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Qualitative vs Quantitative Social Media Reporting

When it comes to reporting on your social media efforts there’s many f ways that it can actually be done. Every company is going to have their own style and every manager or boss is going to have their own way that they like to see reports.

No matter what format your company, boss or client likes, it always comes down to two big questions when it’s time to do the reporting; Do I take the quantitative or the qualitative route?

The truth is, each side has it’s own merits.

Quantitative Reporting

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Quantitative reporting means presenting hard numbers as your measurements. Think of “quantity.” Quantitative measurements are things that are real measurements, These are going to be all of the things that you can actually count and show cold hard facts towards. As we mentioned in an earlier blog post this month, your goals in social media should have something measurable tied to them that helps you know that you’re working towards your brand’s goals.

Managers like to see quantitative reporting because these types of reports have the actual numbers that show how you’re advancing towards your goals or anomalies that can then be analyzed to determine why numbers move in a certain way.

Some exmaples of things that can be measured quantitatively in social media include:

Increases (or decreases) in fans/followers

Sysomos MAP - Change In Followers Over Time

Number of mentions your brand gets

Sysomos Heartbeat - Mentions Count

Number of clicks you get when sharing links

Bit.ly Shows Number Of Clicks To A Custom URL

And share of voice between you and your competitors

Sysomos Heartbeat - Share of Voice

Of course, these are just a few types of quantitative measurements that can be taken. One of the nice things about social media is that because it happens online, most things can be tracked and measured in a quantitative form.

 

Qualitative Reporting

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If the key to quantitative reporting is to think of “quantity,” then qualitative reporting should make you think of “quality.” Qualitative reporting has less to do with hard numbers and more to do with the underlying meaning and interpretations behind those numbers. These are going to be the things that add meaning and value to your hard numbers.

So, for example, quantitative reporting might tell you how many times your brand has been mentioned in social media, but qualitative reporting will look at “why” your company was getting those mentions. What were people saying? Were you being mentioned for good or bad reasons? Were mentions consistant with your brand’s message? And so on.

Qualitative reporting is great because it helps to tell the story behind what’s actually happening in social media.

Some examples of things that can be looked at qualitatively in social media include:

What drove the conversation (using text analytics)

Sysomos MAP - Buzzgraph (Text Analytics)

What was most popular (looking at things like the most retweeted tweets)

Sysomos MAP - Most Retweeted Tweets

What was the sentiment around our brand (even though sentiment can have a number associated with it, it’s still more of a qualitative measurement)

Sysomos Heartbeat - Overall Sentiment

 

So, what’s best?

Now that we’ve given a breakdown of the differences are between quantitative and qualitative measurements, you need to decide what is the best way to put them into your social media reports.

My best suggestion would be to do what I do when I create reports and use a mix of both. Show the numbers that matter towards your goals with qualitative measurements, but then dig deeper with a qualitative analysis as to why those numbers were showing as they did. What drove them? What was the underlying meaning of all those numbers? What’s the story behind the numbers?

An example of this mixing method could be with customer satisfaction: It’s easy to count how many times you replied to a customer service request via social media. But how can you gauge the satisfaction of that customers interaction, since having them leave the interaction feeling positive about it is likely your goal if you’re doing customer service? The feeling of satisfaction doesn’t have any real numbers associated with it, but if you look deeper into those interactions (by using some of the methods we gave examples of above like text analytics and sentiment analysis) you can make a judgement call on if the customer left the interaction feeling satisfied. That way you can say, “We had 17 customer support issues last week and we were able to solve 15 of them (quantitative hard numbers) and the customer satisfaction rate for those solved issues was 85% satisfied (a qualitative number derived from looking at those interactions).”

Or, for a real world example, last week we announced that we have acquired Expion. For my reporting of that event I gave our team hard numbers of how many times Sysomos and Expion were mentioned together in social media, but then I dove into the text analytics around all of those mentions we received to show our team not just that people were talking about it, but what they were actually saying. We found words like (to toot our own horn a little bit) “unrivalled,” “undisputed” and “combined force” with a great positive sentiment rating, so I was able to tell our team not only did we get a lot buzz about the announcement, but that it was also received very positively.

By combining both quantitative and qualitative into your social media reports you will wind up with a finished product that pleases everyone and helps them to understand what’s happening in your brand’s social media world. You will have numbers that show your boss or client the hard numbers that are moving them towards goals, but you’ll also have a way to explain why things are happening and why those numbers are moving. The benefit of combining both is that you can also create a narrative in your reports, which makes them easier for everyone to understand whether their a numbers person or not.
Do you want to measure both quantitatively and qualitatively at the same time? Request a demo of our Sysomos software and we’ll show you how we can help.

Social Media Reporting Doesn’t Need To Be A Daunting Task

Being involved in social media marketing is a fun job. You get to come up with creative ways to engage your audience, speak to people from all corners of the world and help make your company look awesome to the rest of the world. But then it always comes to that one task that you dread… actually reporting on your social media activities.

Social media reporting doesn’t need a daunting task though. There are many tools that can help make the process a lot less painless, and Sysomos Heartbeat is one of those.

Set Up Specific Dashboards For Your Reports

One of the best features of our all new Sysomos Heartbeat is that we give you ability to truly customize your dashboards. With a customized dashboard you can have all of your important and need-to-know information at your fingertips anytime you need them all in one place. Another feature that makes customizable dashboards great is that as your plans and goals change for your social media activities, you can continuously change, rearrange and update your personal dashboard. You can even set up more than one dashboard to track different types of goals on their own.

If you want to customize your own dashboard, it’s really quite simple. Once you have your tags and filters* set in Sysomos Heartbeat to see the information you’re most interested in, find the widget that interests you. Let’s say for this example it’s the Activity Summary chart.

Now, notice in the upper right corner of the widget the widget settings icon? This is going to be important.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Activity Summary Widget

Selecting the widget settings icon will give you a drop down menu where you can select Add To Dashboard. Click that.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Widget Settings

Next, you’ll be given a drop down menu allowing you to select which already created dashboard you’d like to add that widget to. If you don’t already have a customized dashboard setup, you’ll be given the option to create a new one.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Select your Dashboard

Now, you can repeat this process until every piece of information you need to see is combined into your ultimate reporting dashboard. Any widget that you find inside the Monitor section of Sysomos Heartbeat can be added to a dashboard, which gives you endless possibilities for dashboards.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Executive Overview Sample Dashboard

 

Get Your Dashboards Sent Right To Your Inbox

Now that you have your perfect dashboard setup, it’s time to use it for easy reporting.

Additionally, the all-new Sysomos Heartbeat gives you the ability to subscribe to any and all of your dashboards. Subscribing to a dashboard will bring all the information that you just deemed as important to your reporting sent directly to your inbox… or even your boss’s inbox.

To subscribe to a dashboard simply head to the dashboard you want and in the upper right corner you should see a “Subscribe” button. Clicking that button will then give you a form where you can specify the email you want the dashboard sent to, what you’d like the subject of the email to say and how frequently you’d like it delivered, daily or weekly.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Subscribe To Your Dashboard
And that’s it!

You can now have your reports sent directly to you when you need them with no hassle whatsoever. It’s just that easy. Sysomos Heartbeat helps to make the daunting task of reporting on your social media activities as easy as opening an email.

If you’re already a Sysomos customer and want to learn about dashboards and how you set up your reports to be sent right to you, check out the dashboard information in our Support Portal*.

And if you’re not already using Sysomos to help take the hassle out of your reporting, what are you waiting for? Request to see a demo of Sysomos Heartbeat right now.

 

* This link goes to our client help section and you’ll need to login with your regular Sysomos login to access it.

Reusing and Repurposing Content: How And When To Best Do It

Reuse and Repurpose Your ContentThe really great thing about really great content is that it’s timeless. This means that if you have produced a well performed piece of content, be it a blog post, a video, an infographic, or anything else, just sharing it once means you’re not sharing it nearly enough.

Great content that has a long shelf life should be, and needs to be, shared more often so that you’re not missing out on connecting it to the people that want or need it and missed it the first time around. But how do you know what content should be shared again? And once you know that, how do you go about doing it? We have a couple pieces of advice for you on this today (or any day if you’re reading this when we’ve reshared it).

The process is actually quite simple and shouldn’t take you long at all do. It’s a simple three step process of:

 

  1. Figuring out the best content to repurpose or reshare
  2. Find the best way(s) to reuse that content
  3. Find the best times to put that content back out into the world

Determine what content should be used over and over again

The first step when it comes to repurposing and reusing content is to determine which content is worthy. There’s several ways that you can do this. Of course, our favorite way comes from using social intelligence to determine what content your audience loved or what old content would be relevant for them again today.

Let’s start first with determining what content your audience loved the most. If you’re doing content right, you should have analytics around all of your content that you can go back and look at. If your content is a blog post, take a look at your Google Analytics (or whichever web analytics provider you use) and determine which post saw the most overall traffic. If your content is a video, you can also see this information directly from YouTube, Vimeo or any other video site you uploaded the content to. All your content should have some analytics attached to it so you could see how it performed. Seeing which content attracted the most eyeballs should give you a pretty good idea of which content pieces seem to be most interesting to your audience and even though they have the most views, there’s still a good chance that not everyone you’d have like to have seen it did. This means that this content is ripe for getting reshared with your audience.

Another way to determine which content of yours was most popular would be to use a tool, like our Sysomos software, to figure out what content was most popular in the social space. One way to go about doing this is to look back at which of your tweets linking to your content was shared most. Using a tool like Sysomos MAP and heading over to our our Most Retweeted section we can help to identify which tweets were passed along the most, which likely means that people liked them so much they were interested in sharing them with their networks. For example, @Pillsbury shares a lot of yummy recipes that you can make with their products. By doing a search for tweets with “recipe” we can determine which were the most popular ones in the past six months (or in whatever timeline you’d like to search in). If these recipes went over well the first time around, they’re likely to do the same if they get reshared again.

Sysomos MAP - @Pillsbury's most retweeted tweets about recipes

Figure out the best way to repurpose or re-share your content

Now that you’ve determined your content that’s worth putting out there again, it’s time to figure out how to best go about doing this.

In the example with @Pillsbury above, they could likely send out the exact same tweets again and get a great response on their second time around. In a lot of cases, you could probably do this as well. But what about if you could use that same content in a way that makes it look fresh and new?

If you already know your audience and how they like to recieve content from you, figuring out a way to repurpose it for them should be easy (and if you don’t know these things, see our blog post on how to use social intelligence to design content your audience wants). Here’s some examples of how you can repurpose old content:

  • If your audience also likes YouTube, take a popular blog post and find a way to change it into an entertaining video that can be easily watched and shared
  • If your audience is of a business nature, take that blog post of tips you made and make them into a presentation that you can share on SlideShare in an easy to digest format that can be easily shared or embedded in other places
  • You can even repurpose content in the same format, but just in a new package. Take your company’s YouTube videos and then find the best 6 second soundbites reshare those on Vine (or make them into 15 second clips and use them on Instagram)

(Note: that last idea was curtesy of @jj_stockwell during an #SMmeasure chat a few weeks back. Thanks Jason!)

If you consider yourself creative in anyway, the number of ways that you can change old content to make it look new and fresh again will be limitless. 

Know when the best times to reuse all that content is

Now that we have all this content that we’re ready to put back out into the world, we need to figure out when the best time to do so is. In some cases, anytime might be a good time. For example, since this post isn’t associated with anything specifically timed to today, we could (and likely will) reshare this post whenever we feel like it. The content is timeless, so anytime we can get it in front of new eyeballs is likely a good time.

However, not all content is like this. Some content will do better at certain times or when they can be associated with other timely events. For example, one of @Pillsbury’s tweets we showed above was for a basketball themed recipe and was shared during March Madness. Well, just a few months after March Madness we found ourselves in the middle of the NBA Finals, which would be a great time to reshare that basketball themed recipe.

Things that gain the attention of a large section of the population aren’t just good times to bring up that old content. It’s also important to remember to focus on things that are timely and specific to just your audience. Keep an eye on what your top community members or influencers are talking about in the present, which is very easy to do if you have them in a Sysomos media set. Do you have a piece of content that speaks to something they’re currently interested in? This would be the perfect time to repurpose or re-share it. For example. in a media set we have built around TV critics, we saw from our Buzzgraph that they seem to be talking a lot about the season finale of Game of Thrones in the past 7 days. If we were in the entertainment business, we could take this a cue that people interested in entertainment and TV are also likely talking about this and now would be a great time to reuse some of our Game of Thrones content that we already have ready as the topic is hot at the moment.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Buzzgraph of what TV critics have been talking about in the past week

Good content is always going to be good content and there will usually be a time and place when you can use it again. So, instead of constantly straining to keep coming up with fresh new content, don’t forget to think about all the ways that you can reuse and repurpose all of that great content you already have.

If you want to learn more about how social intelligence can help guide you on how and when to reuse your content, reach out to us and request a demo of Sysomos.

Use Social Intelligence To Design Content Your Audience Wants

Content production and content marketing is key in today’s ‘attention economy’. There’s a reason that you keep hearing the phrase “content is king.” People are addicted to content, whether its writing, pictures, videos or more, people love sharing content, so it’s imperative to produce amazing pieces that resonate with your audience.

Companies need to almost be media companies these days in that they need to constantly be producing content from commercials to blog posts, photography to tweets, online videos to magazine ads and everything in between. But with so much content that needs to be produced, how do you know what’s going to work best?

The secret to creating great content that your audience is going to eat up is getting to really know them. And social intelligence is a great way to go about learning about your audience and what they want.

Discover how they like their content

We mentioned a lot of different kinds of content that people can be producing these days, but the truth is, you don’t have to be doing ALL of them. In fact, depending on your audience, you probably even shouldn’t be doing it all. What you should be doing is learning about which content is going to do the best job of bringing in your audience. This is a twofold process.

First, you want to start searching for your brand name or topics around your industry to discover where people are talking. You may find that these things are being talked about on just one social network or several. Whichever the case, the places where your brand or topics around it are being mentioned are the places you’re going to want to start exploring.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Activity Summary of Social Channels

Sysomos Heartbeat - Activity Summary of Social Channels Minus Twitter (digging deeper into other channels)

Second, when you’ve determined where the conversation is already happening it’s time to learn about HOW they’re happening. Each social network works differently and different topics do better in different forms on each of those networks. For example, you might find that on Twitter a lot of people are sharing pictures that relate to your brand, while on Facebook videos are much more popular. Doing research on what kind of content does well and where it does well will help you to determine what kind of content to create and the best places to use it.

Find what they’re interested in

Once you’ve determined what kind of content you should create, the next step is to actually start creating it. This is where things get a little more tricky, because you need to really figure out what content is going to resonate best with your audience. But it doesn’t have to be when social intelligence is on your side.

It’s a good assumption to start by believing that your audience has some kind of interest in your brand already. Now how can you figure what else they like so that you can tie it back to your brand? Again, the answer is with some research, and text analytics are always a great tool when trying to figure out what people are interested in.

Twitter is a great place to start because a lot of people will tell you right in their bio what they’re in to. Our Sysomos software has a great tool that will actually let you see a word cloud of your followers’ bios. By looking at something like this you can pick out themes that seem to stand out, meaning that a large population of your audience are likely also interested in and talking about the larger words in the word cloud. Below is a word cloud for @redbull‘s Twitter followers. We can see that some words that stand out in the word cloud include “sports,” “music” and “Instagram.” All of these things (plus more) are definitely subjects that Red Bull focuses a lot of their content on, and it makes sense, because we now know for sure it’s what their audience likes.

Sysomos MAP - Word Cloud of @redbull's Twitter Followers' Bios

But since Twitter isn’t the only place your audience might be, it important to explore other channels and see what people are talking about there. Just noticing what people are talking about around your industry can give you great ideas for what themes you should be focusing your content on. As an example, we pulled a buzzgraph to see what people were talking about around HBO on blogs over the past few weeks. No real surprise here, but we found that Game of Thrones has been a big topic around the company recently, so it makes sense that HBO is creating a lot of content around the show currently.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Buzzgraph of Talk Around HBO on Blogs

Using text analytics every few weeks across the channels that your audiences are most active in will give you a good idea of where their thoughts and interests are heading and you can constantly adjust your content to fit in with your audience every time you do this.

Create things that help

One other thing that we can recommend is to create content that helps your audience. People always appreciate content that helps them in some way or another. It doesn’t matter if you’re a software or a food company, you can always make something that helps or teaches your audience. The best part is that this type of content will usually keep your audience happy, satisfied with your brand and coming back for more.

As a software company ourselves, it’s very easy for us to produce helpful content. In fact, we have an entire portal within our Sysomos system (which is a place we know our audience is very active) dedicated to content around how people can understand and use our software better. Inside the portal we have a collection of both articles and videos (which are the two mediums we found our customers find easiest to consume) that help them to do their jobs better. We used our own software to determine what issues our customers were trying to solve with our software and then started to create content that is going to answer those questions for them.

Sysomos Support Portal

But not every company is a software company that can produce how-to content. That doesn’t mean that you still can’t be helpful to your audience. A great example of a brand creating content to help their audience is Chobani Greek Yogurt on their Pinterest page. No one really needs a how-to document on eating yogurt or an infographic on how to choose the flavor that’s right for you, but there’s more that people can do with yogurt outside of just eating it on it’s own.

That’s why on Chobani’s Pinterest page you can find a ton of recipes of other dishes that can be made using their yogurt. The company learned that their customers liked to cook and that people go to Pinterest to find recipes, so they made a place where they are able to help people create all kinds of fantastic dishes that incorporate their product. They’re helping their audience to be better all-around cooks and made sure that their brand was inserted into it. Content like this is very helpful to people and had a natural fit for their product. Start thinking about all the ways your  brand can help people.

Chobani's Pinterest Page of Recipes

All of these things above are ways that you can create content that is going to resonate with your audience. All it takes to get going is using a little bit of social intelligence to learn more about your audience and then creating the content that is going to work best with what you’ve found from your research.

Learn what your audience really wants from your content with Sysomos. Contact us to learn how.

Mentions Gets a Makeover In The New Sysomos Heartbeat

This March we proudly debuted the brand new look that we gave Sysomos Heartbeat to the world. The response to the updated look and feel has been overwhelming and we were glad to hear all the positive feedback that people have been sending us. We were also more than happy to hear how people thought that we could make Heartbeat even better.

We’ve been listening to all of the feedback and are pleased today to introduce an update to the Mentions tab in Sysomos Heartbeat that we think you’re really going to love.

A whole new look and feel

As of today, you’ll notice that we’ve given the Mentions tab in the new Heartbeat a complete makeover that will make viewing all of your social media mentions more appealing to your eye, easier to navigate and even easier to use.

The first thing you’ll notice when you look at the new Mentions tab is that it looks completely different. We’ve made mentions even easier to look through and not lose your place by giving it a “mailbox” feel. This new look will allow you to scroll through all of your mentions in a single column on the left hand side, while getting more information about single posts on the right-hand side.

The Beautiful New Look For Mentions in Sysomos Hearbeat

The left-hand column shows you what social channel a post has originated from, such as Twitter, blogs, Instagram and others by way of a corresponding icon. You can also get top-level data about that particular post in this column such as what the article headline is, what the Tweet says and the sentiment around it.

We’ve also added quick use functions in this list column so that you can perform quick tasks like manually changing the sentiment on a post, star a post or reply to a Tweet with ease.

See more, do more

Clicking on a post in the left-hand column will reveal more detail in the Mention’s right-hand column without taking you away from all of the mentions. For example, clicking on a blog post or online news article will reveal the full article. Or clicking on a Tweet will show what the Tweet actually looks like on a beautiful Twitter card.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Mentions From Different Sources

Once you’ve expanded the detail of a social media post, you’ll notice along the top of this column a row of quick actions that you can take perform on the post. These include starring the post, manually changing the sentiment, assigning the post to someone, engaging with the post (currently only for Twitter and Facebook), manually adding a tag to the post, overriding the demographic information and deleting the post. These functions allow you to get more done in less time while looking through all of your mentions.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Quick Actions in the New Mentions Tab

Right below the row of quick actions we’ve also added a quick view of the source details around the post, including their Sysomos Authority Score. But not to worry, if you want more details, they’re just below.

When you first expand the details of a post you’ll be given the full view of that particular post. But you’ll also notice that there is a row of tabs to help you see and do more. Clicking on the Source Details tab will reveal more details about where the post in question originated from, such as traffic details for blogs and online news sites, or bio and follower count information for Twitter.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Source Details for Mentions

The next tab along that row is Workflow which will allow teams to see details on posts about if it’s been assigned to someone and what actions have been taken. And finally, the last tab, Translate will allow you to instantly translate a post on the fly that is not in your native tongue to one of 20 languages so you can read the post without ever leaving the Mentions tab.

Bulk actions

One big feature that we were asked to include in this latest iteration was for users to perform bulk actions on several posts at a time. We’re happy to say that this feature is now part of the new Mentions tab as well. By selecting multiple posts in the left-hand column, or even all posts in the column, users can star, change sentiment, assign to team mates, manually add a tag or delete multiple posts in bulk which will save you the time of having to do this post by post.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Take Bulk Actions With Mentions

The best part of Sysomos Heartbeat’s all new Mentions tab is that you can also use it in conjunction with all of your tags and filters just like you’ve always been able to. So, if you just want to see forum posts associated with a specific tag, that’s all you’ll see.

We hope you enjoy Heartbeat’s new look and actions that you can do with Mentions. If you’re already using Sysomos Heartbeat, reach out to your dedicated account person to learn more or find our documentation and video about it in the support portal.

And if you’re not already a Sysomos Heartbeat user, contact us and we’ll be happy to show you the new Mentions section and more.

4 Ways Your Product Team Can Benefit from Social Intelligence

How often have you heard the phrase “social media is the world’s largest focus group?”

You may have heard this phrase too many times to count, but how serious have you taken it? Maybe it’s about time that you did.

Social intelligence can help companies discover what people are saying about them and their products currently, but it can also help to shape where you should be going with your products in the future.

Social intelligence is all about making sure the right people in your company are getting the right information from your social data to make better business decisions. While the folks on your product teams may not be the most social (no offence product people) that doesn’t mean that they can’t benefit from social intelligence.

Make sure they see all of the right information

Social Intelligence For Your Product Team

Product people likely spend most of their day with their heads down trying to constantly tweak and improve your products. They may not have time to sift through your company’s social media to see what people are actually saying about the products they work on. But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be seeing all of these conversations.

If your company has someone on the front lines for social media, you can have them collect all of the conversations happening around your product and send them over to your product team as they come in or in a daily or weekly report. If you’re a Sysomos Heartbeat client you can even set up email alerts based around product related keywords to be sent over to your product team automatically on one of the reporting schedules just mentioned. This way the product team can still focus on their work on the actual product, but receive consistent updates on what your customers think of the product and where they think it could benefit from an upgrade.

Discover what to work on easily

It’s one thing to start handing over all of the social conversations that are related to your product over to your product team so that they can see what people are saying. But how can they know what is most important to focus on? Determining which improvements are most important to your customers will help to know where to start your focus.

Text analytics can be a quick and easy way to surface which developments will make your customers happy and either keep them using your product or wanting to buy your next and better product. Running all of the social conversations that have been collected around your product though a word cloud or buzzgraph can help to surface the words that are being used the most when people are talking about your product.

Sysomos Buzzgraph of people talking about features on Android phones

You could even look at these text analytics through different lenses to help steer you. Looking at just the negative sentiment mentions can help determine what people are having the most issues with in your product. But if you look at the positive mentions the same way, you might also discover what people love the most about your product and you may want to put some time into making that part of the product even better.

Learn from your competitors

The great thing about the processes mentioned above is that you just don’t have to get the social intelligence you need to make better products from what people are saying about you specifically. Chances are that you have some form of competition with a similar offering to yours. Well, there’s also a great chance that their audience is talking about what they like and dislike about their products too.

You can recreate the process of collecting what people are saying about your competitors products in the social media space as well. From there, you can also use text analytics to surface what people like the best about their offering, or what they really hate about it. Again, your product team can use these learnings to find new ideas to try on your own product by taking what the competition’s fans hate about their product and making it better in your own or adding something that people love that you don’t offer yet.

Better yet, if you’re a Sysomos user you can even set up tags so that you can always keep an eye on what people are saying about your competitors in real time. For example, let’s you’re Green Mountain Coffee and your main competition is Starbucks. You might want to keep a constant eye on people who don’t like Starbucks’s coffee to find out why so you can improve yours and win new customers. All you need to do is set your tags and filters so that you can monitor for mentions of “Starbucks” and coffee with negative sentiment. You can even save the filter set so that it’s easy for you to come back to time and time again.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Monitoring for negative mentions of Starbucks coffee

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Once the product team has decided on what they want to focus on, they can go back through all of those collected social posts and find out who was talking about what feature. You can then start asking questions to get deeper into what the customers would like to see, or how they would improve on something they don’t like.

I’ll never forget when a product I use religiously everyday made a big change and forced all their users into this new upgrade. For me, it just wasn’t the same product anymore and I took to Twitter to let the world know. To my surprise, the next day their lead developer contacted me and asked me what I didn’t like about the update. We then went back and forth on Twitter for about an hour as he asked my questions and I told him my opinions. The best part was that in their next update I could see that he had actually taken some of my suggestions and built them into (or returned some of them) to the product. This not only made me like the product again, but also kept me loyal to them as I knew they cared about what I said.

There’s a lot that your product team can learn from social intelligence to make your products better regardless of if they’re active social media participants or not. The information is all there, you just need to know how to access it all.

Want to know more about how to get the right social intelligenece to the right people in your organization? Contact us and we can help.

Change Your Listening Strategy To Listen For Real Insights

Listen in social media to answers for your questionsBy now, social media monitoring is table stakes for just about any company. Many companies know that people are out there talking about their brand across any multiple of social networks. They’re saying what they like about your brand, what they don’t like, what they’re doing with your products, asking questions and much more.

Monitoring for your company or brand is great and allows you to be reactive around what the social world is talking about in terms of your brand. But what can you do if you want to answer questions about your business beyond “what are people saying about us?”

Last week, Amber wrote a great post outlining what true social intelligence is. Social intelligence goes beyond just monitoring for your brand (but you should keep doing this as well) to help you really understand your audience and make accurate predictions to what they need in the future, both in terms of content you provide and what they want from your products or services or how to make them better.

So, the big question then becomes, how do you monitor differently to get true social intelligence out of the social data that you’re collecting?

The trick to doing this is to not go in to social monitoring thinking that if we listen to everything the answers will just show themselves. Instead, what you need to be doing is going in to your monitoring strategy with specific questions in mind already and then base how you’re listening on finding the answers to those questions.

For example, let’s say that you’re a large coffee chain and you want to know how you can make your customer’s experience with your employees even better. Listening for just your chain’s name will likely give you some conversations around your customers’ experience, but it will be mixed in with every other conversation about your brand. Instead, try setting up your social media monitoring to look for specific cues from your customers about their experience with your staff. Using a monitoring software like Sysomos that allows your to narrow your search down using complex searches and organizing tags will make this much easier.

If you’re setting up your monitoring to know how your customers’ experience is, you’ll want to monitor for mentions of your brand name and customer experience related words. Searches like Starbucks AND (barista OR employee OR “behind the counter”) will help you to narrow down on the conversations just about your staff and your customers. From there, you can look through these posts or use text analytic tools to surface the key things that people are talking about. You can see what people like and don’t like, or what they wish you would do in the future. You can even get more specific to find things to fix by just focusing in on the conversations from this bucket that are negative in sentiment. What are the negative things people are saying about your staff? Now, what can you do to fix those things?

Sysomos MAP - Negative Word Cloud Around Starbucks Employees

But social intelligence can go way beyond just monitoring for your brand. Also think about your products and services in a more general sense. Think about what kind of questions to ask to make your specific products or service better than your competitors.

For this example, let’s say that you’re a smartphone manufacturer and you need your next phone to be a big hit. How do you know what consumers want from their phones? In order to get your answer, think about how your audience in social media would answer that question. You can try monitoring social media with a query like “I wish” AND (phone OR smartphone) to find conversations about what people wish any phone would do. Look for the trends in what people are saying they wish for. You can then take their answers over to your R&D department and say “This is what people want, how can we make this happen?”

Sysomos MAP - Buzzgraph of Smartphone Wishes

These are just two examples for how you can approach social intelligence through monitoring.

The important thing to remember here is to not just jump into social media monitoring so you can only react. Think about what questions you’re interested in answering and then approach your monitoring with queries that will help you find those specific answers.

And if you ever need some help, remember that Sysomos can help you with your monitoring to find the answers to your most important questions. Request a demo today to find out how.

Customize Your Dashboard To Deliver The Most Value

Last week we were ecstatic to show the world the brand new Sysomos Heartbeat. We updated the look and feel of Heartbeat, but also added a whole bunch of new and exciting features to help you use it better.

One of the best features that we added to the new Sysomos Heartbeat was the ability for every user to create their very own dashboard. That means that every user can see the information that they need to know most at a quick glance as soon as they enter Heartbeat and they can configure that information in any way they see as a best fit for them.

But what setup would be best for you?

Only you really know the answer. Only you would know what information from the world of social is most important to you and what you need to always have ready to go. But thanks to the new Sysomos Heartbeat dashboards you can try different setups and keep modifying them until you have something that you absolutely love and can’t live without.

Today, we wanted to show you a few examples to get you thinking about how you could arrange your own dashboards inside the new Sysomos Heartbeat.

Executive Overview Dashboard

Now, every company is going to have their own goals they’re trying to achieve in social media and your dashboard should reflect those goals, but we’re going to pretend for this example that the executives at our company want to be able to quickly peak in and see what’s happening around our brand on social media. They want to be able to quickly see what people are saying about us so that they can be connected to the consumers voice. So, in this example dashboard below we’ve set it up to do just that.

The dashboard starts by showing our executives what the conversation levels around our brand have been like over the past 7 days.  Below that we’ve included a share of voice chart so they can see how we’re doing compared to some of our competitors in terms of conversation levels. We then start moving into overviews of what people are saying us by showing our executives what hashtags are being used most in conversations about us and word cloud of the terms around our brand. We then give them a large and interactive buzzgraph so they can see how people are connecting to our brand in their conversations. We follow that up with a snapshot of where in the world people are talking about us and what the sentiment around our brand is. Finally, we have the latest mentions coming in to Heartbeat around our brand so they can see what people are talking about right at the time they are looking at this dashboard.

A setup like this would allow any executive at our company to take a quick look and see what the world is saying about our brand at any time. They may not have the time to manually go through all of the social channels that you’re active in to figure this out, but this dashboard allows them to get that information super quickly and whenever they’d like.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Executive Overview Sample Dashboard

 

The World At A Glance 

In this next example dashboard we’re a world-wide brand and we need to know all the time what key markets think about our brand. For us, it’s important to keep an eye on how much conversation is coming out of these key markets and to make sure that we’re still in favor with the people that live there.

We started this dashboard by showing a heat map of where conversations around our brand are coming from. Underneath we’ve broken down the languages that people are using when they talk about our brand to help us understand how we should be talking to these people. In the next section we’ve broken out how many mentions are coming from some of our key markets so we can keep a close eye on what the conversation levels are like in those markets. Under each market’s mention level we’ve placed a sentiment  chart so that we can also have a snapshot of how our brand is perceived in each of those key markets.

A dashboard like this will allow us to get a quick glimpse at how we’re performing in countries that are important to our company, and if we ever want to know more about any of those markets we can click on the dashboard widget and be taken to the Monitor section of Heartbeat with the filters for that region already set up so we can further explore what’s going on there.

Sysomos Heartbeat - World-Wide Brand Sample Dashboard

 

Demographic Research

In this last dashboard example we want to do some demographic research to find out who’s talking about our brand so that we can make sure that we’re aiming our efforts to better speak to those people most interested in our brand.

In the first line of this dashboard we have a few widgets that show us how much people are talking about our brand and what some of the key things driving that conversation are. Next, we’ve set up widgets that tell us more about our audience like age groups, gender breakdown, what languages they’re using to talk about us and what countries are talking the most about us. We rounded out this dashboard by looking at who the most authoritative sources are that are talking about us and what hashtags people are using most when they mention us, so we can be sure to be part of that conversation.

A dashboard such as this will allow a brand to keep a close eye on who we should be targeting our marketing messages at most and give us an idea of what they’re interested in when it comes to our brand.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Demographic Research Sample Dashboard

These are just a couple of quick example dashboards that we’ve put together to get you thinking about all the ways that you can customize your own Sysomos Heartbeat dashboards. If you have some great ideas on how to set up a dashboard, let us know in the comments or even send us a screen shot of your dashboard. We’d love to know how you’re using the all new Sysomos Heartbeat.

Not using Sysomos Heartbeat yet? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you get your very own customized dashboard and a whole lot more.

Introducing The Brand New Sysomos Heartbeat

Three weeks ago we made a big announcement about Sysomos and it was just the beginning of our leap into a big and bright future.

Today, we’re beyond thrilled to tell you about the next step in our journey and to introduce the BRAND NEW Sysomos Heartbeat to the world. Sysomos Heartbeat has undergone a full transformation that still gives you the great data and ease of use that you’ve come to expect from Sysomos products, but it has been completely retooled with an elegant new interface and even more functionality than before.

Brand New Look and Feel

We’ve redesigned Sysomos Heartbeat from the navigation to the data points, charts and graphs, all to make it even easier to get the information you need. Have a look for yourself:

Sysomos Heartbeat - Brand New Ui

Incredibly Customizable Dashboards

Sysomos Heartbeat now gives users complete control over what they want to see on their dashboard and how they see it. With a few simple clicks users can add widgets that show them exactly what they want to see in the order and size that they want to see it. The best part is that every individual user can have their own customized dashboard so that the data and information they need most is always readily available to them.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Customize Your Dashboard

Share Dashboards

Once you’ve created your perfect dashboard, you’ll want to send it out into the world, or at least throughout your organization. Just share your customized dashboard with your boss, team or department and they’ll be able to see all the important information just like you.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Share Your Dashboard

Subscribe To Your Own Data

Even if you can’t login to your dashboards, you can still get the insights you need with Sysomos Heartbeat. Just hit the “Subscribe” button located at the top of the dashboard you want to receive updates on, enter the email you want it sent to, choose the time and frequency, and reports will be sent directly to you when you want and need them most.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Subscribe To A Dasdhboard

Dive Even Deeper

Not only have we given Heartbeat a makeover to look better, we’ve also made it a lot more interactive which will allow you to dive even deeper into the data.

Combine tags and filters in a whole new way

Filtering the content that you want to see most has become even easier than before. It’s as simple as clicking a checkmark beside what filters and tags you want to see and an X beside what you want to hide. Want to see all the mentions of your brand and a competitor together everywhere but Twitter? Done! The combinations you can make are endless.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Combine Tags and Filters

Interactive graphs and charts

Sysomos Heartbeat lets you drill down even further on data by clicking on one of the beautiful new charts. For example, if you notice a lot of chatter from a new geo, just click on that area of the map. We’ll focus on that area and provide insights into what the conversations are all about in that area.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Interactive Buzzgraph

There’s so much more happening in this latest iteration of Heartbeat that we know you’re going to love, so we encourage you to dig in and explore the new Sysomos Heartbeat.


Not yet a Sysomos Heartbeat client? What are you waiting for? Give us a shout and we’ll be happy to show you how to get the most out of social intelligence.

Sysomos MAP and Heartbeat Updates: Tweet Life and Spredfast Integration

We’re super excited to tell you about two new features that you’ll be able to find in our software starting today; Tweet Life in MAP and Spredfast Integration in Heartbeat.

Tweet Life

The way that a message spreads can be very important to you. Knowing how your message spreads beyond your immediate network can help make or break the resonance of your message. You can know how many times a message has been retweeted, but wouldn’t it be nice to know which people helped to spread your message the furthest?

Well, as of today, you no longer have to wonder how your tweets are spreading through the Twitter network. Today we’re super excited to tell you about MAP’s latest feature Tweet Life.

Tweet Life shows you the path of a tweet as it spreads. Tweet Life shows you which of your followers retweeted your message, which of THEIR followers retweeted your message, and so on.

Sysomos MAP - Tweet Life Tweet Tree

Tweet Life analytics can be accessed in a variety of ways. The first is to copy the tweet ID directly from a tweet’s URL and paste it into the ID box on the Tweet Life section of Twitter in MAP.

Sysomos MAP - Tweet Life - Analyze A Tweet by Tweet ID

The second way to access the Tweet Life analytics of a tweet is to find a tweet of interest under the Most Retweeted tab of Twitter in MAP and directly under all the tweets that appear on the page, you will have the ability to click a “Tweet Life” link.

Sysomos MAP - Tweet Life via Most Retweeted

So why would you want to see the life of a tweet? Here are just a few examples of how this new great feature can help you:

  • Compare the spread of different Tweets from your own accounts to investigate whether specific language, themes or times of day are most effective for spreading your message.
  • Discover how your message reached, and was spread by, Twitter users who are NOT your followers.
  • Benchmark how quickly your tweets spread to help you find ways to increase the velocity and virality of your social communications.
  • Compare the retweet engagement of your tweets against your competitors and identify the key individuals who are most likely to help your messages spread further.

For more information on how to use, understand and make the most of the new Tweet Life functionality, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Sysomos representative who will be happy to provide you with more information and answer any of your questions.

Spredfast Integration in Heartbeat

Back in June we announced a partnership between Spredfast and ourselves. This partnership would allow Heartbeat users who also have a Spredfast account to send social content found through Sysomos over to the Spredfast engagement platform.

Today, we’re happy to announce that all of the behind-the-scenes work has been completed and Spredfast integration is now live in Heartbeat!

If you’re a customer of Spredfast as well as Sysomos please contact your Sysomos representative who will be happy to help get your Spredfast account setup in Heartbeat.

Once you’re set up, the use couldn’t be easier. Simply click on the tool tip next to a tweet or Facebook post in the “Your Heartbeats” tab of Heartbeat. You will then see a new tab marked “Spredfast.” Under that tab you can reply to both tweets and Facebook posts and retweet tweets. Once you click one of the options a Spredfast window will pop up and allow you to take action. All actions will be recorded both in Heartbeat and Spredfast’s workflow logs for you to see afterwards.

Sysomos Heartbeat - Spredfast Integration

That’s all from us today. But we have a lot more cool stuff that we’re working on and can’t wait to share with you soon.

If you’re already a Sysomos customer and want to learn more about these great new updates, please feel free to reach out to your Sysomos representative.

If you’re not already a Sysomos customer but would like to learn more about these features and Sysomos overall, please feel free to contact us here.