This weekend played host to the MTV Video Music Awards and the Emmys; it’s a bit of an unconventional schedule as these two events are usually at least a month apart. So with this Hollywood hubbub happening so close together I knew we’d be in for oodles of fresh water cooler fodder – What would the new VMA scandal be? Would the new Emmy host go too far? Would the people who won actually deserve it? Ultimately, which award show would come out the top topic?

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Did you know it is possible to combine your company’s privately owned content with the social intelligence data collected in the Visible Intelligence application?  Perhaps you would like to compare consumers’ text responses on a survey with comments on Facebook or Twitter about your recent product launch?  Or maybe you would like to upload conversations from your customer community site?

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“Please don’t tell Chris I posted this on my Facebook page, but can someone nominate him to take the ALS #icebucketchallenge?  He’s feeling left out”…. That, my friends, is the sign of a viral campaign that has taken flight.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has hit a chord with the masses and broken through the social media noise.  I personally enjoy watching my friends and family yelp as they pour ice cold water over their heads, and it appears that many others do the same.

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sherlock holmes silhouette in studio on white backgroundLike many people, I love food.  Nothing compares to ordering that dish at a restaurant or cooking something at home that is suddenly your new favorite.  And there are times I want to share that information with the world.

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3-THUMBSTOPPER1-master675I read a really interesting article from The New York Times over the weekend that I think proves social will become increasingly important. The article is a mini case study of how a large nutritional supplement company built and managed a large Facebook campaign:

How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

At the highest level, I thought it was interesting because it showed:

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2Long a real estate buzz phrase, “Location, location, location!” is now the mantra of social intelligence and engagement professionals. Thanks to the influence of mobile, we are seeing the volume of posts with location data continue to grow across different social networks and channels. The July release of Visible Intelligence has taken this industry trend to heart, introducing what we believe to be the industry’s most comprehensive geo-location data model for social. The new VI release includes:

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le tour de france 23 logoLast year was a rough for the Tour de France in terms of sponsorship. In the wake of the doping scandals, many sponsors sought ways to distance themselves from one of the world’s great sporting events. As a result, sponsorships could be had for as little as $1.5M. While that may seem like a heavy price tag, keep in mind that a 30-second Super Bowl spot averaged $4 million in 2013.

So, is $1.5 million a good way to spend your marketing budget? In short, it depends – on the segments you are targeting, the geographies that are important to you, and what you consider to be “a significant impact.” To help answer this question, I decided to do some social media analytics around the Tour and the current top three teams (through stage 17):  AG2R La Mondiale, Belkin, and Movistar.

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Visible-IntelligenceWhen new customers migrate from another platform to Visible Intelligence, they often come with a perception that you need to be a search expert to get good, relevant social data. Well, that is certainly not the case with VI, which can be used easily by novices as well as experts. In this post, I explain how easy it is to start crafting your own searches with little to no experience.

Imagine this scenario: Your boss just handed you a rush project. They want a report on what people are saying about your new product by Monday. You’ve never crafted a search and the person on your team that usually builds a search is on holiday until Monday. No worries. Here is how you can get the information you need yourself, with ease and in a short period of time.

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