5 Tools to Monitor Your Online Reputation

social media toolsDo you know what people are saying about you?

Are you checking your company’s social mentions daily?

Finding and addressing negative reviews and comments can be a challenge.

In this article I’ll share five tools that help you monitor what people are saying about your company, products and staff.

Why Monitor Your Online Reputation?

It takes time, effort and an elaborate strategy to build a solid company reputation, but everything you’ve worked to build can be undone in just a few hours.

Negativity spreads like wildfire, especially in an environment that’s open 24/7. Any online content, positive or negative, impacts how people view your business.

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It’s important to monitor your online reputation in real time. Image: StockPhoto.

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5 Social Media Monitoring Tools to Simplify Your Marketing

social media toolsAre you measuring your social media efforts?

Do you know what’s working?

Over the years, there have been dozens of social media monitoring tools launched, but not all social media monitoring platforms are created equal.

In this article I’ll show you five platforms that may work for your business.

Social Media Monitoring 101

Before taking a closer look at these platforms, here are a few questions you’ll want to answer first. Your answers will allow you to find the right tool for your business needs.

What Does Your Business Need to Measure?

The most important thing to establish before selecting a monitoring tool is what you’re actually going to measure. Any social media campaign worth its salt has clearly defined objectives and measurable outcomes.

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It's important to determine what you want to measure. Image source: iStockPhoto.

These measurable outcomes, or key performance indicators (KPIs), are agreed-upon metrics that will help you determine whether your social media marketing efforts are successful. They can fall into several categories and include thousands of exact pieces of data.

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3 Analytic Tools to Improve Your Social Media Performance

social media toolsDo you want to improve the results of your social media marketing?

Measuring your social media performance is key to getting great results.

You need the right tools to measure those results.

In this article, we’ll go through 3 analytic tools to help improve your results on social media.

#1: Mention – Monitor Your Brand Anywhere on the Web

Mention is an excellent social media and web monitoring tool. You set up alerts based on keywords, and content related to those keywords is displayed through the Mention application or sent to you via email or social media.

When you monitor and track keywords, you can find potential business, build relationships with new people and respond quickly to situations that could damage your brand.

There are many monitoring tools available, but many either are very expensive or have limitations.

For example, you may use Google Alerts to track keywords mentioned on the web. However, I’ve found these alerts are not nearly as comprehensive as Mention. Google Alerts also does not provide the functionality that’s essential to manage and proactively respond to these alerts. Mention provides this functionality.

Mention is a very cost-effective and comprehensive solution that monitors your alerts across a variety of sites.

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Fan Fiction and Social Media: Lessons From the Trenches

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Carri Bugbee, founder of Big Deal PR, whose story is shared in the book Social Media Case Studies, Stories and Perspectives.

Carri is better known for her role tweeting as Peggy Olson, a fictional character on  AMC’s Mad Men. She shares the story behind her fan fiction role and the lessons brands can learn from her story.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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4 Free Tools to Help You Socially Monitor Your Brand

social media toolsDo you know what people are saying about your brand? Do you want to know how to monitor these conversations?

Regardless of the size of your business, chances are good people are talking about you and your brand via social networks and blogs. In this article I’ll cover four free monitoring tools to help you get started.

Getting Started: How do people talk about you?

A good place to find how people know and speak of your brand is to look at the keywords and phrases they use to find your website.

You can find these metrics in the analytics package you’re using with your website. If you’re not using an analytics package like Google Analytics, Webtrends or Clicky, then brainstorm keywords and phrases that you may have heard clients/customers use in discussions you have had with them.

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Facebook Community Pages: What Your Business Needs to Know

social media how toFacebook’s new community pages have created a lot of confusion for businesses.  Many companies have been surprised (and many angry) to find their brands showing up in community pages that are fully outside of their control.

The root of the anger: Businesses have invested in Facebook pages only to find community pages appearing that seem to compete with their pages.

This article is designed to demystify Facebook community pages and provide you with important actions you can take.

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Outsourcing Social Media: Good or Bad Idea?

One of the big concerns about using social media for business and marketing is time. Social media activities do pose a risk of drawing you in and taking up a huge amount of your day just interacting with people.

Add that the technology is changing all the time.  It can seem impossible to keep up with all the tools, software, techniques, etiquette, and social media best practices.

It’s hardly surprising that people are looking to social media consultants, agencies and contractors to take on their social media activity. But should you? Let’s explore this.

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