5 Ways to Use Media Intelligence

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Media intelligence, also known as media monitoring, is very versatile. In this blog we’ll be looking at just 4 of the ways media intelligence can make our lives easier and improve our comms strategy.

1. Media Intelligence for Competitive analysis

One way we can use media monitoring is by benchmarking ourselves against our competitors. As well as understanding the tonality, trending themes, and media mention spikes around our own brand, we should be looking outside of our brand too. Looking at developing trends in our industry and comparing our performance to our competitors, can help to identify potential threats and opportunities. Has a competitor had a brand crisis? Insights found through media intelligence help us to consider how can we ensure the same doesn’t happen to us.

We can also target our comms to win over new business. Earlier in 2017, United Airlines staff dragged a customer off their plane. This caused a storm on social media. Other airlines were quick to react by promoting how friendly their own airlines were and highlighting policy around not dragging people off planes. It’s best practice not to slate your competitors. However, we can respond to competitor slips by targeting our comms at those affected.  

Metrics to use when benchmarking your brand against competitors:

Share of voice: What percentage of the conversation are you mentioned in comparison to competitors?

Sentiment: How positively or negatively are you discussed compared to your competitors?

Media Exposure: How has media exposure around each brand increased or decreased over time?

Trending Themes: What are the most frequently occurring keywords associated with each brand?

Negative trending themes: What are the most common complaints that our competitors are receiving?

2. Media Intelligence for Lead Gen

It’s easy to find potential business opportunities with media intelligence. One way we can do it is to look for those discussing the type of product or service we offer. Meltwater’s boolean search allows users to create very specific searches. For example, we could search for different combinations of ‘Can anyone recommend a plumber’. We can then reach out to these people over social media to see if they’re interested in our services.

Another method of media monitoring for lead gen is by looking for people who are discussing competitors. Those asking for recommendations or discussing our competitors are the best people to target- as we know they have a need we can fill. Alternatively, you can use media monitoring to research potential customers. Our clients H+K strategies use Meltwater to research clients they’re pitching to.

“I’ll look at their online media coverage over a 6-12 month period and analyse what media they’ve been featured in, the tone of conversations, whether they’ve had any big spikes around launches or crises and then do the same around their key competitors.” – Roxana Tintea, Planning & Insights Manager at Hill + Knowlton Strategies.

This helps them to personalise their pitch, as well as ensure they know as much about their future clients.

3. Media Intelligence for Customer Experience

Customer experience has been discussed a huge amount in 2017. It’s not always about bringing on new business, we need to ensure we retain the customers we have too.

Meltwater’s Real-time Alerting tool uses artificial intelligence, to detect anomalies across data types such as social media, advertising spend, search engine marketing. The anomalies can alert us to important changes outside of our company.

A football stadium, for example, can track the social coverage within the geo-location of the match- even if the fans fail to mention the stadium or club name. The fans just need to be located within the geo-fenced area set. So, if a number of people within the geo-location complain that the line is too long for the hotdog stand, we’ll be alerted. This feature means we can quickly resolve a customer complaint before more people are affected by it. This reduces the chances of negative stories surrounding our brand.

We should also use social media monitoring to quickly react to online discussion. We shouldn’t just rely on users ‘@ mentioning’ us as they often won’t and we could end up missing a question or complaint. People talking about us are just as interesting as people talking to us.

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4. Media Intelligence for PR Analysis

Many users of media monitoring tools only apply them at the most basic level- to discover PR hits. This, of course, is great, however, we can also look at PR hits in more detail. Look at the impact a PR hit has had on our website traffic or social media coverage.

Meltwater’s latest Google Analytics integration allows users to analyse the effect particular PR hits have had on website traffic. The widget displays the sessions and referred sessions to a selected website against the media exposure for a Meltwater news or social search.

Exploring referral traffic is handy for those wanting to understand which outlets (e.g. press releases, blog posts, particular landing pages, social channels etc.) are driving the most traffic from earned coverage. We can then use the data to tweak our content strategy based on the insights. For example, we may choose to produce further content on the topic that’s landed website hits. We may also target future content to the publications that are landing the most website traffic. 

Additionally, we should analyse trending themes, sentiment, social shares and social media mentions to get the full picture of how people have responded to our content.

Take a look at our free tool, Meltwater Impact to understand various important metrics.

PR metrics to use:

Sentiment: Understand how the story has been received in editorial and on social

Media Exposure: Understand the impact of the coverage based on volume pick up

Google analytics: Understand the impact of PR based on website traffic

Trending themes: Understand how the majority of people are reacting to the story

It’s time to get creative with tools! Hopefully, these tips will provide you with some ideas on how to use media intelligence in different ways.

5. Risk mitigation

Supply chains are complex ecosystems to navigate. Their impact, both good and bad, ripples through the whole organisation - and it’s this interdependency that makes them extremely vulnerable. Due to the vast sources of potential risks that can impact supply chains, both internal and external risk management plays an integral role in keeping them ticking over. Without full risk visibility at each stage of the supply chain, it’s impossible to mitigate risks and fully assess the likely consequences of disruptions. Only looking inwards at your company puts the organisation in a weak position.

Sometimes risks can’t be avoided, they can only be managed. Nonetheless, these types of risks still have a direct impact on supply chain activity, breaking and weakening links while causing havoc internally. There are a number of external factors that can cause non-avoidable risks, such as volatile exchange rates, increase in raw material costs, political unrest, terrorism, energy shortage, drought, disease and natural disasters. The best a company can do is plan for them to hit - and timing/ stakeholder management is key.

One notable example of a company doing this very well is a client of Meltwater in the manufacturing space. Using Meltwater’s API, they feed online media data that mention natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis etc. in countries where their local suppliers are based straight into their own internal command centre. Their command centre then alerts them of the risk in real time while quickly arranging alternative methods and processes, like passing the baton to non affected suppliers in a bid to reduce supply chain hold ups. They understood that more often than not, stories of such disasters break on social media first. Rather than waiting to read about it in the news, they act on social media insight and save time and money by doing so.

So there you have it, 5 diverse ways media intelligence can be used to manage and protect your company!