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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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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The World Cup of sentiment

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The semifinals may start tomorrow, but the darlings of the World Cup have already been established. To identify which countries have won and which have lost in terms of sentiment, I’ve analyzed the net positive sentiment of the 16 teams* that qualified for elimination play across two time periods. The first time period was June 10 to June 17. This time period straddled the opening ceremonies and the earliest matches of pool play. I picked this time as a baseline because it captured both pre-tournament sentiment, yet also captured newly formed opinions after at least one match per team. The second time period was from June 25th to July 2nd.  I picked this time due to the fact that it captured the chatter immediately before the round of 16 and immediately after. Read more…

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.”

Foxbusiness.com 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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Helpful and happy collisions

collision-ballsFortune magazine published a piece recently that featured the CEOs of Zappos and Meetup on the art of bringing people together. A great read! The focus was on office space and city space design and planning and how it impacts employees communicating with each other and connecting with each. The idea is that the more that employees have the opportunity to ‘collide’ with each other, the more that they will share ideas with each other and the company itself will benefit from the interaction.

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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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