8 Ways to Use Social Listening for Your Business


social media how toDo you monitor what people are saying about you online?

Are you using this information to enhance your business?

The insights you gather about your customers, prospects, products and competitors with social listening can be valuable.

In this article you’ll discover eight ways to use social listening for your business.

Why Social Listening?

Social listening (or media monitoring, as some people like to call it) is about searching the web and the social space to see what’s being said about your company, your competitors and other topics of interest.

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Discover 8 ways to use social listening for your business.

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How to Use Twitter Analytics to Find Important Data


social media how to Do you use Twitter’s built-in analytics tool?

Are you looking for new ways to measure success on Twitter?

Twitter’s Analytics tool is the social network’s best-kept secret and gives you access to data that other third-party services can’t.

In this article I’ll show you how to get access to Twitter Analytics and find the data you need to track your campaign success.

Access Twitter Analytics

[Editor’s Note: This article was written before a recent update to Twitter’s Analytics Dashboard. We’ve updated the article with new information and screenshots.]

Like Facebook and LinkedIn, Twitter’s analytics feature is designed to be used by the company’s potential paying customers. In other words, only accounts with Advertiser status can access Twitter analytics data.

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Find out how to use Twitter’s analytics dashboard to find the data you’re looking for.

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3 Social Media Tools That Help Marketers Save Time


social media toolsHow much of your day is spent on recurring social media activities?

Are small tasks taking up too much of your time?

When you know where tools can help you most, you can decide which tools best suit your needs.

In this article I’ll address three time-consuming areas and share social media tools to help you save time.

#1: Streamline Daily Tasks

Not every task is created equal. It would be so helpful to have an organizational tool that lets you work more efficiently and effectively, wouldn’t it?

HootSuite, Sprout Social and SocialFlow are all tools that fill the bill. They help you streamline some of the more basic items on your daily list so you can have more time to spend on your growing to-do list.

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Use dashboards to help with updating social channels daily.

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5 Social Media Dashboard Benefits to Help Marketers


social media how to Are you using the right social media dashboard?

Do you know which tools you need?

In this article you’ll discover five benefits of social media dashboards to get the best return on your efforts.

Why You Need a Good Dashboard

Managing your social media accounts can be a time- and resource-intensive endeavor.

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Managing multiple social media accounts successfully, requires the right tools. Image: Shutterstock.

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How to Get Major League Results From Social Media


social media case studiesThe San Francisco Giants have the most engaged fan base in Major League Baseball.

They’re recognized as social media standouts in the sports world.

But as recently as three years ago, they had no cohesive voice on social media and no social media strategy.

The Giants were a traditional organization in a traditional sport. In 2010, when they brought in Bryan Srabian as social media director, they were getting information to fans by broadcasting. Typically this meant holding press conferences and sending out press releases or email blasts.

But then Srabian had an “Aha!” moment. He was reading a book by Chris Brogan and then had a conversation with him on Twitter. “We don’t really talk to our fans at all,” he thought. But they could.

It was time for a new model based on listening and responding. But first they had to find out what fans were saying, and where they were getting their information.

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5 Social Media Management Tools You Should Consider


social media toolsHave your social media activities spiraled out of control?

Are you looking for tools to simplify the management of your social media marketing?

Would you like better insight into your audience or the ability to compare your social activities against the competition?

These are some of the capabilities you’ll discover in the five social media management tools listed below.

In this article I reveal five social management tools that just might make your life a bit easier.

Check out what they have to offer and see if they are a good fit for your business needs.

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3 Social Media Tools That Improve the Sales Cycle


social media toolsDo you want more leads from your social efforts?

Did you know there are great social media tools that make the sales process easier?

In this article, I’ll review 3 tools to help you get the information you need to generate revenue from your social media activity.

#1: Nimble—Nurture Your Relationships and Get Sales

Nimble is a social relationship manager. Through social media you can build a large network of people whom you connect with, but there is likely to be a smaller group of key people who are potential advocates, influencers or customers for your product or service.

The development of relationships in social media is very important for your business.

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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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How to Simplify Your Social Monitoring


social media how toAre you looking for easy ways to monitor social mentions of your brand, product or name?

You can easily listen to what people are saying online on any topic you want to track.

In this article, I’ll discuss two real-time social analytics tools and how they can enhance your monitoring.

Get Real-Time Insight

Topsy is a search engine that gives real-time insight into online conversations.

It uses proprietary data-indexing technology to provide you with not only the most recent search results, but also the most relevant results based on the calculated social influence of the conversation.

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Once you arrive at Topsy, you can elect to search Twitter, photos, videos, trending topics, expert articles or "everything."

One of the great features of using Topsy to search Twitter is that the URLs are automatically expanded when the search results are indexed.

What this means is that you can see which tweets are linking back to your website that you might not otherwise see.

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