Social media listening Strategy

Social media monitoring is one of the most discussed topics in social media marketing these days, and with good reason. It is still a new industry and there are a lot of different things to look for. If you have a brand or sell products, you NEED to know what people are saying in social media. If you aren’t, you’re leaving your brand in the hands of consumers and one bad experience could turn into a PR nightmare.

So you’re ready to listen, now you need a plan. Of course it’s different for every brand, but this as a general step-by-step guideline for a solid social media monitoring strategy.

Step 1: Determine WHAT you want to listen for

Do you want to listen for just your brand, or do you want to listen for specific products? Should you be listening to what is being said about your competitors? Are you looking to develop leads or compile market research? These are the questions that you need to think about to get a better of idea of what you should be listening to. With so much chatter out there on the web, it’s important to know what you’re looking for before you hit step 2.

Step 2: Start Listening

Now that you know what to listen for, it’s time to start listening. How to listen depends on your needs. Our Resonate platform provides a full-service solution for social media monitoring combining cutting-edge technology with a dedicated industry analyst. We manage social media listening for you.

Step 3: Analyze the Data

Depending on what you’re listening for, you can have 100 mentions a week, or 10, 000 mentions a week, either way you’ll need to be able to analyze the data and know what people are really saying and this is where advanced tools are required. In order to analyze social media, you need to know whether mentions are relevant to your brand, whether the sentiment is positive or negative, and what the relative influence level is for each social media posting . While looking at data you’ll see some things that you’ll likely want to respond to, and that takes us to step 4.

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