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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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a-b-testing21Marketing folks, especially analysts and content developers, care deeply for the coveted A/B split test. Why? A/B testing provides a benchmark, establishing a stake in the ground as measured by the “control” and the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of an additional variable introduced into the mix. Marketers have been using A/B split testing for decades to measure, among other things, the impact that the variable has on open rate, response rate, click through rate, and other key measures.

At times, people will ask me how the Visible Intelligence platform can be used to fuel A/B split testing decisions, or just as importantly, how to measure the effectiveness of the test relative to the population or audience receiving the message. Here are three ways to do it:

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fireworksRun a search online for “What does the Fourth of July mean to you” and you will see real examples of how freedoms are exercised in social media as people share their thoughts in a variety of ways – some cheerful, some angry but, all in all, with a lot of passion. So knowing that the meaning of the holiday varies from person to person, I thought we should look at what unites people on the Fourth of July. Not surprisingly, many people are sharing what they are going to eat and how they are planning to spend the day. The results are interesting – and mouthwatering!

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usa-soccerSoccer, Futbol, or jogo bonito. No matter what you call it, the beautiful game has returned to the world stage. This World Cup comes at a time when viewers and fans are more connected via social media than ever before. According to Facebook, “Facebook’s data editors have never measured an event – sports or otherwise – that has topped a billion interactions.” reports, “The most-buzzed about event was the opening game between Brazil and Croatia with 58 million people generating 140 million interactions. 31 million people participated in the conversation surrounding Saturday’s match between Brazil and Chile, generating 75 million interactions.”

Some may argue that this might signal a growth in social media usage and belay recent speculation that Facebook may be losing users. Others may claim that it’s simply a result of the fanatical nature of futbol on a global scale.

Whatever the case, the massive amount of data that is being discussed on social channels surrounding the World Cup, at the very least, represents an opportunity for us as social scientists to dive into the data and understand what these billion or so fans of the world’s sport are talking about.

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nba_split1x_576x324Whether you’re a diaper dandy, a PTPER, or a fifth year senior tomorrow night, your dreams will either be achieved or dashed.

This year’s NBA draft is one of the most anticipated in the last couple of decades. Will there be a Michael Jordan, or a Hakeem Olajuwon? Well, that depends on who you ask.

Jerry West is quoted as saying:

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Ever wonder how to easily and consistently slice and dice through large amounts of content provided through your brand or topical searches? Want to find trends and meaning in a specific segment without creating a new search?

The answer may be in the creation of categories. Best part of all: you can start with the existing Visible-defined “Common Categories” library to jump-start your efforts.

First let’s look at how to define these powerhouses.   Then we’ll take a look at how to use them.

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fdIt’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s summer time. Your son or daughter may be graduating from high school or college. Or if you’re me, two of your sons are getting ready to wrap up Kindergarten and you’re counting down to summer vacation. It also means that Father’s Day is just around the corner (you’re welcome for the reminder).

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Fifa-World-Cup-BrazilTomorrow marks the start of one of the most popular events in the world. Experts predict the number of viewers to be even bigger than 2010 where over 700 MILLION people watched the finals live. FIFA reported that over 50% of the world’s population watched some part of the two week event in 2010.

We will be using the Visible Intelligence platform throughout the World Cup 2014 to report on key trends, but as we move into the event, I thought it would be interesting to see where the most active fans are. Said another way, where are the related social media posts originating from and what countries are the most active?

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the_amazing_spider_man_2-wideThe summer movie season is upon us and in the coming months there will be a lot of discussion about the blockbusters and flops of 2014. We wondered: what can social media reaction to a movie’s marketing campaign tell us about predicted box office performance?

Sony Pictures released the second trailer to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on March 19. We wanted to know what the immediate social media reaction was on the day of the trailer release. Were people excited? Or did it negatively impact propensity to see the film?

Takeaway #1: Fans bemoaned the trailer’s indication that Rhino and the Green Goblin would join forces with Electro to battle Spider-Man.

Many feared this film would be bogged down by too many villains. Those concerns drew comparisons to Sam Raimi’s Spider Man 3, which drew less-than-stellar reviews and a box office showing that precipitated Marc Webber’s reboot. Can this movie effectively handle 3 villains and maintain a cohesive narrative?

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Happy World Environment Day!

World Environment Day (WED) is a global environmental awareness event established by the United Nations through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and has been celebrated on June 5th since 1974.

The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Small Island and Developing States (SIDS), with World Environment Day focusing on how climate change impacts SIDS both locally and globally.

With the theme “Raise your voice, not the sea level,” WED 2014 is raising awareness about the unique development challenges and successes experienced by SIDS communities due to climate change.

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