What about Analytics in Social Media monitoring?

May 14, 2010

What about Analytics in Social Media monitoring?

Fern Halper is a partner at Hurwitz & Associates. She is a renowned expert on analytics and information management. She is a frequent speaker at analytics events and a well known consultant and commentator.  I am pleased that Fern is contributing to my blog.

By Fern Halper

I was speaking to a client the other day.  This company was very excited about tracking its brand using one of the many listening posts out on the market.  As I sat listening to him, I couldn’t help but think that a) it was nice that his company could get its feet wet in social media monitoring using a tool like this and b) that they might be getting a false sense of security because the reality is that these social media tracking tools provide a fairly rudimentary analysis about brand/product mentions, sentiment, and influencers.  For those of you not familiar with listening posts here’s a quick primer.

Listening Post Primer

Listening posts monitor the “chatter” that is occurring on the Internet in blogs, message boards, tweets, etc.  They basically:

  • Aggregate content from across many,  many Internet sources.
  • Track the number of mentions of a topic (brand or some other term) over time and source of mention.
  • Provide users with positive or negative sentiment associated with topic (often you can’t change this, if it is incorrect).
  • Provide some sort of Influencer information.
  • Possibly provide a word cloud that lets you know what other words are associated with your topic.
  • Provide you with the ability to look at the content associated with your topic.

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Judith Hurwitz is an author, speaker and business technology consultant with decades of experience.

2 Comments
  1. PowerBuilder development company October 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm Reply

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  2. I’d like to draw your readers’ attention to my new book The Future of Analytics (http://www.amazon.com/Future-Analytics-trends-implications-ebook/dp/B003LY48D2/), which includes a section on the role cloud computing will play.

    Thank you,

    John B.

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