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How To Spark Brand Mentions On Social Media

Brand mentions on social media can drive significant results for your business.

58% of consumers follow brands through social media. Imagine your brand getting mentioned by tens, hundreds, or even thousands of people. Or getting lots of replies from potential buyers to your social media posts. It’s possible.

People go to social media to talk about things that they find exciting, sad, or useful. You can have them talk about your brand if you know how to make that happen.

Here are five ways to explode your brand mentions on social media:

1. “Create a scene” during an industry event

Industry events are already popular, drawing large, attentive audiences. You can do something remarkable in the context of an event to expose your brand to a lot of relevant prospects.

Think of the industry event like a cube of sugar thrown onto the ground. Within minutes, the cube is covered with ants.

It’s the same with industry events. Although the exposure you get from them is short lived, you’re bound to have an impact on a few key players when you create a scene during the course of the event.

For example, Social Media Week is one powerful event in the digital marketing space, especially in the social media niche. TopRank created a list of 50 social media marketing influencers and featured Twitter Marketing Pro Madalyn Sklar in it — alongside 49 other influencers.

Sklar then shared the post on Twitter using the official Social Media Week hashtag, #SMMW18:

Image of Sklar appearing on Social Media Week

Her tweets would normally get one or two likes, retweets, or replies in 24 hours. But this one was quite different. Sklar got 23 likes, 3 tweets and 4 replies (or brand mentions) in three hours.

These aren’t very big numbers, but it’s a significant increase in relative average engagement.

TopRank had other featured influencers share the post on social media using #SMMW18. Social media guru and founder of Up My Influence Josh Elledge didn’t just tweet the post with the #SMMW18 hashtag, he pinned the tweet so it gets more exposure.

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Imagine the buzz created when 50 industry influencers are tweeting about them using the hashtag while Social Media Week is going on.

It’s a good example of creating something remarkable around popular industry events. A list of 50 social media influencers publishing while Social Media Week is going on is a powerful strategy to build brand mentions for TopRank.

However, before capitalizing on any event hashtag, you want to be sure the event is big enough and its hashtag is popular enough to drive your much needed social media brand mentions. This is where social monitoring tools come in.

For example, using the Keyhole (disclosure: I’m working with this brand) social monitoring tool, you can see key data about Social Media Week’s hashtag and then judge whether the event hashtag is worth creating something big about, or not.

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Want to see the popularity of an industry event’s hashtag? Try Keyhole.

From this tracker, you’ll find that between February 23 and February 26, posts about #SMMW18 have reached over 6 million people on Twitter and Instagram.

Once you’ve seen the quality of the engagement an industry event has and it meets your needs for exposure, you can go ahead and create something exceptional using the event’s hashtag.

It’s a powerful way to drive brand mentions.

Another strategy to drive social media mentions using influencers. It’s a strategy most brands are using these days, but how do you ensure you’re doing it the right way? The key is to avoid using all types of influencers.

2. Avoid using too many influencers

For every $1 spent on influencer marketing, you get a $6.5 return. That’s quite a huge profit.

But, you don’t need all the possible influencers out there. While this may sound counter-intuitive, it can help increase your ROI and cut unnecessary costs.

Maybe you’ve seen stories and case studies of how influencers have helped your competitors (or any brand at all) grow, and then you feel you should get your hands on all the influencers you can think of. The more the influencers, the more your reach, right?

Well, not exactly.

You want to be sure you’re spending your advertising budget on influencers who actually have your target customers as followers. Social media marketing veteran Neal Schaffer mirrors the same idea

To begin, use listening tools and do keyword searches to learn who in your industry is talking about topics or products relevant to your business.

In a bid to use all the influencers you can get your hands on, you may end up using some who don’t have your target audience as followers.

Instead of spreading yourself thin in that way, cut back and work with just the influencers who can expose your brand to an audience hungry for your content or product. You will increase your ROI when you focus only on influencers who are followed by your target customer.

A baby-clothing brand, for instance, is better off using baby or mommy influencers, not a popular Instagram travel star or a pop singer.

A good example is how mommy blogger Laura (@bump.today) featured three baby-related brands in one post:

Targeted Influencer Marketing from bump.tobaby

Goldfish, lili.lane and Little Blessing Co. are all brands selling baby products. Goldfish sells baby food, the shorts on the baby are from lili.lane and the top is from Little Blessing Co.

These brands are going to be seen by Laura’s followers who are mostly moms — the target customers of the brands mentioned.

Now, how do you find specific influencers who your target customers mostly follow? Truth is you can simply do a google search like [industry term] + [influencers] and you’ll find a lot of options.

But a better way is to hook up with influencers who already talk about your brand on social media. Or, consider working with influencers who talk about your industry — even if they’ve never said anything about you.

Again, you’ll need a good social media monitoring tool. Using Keyhole, for instance, I can find influencers already talking about a brand like Gucci by tracking their hashtag — #Gucci. I just need to go to the influencers tab and I’ll find them there:

Image of Keyhole’s list of users using the hashtag Gucci

Want to find relevant influencers for your business? Try Keyhole.

The tool shows me Twitter and Instagram users with thousands and millions of followers who are talking about Gucci. I could also sort for influencers with the highest engagement rates by clicking the AVG ENG tab:

Image of Keyhole's list of users using the hashtag Gucci sorted by engagement

So before doing a wild search on Google for relevant influencers to promote your brand, you could save time by employing the powerful search capabilities of a social monitoring tool.

Use it to see which influencers are already praising your product.

These people have more experience with your product, and if they’re so popular that they ignore influencer marketing deals, you’ll be able to get in touch with them fast.

3. Know where target customers post from

There are now more social networks out there than ever before — obviously. Therefore, it’s vital that you know which platforms your target customers use the most.

You can, of course, be “everywhere” if you want, but you would be better off focusing your advertising efforts on relevant social platforms that will drive more brand mentions and ROI than others.

So how do you find out where your target customers hang out the most? Again, you need a social monitoring tool to find this out.

Take Ralph Lauren, for instance. Most of the fashion brand’s customers and retailers use the #RalphLauren hashtag to post the products they buy from them.

If Ralph Lauren were your competitor, you could track which sites and which parts of the world mention their hashtag the most — using Keyhole:

Image of Top Sites and Location on Keyhole dashboard

The results show most of the hashtags come from Twitter, which means most of the brand’s customers would be found on Twitter. Instagram is next on the chart, then eBay and so on.

This way, you can focus on driving more brand conversations from Instagram since that’s where most of your target customers are.

4. Discover which days your target consumers are most active

Social media never sleeps, right? True.

When Americans are sleeping, Asians and folks from other continents are wide awake tweeting and posting on social platforms.

In a recent Forbes article, Hootsuite’s Founder Ryan Holmes says:

[There is] a growing realization among businesses that social media is the single most effective way to reach audiences, with teens with teens (i.e. tomorrow’s consumers) now spending up to nine hours a day on social platforms.

However, while social media platforms are always active, there are days your audience is more active than most other days.

If your target customers appear to be hyperactive (in a good way) on certain days, it could mean those are the days they’re not bombarded with their jobs, family, or school (if they’re students).

You want to take advantage of these days and engage them.

Statistics show that posting on social media on specific days improves results. Hubspot, for instance, found that tweeting on Wednesdays gets more engagement than other days.

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However, not every research or study is exactly right for your business. You should check when your target customers are most active. You can do that with any good social monitoring tool. When they’re most active is the best time for you to post.

If you’re tracking your own social media account (or a competitor’s) using Keyhole’s Account Tracker, you will be given optimal posting times for that account based on engagement, taking out all the guesswork.

For example, you can use Keyhole to find what days of the week that retail brand ASOS gets engagement the most on Twitter:

Keyhole - Post Optimization - Best time to Post
Want to see your competitor’s best engagement days on social? Try Keyhole.

If ASOS was your competitor, you can see the days their customers are engaging with their tweets the most, and days they got little to no likes, retweets or replies.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the Hubspot’s statistics I cited, but your business may be getting most of its engagement on other days of the week. You need to track and compare to the most effective with your outreach.

5. Exploit User Generated Content (UGC)

If you’re not familiar with the term, UGC is: content (reviews) on social media generated by customers about your product.

90% of shoppers say user-generated content (UGC) on the Internet influences their decisions to make a purchase. And here’s how the rate of that influence has grown in recent years — according to data from Reevoo:

Gif of using influence of UGC on customer purchases

People trust other people recommending products to them more than advertising that comes directly from the brand.

HubSpot’s CEO Brian Halligan advises businesses to think about how to create a earned media (AKA User Generated Content) strategy…

My encouragement to service providers would be to…think about “How do we create a modern, earned media strategy?” Because that’s what really works in social media – it’s more content creation on the earned media side.

And rightly so. Whose recommendation are you more likely to trust — the brand’s or the consumer’s? Chances are high you’ll go for the latter.

A customer saying something about you on social media can spark conversations that promote your business.

And then, surprise of surprises, you find yourself receiving orders from the friends of a customer who just tweeted or posted about your product on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat.

But how do you get consumers to become advocates for your brand and say nice things about your business on social? There are several ways to go about this, a few of which include:

  • Contests: Ask customers to share your product with a specific hashtag, and they get the chance to win a prize.
  • Offer discounts: Encourage consumers to share your products with their friends and win discounts.
  • Fun hashtags: Consumers, especially millennials, naturally want to share new products they buy or love with their friends. Give them a happy-sounding hashtag to do this.

However, to make the most of UGC, you should consider sharing them on your timeline. That is, after customers post something about your brand, don’t just be happy you’re spoken well of, retweet or repost the UGC. This will improve your reach and will likely get you more brand mentions.

Wrap up

Brand mentions can drive huge results for your business. Afterall, more mentions naturally mean more popularity. And more popularity leads to better brand awareness and ultimately sales. Use the strategies above and you can drive social interactions about your brand or product like never before.

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Keyhole Social Media Listening Academic Research Insights

University of Idaho Professor Uses Keyhole to Gather Live Info on a “Huge Scale”

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Now let me tell you about Dr. Blevins’s research.

We all remember the Women’s March of 2017. It was one of the largest demonstrations in US history, with millions of people marching in the US alone, and hundreds of other marches happening around the world.

It quickly became a source of interest for many. How did a movement with no defined goal or governing body make such an impact, mobilizing millions? This is what Dr. Blevins sets out to answer in her paper “The Women’s Convention: Reclaiming a Movement”.

University of Idaho for Keyhole
University of Idaho for Keyhole

In it, she explores how the Women’s March movement was able to gather much-needed resources through social media, ultimately allowing it to scale to the Women’s Convention of 2017.

Using Keyhole, Dr. Blevins analyzed the posts being made by the Women’s March Facebook page, noting what posts were being shared with the intention of gathering resources for the convention.

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Women’s March for Keyhole – University of Idaho

She also tracked the overall impact of #WomensConvention on Twitter and Instagram, analyzing overall reach and impressions.

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Image of Keyhole tracking #WomensConvention – Hashtag Tracking, Event Monitoring

As she shares within her paper:

“During the same two month spread that this paper focused on for official posts from the Women’s March Facebook page, there were 85,867 posts tagged with the #WomensConvention hashtag. Those user posts had a reach of 142 million unique users, and made over 456 million impressions.

Those metrics are almost impossible to manage using traditional media tactics, especially for decentralized, activist organizations and movements.” (Blevins, “The Women’s Convention: Reclaiming a Movement”)

She shares with us that many researchers are not yet using tools like Keyhole to gather data in this way, but this is a change we will likely start to see in the future.

“A lot of social media researchers gather data manually. Mostly because most of us come from a social science background and we’re not used to being able to use a lot of software. This idea of being able to gather live info on a huge scale is something we are not used to.”

For Dr. Blevins, however, using Keyhole has proven to exponentially increase the amount of data gathered. She also shared with us that our historical offering was particularly useful, especially “at a price point that an academic can afford” (historical offering= gathering old posts that were shared on social).

“The ability to gather data like that is something I’ve never seen before. Being able to actually see that data with discourse and seeing attitude [Sentiment] is really unique. I really appreciate that as a researcher. From a couple of months of using Keyhole I have enough research and raw data that I could get sufficient publications written to get tenure.”

Overall, working with Dr. Blevins has helped us understand how Keyhole can be successfully applied as a research tool, an exciting use that we can’t wait to see more of.

As Dr Blevins shares,

“While this software is usually used by advertisers as part of their in-depth social-media analytics, it holds valuable insights for social media research as well” (Blevins, “The Women’s Convention: Reclaiming a Movement”).

Reuters Customer Success Story

Why Reuters Reporter Melissa Fares Turns to Keyhole to Craft Data-Driven Stories

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Melissa Fares is a social media reporter for Reuters. Based in the New York office, she covers stories that affect — and are affected by — social media trends. She uses Keyhole analytics to track breaking news, develop story ideas and supplement articles with comprehensive data.

Why Keyhole

Melissa wants to find out which hashtags and keywords were trending in relation to breaking news stories, and this task introduces a set of challenges.

  1. As journalists compete to break news while social trends rapidly grow and pass, Fares needs a tool to monitor online conversations in real-time. Platforms that don’t offer live tracking can’t keep up with a newsroom’s fast pace, she says.
  2. Covering state-, national- and international-level news creates a need to know where social media trends develop and gain steam.
  3. Unravelling the context of social media trends is what helps Fares add detail to her articles and think up other story ideas. Therefore, she not only needs to monitor online conversations but also track related hashtags and keywords while identifying influential users.

Keyhole helps Melissa by:

How Keyhole Helps Media and Broadcast Companies

“I really do value Keyhole. It was one of the first platforms that I came across for navigating the social Internet, and it’s proven to be highly user-friendly and a pure joy to use. I even use it in my free time.”

Developed New Story Ideas

“Keyhole has taken me in a lot of directions that other platforms haven’t,” says Fares.

The tool identifies the most popular hashtags and keywords used with your tracked terms. This feature helps Fares find new trends and track data associated with them, helping her either craft stories or add more detail to articles.

“It points me towards the side conversations that are being held, helping me understand why they’re related… We’re always interested in taking the story further and investigating how people are reacting to what’s being said,” she adds, “That’s where Keyhole has been super, super useful.”

Wrote Articles Using Keyhole Analytics

Fares has used Keyhole data to write stories ranging from the health effects of bacon to the United States presidential election — one of the most popular being about Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim ban.

By tracking hashtags and keywords relating to the Republican candidate, she identified which five states were talking most about the ban.

“It’s interesting to know that California was talking so much about the ban. Why California? We don’t necessarily know, but without that information from Keyhole, there would have been readers who might not have related to the story.”

Collected Social Data in Breaking News Situations

“(Keyhole) is everything a journalist wants to use in a breaking-news situation since it’s quick and easy to use,” says Fares.

Inputting a keyword will quickly generate data by analyzing a sample of relevant posts, updating in real-time. Unlike other tracking tools, there is no need to authenticate your Twitter or Instagram account. You also don’t have to fill out a complex form to start your search.

“You want to spend time on Keyhole. It’s fun. It’s exciting.”

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How Fitcrunch Gained 23K Followers by Engaging Influencers on Keyhole

FITCRUNCH® IS THE FITNESS COMPANY known for FITCRUNCH® Baked Bars–inspired by world-renowed chef Robert Irvine and FortiFX founder Sean Perich.

Like many other businesses, FITCRUNCH® started with traditional marketing. A $14,000 budget on print ads for example, would amount to about 100,000 e-mail subscribers. Soon, the company’s marketing strategy expanded to include social media marketing and influencer marketing.

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Influencers

The company started working with Keyhole to engage with influencers (you can do this through the influencer tab in your dashboard), in order to expand and engage their customer base, eventually also using the tool to measure their impact.

Since launching their influencer program with Keyhole, FITCRUNCH® has found and engaged with around 20 new influencers a month. This allows the company to get the word out about new flavours they are testing and the latest news and promotions.

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Tracking Influencers Through the Keyhole Dashboard

FITCRUNCH® creates a unique hashtag for each influencer partner, and uses Keyhole to measure social success against actual sales.

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They easily monitor who’s talking about them, who’s driving fan engagement, and each influencer partner’s success, so it can plan strategic partnerships. Keyhole’s visual reports allows FITCRUNCH® to easily assess their marketing efforts with hard meaningful data.

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Alerts

Alerts also notify FITCRUNCH® when specific users, or users with more than [x] number of followers posts using their hashtag, keyword or handle. This allows the marketing team to repost this top user-generated content to their accounts to drive buzz to their social campaigns.

“Alerts is my personal favorite. When NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted he was having a FITCRUNCH® bar, we were able to jump on it and capture the buzz in real-time.”

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Social Listening

An important aspect of FITCRUNCH®’s marketing strategy involves social listening, or using social media to get to know your audience. The company looks at trending conversations among its audience using Keyhole’s word cloud when making strategic decisions. Reminder: The word cloud shows you other Keywords and Hashtags that users included in posts alongside the term you’re tracking. Here’s the word cloud for #fitcrunchbar:

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“We rely on the world cloud to identify trending conversations, so we can include them in our posts and attract new target audience. For instance, when searching for our protein bar #fitcrunchbar, the word cloud showed that ‘snack’, ‘chocolate’, ‘butter’, ‘peanut’ as trending keywords. This gave us insights on what customers may like as new protein bar flavours.”

Case in point: When FITCRUNCH® launched a new protein bar flavor called birthday cake, they were able to use the word cloud and see certain retailers popping up. This helps FITCRUNCH® to make strategic decisions such as which retailers to partner with.

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How The United Nations Gains Consumer Insights with Keyhole

Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children.

Every Woman Every Child was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010.

The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which presents a roadmap to ending all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation and ensuring their well-being.

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The Challenge

Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) is a UN initiative aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality, and improving health overall. Much of their work focuses on advocacy, and helping people to understand why the health of women and children is critical to societies. As part of this, they needed to understand who they were reaching on social media, and how they could measure the success of their strategies.

The Questions

The social media team at Every Woman Every Child was kind enough to share with us their goals on social and what they hope to accomplish with their various initiatives. A key component of effective messaging was getting a grasp on their truly global audience- Where are these people from? What devices do they use to access and engage with our content?— while also capturing and mobilizing this data so that they make effectively drive their campaign forward.

  • What is our demographic split in terms of geography, gender, sentiment?
  • Are we reaching enough men and boys as well as women and girls, and if not then how can we improve?
  • What devices are people using to access content?
  • How effective are our partnership engagements?

How Keyhole Helps

With Keyhole, Erin and Nada can track real-time data to easily assess their social media engagement. This allows them to measure the most important metrics to them, such as:

  • The demographic of people engaging with their posts and their mission
  • The effectiveness of partnership engagements
  • The geographical reach of their social media presence
  • The ways in which people are accessing their content

“In terms of users’ demographics: geographic location, gender, sentiment, Keyhole has the best balance of everything we want.”

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How NBC Universal Uses Keyhole to Flag Security Breaches

“We use Keyhole daily to give surveillance reports on social.”
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NBC Universal is an American multinational media conglomerate, operating organizations like NBC Sports Group, NBC Broadcasting and four Universal Studios amusement parks around the world

Their Incident Response team trusts Keyhole to keep them informed about potential security breaches.

The Challenge

  • Monitor the social web for breaches to NBC Universal’s extensive employee list’s internet properties, including login information
  • Track point of origin for online activity that stands to damage NBC Universal’s infrastructure or reputation

Questions

  • How can we monitor any Internet-based threats?
  • How do we track terms related to hacking groups that have targeted us in the past?

How Keyhole Helps to Safeguard Online Properties

Reports: By automatically deploying reports generated from the Keyhole Tracker dashboard, as well as creating and sharing internal custom reports containing data from Keyhole’s API, NBC Universal have an extensive overview of the online landscape and how it pertains to their web properties, ensuring a safe, stable online experience for both its audience and its employees.

“Keyhole helps our team tremendously. We can report any and all incidents to our executives, so our reports reach them before they hear it from someone else.”

Alerts: Keyhole Alerts are used extensively to report any spike in activity around relevant topics— all in real-time. By monitoring the social world for spikes in activity, the Threat Intelligence team at NBC Universal is able to maintain a grasp on any potential security breaches, so that their information is safeguarded.

“One of the hashtags we were monitoring was following a threat actor claiming to have hacked an NBC journalist’s email, which caused us to investigate immediately.

Know at the speed of tweets.

NBC Universal trusts Keyhole to help report on any social media activity related to the security of their thousand-plus tech properties.

By keeping a handle on activity surrounding key topics that may indicate a breach in security, the team is committed to a reliable future for NBC Universal.

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Keyhole Customer Success Story Sitrick and Company Brand Monitoring PR Management

How Public Relations Firm Sitrick and Company Protects Client Reputation with Keyhole

Sitrick and Company has built and maintained a reputation as one of the best strategic and crisis communications firms in North America.

They trust Keyhole to monitor their clients’ perception on social media in real-time.

Founded in 1989 by Michael Sitrick, the firm boasts over 1,000 clients and has established itseld as “THE firm to hire if you are facing the perfect PR storm.”

With experience with clients ranging from CEOs to the estate of Michael Jackson, Sitrick and Company is a true authority in the crisis communications space.

Brian Gicklich, Sitrick and Company’s Chairman of Digital Practice, knows a thing or two about maintaining a reputation amid scandal online. Having built and implemented social listening dashboards and frameworks for established American broadcasters in a previous life, Mr. Gicklich is acutely aware of the social fog public facing professionals navigate through in their career— especially when things are going south.

The Challenge

  • As a top PR firm, Sitrick’s clients expect carefully measured, contextualized social media activity
  • To discover the origin of the most prominent sentiment around Sitrick’s clients in real-time

Questions

  • Where are the most influential perceptions about our clients originating?

How Keyhole Helps

Keyhole’s Alerts feature allows Gicklich’s PR team to immediately see both positive and negative messages tied to their clients. This informs their communications strategy going forward- a crucial element within any public relations operation.

“Keyhole is easiest when you need to generate the kinds of reporting we need, and you’re frankly more accurate.”

Using reports generated from Keyhole’s Tracker dashboard, as well as custom reports infused with data from Keyhole’s API (available on our Corporate plan) Sitrick and Company keep their clients informed about surrounding social chatter on important days — say, when their client releases a statement to the public or appears on television.

By monitoring the social world, Mr. Gicklich is able to maintain a bird’s eye view of his client’s reputation, and is able to frame an informed, strategic response for his clients in a manner that is aware of the public perception, and highly targeted to help succeed and move on.

Life is short and the internet is vast.