Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’


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  1. 1. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter I Introduction to Social Media Monitoring Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE CHAPTER I: Introduction to Social Media Monitoring Feeds Recently, Omllion has started to publish a series of social media monitoring reports on various Indian industries and celebrities. So far Travel, Insurance and Rajinikant have been covered in this series of Social Media Monitoring India. The blogs garnered immense response, especially because various interesting case studies surfaced. One of which was of MakeMyTrip that proved excellent for excellent case study for online reputation management, another was that of Rajinikant that proved that content is king and being sharable on the social web is the only key to survival and boosting your brand reputation online and in the insurance industry it was observed that how various mediums can help in boosting social media presence, if the done correctly. While doing the activity many of our readers mentioned how they considered monitoring a task with so many conversations surfacing each moment, sorting and making sense of them seems impossible for them. A few of them even asked us how we drove to such conclusions what was the process that we followed and so on. Hence, we decided to address this subject and ensure that all our readers understand how to identify what social media monitoring feeds them and how to make sure that they get maximum vitamins, minerals, etc to energise their brands on the online social media scenario. Each time you login to any of your social media accounts or simply even look up the net for something related to your brand, competitor or industry, you are getting smarter and knowledgeable; because each time you are fed something by social media, it could be compliments, complains, some tips, grapevine, news, suggestions, etc. with mammoth of information target towards you, keeping tab on them or making any sense of them is also not all that easy, also you would not want to miss any of them at any given day or time. +91- 22- 67942500-01
  2. 2. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter I Introduction to Social Media Monitoring Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE Hence, the social media monitoring makes its way to your assorted platter of communications, where you can easily segregated the delicious social media feeds from the ones that go stale and actively enact on them. So, when your monitoring tool feeds you huge chunk of social media mentions, and then what do you do with it all? Suddenly people think that the tool which was supposed to reduce their social media work pressure is not creating a huge nuisance and especially when the results fetched are not very accurate and full of spam. Social media feeds you a lot of data like a buffet and it is up to you to pick and choose the delicacies that you want to try that would benefit your health. It feeds you all the small-big, loud-quiet, interesting- boring, helpful- destructive, relevant- irrelevant; all of them together. It is better to be well fed with all the social media conversations surrounding your keyword and work your way to top than being malnourished with the handful of conversations which lead you nowhere. Scroll ahead to discover how social media monitoring can play a vital role in energising and boosting your brand my making sense of all the real time feeds. +91- 22- 67942500-01
  3. 3. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter II Making of Social Media Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE CHAPTER II: Making of Social Media Feeds Social Media is increasingly making its dynamic presence felt in every organisation’s communication and marketing plans. But even the biggest of corporate giants struggle to retain their senses while bringing the best of social media delicacies on board ensuring that the brand breathes and live a healthy online life which is well followed and received by all the audiences that look at them with hawk eye. The making of these social media feeds is not entirely in the hands of your Community Manager or your Social Media Strategist. Social media being an open medium, each having right to voice his or her opinion, each becoming the journalist, author, commentator, critic, etc has immense power of influencing people’s decision. With so much control of one’s brand in the hands of the audience, it is obvious that you would have to be on your toes, virtually, to ensure that your brand is not maligned and grows relentlessly. Making of social media feeds is now in the hands of your Audience, each of which has a huge power with them disguised as social media! So how are these social media conversations made? How to brand figure in it? Even before you start monitoring you need to have your foundation about the making of these conversations very strong or else you would never really understand the gravity of the situation and end up being a loser. Time and again most social media monitoring experts/strategists/enthusiasts/managers have to realize it is not only them who are making the noise, but also the whole world out there which does it and hence, they need to understand goes in making the noise. +91- 22- 67942500-01
  4. 4. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter II Making of Social Media Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE Also, it is necessary to understand that not always is the chatter around negative, but it can also be positive in terms of compliments or business development opportunities or simple sharing of your content that aids in buzz creation about your brand. Recipe to the making of social media feeds widely involves a strong negative or positive connection or emotion of the audience towards the brand. Most social media stagiest with a view of making the brands aware about the importance of social media monitoring, scare them by stating how the unnoticed negative conversation can malign their image. While it will true to a great extent, even ignore the positive ones can also be of some loss to your brand. Not reverting positive and encouraging conversations may make brand look like too, stringent unapproachable which is a disaster on social media scenario. On social media platform, the feeds are impromptu and not planned in advance, not at least the ones which are created by you- blogs, videos, tweets, etc. Your audience is very active and would not wait to take action on, what they like or don’t, for a long duration. They like what was served at your restaurant, they would immediately update on their Twitter which is probably in sync with their FourSquare. If your customer care guys are not helping them fix their laptop, they would definitely ensure to let the world know how disappointing your technical team is. If someone is looking for a new vendor of your industry and you are first one to know, definitely you have better chance of getting the deal. Also it shows you what your employees are doing to your brand. Is their banter, in anyway, proving to be disastrous to your brand image in the industry? Chatter about your brand will have numerous online profiles and most of them would probably in sync with other social media sites and the word would spread like a wild fire. The activities of the company, online or offline have a major influence of the kind of response that it generates on social media. On many occasions, the influential online identities end up enticing others to be part of their action which invariably multiplies. One person complaining about their unsatisfactory experience with your salesmen at a local store would unremittingly attract immense reaction, which can be positive or negative and has complete potential of snowballing into a chatter that is trending on all the leading social media sites. +91- 22- 67942500-01
  5. 5. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter II Making of Social Media Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE Such snowballing can be avoided by staying informed about it as and when it happens, so that you can be part of the conversation and not be just a spectator to the gossip, it gives you an opportunity to interact with the influencer in a positive manner, which stands as a live example for many others on his list to be inspired by you. Even this activity that you do is a social media feed that you create for your brand on the bigger picture. In short, social media monitoring feeds as not just cooked by your audiences and unknown social media gossipers but also by you and your people who are constantly interacting on behalf of you. These entire well or half cooked feeds are served to you on the platter of social media by your monitoring tool. Hence, it is essential to remember always that your social media monitoring feeds are never generated by just others, but by you, too; and each of them needs and deserves your attention, equally. +91- 22- 67942500-01
  6. 6. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter III Monitoring of Social Media Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE CHAPTER III: Monitoring of Social Media Feeds You no more need to know the ‘why’ of monitoring social media. Managing social media feeds begins with first monitoring them closely. You must choose a tool that allows you to filter the social media data in a customized manner, so that you can segregate each of them with amazing ease. Hence, before you begin the managing and taking action on the various social media feeds, here is a short remember-list that one must keep in mind, so that they are not diverted while actually acting on them. It also enables you to know where to begin carefully and make smart moves with focus vision so that you can manage all the social media chatter with immense ease and smartness, getting more out of very less time and money invested. Here is what you must remember before beginning with the monitoring of all the social media feeds, you may call these points as ‘appetizers’. • Recognize the benefits and risks associated with the new age social networking tools which need to be dealt very easily and clearly keeping in the mind the new age industry needs and wants. It could relate to security, brand protection, online reputation, image building, etc. • Best practices to address the risks posed by the media and to improve the preparation and organization of awareness, once you are aware about the risks it becomes easier for you to handle the social media data that is soon to bombard you big way. +91- 22- 67942500-01
  7. 7. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter III Monitoring of Social Media Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE • Develop a strategy to cope with the feeds. Just like you set a pattern on having one dish with another customizing as per pleasing your taste buds, you need to strategise well ahead how are you going to deal with it all in limited amount of time that you have. Identify the aspects of the tool that you would first begin with, slowly moving down the trail to less important ones. • Explore tools to come down to the one which you are comfortable with and provides you all the features that are of great use to you and are totally user friendly and navigation friendly. They must not bombard you with too many windows, making the whole process even scarier. • Typically, the community manager or the social media strategists handle the monitoring side; too, as they understand very clearly what the chatter is all about. Hence, one usually uses combination of social media monitoring tools which may include free and paid tools, that aid in not just monitoring but in measuring and analyzing, too. Choose your social media monitoring tool wisely, because you would be giving a lot of your brand’s responsibility to the tool and it is going to pave the way for your brand’s performance in the both long and short run. +91- 22- 67942500-01
  8. 8. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter IV Manage your Social Media Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE CHAPTER IV: Manage your Social Media Feeds Buck up now we take you through a tasting of how to handle and manage the social media feeds that are served to you by monitoring tools in the form of an assorted platter that is so full of so many varieties. Worry not! It is all simplified and listed down in this one ebook for you to gobble down so that when it is turn for facing the social media feeds it would be easy for you to digest. Handling and Managing Social Media Feeds Filter: Monitoring tools like Omllion offer various filtering options at each level of monitoring. Different people begin with different levels of filtering, after regular use of the monitoring tool you will be able to identify which one works best for you. Unless you do not learn filtering down to the relevant social media conversation, you would never realize how easy it is actually to segregate and strategise you work and get maximum out of the social media. Filter down the spam, then to certain sources to sentiments to group of words or custom search and look for only certain conversation that you want to analyse for a purpose. Filter down each level and deal with the problem there and then itself. Scan and Process: As you go filtering, go on marking or commenting so that you are aware, that these conversations are already looked at or have been addressed. +91- 22- 67942500-01
  9. 9. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter IV Manage your Social Media Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE It helps you make pointers as to help you make a to-do-list of action on all these feeds. Scan for the business opportunities, for the customer care difficulty, for marketing opportunities, support or foundation for research and development of some new product or service. Scan with your hawk eye with a clear intention in your head, and then go on processing the data, making fine notes, posting comments for even other users to see and make a note of them and take time action without wasting mammoth of time by going over the same thing again and again. Scan and process each conversation by commenting on them. Prioritise: No matter which industry or department you are in, you will never get ahead or get anything done unless and until you have prioritized your work well. With mammoth of social media feeds thrown at you, you would probably fear of the indigestion that it would cause, but that is only because you are thinking of having it all at once. You need to slow down and choose what you need to eat one by one. Prioritise your data filtration, scanning and processing so that you are never stuck at where to begin and how much time to a lot on certain action that needs to be taken. In all probability you would be having a difficult time in keeping up with it in initial days, but slowly and surely you will find your way around. Prioiritise which type of conversations you need to first focus on and how do you plan to handle them. Learn from your past, observe and analyse how have your acted in the past on various feeds, how you sensed the importance of them and accordingly distributed your priority to them. Pruning: Cut through the rough edges and the things that are there only to waste your time. Many a times you would come across the junk social media feeds, which would be of no good to you and are probably not even widely related to your brand or industry, it happens commonly when the keywords are very common name say- travel or when there are lot of abbreviations involved like in the case of LIC (Life Insurance Corporation). +91- 22- 67942500-01
  10. 10. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter IV Manage your Social Media Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE In such a case chances of garnering unwanted social media feeds are very high and you have to be patient and prune past them to significant ones. Do not think twice before deleting this junk data and lighting your monitoring tool and reducing your further managing efforts of social media. Watchlist: Certain news or feeds are of such an amazing importance that you just cannot choose ignore and hate to browse through the mammoth to see how they are performing at given point of time. For instance if someone blogged negatively about your brand and inspire of all the online reputation management action you have taken, the fire of the blog fails to die down, what do you do, let it be? Each day or hour search through the feeds to see if any addition has been done to the blog any more negative comments made and so on. In such a situation it becomes vital that you have a watch list where you can see how certain conversation in performing online. It makes your life a lot easier. Store: Store all the relevant social media feeds in the form of various exportable documents, so that each time you sit for monitoring and analyzing it would become easier to pick from where you left. Store the data as and when you get opportunity so that there is never a lapse of any crucial detail that you may want to look back at for reference. Measure: Once you have screened down to all the relevant data, it is time for you to measure it. You need to check where you stand in the social media as on that particular moment, as it would in a way show the results of your efforts on this dynamic online scenario. It is time for you to determine which mediums are working for you, what kind of conversations are fetching you +91- 22- 67942500-01
  11. 11. Manage your Social Media Monitoring ‘Feeds’ Chapter IV Manage your Social Media Feeds MAY 2011ISSUE the maximum response, are your top authors not part of your firm, if your negative influence is still playing a strong role in maligning your image and so on. Analyse: Once you have known where you stand on the social media scenario, it is time for you to analyse it against your competitors and industry. Hardly any company, who monitors themselves on social media, would not monitor their competitors, too. It is a must especially if you have a cut throat competition in your line of work. Just like you would measure your progress against that of your competitors in every aspect of the business, it should be of no surprise that you must do it on social media monitoring, too. You must analyse your online position as against your competitors and your industry so that you have clear picture about how well you are doing. Managing this stage of social media monitoring is simplified by the pie charts and the graphs that are provided by monitoring tools. Engage: Each company has certain engagement plans already in place. All you need to ensure while monitoring is that you stick to the plan and make only minor adaptations here and there so that you would not have to run amok at the last minute to make amends. A lot of engaging is also done while you are scanning and processing as some of the data requires urgent attention and at action. Managing social media monitoring feeds is not all that a difficult task if you can smart your way around and get to the bottom of all the significant feeds which are easy to digest and infuse great energy into your brand on social media. Visit: Book your demo now: Mail: Call: +91-22-67942500/01 Join us at: Follow us on: +91- 22- 67942500-01