Beyond Social Listening: Social Media Data + Other Data Sources = More Insightful Reports

If you’ve visited our blog before, you’ll know that there are several ways that social listening can be leveraged to understand consumer habits, set benchmarks, and track conversations across social media. But did you know that it is also possible to combine other data sources with social data to come up with more robust insights?

At Circus Social, we have been integrating various types of data in our reports for our clients. Read on to know how a social listening agency does it!

#1: Integrating Social Data with Google Search Data

Social chatter is a good indicator that people are interested about a certain topic – but what about topics they don’t necessarily talk about on social media? In some cases, search data can be a stronger proof of interest than buzz volume.

Let’s say you want to discover the top skin care concerns in Singapore. Since it is an embarrassing topic, people may not necessarily talk about acne or psoriasis on Twitter or Instagram. But they are likely to search for solutions for these problems on more ‘private’ search platforms, like Google.

So in this case, search data can indicate interest, but social data can explain qualitatively why people are interested in that particular topic – for example, reasons why acne is a problem for them, products they use to manage their acne, and many explanations.

Search gives you a trigger, Social gives you the reason for the trigger.

So, where exactly can you access Google search data? Trends in Google search volumes are openly available in the Google Trends website. This site analyzes the popularity of search queries in Google across various locations and languages. You can also get search data from the Keyword Planner tool if you have a Google Adwords account. Compared with Google Trends, this tool provides more accurate search volumes (especially if you have a paying account).

More insightful reports - easily done by combining different data sources & social media!
More insightful reports – easily done by combining different data sources & social media!
Popular Use Cases:
  1. Trend Spotting/Tracking – Search data is especially useful for identifying trends because it allows people to search for topics even before they start talking about them and can help indicate when interest for a topic started. Then, social data can be used to look at specific conversation themes about these trends.
  2. Brand Health Tracking – Especially when looked at in comparison with competitors, search data can tell you where your brand stands, specifically in terms of awareness. Social data is a good reference for brand associations and you can also complement this data with related search terms, which can be found in both Google Trends and Adwords Keyword Planner.
  3. Campaign Tracking – Other than looking at increase in social conversations, it helps to see if your campaign had an impact on how much people have searched about your brand on Google.

#2: Using Social Data to Complement Traditional Research Data

We have a number of Market Research Agency partners and they usually ask us to look at social media data to dig deeper into traditional research tracker findings.

Traditional research is often not able to fully explain the ‘whys’ behind findings and numbers a lot of times. Once a study concludes, traditional researchers just need to work with the data that they have. If they have additional questions that need to be answered, they would need to start another study. This is where digital research comes in – because it is possible to pull historical data using social listening tools.

In one of the projects that we did, the Retail Audit and Brand Health Tracker Data showed that a client’s competitor brand had an increase in Market Share and Consumption, despite a decrease in advertising spends. Their Brand Equity score increased including all specific imagery statements (i.e. Love/Taste). What could have caused the increase of this score?

Working together with the Market Research Agency, we were able to identify specific periods when scores increased and looked at social conversations during these periods. After deep-diving into these conversations, we found out that consumers created a new demand occasion for the product which became popular in that country.

More insightful reports - easily done by combining different data sources & social media!
More insightful reports – easily done by combining different data sources & social media!

Popular Use Cases:

  1. Brand Health/Equity Tracking – Market Research can be the basis of qualitative social media data analysis.
  2. Supplementing Qualitative Research – For one of our clients, we found out that online review sites were influential sources of information that affected consumer purchase behavior. Through social listening, we were able to identify which particular websites consumers visited and Qualitative Research explained why people preferred these websites.

#3: Combining Social Data with Sales Data

If traditional research has not been done, social data can often explain movements in sales volumes and provides more in-depth insights. Just take note though, there may be a lag between when people talk or search about a product and when they actually purchase it. Hence, it is best to analyze these data points over a longer duration to really see the correlations between them.

More insightful reports - easily done by combining different data sources & social media!
More insightful reports – easily done by combining different data sources & social media!

Popular Use Cases:

  1. Campaign Tracking – Ideally, campaigns that you launch should have an impact on sales. Aside from the usual metrics analyzed for post-campaign evaluation reports such as reach, impressions, volume of social conversations, social engagements, etc., you may also look at the correlations between these data points and sales data.
  2. Consumer Purchase Behavior Analysis – For some brands, they may notice that sales volumes peak and drop at certain months of the year. These may not necessarily be because of campaigns especially if they are not implemented on a regular basis. Reasons for seasonality in purchase trends can be uncovered by looking at social data alongside sales data.

By no means are these the only data sources that can be integrated with social data (you can also look at website traffic data, digital media performance metrics, among others). The key is to track as much data points as you can and organize your data so you can easily discover correlations whenever you need them.

You’ll never know how much value you can get from your data if you don’t try playing around with it!

Circus Social can help you look at your social, search, sales & many other forms of data to uncover deeper insights – just like how we have helped our clients make sense of theirs!

The Hashtag Dilemma

The Hashtag Dilemma – What’s happening with the Instagram API and what you can do to make the most of it

WHAT’S THE INSTAGRAM API UPDATE ALL ABOUT?

Instagram and Facebook have been making several changes to their data streams in recent times in order to administer better user privacy and more supervised control over accounts to ensure their authenticity. The most recent update occurred on the 11th of December 2018.

Hence there are several implications on the availability of Instagram data to third-party applications and data providers, such as 20/Twenty, over the course of this year.

Read on below to get an overview of what these changes are, what they imply and how you can continue to still make the most out of Instagram data with 20/Twenty!

WHAT ARE THESE CHANGES?

Apart from cracking down on fake accounts and making their interface more user focused over the past month, Instagram has continued to keep on track with it’s planned API depreciation (discontinuation of Instagram data available for tracking for apps and data providers via its application interface). All these changes are so that users can have better control over their data and securing their privacy.

Instagram tracking now requires Business Account Authentication
Instagram tracking now requires Business Account Authentication

Here’s a quick look at the changes to the Instagram API from earlier this year to now –

Data Access Type Data Access Availability (Pre-April 2018) Data Access Availability (April 4th 2018) Latest Data Access Availability (Post-April and Dec 11th 2018 Update)
Tracking Posts from Business Accounts Yes Yes Yes
Tracking Hashtags Yes Yes Yes, Limited (Top 30 hashtags for business accounts only)
Tracking engagement data (including the number of likes, comments and shares) Yes Yes, Limited Yes, Limited
Tracking all Post Content (Including Bio, post content, caption) Yes Yes, Limited Yes, Limited
Tracking Posts from Public User Accounts Yes No No
Tracking Posts based on geo-location Yes Yes No
Tracking Follower Lists of Public Authors Yes No No
Visible Data – Author Username Yes No No
Visible Data – Author Gender Yes No No
Ability To Collect Historic Data Yes Yes, Limited Yes, Limited (Past 24 hours only)

Highlights from the latest updates this December that apply to Instagram data via applications and data providers:

  1. Only Instagram Business Accounts will have access to Instagram data and are limited to 30 hashtags per authenticated account
  2. Instagram historic data will only be limited to the last 24 hours
  3. Data from Instagram will no longer carry the following –
    1. Time and Date of Posting
    2. Geo-Location of Posts
    3. Author Usernames
    4. Author Gender
  4. Engagement data per post in the form of likes and comment counts will be limited
  5. Business account and account tracking based on @handles is supported

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU & HOW CAN YOU MAKE THE MOST OF THESE CHANGES ON 20/TWENTY?

Circus Social understands how paramount it is to still be up to date with your campaign, brands, and competition, as well as be able to get to the metrics that matter the most to you.
We have hence rolled out a few measures that require our clients to provide authentication via 20/Twenty at the earliest and make the most of these new changes.

 

  1. NEED FOR IMMEDIATE BUSINESS ACCOUNT AUTHORIZATION

    Convert your Instagram Account Into a Business Account
    Convert your Instagram Account Into a Business Account. Image credits: constantcontact.com

    Current Instagram data access is restricted to allowing data access only via Business Accounts and for a limited number of 30 hashtags per unique account.
    In order for you to continue to get access to Instagram data and view rich insights on our platform, you will be required to provide authentication on 20/Twenty.

    Why does this need authentication and what does it mean?

    1. In order for data providers like 20/Twenty to continue collecting data from Instagram, 20/Twenty users need to provide verification that they allow 20/Twenty to collect data on behalf of your account for the data that matters most to you.
    2. You will need to ensure that you are an Admin of a Facebook page and an Instagram Business page that are linked together to proceed with the authentication.
    3. 20/Twenty will allow for you to get full coverage of the 30 hashtags from public accounts as per Instagram’s guidelines.
    4. Please note that all authorizations shared do not involve the storing and accessing of any personal information or data.

The more Business Accounts you provide authentication with, the more Instagram data you can access.

  1. INSTAGRAM TRACKING – KEEP IT FOCUSED TO YOUR TOP 30 HASHTAGS*

    Choose the top 30 hashtags most relevant to your business to track them.
    Choose the top 30 hashtags most relevant to your business to track them. Image Credits: AllTheRooms.com

With the updated API rules, each unique Instagram Business Account that you provide authorization for, is limited to 30 hashtags for tracking. This is a limit that Instagram has shared to enable a more controlled data-sharing environment.

It poses a few limitations, but also opportunities for brands and Business users to focus on what data truly matters the most.

*However, you can easily change these hashtags every week to ensure you are tracking more at intervals and are not only restricted to a fixed 30 hashtag limit.

To further expand this 30 hashtag list, do authenticate with other unique Business Account pages to get access to more data.

  1. CONTINUED SUPPORT & ANALYSIS

    Circus Social's 20/Twenty provides full support for Instagram
    Circus Social’s 20/Twenty provides full support for Instagram

    Although Instagram has applied a few imitations to the hashtags tracking per Business Account, other features such as below are still available in full and can still be easily accessed on 20/Twenty (This is possible as 20/Twenty is an approved Instagram data provider) :

    1. Tracking all owned Instagram Business page content as well as other Brands Business Posts that you can still track based on @handles you share
    2. All engagement metrics for these Instagram posts
    3. Continued analytics and insights for these Instagram posts
    4. Influencers on Instagram you have partnered with if they also share their authentication on 20/Twenty
    5. You can continue to tag, sort and further analyze Instagram data based on keywords on 20/Twenty

All in all, Circus Social is all geared to help you make the best of these Instagram updates and stay ahead in all your social tracking needs.

Have questions or want to learn more? Simply get in touch with us HERE or write to us at info@circussocial.com. You can also contact your Account Manager for a speedy response.

Social Listening Best Practices

Social listening is the process of monitoring social media channels for mentions of your brand, products, competitors and categories. Learn how following Social Listening Best Practices can help power your digital marketing strategy.

How do leading brands incorporate social listening to create successful digital campaigns?

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1. They measure objectively

To leverage the power of social listening, it is imperative to understand the business and marketing objectives of the company. This ensures that the relevant topics are being tracked and social listening objectives are aligned to those of the broader business.

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2. They know their audience

Successful brands listen to understand audience perceptions of their products and brand:

  • What is being said?
  • Where are they saying it?
  • Is the sentiment towards the brand positive, negative or neutral?
  • Are campaigns having the desired impact?

Is their messaging resonating with the target audience?

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3. They look to understand the broader landscape

Looking beyond their own brands to understand category and industry trends provides companies with:

  • inspiration for content creation
  • early detection of threats to the brand/business
  • opportunities for growth

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4. They have an ‘Always-On’ approach to brand tracking

Real-time monitoring provides an early warning system and helps companies that follow Social Listening Best Practices to manage crisis situations swiftly and decisively. Identifying detractor posts and responding quickly affords the maximum amount of time needed to implement contingency plans and ensures minimal damage to the brand. Successful brands don’t just listen during campaigns – they listen during the ‘quieter’ periods too.

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5. They constantly benchmark against competitors

Brands that follow Social Listening best practices learn what their competitors are doing and what people are saying about them online. This real-time intelligence allows companies to understand their own weaknesses, leverage competitor weaknesses and identify opportunities for growth.

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6. They utilize data to inform business and marketing strategy

Social listening intelligence can be leveraged to achieve business and marketing objectives in the following ways:

  • Tailored messaging, delivered to target audiences via their preferred channel
  • Testing campaign effectiveness and adjusting campaigns accordingly to maximise performance.
  • Understanding pain points can shape product development, ensuring a better customer experience
  • Identify market entry opportunities

How can Circus Social help?

We hope you find this articles on Social Listening Best Practices Useful.  As leaders in the digital intelligence and social media listening space, we empower brands with real-time insights through our social & news monitoring platform, 20/Twenty.

To find out more about Social Listening Best Practices, or book a demo click here

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#ICYMI: We’re introducing Sentiment Reports!

Get the pulse of your audience straight to your inbox!

A week ago, we announced an important update to our platform, 20/Twenty. We’re now offering automated Sentiment Reports straight to our clients’ email inboxes, whenever they want them, daily or weekly.

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We’ve brought the power of our enhanced sentiment analysis to automated reports to further benefit our clients.

Today, we’d like to explain more on sentiment analysis.

What is it? 

Sentiment analysis is the process of assigning emotional meaning to media mentions. This would then allow you to understand the attitudes held by different consumers towards your product, campaign, or brand.  For example, a higher percentage of mentions marked positive than negative or neutral would allow you to understand this as a majorly positive reception. Equipped with this information, you would be able to make better, more accurate marketing decisions, quicker.

Why do Sentiment Analysis? 

Sentiment Analysis and application on the 20/Twenty platform allows you to take a large volume of online mentions and process it for sentiment accurately in a much quicker time than a human could manually. With this information, you can consider your brand’s positioning and what the next steps are that you need to take to make yourselves more favorable to consumers.

You can also do a comparison between sentiments on different platforms or over a period of time to gauge the reception to your advertising campaign. On our platform, information comes in real-time so that you can monitor ongoing campaigns as they are being executed too. Combined with our real-time alerts, we’ve enabled our clients to get feedback so they have the chance to make tweaks to their strategy, even if they’re on the ground.

Why are Circus Social’s Sentiment Reports are a must-have for any marketer?

Our report gives marketers an easy way of understanding the changes in brand sentiment day to day with hourly information. Importantly, we’ve included what every marketer would want to know in our automated reports- sentiment changes over time, top positive and negative keywords/topics, sentiments segmented by gender, amongst a ton of other configuration options.

While crises may certainly sway public sentiments towards negative, they rarely happen daily. Sentiment Analysis allows you to keep an eye on your brand’s progress over a period of time, a task that may be exhausting but is definitely worthwhile and necessary in the speed of conversations taking place today.

What are some of the other things you can do with our reports?

  • Gauge responses to and mentions of your brand in real-time
  • Quickly analyse sentiments around your offline-events as well as online campaigns
  • Understand opinions, attitudes, and emotions of customers
  • Identify and keep a track of the most impactful social and news posts
  • Research upcoming trends in your industry
  • Learn more about your competitors

Our Sentiment Analysis Report aims to help you integrate a deep understanding of audience responses with your marketing so that you make better decisions.

After all, great strategy comes from research and a deep understanding of the shifts in your audience’s perceptions of your brand.

If you’re interested in learning more about sentiment analysis, or how we could help your brand track what your audience is really feeling about you, do drop us a mail at info@circussocial.com.  We’re more than happy to help you get a feel of sentiment analysis. 😁

We’re coming to Echelon Asia Summit 2017!

Join Circus Social at this year’s Echelon Asia Summit!

Echelon Asia Summit 2017

Held annually since 2009, Echelon is a digital platform that attracts over 6,000 industry leaders and professionals, specifically for start-ups. This year’s Echelon Asia Summit promises to be an exciting, information-sharing conference where you will get to hear from fellow professionals and experts across the region. As Official Social Listening Partner, Circus Social will be attending the two-day conference from 28th to 29th in Singapore.

Prerna Pant, Speaker at Echelon Asia Summit 2017

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Here’s our Co-Founder and COO, Prerna Pant, at the previous Echelon Thailand conference. Prerna will be taking the stage at Echelon Asia Summit 2017 again to share her insights on social media intelligence. Voted one of Singapore’s favourite female entrepreneurs, Prerna will be discussing how social media data can be leveraged for businesses.

Other Echelon Asia Summit 2017 Details

Dates: June 28th-29th, 2017

Venue: Singapore, Expo Hall 2B

Head over here to register: e27.co/echelon/asia/register

Hope to see you! 🙂

#CircusSocial #ECASIA2017

 

Real-time event tracking with Circus Social – Echelon Thailand 2017

As the Official Social Listening Partner, at Echelon Thailand 2017,  Circus Social powered real-time event tracking and social monitoring at the 2 day conference at Bangkok – from the 15th to the 16th of May.

What did we get up to while we were there?

The Circus Command Centre

We showcased our platform, 20/Twenty and the powerful Circus Command Centre which allowed for effective real-time event tracking and the display of online mentions in the form of strong visuals to attendees. Our Circus Command Centre displayed the most used hashtags and buzzwords during the event as well as the most engaged-with posts. Posts with the Echelon event mentions would be showcased on the Command Centre Screens in real-time, informing viewers of the top trending content around the event – across Social & News.

With the help of 20/Twenty, we could actively track and monitor mentions of the event in real-time; what people were saying about various workshops, talks, and other start-ups, and how much engagement (likes, retweets, or shares) any post received.

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Speaker Zone – COO & Founder Prerna Pant – Talk on Social Media Intelligence for Start-ups and SME’s

During the speaker session in the afternoon, our COO and Co-Founder, Prerna Pant, shared on how brands can use social media data beyond simply crisis management, event tracking and how social listening is crucial across various business verticals as well as business sizes – SME’s as well as larger corporates.

Aside from nipping potential PR crises in the bud, social listening allows brands to do more than just monitor media. They could also draw insights from existing social media data too.

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Here’s a snippet from the talk: “Social listening lets you find additional and unexpected branding and content opportunities. You may get inspired by an industry piece, or find an angle from user-generated organic content that you hadn’t considered before.”

Launched a 14-day free trial of 20/Twenty – Our Next-Gen Social Listening & Monitoring solution

Echelon Thailand might be over but we all know that the social media cycle never stops. Circus Social is excited to share an exclusive offer that could help your business get a quick taste of real-time monitoring and see what social media intelligence can do for your business strategies whether it is to do with content development, product decisions, media spends or simply PR management.

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How can you benefit from our limited-time 14-day trial?

Take a quick spin of real-time listening and monitoring to help you –

  • Monitor updates from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, forums
  • Monitor both online and offline news
  • Gather deeper insights into your audiences
  • See what people are saying about your brand
  • Find who is influencing the sentiments around your brand
  • Find opportunities for content
  • Find content inspiration
  • Actively find leads

Why not try it out for just two weeks? Click here to see for yourself how our platform performs and book a demo now!

Finding Positioning Opportunities with Global Media

After gaining success in their home market, some Chinese brands started to aggressively expand their battlefields to the markets outside China. When trying to penetrate the international market, it goes without saying that a range of ammunition is needed when trying to break through to consumers that don’t know anything about you.

Circus Social was able to equip our clients with a user-friendly and intuitive platform and save the brand owners and marketers a great deal of effort and time. We empowered our China-based clients to obtain real-time business intelligence on overseas markets to achieve success while operating behind the “Great Firewall”.

1. Industry Trend & Hot Topic Monitoring and Analysis:
By monitoring global emerging business trends and topic evolution over time, our China-based client could get a crystal clear picture on past and on-going industry trends as well as the “share of voice” of specific topics across global online and offline media platforms. Analysis on news publications and key industry topics they were covering also helped our client identify the most influential and active news publications covering the topics relevant to them.

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2. Competitor Monitoring and Analysis:
It goes without saying that competitor intelligence is critical for strategy formulation, and for key branding and marketing decisions. Circus Social’s analytics and monitoring platform, 20/Twenty, monitored major activity, customer perception, and hot topics relevant on competitors across various time frames, geographies, and channels. Thus keeping our client updated about competitors’ brand mentions, conversation volumes/trends, and key announcements. This was crucial for our client as they wanted global visibility – not only local coverage on themselves and their competitors.

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3. Deep Dive Analysis of Media Content Word Cloud
The word cloud generated by Circus Social’s monitoring platform helped our client analyze keywords associated with their brand in global media coverage and also allowed a deep dive into any topic, competitors, products…etc to identify customer’s pain points as well as potential opportunities.

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4. A Close-up Analysis of Impactful Stories
In the past, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and B2B business models used to drive success for Chinese brands in their home market. However, building up a home-grown brand to be one with global awareness, requires local players to embrace innovation, gain a better understanding about their competitors and most importantly adopt a mental shift of focus from key OEM customers to global consumers. Through Circus Social’s detailed analysis and reports, our clients were able to uncover the most impactful stories and hot topics in the industry – and hence dig deeper into the key insights behind the trends. We were able to make recommendations from the data that allowed our client to identify exactly which articles or trends across global media and publications were influencing consumer perceptions, preferences and interests. The summary of impactful coverage also helped our China-based client to quickly capture the essence of each impactful article in each trending category so they could better focus PR efforts to the publications that mattered most.

Get in touch with us to know how Circus Social can be part of your solution when conquering new markets outside your home country!

View KPIs across displays, real-time!

Introducing The Circus Command Centre

The Circus Command Centre made a fantastic debut at the Spikes Asia 2016 conference in Singapore.
This is a perfect solution for viewing your key brand KPI’s across displays. We enable the use of powerful realtime visualizations for your brand dashboards and war rooms, building on our core social intelligence platform, 20/Twenty.

What’s it about?

In a nutshell –

  • A smart display solution for viewing all your important data points
  • Real-time data feeds display
  • Powerful visualisations of data all tailor-made to suit your requirements
  • Seamless integration with your existing dashboards/display solutions

What can you do with it?

  • Daily social media and news monitoring
  • Daily brand health & KPI monitoring
  • Campaign monitoring
  • Data feed display across devices
  • Integrate as an additional powerful input to your existing dashboards
  • So MUCH MORE!

If you would like to book a demo, simply click here and we’ll help you get started.

View all your key KPIs in one custom dashboard - The Circus Command Centre!
Powerful metrics all in one custom. real-time dashboard!

Pro-active people love pro-active platforms!

Everyone loves a proactive team. The dream team that always volunteers, is up to try new things and one that uses intuition to sense a crash-and-burn situation.

We wondered why no listening tools out there in the market today offer the same type of ‘pro-active’ features we look for in everyday life?

So we spoke with dozens of marketers to discuss the concept of the world’s first ‘pro-active and pre-emptive’ platform- and they loved the idea!

We also spoke with them about how contingencies are dealt with currently – and how when most crisis situations hit, they are usually followed by chaos and impulsive, panicky decisions.

  • Share of voice is suddenly monitored,
  • Sentiment is tracked closely,
  • Detractors are added to watch lists,
  • Holding statements are prepared,
  • And suddenly, a command center has sprung up to help ‘manage’ a situation..…but all of this happens ‘after’.

A lot of the time (but not always), brands, comms teams and agencies are already aware of ’situations’ that could ‘take a turn for the worse’. In these instances more than others, the power of getting a warning and already being prepared has never been easier.

As a result, one of the new features on our platform is the Alerts functionality.

Alerts allows you to customize what matters to you – not just as a whole for your team, but also for you as an individual.

We send our clients ‘signals’ that allow them to be notified of what matters to them, as soon as it happens – without having to log in after you’ve been notified by your boss/ your friend/ a journalist.

  • Hosting an event? Set up an alert for increases in share of voice- and work with your teams to ensure it stays high.
  • Heard there was a packaging problem at the factory? Set up a keyword alert for the factory name, location and product details – and have your communications and digital team ready with a holding statement.
  • Have a feeling that your new brand logo may not be so well-received? Set up an alert to notify you of any changes in sentiment for your topic/ brand – and then respond to how your consumers feel.

We’ve tried to make it easier for brands to be on top of ‘potential’ situations.

This is why we are the world’s first pro-active social media monitoring and insights platform. You set up alerts to reach you in your inbox without having to log in. And once you do need to – simply click on the link and go deeper from your mobile, your tablet or your desktop.

20/Twenty – brings you pro-active perfect vision. Because being passive never really got anyone to where they needed to go.

 

Get in touch
Prerna Pant: prerna dot pant at circussocial.com