sowhathappened?

Itsbeenthebetterpartofadecadesincesocialmediamonitoringtoolstookhold,andalmostaslongsincewaysofgatheringinformationaboutconsumertrendsandhabitsandthoughtshavebeendeveloped。

Socialmediamonitoringisnowarecognizedtechnologyspecialty,ontheradarofeveryCIO。

Yettheorganizationsthathavesuccessfullyimplementedsocialmonitoringtoolsandputthemtoprofitableuseremainfew。

Thepromiseofsocialmonitoringisextensive:Withthesetools,companiescanlistentoconsumersonFacebook,Twitter,blogs,forumsandotherubiquitoussocialmediaplatformsforpostsandchataboutproducts,services,eventsandotherobjectsofbusinessconcern。

Doingsocanprovideanenterprisewithdeepanalyticsthatwillyieldinsightintocustomerneedsandfine-tunedstrategicmarketing。

And,sureenough,dataisavailabletobeharvestedandthoseanalyticsarereadilyavailabletotheenterprise。

Butcompaniesarestillstrugglingwithsocialmonitoringtools,andthequestionis:Why?

Whatdidyouexpect?

Istheprobleminsocialmonitoringtoolsthemselves?

Oristheconceptofsociallisteningflawed?

Neither,accordingtoForresterResearchanalystAllisonSmith。

InthereportUnderstandTheEnterpriseListeningPlatformLandscape,sheexplainedthattheproblemisoneofmisplacedexpectations。

Socialmediamonitoringshouldcreateactionableinsight。

Butthatisuptotheuser,notthesoftware。

Forgettingthatitisapoorcraftsmanwhoblameshistools,andthattheythemselvesdeservesomeoftheblame,many[customerinsight]prospointtobaddatagathering,poorsentimenttoolsorunreliablereportingandanalyticsasreasonswhytheirlisteningeffortsfallshortofexpectation,shewrote。

Theentirepointoftheexerciseistoconvertsocialinformationintoincreasedrevenue,shewrote。

Butmanyorganizationsattemptingtoimplementsocialmonitoringthinkthesoftwareitselfknowsthenatureoftheanswersitisdeliveringbutthoseanswerscanbemarkedlydifferentacrossorganizations。

Socialdataanswersabusinessquestion,shesaid,butwithoutaskingaquestion,itsjustnoise。

Whatstheholdupinadoptingsocialmediamonitoring?

Theupshotofthiscrashedexpectationsproblemisthatsocialmonitoringvendorsstalledtheprogressofthetechnologyintherecentpast,intheireffortstocompensateforwhatamountedtoineffectiveimplementationonthepartoftheircustomers。

Thetypicalenterpriseknowsexactlywhattoexpectofaccountingsoftwareandhowtoimplementit,butthatsnotremotelytrueofsocialmonitoringtools。

Vendorsinthesegmentbeganfeaturebombingtheirproducts,creatingnewcapabilitieslikecommunitymanagementthatservedtoonlydistractattentionfromtheproblem。

Thesesuperfluousfeaturesalsodetractedfromanotherissue:Socialmediamonitoringshouldcreateactionableinsight。

Butthatisuptotheuser,notthesoftware。

Allofthismadeabadsituationworse,Smithpointedout,citingSalesforcesacquisitionofmarketleaderRadian6,apurchasethatresultedinRadian6losingitsleadingedge。

FocusingonintegrationwithitsparentandotherbehemothsourcessuchasGoogleAnalyticsandWebtrends,Radian6stepsaroundthemorepedestriansources(likeFacebookfanpageposts,Amazonreviews,LinkedIngroups)thatcanmakeorbreakasocialmonitoringplatform。

Thenewsociallisteningplayingfield

Ontheonehand,socialmonitoringtoolshavebecomepopularenoughthateveryonewantsapieceofthemarket;ontheotherhand,themethodology(and,tosomedegree,theimplementationofthetechnology)arenotyetmatureenoughtosuggestaclearpathfortheircontinuedevolution。

Thebestapproachforevaluatingsocialmonitoringprovidersinanenvironmentwherevendorsaretakingahitforperceivedsocialmonitoringfailsistoratethemaccordingtocustomersatisfaction。

Bythatmeasure,newleadingvendorshaveemergedoverthepasttwoyears:

Brandwatch。

Thisplatformgetshighcustomersatisfactionscoresbasedonitsdiligenceincleaningsocialdatabeforeanalyzingit(spam,adsandduplicatesaremeticulouslyexcised),yieldingamorereliableresult。

Itscrawlrangeisalsosubstantial,extendingacross70millionsources。

Mention。

Thistoolhasacleverstrategyofidentifyinginfluencerssourcesthattriggerbrandnoticeindownlinesources。

Mentionenablesfocusedcampaignstrategiesandthediscoveryandcultivationofnewmarketingchannels。

Brand24。

ThetoolfromBrand24Inc。

exploitstheprofilingpotentialofsocialmedia。

Itcannotonlyidentifyandclassifyexistingandpotentialcustomersbutalsoprovidemetadataaboutcustomersthatcanbeleveragedincampaignplanning。

Synthesio。

LikeMention,Synthesioidentifiesinfluencersbutitdoessobyfollowingconversationsonaglobalscale。

Thesocialmediamonitoringtooltracksnotonlywhoisinfluencingwhombutalsowheretheinfluencedarelocated,allowingformorefocusedtargetingofthosenewpotentialcustomers。

Digimind。

Aveteraninthefield,Digimindhasrefinedthecraftofmonitoringnotonlyonesbrandsuccessbutalsothatofonescompetitors。

Thisnot-uncommonfeatureishighlydevelopedinDigimind,supportingstrategicplanningforenhancingbrandawarenessaswellassecond-guessingbusinessopponents。

Staytunedtosocialmediamonitoring

Thatmissingpieceactionableinsightisnomorepresentinaccountingsystemsthanitisinsocialmonitoringsystems。

Therealdifferencebetweenthetwocertainlycomesdowntohowwellthebusinessworldunderstandsthemandinsightcomeswithunderstanding。

SocialmediamonitoringtoolproviderscanimprovethestandingoftheirproductswithcustomersbyenlistingAI-driventrend-spottingthatsurfacesrelationshipsthatarentapparentinconventionalreporting。

Thiscapabilityisacorefeatureofdescriptiveandpredictiveanalytics,andemerginginbusinesstechnologiessuchasMicrosoftsOfficeGraph。

Notonlywoulditimprovetheuptakeandeffectiveimplementationofsocialmonitoring,butitcouldalsoleadtointegrationofsocialmonitoringwithotherbusinesstechnologies。

Thisisdesirableandnecessary,asdecisionmakingintheenterprisebecomesincreasinglyrealtimeandincreasinglymulti-channel。

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