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5 Powerful Social Listening Strategies To Grow Your Business Faster In 2018

Of the 7.5 billion people in the world, 3.03 billion of them are active social media users.

Your customers are, obviously, among these users and they have conversations on social platforms every day. This creates an opportunity for you to listen to what they are saying and learn more about them.

And that’s basically what social listening is — monitoring what customers are saying on social.

But it wouldn’t make sense to just listen to what people are saying about you or your industry. If you’re a good listener, you are learning, and if you’re a good student, you apply what you know.

Koka Sexton of Slack once shared his journey with social media, where he explained how he sees social media as not just a platform to interact with people, but to build a pipeline of relevant customers to grow businesses.

I came across this idea of social networks. (…) At that point, the idea of leveraging social networks as a sales person was basically unheard of. My focus was optimizing that behavior. (…) I had the goal of building my pipeline and not building a brand or building a fan base.

It’s not enough to listen or even watch your fan base grow, you need to use what you’re listening to to grow your business.

What you need is a toolbox of the social listening strategies that can help you benefit from monitoring social interactions. How do you make the most of the conversations that happen about your brand and industry on social media?

Here are five social listening strategies to grow your business faster in 2018.

1. Send bottom-of-the-funnel customers to gated free trials, product pages or waiting lists

Like top-of-the-funnel buyers, bottom-of-the-funnel consumers are also always lurking around conversations about your industry, brand, or specific product.

These people have heard about your brand before.

And they’re ready to buy. They just need a few questions answered.

So they ask questions like “Is there a version that will include xyz feature coming soon?” OR “Can your product do this specific thing?” If you’re keeping tabs on conversations in your industry, you’ll be able to pull these prospects into the fold.

In 2017, top car brand Audi had a tweet where a prospective Audi buyer (Godwin) asked if they had any new upgrades on a couple of their cars.

Audi responded saying the feature is coming in 2018, and sent the buyer a link where he could sign up with them to get updated once it’s out.

Audi Responding to Inquiries on Twitter - Customer Service

Once the buyer clicks the link, Audi sends him to a well-designed landing page where he’s being welcomed as a lead. The car brand gets his info and gets the chance to alert him once his desired feature is out in the market.

Audi Landing Page - Email Capture

This is one of the best social listening strategies I’ve seen anywhere.

And there’s one beautiful but quite hidden advantage here: 67% of Americans say they get at least some of their news on social media.

This means while Audi is responding to Godwin with a signup form to fill, there are probably other potential buyers around who have the same question Godwin asked and would sign up to get updates from Audi as well — via the same page Audi sent to Godwin.

This way, Audi is using social listening as a tactic to generate more leads for their new car upgrade coming in 2018.

Another example: Aaron Lee, Regional Manager at Agorapulse, recently tweeted that he was looking for a good web host for a new site. New web host provider, ChemiCloud, took the stage and introduced Aaron to their new hosting platform.

Image of Chemicloud Hosting tweeting to Aaron

It’s a powerful social listening strategy to monitor these industry interactions and earn the opportunity to convert bottom-of-the-funnel prospects into actual paying buyers.

And if, like Audi, you don’t already have the feature or exact product a potential buyer is asking for, have a well-designed page ready to convert the person into a lead — so you have the opportunity to draw them back to your business when it’s time.

2. Refer top-of-the-funnel customers to ungated content (or any other value)

In social conversations in your industry, top-of-the-funnel (TOFU) customers are also always lurking around.

There’s always someone hearing about your brand or product for the first time or just seeing conversations about your brand or industry. Unlike the customers represented in my #1 strategy above, these people aren’t ready to buy anything; they only want to learn more about the matter being discussed — your product, brand or industry.

You can refer these customers to a piece of content, a handy tool, or any value that answers their questions and get them ready to buy.

Should you gate content (or any value at all) for TOFU customers?

Audi, in the example above, sent ready-to-buy prospects right from social interactions to a gated page; should you do the same for top-of-the-funnel customers? Not quite.

Picture this for a moment: you go to Twitter and find a promoted tweet that interests you. The tweet is from a brand you’ve never seen or heard of before, promoting a product you don’t entirely understand. So you’re curious. You want to learn more about about what’s being promoted. You reply the tweet asking “How do I get started?”

To which the brand replies, “Go to [this url] to learn how to get started.”

Would you click or not? You probably would. After all, you’re the one looking for answers.

But on getting to the page, you find a form asking for your personal information. Would you give your information just to learn more about a product? You probably won’t. Especially when you’re just trying to see how to get started with a product.

If you were ready to get started, that’s a different case, you’d sign up. But gating a page that’ll teach you how to get started? Not ideal.

Landing page leader Instapage puts it this way:

“During the awareness stage, most prospects know very little about your brand and have yet to trust you. Removing the gate from content in this stage can improve your brand’s visibility and enhance your credibility with prospects. As prospects move down the marketing funnel and are more interested in your business, they will be more likely to be willing to fill out a form in order to gain access to content like ebooks and webinars.”

So it’s best to make your tool, content or any other value ungated for TOFU people who just want to “learn more”.

You’ll also notice in the example above that Audi included a link in their tweet for top-of-the-funnel buyers to get more information about their available product (car).

Image of Audi Tweeting their new A8 and linking to a signup

The link takes TOFU prospects to a page that provides them with useful and intriguing information about the car. They learn about the different features of the car, like its new automated driving feature and interaction intelligence.

Remember, these are top-of-the-funnel customers from Audi’s social listening efforts. The car brand could have just tweeted and let it end there. But no, they squeezed more juice from their social listening and moved interested buyers further in their purchase journeys.

3. Turn negative feedback into opportunities

Here comes the horrible bit of social listening.

If you weren’t paying attention to what’s being said about your brand on social media, you’d be safe — like a turtle with its head in the sand. But if you’re listening, you would have to come across people who are not so pleased with your brand or product — AKA unhappy customers.

The study I cited earlier says 67% of Americans get news from social media. You can imagine how many people are watching when unhappy customers say things like these:

Image of Keyhole’s Sentiment page
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But what you do after getting bad reviews is what matters the most.

Social media expert Kim Garst advises that

While you don’t have direct control over the reviews people leave, there are two ways you can indirectly improve them:(1) Listen to negative feedback and use it to improve your business, and (2) Encourage satisfied customers or clients to leave reviews. This will dilute the impact of any negative reviews you receive.

Much of the damage from negative feedbacks is salvageable. And, working with complaints can be an opportunity to prove you really care about customers. Since these conversations happen on social media, everyone gets to see how you handle critics — especially when you handle them timely.

Author of the bestselling book The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web, Tamar Weinberg, mirrors the same idea about handling critics with finesse and timeliness:

For social customer experience, it’s important to speak to users where they are and when they need you. It’s not just about Facebook and Twitter complaints. It’s about complaints that arise anywhere, including your own website.

However, it can be overwhelming to take note of every single piece of negative feedback, but the trick is to find the public embarrassments your company can do something about and handle the situation with finesse and style that impresses onlookers.

For example, JetBlue got a tweet from a customer who was complaining about being on a flight that had a bad headphone jack and a malfunctioning TV.

JetBlue - Unhappy Customer Review

JetBlue responded with what clearly looks like more than just an apology; they offered to compensate the customer with a $15 credit for the inconvenience (once she can confirm she’s the actual customer who had the experience).

Image of JetBlue’s reply

Again, the beautiful thing about this is that everybody is watching. CrazyEgg cofounder Hiten Shah puts it this way — “We all should remember the social in social media. Otherwise it would just be media. Social media on the whole is all about people.”

Enough said about negative feedback. What do you do with the positive news?

4. Retweet or repost positive feedback

When monitoring your social analytics, you’ll come across encouraging and energizing feedback about your brand or product. What do you do with that kind of tangible evidence? Just be glad you got a good note? No, repost them (or retweet if it’s Twitter). That’s one of the most effective social listening strategies you can utilize.

Retweeting or reposting your customers’ positive feedback is a great strategy because it reminds your followers of the awesomeness of what you’re selling, and it will likely interest new leads who happen to hear others raving about you. And customer content, like reviews and positive feedback, yields as much as a 133% higher conversion rate.

Money saving app Piggybank does a great job at this. They repost the positive reviews they get from Twitter right on their Instagram page.

Image of Sam Hart tweeting about 'Saving Violently' using Piggybank

And since consumers resonate more easily with reviews from fellow consumers than from ads sent out by brands, Piggybank’s happy customers see fit to testify to the customer review Piggybank posted…

Image of Sam Hart tweeting about 'Saving Violently' using Piggybank

And there are also bottom-of-the-funnel customers asking how to get started; here’s one:

Image of Piggybank linking signup

That said, you can’t possibly repost every single positive feedback — especially if you’re a huge business where your comments pile up in the hundreds and thousands.

But use the great ones. Using this as one of your core social listening strategies can put you on the good side of your customers and lead new folks into your funnel.

5. Use a social monitoring tool (with the right features)

After all’s said and done, one thing that can make or break your social listening strategy is your social listening or monitoring tool. It’s the single tool that your entire social listening strategy will be built on. Heck, there’s hardly any campaign you’ll run today successful without using some marketing technology.

A great social monitoring tool will:

  • Analyze the most engaging posts about your brand so you can leverage them.
  • Alert you when an influencer talks about you so you can leverage that too.
  • Tell you once a keyword or topic you’re tracking is being talked about on social.
  • Will have all these functionalities in one platform.

There are several tools out there. We recommend Keyhole. Are we biased because that’s our tool? Well, don’t take our word for it.

Renowned marketing guru Neil Patel says: “You don’t want to be the one that comes in late to the party after everyone’s already left and moved on to the next big thing. You’ll want to contribute when the topic is still hot so you can be a thought leader on the subject. You can easily accomplish that with a tool called Keyhole. This tool isn’t free, but it does a lot of things others can’t. And as a bonus, it’s extremely user-friendly. Can you guess how to get started? That’s right, sign up for (a free trial) account.”

Conclusion

Conversations will always go on in your industry, and when they do, you want to join in and take advantage of the chatter.

Whether people are holding conversations directly about your brand, your industry, or your competitors, information is passing between people at high speed. You simply have to keep listening and monitoring.

The social listening strategies above reap your company lots and lots of benefits. Be proactive and take advantage of the tools out there to be a good listener. Take notice and look lively. Your business will be one of the best because you did.

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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.

Influencers Live Tweeting Events - Pinned Tweets

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.

Keyhole - Setting up #smmw2018 as a new tracker
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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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”).

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How BottleRock Music Festival Amps Up Influencer Engagement with Keyhole

BottleRock is a Napa Valley music festival that aims to bring together the best of Napa culture- wine, music, food and more wine, in true Napa fashion.

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“When people come to Napa, the first thing that they think of is great wine. What goes along with great wine is great food, and what pairs perfectly with food and wine is music. Add beautiful rolling hills, vineyards, and world-class hospitality and you have what we call BottleRock Napa Valley.”

-Jasa Laliberte, Marketing Manager.
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The festival was originally started in 2013, and by 2015 was selling out. This year, with an impressive lineup, festival tickets sold out earlier than ever before.

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“We really focus a lot on customer experience, paying particular emphasis to our 4 different levels of VIP and providing an all-around amazing experience for the concert-goer from start to finish. In the same way that Napa provides such amazing hospitality, we try to do the same thing at our festival.”

Why Keyhole

The marketing team at BottleRock accomplishes some pretty awesome feats through our tool year-round. Check it out! They include:

Finding Influencers

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Jasa’s team is able to regularly find and engage artists and influencers they didn’t know were speaking about BottleRock through Keyhole’s Influencers* tab.

*Tell me more: The ‘Influencers’ tab in Keyhole shows top users engaging with your hashtag or keyword, allowing you to engage with them and their content directly from the platform.

“Before Keyhole, I wasn’t seeing some of the bigger accounts that were talking about us. I just never knew they were out there being a positive influencer for us! So now I’m definitely looking into those people. We have kind of a daily ‘a-ha!’ moment with Keyhole.”

Identifying Trends by Tracking Hashtags Year-Round

According to Jasa, Keyhole’s biggest impact is saving time by clearly depicting cross-platform data.

We asked Jasa what she did before Keyhole, to which she laughingly replied, “Well, I had lots of spreadsheets!”

“The biggest thing that’s been helpful for us is being able to actually see our overall impressions online. The data was on different platforms and we were not able to see what other people were saying about us very easily. Now we are actually able to put a number and a statistic behind it.”

By tracking relevant hashtags and keywords year-round, Jasa’s team is also able to identify relevant trends as they happen, and adjust their strategies and event accordingly.

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“The biggest things are the analytics behind it, the numbers. We’ve tracked hashtags for the last 5 years, but we’ve never done it all year round–so it’s been beneficial for us to see different trends and quantify them.”

Optimizing content

Lastly, Keyhole helps with content creation by giving insight into the types of conversations users are having.

Keyhole’s word cloud for the ‘Napa’ Keyword tracker shows what else people discuss when talking about Napa online.
Keyhole's Related Topics word cloud for BottleRock

“It is influencing our strategy. As we are moving to figure out specific copy and content, we are looking at what we’re putting out there in terms of hashtags and keywords, and figuring out what themes and trends we are seeing…what is being engaged with the most. We try and find that theme and replicate it.”

Results

Overall, Keyhole’s data has helped BottleRock’s marketing team save time and simplify their processes, allowing them to focus on what’s most important: creating unforgettable festival experiences and selling out year after year.

What can Keyhole do for you? Sign up for a 3-day free trial and find out!

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How #WorldElephantDay Uses Keyhole to Help Find Investors

“Media plays an impact, we had 1.6 billion impressions on #WorldElephantDay. Now, we have to find a way to turn that engagement into funding and sponsorship so that it can continue to help the elephants”.

Every August 12th, the world gets together to save elephants for #WorldElephantDay. The annual awareness campaign, which began in 2012, was created by documentary filmmaker Patricia Sims and her colleagues.

“When I started to learn about elephants, their intelligence and their emotional capabilities, I learned also about how complex some of the issues that affect them are, and decided it was important to bring the world together on finding solutions. That’s what inspired me to create World Elephant Day,” shares Patricia.

Today, Patricia continues to lead this annual campaign as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the World Elephant Society, a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity organization that supports World Elephant Day as well as its website and related events.

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Patricia amplifies World Elephant Day through Keyhole year-round by a) finding and connecting with influencers and b) easily collecting campaign data to help secure investors and sponsoring partners.

Influencers: As the campaign has gained traction over the years, it has become globally recognized in the elephant conservation movement. Patricia shares that, as a result, influencers and organizations often use the campaign’s hashtag year round in connection to other elephant conservation movements, sponsoring programmes, and more.

By using Keyhole, Patricia and her team are able to easily identify top influencers engaging with their hashtag, and directly reach out to them to amplify their message.

“Influencers have really helped us with growth- when you can target them specifically, it can help get your message out so much more effectively,” tells us Patricia.

Data for Investors: Patricia’s team works with Keyhole to help identify campaign reach, engagement, and growth, easily organizing all this data and helping Patricia present it to potential collaborators and sponsors.

“With the data collected using Keyhole I turn engagement into action, drafting reports for potential partnerships and funders that demonstrate our growth, reach, and impact.”

Result

Keyhole has helped World Elephant Day get more value out of its social media presence.

In 2018, Patricia and her team will use this data to create a more formal brand strategy, taking advantage of the large brand impact her campaign has in the conservation space to attract sponsors and partners to support the World Elephant Day campaign and her organization year-round.

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*All images courtesy of World Elephant Society

Billboard Customer Success Story Event Monitoring Event Reporting Insights

How Billboard Uses Keyhole To Boost The Hot 100 Festival

The Challenge

When Billboard was planning its first ever Hot 100 Music Festival, the internal team needed help with their social media strategy. It was more important than ever to identify key influencers and a social measurement of success.

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How Keyhole Helps

1. Using Social to Track Marketing KPIs

With Keyhole, Stephanie and Katherine can easily track real-time data and post engagement. This allows them to choose event partners strategically and measure success metrics, such as the reach and engagement, of their digital campaigns and events.

  • Follower growth before and after influencers are engaged
  • Type of content fans love
  • Fans’ reactions and sentiment to the posts
  • Who to partner with to drive most fan engagement for Billboard

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2. Capturing Buzz in Real-Time

Stepping into work every morning, social chatter around trending artists is on the social media team’s radar. Using Keyhole’s alert feature, Billboard can find out who’s mentioning them on social media. The ability to get real-time alerts and insights on these social conversations provides immediate value.

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3. Easy Reporting to Show Your Impact

Katherine needs to provide high-level reports to business partners and executives. Using Keyhole, she can pull together meaningful metrics with just a few clicks.

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Event Sponsors Love It!

For the 2016 Billboard Women in Music Awards, the social team tweeted video clips from the event post-broadcast, and successfully garnered engagement from an extended millennial audience who might not have tuned in on traditional TV.

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Event sponsors loved it as they were targeting the millennial audience specifically.

In Stephanie’s words, “The ease of Keyhole is extremely valuable to social media managers.”

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.

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“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.”

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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.”

Keyhole Customer Success Story Fitcrunch CPG Social Media ANalytics Influencer Marketing Influencer Tracking

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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Melt Atlanta Keyhole Customer Success Social Media Analytics and Reporting

How MELT Tracks Influencer Success with Keyhole

MELT Atlanta is a premier full-service agency that amplifies major brands through collegiate athletes and athletic events.

Right now, for instance, one of MELT’s projects is working with the Olympic athletes that form part of the #CokeFamily at the PyeongChang winter Olympics, and simultaneously getting ready for Tokyo 2020 (NBD, right?).

In order to best work with influencers, create future influencer strategies and report their successes with clients, MELT needs a reliable method to drive, track, and report on multiple influencer-based campaigns. This is where Keyhole comes in.

“Having a reliable number of impressions and reach for the hashtag that we are able to get within seconds of logging in has definitely solved our biggest pain point.”

-Jenna Cook, Digital & Social Media Manager
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Why Keyhole

The MELT Team shared with us how Keyhole helps their team optimize influencer campaigns through Account Tracking, Hashtag Tracking, QuickTrends, and Reports.

Account Tracking

The MELT team tracks all influencer accounts within Account Tracking, giving them full visibility into how the accounts are performing.

Insights from this dashboard include top performing posts, follower growth, and insights such as most engaging post type, best posting times, optimal post length, follower insights & more (within the Optimization tab).

By combining this information with their own internal strategy, the MELT team was able to work with one of their current influencers to strengthen their Twitter performance, achieving consistent follower growth.

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QuickTrends

We were also delighted to hear about MELT’s positive experience with our new feature: QuickTrends! The team uses this tool to run competitive research, which is one of the tool’s primary purposes.

“I love QuickTrends,” shared Digital & Social Media Manager, Snigdha Dhar, “We used it to see how our campaign was performing against other Olympic sponsors and learned a lot.”

-Snigdha Dhar, Digital & Social Media Manager
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Here is what that looks like. QuickTrends gives a quick overview of the number of conversations happening on Twitter around specific topics. It gives insight into who is being most talked about in the Twitter world.

Hashtag Tracking & Reporting

Through Hashtag Tracking, the team measures overall campaign performance for #CokeFamily and any other campaign hashtags, collecting all related insights such as sentiment, influencers, related topics and more.

And, Keyhole’s easy reporting tool makes sharing these campaign results a breeze. The dashboard allows MELT to share results quickly and efficiently with clients by sharing a direct link or downloading a PDF. They simply log in, quickly generate a report and share it with clients.

“We are recapping every single week. Keyhole has been extremely helpful to turn that around so fast.” – Jenna Cook

Results

With Keyhole, MELT is able to focus their time and energy on campaign success and creating winning campaign strategies, ensuring that they are nurturing and managing their influencer program, and always looking forward to the next campaign.

How can Keyhole help your company? Sign up now to find out!

Keyhole Customer Success Story Soapbox Strategists Instagram Analytics

Ensuring Success with Soapbox Strategists and Keyhole

Soapbox Strategists is a digital media agency that helps clients capture hearts (and dollars) in the online world.

They use Keyhole to monitor & optimize all social media posts.

Waterworks contacted Soapbox to charge up their social media strategy, carving out a distinct identity and voice for the brand. This included designing a content program (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) that reflects its premier status, and that has resulted in an approximately 500% increase in Instagram follower acquisition.

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“To support and promote the content, we’ve created an ongoing Instagram advertising campaign, targeting interior design enthusiasts, that grew total Instagram engagements from 6,503 to 86,743 in its first 6 months.”

“Keyhole definitely gives us insight back into the larger social strategy that makes us successful… We’re always trying to get into the right spaces, and get more insights.”

Understanding the conversation with Keyhole

Using the Keyhole Dashboard allowed Soapbox to monitor Waterworks’ social accounts, revealing what related topics its audience is interested in to ensure meaningful content contribution with each post. This caused an exponential bump in their Instagram and Twitter following, making for an incredibly successful partnership.

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By capturing content surrounding branded hashtags, Soapbox Strategists were able to drive conversions and help produce a successful digital marketing strategy with finesse.

See your content shine.

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Soapbox Strategists use Keyhole to monitor and track all hashtags and keywords associated with their agency’s work, to ensure its clients know exactly what they’re doing for their brand.

By capturing the data produced from their content, Soapbox is able to track conversions and drive the value of their work like never before.

Unlock your content’s power with Keyhole today.

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