The Hashtag Dilemma

The Hashtag Dilemma – What’s happening with the Instagram API and what you can do to make the most of it

WHAT’S THE INSTAGRAM API UPDATE ALL ABOUT?

Instagram and Facebook have been making several changes to their data streams in recent times in order to administer better user privacy and more supervised control over accounts to ensure their authenticity. The most recent update occurred on the 11th of December 2018.

Hence there are several implications on the availability of Instagram data to third-party applications and data providers, such as 20/Twenty, over the course of this year.

Read on below to get an overview of what these changes are, what they imply and how you can continue to still make the most out of Instagram data with 20/Twenty!

WHAT ARE THESE CHANGES?

Apart from cracking down on fake accounts and making their interface more user focused over the past month, Instagram has continued to keep on track with it’s planned API depreciation (discontinuation of Instagram data available for tracking for apps and data providers via its application interface). All these changes are so that users can have better control over their data and securing their privacy.

Instagram tracking now requires Business Account Authentication
Instagram tracking now requires Business Account Authentication

 

Here’s a quick look at the changes to the Instagram API from earlier this year to now –

 

Data Access Type Data Access Availability (Pre-April 2018) Data Access Availability (April 4th 2018) Latest Data Access Availability (Post-April and Dec 11th 2018 Update)
Tracking Posts from Business Accounts Yes Yes Yes
Tracking Hashtags Yes Yes Yes, Limited (Top 30 hashtags for business accounts only)
Tracking engagement data (including the number of likes, comments and shares) Yes Yes, Limited Yes, Limited
Tracking all Post Content (Including Bio, post content, caption) Yes Yes, Limited Yes, Limited
Tracking Posts from Public User Accounts Yes No No
Tracking Posts based on geo-location Yes Yes No
Tracking Follower Lists of Public Authors Yes No No
Visible Data – Author Username Yes No No
Visible Data – Author Gender Yes No No
Ability To Collect Historic Data Yes Yes, Limited Yes, Limited (Past 24 hours only)

Highlights from the latest updates this December that apply to Instagram data via applications and data providers:

  1. Only Instagram Business Accounts will have access to Instagram data and are limited to 30 hashtags per authenticated account
  2. Instagram historic data will only be limited to the last 24 hours
  3. Data from Instagram will no longer carry the following –
    1. Time and Date of Posting
    2. Geo-Location of Posts
    3. Author Usernames
    4. Author Gender
  4. Engagement data per post in the form of likes and comment counts will be limited
  5. Business account and account tracking based on @handles is supported

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU & HOW CAN YOU MAKE THE MOST OF THESE CHANGES ON 20/TWENTY?

Circus Social understands how paramount it is to still be up to date with your campaign, brands, and competition, as well as be able to get to the metrics that matter the most to you.
We have hence rolled out a few measures that require our clients to provide authentication via 20/Twenty at the earliest and make the most of these new changes.

 

  1. NEED FOR IMMEDIATE BUSINESS ACCOUNT AUTHORIZATION
    Convert your Instagram Account Into a Business Account
    Convert your Instagram Account Into a Business Account. Image credits: constantcontact.com

    Current Instagram data access is restricted to allowing data access only via Business Accounts and for a limited number of 30 hashtags per unique account.
    In order for you to continue to get access to Instagram data and view rich insights on our platform, you will be required to provide authentication on 20/Twenty.

    Why does this need authentication and what does it mean?

    1. In order for data providers like 20/Twenty to continue collecting data from Instagram, 20/Twenty users need to provide verification that they allow 20/Twenty to collect data on behalf of your account for the data that matters most to you.
    2. You will need to ensure that you are an Admin of a Facebook page and an Instagram Business page that are linked together to proceed with the authentication.
    3. 20/Twenty will allow for you to get full coverage of the 30 hashtags from public accounts as per Instagram’s guidelines.
    4. Please note that all authorizations shared do not involve the storing and accessing of any personal information or data.

The more Business Accounts you provide authentication with, the more Instagram data you can access.

 

  1. INSTAGRAM TRACKING – KEEP IT FOCUSED TO YOUR TOP 30 HASHTAGS*

    Choose the top 30 hashtags most relevant to your business to track them.
    Choose the top 30 hashtags most relevant to your business to track them. Image Credits: AllTheRooms.com

With the updated API rules, each unique Instagram Business Account that you provide authorization for, is limited to 30 hashtags for tracking. This is a limit that Instagram has shared to enable a more controlled data-sharing environment.

It poses a few limitations, but also opportunities for brands and Business users to focus on what data truly matters the most.

*However, you can easily change these hashtags every week to ensure you are tracking more at intervals and are not only restricted to a fixed 30 hashtag limit.

To further expand this 30 hashtag list, do authenticate with other unique Business Account pages to get access to more data.

 

  1. CONTINUED SUPPORT & ANALYSIS

    Circus Social's 20/Twenty provides full support for Instagram
    Circus Social’s 20/Twenty provides full support for Instagram

    Although Instagram has applied a few imitations to the hashtags tracking per Business Account, other features such as below are still available in full and can still be easily accessed on 20/Twenty (This is possible as 20/Twenty is an approved Instagram data provider) :

    1. Tracking all owned Instagram Business page content as well as other Brands Business Posts that you can still track based on @handles you share
    2. All engagement metrics for these Instagram posts
    3. Continued analytics and insights for these Instagram posts
    4. Influencers on Instagram you have partnered with if they also share their authentication on 20/Twenty
    5. You can continue to tag, sort and further analyze Instagram data based on keywords on 20/Twenty

 

All in all, Circus Social is all geared to help you make the best of these Instagram updates and stay ahead in all your social tracking needs.

Have questions or want to learn more? Simply get in touch with us HERE or write to us at info@circussocial.com. You can also contact your Account Manager for a speedy response.

 

 

Social Listening Best Practices

Social listening is the process of monitoring social media channels for mentions of your brand, products, competitors and categories. Learn how following Social Listening Best Practices can help power your digital marketing strategy.

How do leading brands incorporate social listening to create successful digital campaigns?

Social Listening

 

1. They measure objectively

To leverage the power of social listening, it is imperative to understand the business and marketing objectives of the company. This ensures that the relevant topics are being tracked and social listening objectives are aligned to those of the broader business.

Social Listening

 

2. They know their audience

Successful brands listen to understand audience perceptions of their products and brand:

  • What is being said?
  • Where are they saying it?
  • Is the sentiment towards the brand positive, negative or neutral?
  • Are campaigns having the desired impact?

Is their messaging resonating with the target audience?

Social Listening

 

3. They look to understand the broader landscape

Looking beyond their own brands to understand category and industry trends provides companies with:

  • inspiration for content creation
  • early detection of threats to the brand/business
  • opportunities for growth

Social Listening

 

4. They have an ‘Always-On’ approach to brand tracking

Real-time monitoring provides an early warning system and helps companies manage crisis situations swiftly and decisively. Identifying detractor posts and responding quickly affords the maximum amount of time needed to implement contingency plans and ensures minimal damage to the brand. Successful brands don’t just listen during campaigns – they listen during the ‘quieter’ periods too.

Social Listening

 

5. They constantly benchmark against competitors

Social Listening helps brands learn what their competitors are doing and what people are saying about them online. This real-time intelligence allows companies to understand their own weaknesses, leverage competitor weaknesses and identify opportunities for growth.

Social Listening

 

6. They utilize data to inform business and marketing strategy

Social listening intelligence can be leveraged to achieve business and marketing objectives in the following ways:

  • Tailored messaging, delivered to target audiences via their preferred channel
  • Testing campaign effectiveness and adjusting campaigns accordingly to maximise performance.
  • Understanding pain points can shape product development, ensuring a better customer experience
  • Identify market entry opportunities

 

How can Circus Social help?

As leaders in the digital intelligence space, we empower brands with real-time insights through our social & news monitoring platform, 20/Twenty.

To find out more about Social Listening Best Practices, or book a demo click here

 

 

Why Social Listening for Luxury Brands?

Why Is Social Listening So Crucial For Luxury Brands?


There are more than 1,000,000 engagements about the luxury space occurring every day in the social media and digital ecosystem.

This is where word-of-mouth takes the form of reviews, customer support is expected in real-time and where brand messaging and consumer communications play a very strong role. Hence, this is exactly why listening and actively tracking what consumers share about your brand matters the most.

Luxury merchandise, spanning across jewelry, cosmetics, apparel, automotive to even custom designed furniture and handmade electronics – all have a consumer base that’s actively conducting research and contemplating their high-end purchases online.

More than a million mentions daily on luxury products

This is also where consumer conversations left untracked can take a turn for the worse.

BRAND SENTIMENT GONE WRONG CAN HAVE IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE

To share an example, Burberry recently faced extreme criticism online for destroying a great deal of merchandise to avoid it being sold at a lower cost. This resulted in high volumes of negative consumer sentiment and criticism online via blogs, forums and even on the brand’s own online properties such as its Facebook page.

Burberry gone wrong

The news and negative sentiment around this matter continue to spread and this could potentially result in a loss of millions for the brand, if not addressed well in time.

Such instances can cause an irreversible damage to your brand perception by consumers if not dealt with immediately and with the right messaging.

BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF WHAT YOUR CONSUMERS ARE SAYING – AND TURN THEM INTO POSITIVE OPPORTUNITIES

 

By actively tracking consumer sentiments and receiving real-time alerts, you can preemptively prepare for customer service issues, brand reputation incidents and­­ communicate well to your audience. ­­­

Identifying what these conversations are all about is not the only aspect that is crucial, but also understanding where audiences are engaging the most and exchanging their views.


Identify where conversations are taking place

IDENTIFY WHERE YOUR CONSUMERS ENGAGE ONLINE – LEVERAGE THESE PLATFORMS

Luxury automotive brand, BMW, known for its innovativeness and performance, has consistently engaged its consumers. This is done frequently online via various digital touchpoints, immersive website experiences and digital campaigns such as the Z4 AR campaign and the recent “Eyes on Gigi” campaign.
These initiatives not only engage consumers online but also fortify the luxury car brand’s perceptions among its consumers.


BMWs EyesOnGigi campaign

Another luxury beauty retailer, SKII Japan, leveraged online discussions to create a futuristic in-store experience. The experience, called SKII Future X, allowed consumers to feel, touch and experience their SKII products in a unique way including skin scanners and personalized skin maintenance recommendations.


SKII FutureX experiential store

DISCOVER AUDIENCE GROUPS & THEIR PREFERENCES

Understanding the digital behavior of your consumers and understanding who & what they engage with, is necessary to ensure you are creating content that resonates.

They also offer you a means to discover new audience groups, identify current gaps and opportunities and discover which features or attributes they care about most.


Identify audiences and influencers

With 20/Twenty, our next-gen social monitoring solution, Kinder was able to dive deep into the chocolate industry and discover insights about what consumers felt about Kinder products. The brand was not only able to identify key chocolate consumption moments but also how other chocolate brands like Ferrero and Cadbury were being perceived by consumers. This allowed Kinder to create effective and memorable content for moms and teenagers, that was differentiated, targeted and built ground-up from real consumer insights.

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH SOCIAL LISTENING – EXPLORE THEM HERE!

 

A Chance Meeting: Social Media Monitoring

I was at a Business School today to attend an event and met a few people from the industry. Here is an interesting conversation I had with somebody I met. Let’s call him Mr. X.

Mr. X – So what do you do?
Ram – I am an entrepreneur and run a software product company called Circus Social. We do social media monitoring and analytics; and have offices in Singapore and Bangalore.

Mr. X – What exactly is social media monitoring?
Ram – In simple terms, we fetch data, and a lot of it, from multiple social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit etc. and also from several blogs, forums and news sites. We then process and augment this data (with sentiment, gender, removing spam etc) and allow marketers to get insights from this data. We show them trends, insights, a lot of charts and graphs and allow them to make better business decisions.

Mr. X – So you are a big data company. Sounds like tough work. What kind of business decisions can be made?
Ram – Yes, we are indeed a big data company. Currently, our clients are enterprises, typically marketers, who would like to know their customers better, research their markets, analyse their competitors, identify top influencers, get real time alerts on topics of interest etc. We are also launching our SME product shortly.

Mr. X – So, do you invade people’s privacy? Isn’t this data private?
Ram – We only crawl data that is already publicly available. Anything that is private or protected by you is completely out of bounds for us. We do an incredibly good job of collating all of this data in our platform and marketers find tremendous value in quickly viewing trends from 10,000 feet but also in the ability to drill down to understand the “why” and “how” behind the trends.

Mr. X – Will this be useful for my company?
Ram – If people are talking about your company, your brands or topics that you are interested in tracking, you will definitely find it useful.

Mr. X – Where can I get more information?
Ram – Here’s my business card. Please visit our website https://www.circussocial.com where you can find a lot more information about what we do and a list of some of our clients. You can also sign-up for a free demo.

Mr. X – Sounds good. Thank you!
Ram – You are welcome!

Reach to Revenue: Social ROI

Reach to Revenue, a Webinar on Social ROI

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Earlier today, our Co-Founder & COO, Prerna Pant, spoke at a webinar with Alison Ng (Regional Account Executive at Hootsuite APAC) and Meredith Wallace (Head of Social & Digital at M&C Saatchi). These three accomplished women discussed how to measure and prove the value of your investment in social.

If you missed it, don’t worry. Here’s a quick ten-pointer list of what was talked about!

What did we learn about Social ROI from the talk?

1. According to a dipstick survey, 66% of respondents currently do not measure Social ROI.

2. 42% of respondents are unsure how to go about measuring and proving Social ROI.

3. Measuring social ROI can help to make or save money, or mitigate risk. Or better yet, all three at once.

4. Use the 3-step framework for simplicity:

Social ROI Framework

5. Not all Social ROI is created equal. Not every single metric like the number of followers could be important to you.

6. Proving Social ROI is not one-off, it changes day to day.

7. Be flexible! Change your approach based on results and insights as needed.

8. Customer-centric is not a buzzword, it’s integral to social and digital success.

9. Look at Social ROI from beyond a sales perspective, but as a way to find customer insights.

10. Always contextualize data. Half the battle is asking the right questions.

We hope that was a useful list!

If you have any other questions about Social ROI, don’t hesitate to tweet us @CircusSocial or leave a comment below.

Real-time event tracking with Circus Social – Echelon Thailand 2017

As the Official Social Listening Partner, at Echelon Thailand 2017,  Circus Social powered real-time event tracking and social monitoring at the 2 day conference at Bangkok – from the 15th to the 16th of May.

What did we get up to while we were there?

The Circus Command Centre

We showcased our platform, 20/Twenty and the powerful Circus Command Centre which allowed for effective real-time event tracking and the display of online mentions in the form of strong visuals to attendees. Our Circus Command Centre displayed the most used hashtags and buzzwords during the event as well as the most engaged-with posts. Posts with the Echelon event mentions would be showcased on the Command Centre Screens in real-time, informing viewers of the top trending content around the event – across Social & News.

With the help of 20/Twenty, we could actively track and monitor mentions of the event in real-time; what people were saying about various workshops, talks, and other start-ups, and how much engagement (likes, retweets, or shares) any post received.

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Speaker Zone – COO & Founder Prerna Pant – Talk on Social Media Intelligence for Start-ups and SME’s

During the speaker session in the afternoon, our COO and Co-Founder, Prerna Pant, shared on how brands can use social media data beyond simply crisis management, event tracking and how social listening is crucial across various business verticals as well as business sizes – SME’s as well as larger corporates.

Aside from nipping potential PR crises in the bud, social listening allows brands to do more than just monitor media. They could also draw insights from existing social media data too.

Talk photo 1

Here’s a snippet from the talk: “Social listening lets you find additional and unexpected branding and content opportunities. You may get inspired by an industry piece, or find an angle from user-generated organic content that you hadn’t considered before.”

Launched a 14-day free trial of 20/Twenty – Our Next-Gen Social Listening & Monitoring solution

Echelon Thailand might be over but we all know that the social media cycle never stops. Circus Social is excited to share an exclusive offer that could help your business get a quick taste of real-time monitoring and see what social media intelligence can do for your business strategies whether it is to do with content development, product decisions, media spends or simply PR management.

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How can you benefit from our limited-time 14-day trial?

Take a quick spin of real-time listening and monitoring to help you –

  • Monitor updates from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, forums
  • Monitor both online and offline news
  • Gather deeper insights into your audiences
  • See what people are saying about your brand
  • Find who is influencing the sentiments around your brand
  • Find opportunities for content
  • Find content inspiration
  • Actively find leads

Why not try it out for just two weeks? Click here to see for yourself how our platform performs and book a demo now!