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Let’s Talk About Social Analytics – 2017 Edition

I gave a talk at Social Media Week Copenhagen (#SMWCPH / #SMWDK) a couple weeks ago, and it was a much needed update to my “Let’s Talk About Social Analytics” post from last year. While not much has changed, the urgency of what I talked about is the reason why I had the session. What’s changed […]

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Let’s Talk About Social Analytics

I spoke at a Link Humans event last week, and it was all about social analytics and “drawing consumer insights from your social analytics”. Instead of picking just a topic, I thought I’d hold a “social analytics intervention”, talking about a few things I need marketers and social analysts to be aware of in 2016. […]

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Social Listening Catch-All Queries

The way you manage your Boolean queries differs from tool to tool. Some tools let you build queries that you can file in folders, like Sprinklr with its topics and topics groups; other tools let you build queries and subqueries, as a way to categorise your search – so for a query looking into Apple […]

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Social Listening for Products with Similar Names

When doing social listening, how do you track mentions of products with similar names? Or better, how do you do social listening for two products when one’s name is just a variant of the other? Products like the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, or the Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Surface Book, or the Lumia […]

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Proximity Operators (and Why You Need Them)

There are so many features to look out for when shopping for social listening tools, but one thing that should definitely be on your list of requirements is this: proximity operators. Here’s what they are and why you need them.

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The State of Social Media Analytics – 2015

I’ve been reading quite a few articles on “the state of social media” recently. They’re interesting, I can’t help but notice how a lot of these articles seem to ignore analytics, which is a shame considering how great the last 6 months have been for social analytics. If the first 6 months were busy with […]

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Social Analytics Tools That Don’t Suck

I sent this Tweet the other day: On the lookout for a social analytics tool that doesn't suck… — Ben Donkor ⚡️ (@FR314) June 9, 2015 To say that it caused quite a stir would be an understatement: it resulted in a few replies, a couple of calls, quite a few DMs and several emails, […]

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Keyword Searching vs. Hashtag Searching

A lot of social listening tools out there have clever ways of monitoring hashtags: Synthesio, for instance, has a special search field for any hashtags you’d like to monitor; Brandwatch has a dedicated Boolean operator for hashtags (“hashtags:”). Even Twitter lets you search for hashtags separately from keywords when you’re using its Advanced Search. Unfortunately, not a lot of […]

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Impressions ≠ Reach

I wrote about Twitter reach and impressions a couple of years ago (here). That was before Twitter revamped their Analytics dashboard. That was before Twitter gave us a good amount of metrics. Twitter analytics evolved considerably in those 2 years, but one thing seems to remain: the confusion between reach and impression. There is a difference between […]

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