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, a Webinar on Social ROI
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
CIRCUS SOCIAL IS COMING TO THIS YEAR’S MUCH ANTICIPATED ECHELON THAILAND 2017!
The Echelon Thailand 2017 conference is set to attract and engage over 1,500 industry leaders and professionals across Asia Pacific this year as well as feature a plethora of startups, investor groups, punctuated with power-packed events and exciting workshops.
This conference to be held over 2 days, the 15th and 16th of May, will see live speakers and professionals from across APAC, sharing their experiences, business stories, knowledge and insights into their businesses and key topics of interest.
Join us at Echelon Thailand and be a part of this amazing journey and hear about how social media listening can help grow your business! Register today and avail 30% off passes with our exclusive coupon code!
Head over here to register: e27.co/echelon/thailand/register
Prerna Pant, our Co-Founder and COO here at Circus Social, will be taking the stage at Echelon Thailand 2017! Voted one of Singapore’s top female entrepreneurs, she will share insights into how to utilize Social Intelligence and how digital analytics is shaping marketing strategy today!
Other Echelon Thailand 2017 Details:
Conference: May 15-16th, 2017 (C asean, Bangkok)
Cyber World Tower, 10th floor, 302 รัช ดา, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
See you there! 🙂
On the day India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, declared the currency demonetization, the country witnessed a mixed reaction from its people. The very next day, the whole country was in turmoil and rushed to exchange these notes from banks and their ATMs, – only to find that banks and ATMs were struggling to meet these suddenly increased demands. Widespread chaos ensued across the nation and hundreds of thousands of people were adversely affected, most evidently the lower strata including farmers, daily wage earners, middle class and SME’s. Even large corporates were forced to shut operations for multiple days and lay off hundreds of employees. Other incidents representative of the impact of demonetization were the endless long queues of harried, starving and deprived men and women in front of ATMs and banks, once flourishing street stalls and shops, now a deserted scene.
The decision made by PM Modi to demonetize 86% of the notes in circulation was one that was initiated with various interests in mind. The one thing that it has undoubtedly successfully accomplished, is that of the widescale adoption of digital payments technology by Indians of all strata, nationwide.
In the wake of this massive push towards digital payments technology and moving towards a cashless, economy in India- one of our payments solutions clients saw this as a great opportunity to leverage their presence and services. The global payments company sought to identify more growth opportunities for their business and to increase share and adoption of its digital payments solutions. At such an opportune time, in order for it to reach out to this massive audience, it was extremely crucial to identify and understand the voice of public opinion, thoughts and issues surrounding this new loss of currency. An understanding of what the masses felt, what were their pain points and issues, could help the brand provide a solution in the form of its services which at its core was all about going cashless and embracing digital means of payments.
This is where 20/Twenty, our proprietary social intelligence and listening platform, helped the brand achieve insight and clear view into the opinions, thoughts and trends of the consumers moving to digital payments in India. A continued study of competition has also helped the brand keep a close tab on competitors as well as payment wallet solution providers’ activities of interest.
We at Circus Social, leveraged data from 20/Twenty to deliver daily insight reports which informed the brand of key developments and areas of opportunity with the following assessments –
• Consumer sentiments towards demonetization
• Identification of pain points of consumers as well as SME’s
• Tracking various campaign efforts of the government and competitors to learn what worked and resonated
• Tracking daily updates of other e-wallet companies like Paytm, MobiKwik etc.
• Measuring and categorizing different types of consumer engagement
• Identifying key influencers
The client also leveraged our social listening platform to get daily automated alerts when there were key issues being discussed, changes in consumer sentiment as well as growing trends. Alerts were based on keywords and consumer sentiments, when they reached a particular threshold the client received a notification. These e-mail alerts helped our client to be alerted to new and important updates and changes around India’s demonetization fiasco. With the help of 20/Twenty, the team was able to tap into the pulse of the masses and understand their sentiment on the whole demonetization drive.
Here are some of the interesting trends and insights from this crucial period:
• Over a period of two months’ people have understood that downloading an e-wallet app to pay bills is very convenient. Hence, adoption has been quick and easy with people using their e-wallets for to pay almost everything now including mobile bills/recharge, utility bills, cab bookings, movie tickets, etc.
• Post demonetization, e-wallet companies like Paytm, MobiKwik and FreeCharge have seen a huge surge in their daily transactions like never before. Paytm, MobiKwik, FreeCharge have already been in the overdrive to reach out to small traders to commence transactions on their platform. From running full-page ads in newspapers to making their presence felt on TV and digital, Paytm, FreeCharge, MobiKwik etc. are focusing on educating the consumers, expanding their user base and promoting cashless transactions.
• Moreover, since a lot of merchants don’t have card readers for debit/credit transactions, they have started to accept e-wallets as a mode of payment.
• Despite the positive developments post demonetization there still exists a section of people who are unhappy with PM’s decision of currency ban as they are forced to stand in long ques to withdraw their own cash. Also there are shops which still don’t accept any form of e-payment
• Infrastructure still a problem as its unable to cope with demands for new cash. ATMs are constantly out of cash and long queues till the wee hours of the morning persist resulting in severe consequences for consumers with them unable to pay and support their day-to-day consumption.
Whether or not India will benefit from the demonetization drive is still a big question mark but Mr. Modi’s demonetization initiative has definitely been a boon for India’s e-payment providers and they definitely have right future.
The future of e-payment providers:
• The future seems to be extremely strong. Smaller restaurants, vegetable venders are now open to accepting e-wallet payment, some merchants do not accept credit/debit cards but are now accepting e-wallet transactions.
• There has been a constant increase in the number of electronic transactions since demonetization started. Out of the 700 million debit card users in the country, 450 million earlier used the facility only at ATMs. Now, they are swiping cards at PoS (point-of-sale) terminals. This is encouraging for a move to a cashless economy.
• E-wallet transactions are convenient as these are conducted through mobile phones with internet connection.
• This is the time, for Digital Wallet Companies to grow further and be the next way of growth because people are moving towards digital life by accessing internet facility to their life.
So far so positive, but what could hold back this trend?
Having specified the benefits of electronic payment system, it is necessary to mention its drawbacks:
• Restrictions: Each payment system has certain restrictions regarding the maximum amount in the account, the number of transactions per day and the withdrawal amount.
• The risk of being hacked: As more and more people download and figure out how to use mobile wallets such as MobiKwik, FreeCharge or Paytm, there is also increasing concern over the security of transactions on these apps. If one follows the security rules the threat is lesser. Most reputed wallets adhere to all RBI security specifications and also have extra layers of security. However, most wallet apps only require a simple click for its operation. So, if you lose your phone, whoever finds it has control of your wallet. Only thing which may save you is a PIN or fingerprint protection when you send or transfer money. Though all apps are inherently safe, or as safe as your bank account, there are a few things a user has to do to ensure the financial information or money on their phones is not misused.
• The problem of transferring money between different payment systems. Usually the majority of electronic payment systems do not cooperate with each other. In this case, you have to use the services of e-currency exchange, and it can be time-consuming if you still do not have a trusted service for this purpose.
• The lack of anonymity. The information about all the transactions, including the amount, time and recipient are stored in the database of the payment system. And it means the intelligence agency has an access to this information.
• The necessity of Internet access. If Internet connection fails, you cannot get to your online account.
In general, the advantages of electronic payment system outweigh its disadvantages and they have bigger opportunities comparing with ones of traditional wire transfers.
Crisis is a word that all businesses fear. In the good old days – a crisis has to be managed by engaging traditional media and publications from an early onset to minimize the impact on the business’s brand and reputation. However, in today’s digital age – most crisis situations often rear their heads through social media. With the potential to go viral within minutes and attacks coming from sources worldwide, managers should rethink their crisis management strategies and whether their tools are adequate in dealing with them.
Monitoring and tracking social media crises can be a tricky business. Speed is key. By the time it takes to establish a plan and formulate a response, it would often have been too late; social media would have already blown the situation out of proportion. Crisis really tests the management of an organisation and co-ordination within the company. While many companies turn to communication and PR experts to offer insights, why not do it yourself? Circus Social has several tips to share on the 4 phases of managing a crisis.
Pre-Empting a Crisis
Businesses can proactively prepare for a crisis by monitoring specific keywords and discussions online. Particularly on social media, certain keywords would raise alarm bells. For a manufacturing firm, it could be ‘defect’, for a courier delivery service it would be ‘delay’. Regardless, being able to track and monitor the usage of such keywords in relation to your business is vital to stay a step ahead and give you sufficient time to react. This does not mean you have to get your staff to crawl the web 24/7. A smarter way would be to set up alerts that go straight to your inbox when thresholds on certain keyword usage have been reached.
Identify Sources & Channels
So a crisis has occurred, what next? Quick identification of the bearer of bad news is essential to decide the right course of action. While companies develop crisis roadmaps in handling crises, no two crises are the same and require tact in handling. For example, if the majority of your ‘bad press’ is being shared quickly on Twitter amongst influential users with large follower bases – you know you need to spread your holding messages and responses quickly and effectively through the same medium as well. Try and identify influential users (those with high Klout scores) so you can focus your efforts efficiently.
The social sphere is extremely vast with a wide variety of posts. To get through the clutter, there are useful filters to find impactful and viral posts. Impact score of the post indicates the reach of the post (in terms of likes, shares, comments) and the traction score, indicates the virality. Filtering by impact helps you identify the posts that matter the most, both to the public and for your brand. Another useful tool would be an associative word cloud to help spot other related topics that might have been overlooked.
While some experts advocate not taking action and letting the social media storm die down as rapidly as it came, more often than not, it would be wise to acknowledge the issue. If an employee is accused of wrongdoing, or there has been any form of lapses in procedures, some form of accountability and acknowledgement of the issue will pacify the public. Better yet, inform them that investigations are ongoing. You could even win over new fans by providing timely and relevant information, turning a crisis into an opportunity.
Once traction of the negative post dies down, (hopefully) the worst is over. However, it is still important to be accountable to the public and your customers. At this stage, do release the results of your investigations and be sure to implement measures to prevent a repeat crisis. Also, analyse the traction of past posts and identify and thank fans who have been supportive. It would also be a good time to adjust alerts and thresholds based on what has been learned.
Hopefully, these tips will help any manager take charge of future crises on social media. Get in touch with us to know how 20/Twenty can be part of your crisis management solution.