing new creative ideas for brands’ big ad campaigns. The many “Mad Men” who inspired that character knew how to develop messages that truly resonated with people. At the height of the golden age of advertising, brand messaging literally drove consumer behavior.

Today, we can feel inspired by such remarkable creativity. But the internet has turned the advertising world on its head. We’ve done a...

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Topics: advertising, marketing, social media, customer relationships


7 easy ways to build better connections on social media

By Derek Franks  •  June 8, 2017


 

Conversations. That’s what drives brands in today’s always-on world.

Successful marketing and advertising is about building an ongoing relationship with people, reaching them where they are hanging out online. It’s a two-way street now. The best brands keep an open dialogue with consumers. They provide them with relevant, interesting and entertaining information on a consistent basis.

Perhaps there’s no better place to do this than on...

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Topics: social media, social media listening, social media strategy, social media monitoring, advertising, community management


3 Powerful Social Media Listening Insights To Guide Your Strategy

By Derek Franks  •  May 31, 2017


Us social media marketers know the scenario: you’re working hard to develop a social media strategy for your company or your client. But you can’t decide what data is the most important to help guide that strategy.

The good news? There is a lot of information out there. Online conversations help us better understand audiences and create lasting connections with real people. Your social media approach will likely vary depending on your business...

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Topics: social media listening, social media, social media research, social media monitoring, strategy, social media strategy, sentiment analysis


Using Social Media Reviews for Product Research and Development

By Tiffany Tran  •  September 28, 2016


Most brands in the CPG industry spend a considerable amount of money on product research and development (R&D). In 2014, Apple spent 3% ($1.7B) of its annual earnings in R&D.

If you are a start-up or a small business, chances are, you are going to be spending way more than 3% of your annual earnings on R&D. In 2008, the ‘Business R&D and Innovation Survey’ revealed that small companies (5 to 24 employees) spent at least 50% more than small...

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Topics: social media, social media research, product research


Beer isn’t just for Boys: Using Social Data to Reach New Audiences

By Madi Harmon  •  August 11, 2016


Drinking beer is a boy’s club, or at least it was.

For years beer advertisements have targeted the most consistent and loyal consumers, men, and often have ignored or portrayed women as objects of desire.

Check out how far Bud Light missed the mark with women in its 2014 #UpForWhatever campaign by implying that beer should be used to “remove no from your vocabulary for the night.”

Despite a turbulent history with the female demographic, these...

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Topics: audience, marketing, sentiment, perception, advertising, social data, social media, social media research, social data research, audience segment


Common objections to adopting a social intelligence tool

By Jordan Hanson  •  May 31, 2016


There are a lot of social tools out there and many of them make claims about their ability to gauge public opinion with precision and accuracy. Like so many other decisions about buying business tools, it really comes down to a simple business question:

What are we getting from your software in exchange for our money?

It's a great question with a simple answer.

Purchasing access to any social intelligence tool should provide you with the...

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Topics: social media intelligence, social media


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


6 Ways Social Media Intelligence Can Improve Retail Brands

By Tiffany Tran  •  March 31, 2016


According to the PEW Research Center, two-thirds of American adults are now using social media platforms. Wowza!

 

Yet, it’s not just keeping up with friends and family that happen on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Consumers share pricing information, recommendations, opinions on tangibles and experiences, and other highly valuable information on their preferences, journeys, and experiences. This has become a natural way for...

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Topics: social media intelligence, social media, beauty, retail


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