Social Listening: Harness Marketing Insights from Consumer Conversations

This week I moderated another Social Media Today webinar as part of their Best Thinker webinar series, this time on the topic of Social Listening: Harness Marketing Insights from Consumer Conversations. This webinar featured Kevin Hack (@kevinhack) head of Social Intelligence in Global Digital Marketing Advancement at The Hershey Company, Kendra Simpson (@Kfoley) Director […]

Social Data Made Simple: Getting Started with a Strategy

Last week I moderated another Social Media Today webinar as part of their Best Thinker webinar series, this time on the topic of Social Data Made Simple: Getting Started with a Strategy. This webinar featured Ira Haberman (@irahaberman) Director of Storytelling at BrainRider, Ned Kumar (@nedkumar) Digital Strategist for FedEx and Sean Williams (@Colorado2NYC) […]

Social Data can add Years to a CMOs Tenure

Over the last few years, marketing publications have reminded us countless times of the dangers of being a CMO, of which the most lamented was the role’s short-tenure. At the bottom of the corporate trough, the figure of 22 months was bandied about regularly. Research indicates that the number of months has risen slightly […]

There is NO Passive Marketing with Social!

Traditionally, marketers think of outcomes like they think of the weather – you sit back and see what happens. Suffering from the lack of true and authentic knowledge of their audiences, or any provision for real-time data or analytics, they are consigned to a passive role: spend money and hope it creates the intended […]

Gut Feeling or Analytics – which is better?

So I was talking with a CMO buddy of mine the other day over dinner and this topic came up. Of course you know as a CMO of a leading Social Media analytics firm – I think you can guess which side of this argument I was on. But seriously, my buddy honestly wanted […]

How important is real-time data? It’s all relative

The speed with which social media spreads ideas and information has led many marketers to place a premium on capturing data in real time. But should real-time data be such a priority?

Real time means different things to different people when the term is used as a proxy for recency. To an evolutionary biologist, […]

Use Facebook Data to Unlock Consumer Affinity

When I started this blog back in 2006 Facebook was just getting going but nobody had a clue on when it came to the volumes of valuable data that they would ultimately produce. Today we are talking about almost 1 billion posts on Facebook per day, the same happens on Twitter every 4 days.

When […]

Ideal Customer Persona – made with Social Data

Some advertising agencies charge you hundreds of thousands of dollars to create what they call the “ideal customer persona”. I discussed how you can do this for FREE with Facebook in a prior post called Generating a Buyer Persona with Facebook Advertising but unfortunately you do get what you pay for.

What if there […]