‘Free’ social
media listening
tools
Bloomrecommends
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Contents
!  Whyuseasocialmedialisteningtool?
!  WhatcanIfindoutfromthesetools?
!  Whatarethebesttool...
www.bloomworldwide.com
Whyuseasocialmedia
listeningtool?
• Pick out and filter online conversations that are taking
place a...
www.bloomworldwide.com
WhatcanIfindout?
Monitor
Conversation
Market
share
Volume of
mentions
Brand
awareness
Sentiment
Bran...
www.bloomworldwide.com
What are the best
social media listening
tools?
Source: Eknath Gomphotherium @ Flickr
www.bloomworldwide.com
Socialmention
Great for quick
checks and
reporting

Monitors all the
major platforms
www.bloomworldwide.com
• Socialmention is great for tracking what people are saying about
a company, new product, or an ev...
www.bloomworldwide.com
Socialmention summary:

Quick, neat dashboard
Thorough search
No sign-up required
www.bloomworldwide.com
HootSuite
Great for finding
opportunities to
engage with
customers &
influencers

Monitors all the
ma...
www.bloomworldwide.com
• Hootsuite is one of the leading, all-encompassing social media
management tools. Primarily used f...
www.bloomworldwide.com
HootSuite summary:

Great for responding to
customers & engaging in the
moment.
www.bloomworldwide.com
Topsy
Great for narrowing
down specific
conversations &
influencers

Monitors Twitter
and public page...
www.bloomworldwide.com
• Social Search in Topsy is a free real-time search tool
which can index and rank results based upo...
www.bloomworldwide.com
Topsy summary:

Simple, easy setup
Great for finding content to
share on your social media
platforms
www.bloomworldwide.com
Netvibes
Great for viewing
all social media on 1
page

Monitors all major
platforms and more
Source...
www.bloomworldwide.com
• Netvibes is a dashboard reader, pulling through your social
media channels into one page. The fre...
www.bloomworldwide.com
Netvibes summary:

Good for quick checks on
current conversations and
keywords
www.bloomworldwide.com
Google alerts
Great for simple
notifications via
email

Monitors Google
search results only
www.bloomworldwide.com
• Simply monitor new blogs and online conversations through Google
search engine. Sign up for Googl...
www.bloomworldwide.com
Google alerts summary:

Simple, easy setup
Great for finding content to
share on your social media
p...
www.bloomworldwide.com
Google trends
A good indication
of trending topics in
online searches

Monitors most
major platforms
www.bloomworldwide.com
• Get a colourful visualisation of real-time hot search
trends on Google Trends homepage, or run se...
www.bloomworldwide.com
Google trends summary:

Plot global or regional trends
around particular topics or
search queries
Bloom take insight from
social data & develop it
into actionable solutions 
Wanttoknowmore?
www.bloomworldwide.com
@bloomw...
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The best free social media listening tools

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People are talking about you and your brand online, but are you really listening? Monitor online conversation around your brand using these brilliant social media listening tools. And what's more - they all have free versions!

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The best free social media listening tools

  1. 1. ‘Free’ social media listening tools Bloomrecommends
  2. 2. www.bloomworldwide.com Contents !  Whyuseasocialmedialisteningtool? !  WhatcanIfindoutfromthesetools? !  Whatarethebesttoolstouse?
  3. 3. www.bloomworldwide.com Whyuseasocialmedia listeningtool? • Pick out and filter online conversations that are taking place around your brand, products or your competitors at specific times or geographic locations Monitor Conversation • Monitor the volume of mentions around a particular topic or brand Volume of mentions • Negative, positive or neutral, you will know what your customers are saying about your brand • Limit the damage of negative feedback or a PR crisis Sentiment • Listen to feedback about a new product or service • Swoop in to help a customer that is struggling with a product or service. Customer Service • Derive meaning from the mass of social media chatter online Insights • Identify your brand advocates and influencers in your industry. Influencers & advocates
  4. 4. www.bloomworldwide.com WhatcanIfindout? Monitor Conversation Market share Volume of mentions Brand awareness Sentiment Brand affinity Customer Service Customer satisfaction Insights Customer highlights Influencers & advocates Partner programme
  5. 5. www.bloomworldwide.com What are the best social media listening tools? Source: Eknath Gomphotherium @ Flickr
  6. 6. www.bloomworldwide.com Socialmention Great for quick checks and reporting Monitors all the major platforms
  7. 7. www.bloomworldwide.com • Socialmention is great for tracking what people are saying about a company, new product, or an event, serving-up ‘user-generated content from across the universe’ on one neat page of real-time information. You can also easily download the data into a CSV spread. Great for... • Monitors over 100 social media properties directly, including: Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google, WordPress, plus blog content, comments and frequent authors. Choose to search with keywords across all or individual platforms. Monitors all the major platforms • Strength (volume), Sentiment, Passion (a measure of the likelihood that individuals talking about your brand will do so repeatedly), Reach, and Frequent Authors. Measures  4   categories...  
  8. 8. www.bloomworldwide.com Socialmention summary: Quick, neat dashboard Thorough search No sign-up required
  9. 9. www.bloomworldwide.com HootSuite Great for finding opportunities to engage with customers & influencers Monitors all the major platforms
  10. 10. www.bloomworldwide.com • Hootsuite is one of the leading, all-encompassing social media management tools. Primarily used for monitoring, posting & scheduling content, it can also be a great listening tool. You’ll need to register and authorise each social platform for the free version. Great for... • Direct sign-in to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Wordpress & Mixi. Monitors all the major platforms • Hootsuite’s free version comes with basic analytics, but in terms of listening, it will not measure sentiment or volume. However, you can monitor conversation in real time and respond straight from the dashboard. Receive alerts on mobile when keywords are mentioned. Measures...
  11. 11. www.bloomworldwide.com HootSuite summary: Great for responding to customers & engaging in the moment.
  12. 12. www.bloomworldwide.com Topsy Great for narrowing down specific conversations & influencers Monitors Twitter and public pages on Google
  13. 13. www.bloomworldwide.com • Social Search in Topsy is a free real-time search tool which can index and rank results based upon the most influential conversations about a specific term, topic, page or domain queried. No sign-up required. Great for... •  Primarily Twitter and Google . Choose to search keywords or competitor profiles across Twitter, web links, photo, video or influencers.   Monitors some platforms •  Volume, Sentiment & Influence, plus detailed searches of a specific domain and keyword to chart trends with Topsy Analytics.   Measures...
  14. 14. www.bloomworldwide.com Topsy summary: Simple, easy setup Great for finding content to share on your social media platforms
  15. 15. www.bloomworldwide.com Netvibes Great for viewing all social media on 1 page Monitors all major platforms and more Source: Netvibes @ Flickr
  16. 16. www.bloomworldwide.com • Netvibes is a dashboard reader, pulling through your social media channels into one page. The free version (choose) ‘I’m just me’ allows you to customise the layout & add or remove boxes displaying each platform. You will need to sign up & allow access to each social platform. Great for... • Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, Video (YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Metacafe), Blogs (WordPress, Google Blog and Twingly) as well as web searches (Google, Bing and Yahoo). Monitors all major platforms & more • Essentially a reader, but you can search on keywords to pull up any online mentions & bookmark. It does not measure volume, sentiment or author influence. Fine for a quick check on a daily basis. Alerts & analytics & reports available on Premium only. Measures...
  17. 17. www.bloomworldwide.com Netvibes summary: Good for quick checks on current conversations and keywords
  18. 18. www.bloomworldwide.com Google alerts Great for simple notifications via email Monitors Google search results only
  19. 19. www.bloomworldwide.com • Simply monitor new blogs and online conversations through Google search engine. Sign up for Google email alerts . Set up as many as you like on different keywords. Great for... • Google and any public pages on social media that may appear in Google search results, including video, news, blogs and new web pages. Monitors results from Google search • No measurement is included – just Google results on a daily, weekly or monthly frequency, sent to your Inbox. Measures...
  20. 20. www.bloomworldwide.com Google alerts summary: Simple, easy setup Great for finding content to share on your social media platforms
  21. 21. www.bloomworldwide.com Google trends A good indication of trending topics in online searches Monitors most major platforms
  22. 22. www.bloomworldwide.com • Get a colourful visualisation of real-time hot search trends on Google Trends homepage, or run searches around topics and location to monitor level of interest. Great for... • Topics on Facebook, YouTube, Google, Yahoo and Outlook and queries on Facebook, YouTube, Google, Hotmail and Yahoo. Monitors most major platforms • Measures search trends only. For example, if you search for tea in Scotland in March of 2007, Trends analyses a % of all searches for tea within the same time and location parameters. Measures...
  23. 23. www.bloomworldwide.com Google trends summary: Plot global or regional trends around particular topics or search queries
  24. 24. Bloom take insight from social data & develop it into actionable solutions Wanttoknowmore? www.bloomworldwide.com @bloomworldwide +44 (0) 1273 732 626 hello@bloomworldwide.com
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