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The Best Tools for Keyword Research, Competitive Analysis and Trending Topics

Adam Sherk

Editorial teams and content creators are always on the lookout for useful tools for keyword research and content planning. To help with that, I’ve put together a list of the best options for keyword research, competitive analysis and monitoring search and social trends. There is a wide universe of tools out there and my intention is not to cover them all. Keyword Tool.

Why Semantic Analysis trumps Sentiment Analysis

Buzz Marketing for Technology

But sentiment analysis has inherent flaws. Only about 25 percent of posts actually contain sentiment, either positive or negative, which means three out of four posts are neutral, revealing no sentiment, and are effectively being ignored by the analysis. Data with such low confidence is a poor foundation for sentiment analysis.

Using word clouds in communications analysis

Sherrilynne Starkie

Consultants often use word clouds in the analysis of conversations, online and otherwise, to help identify key issues, trends and opinions. Wordle is one popular free tool to create word clouds. In communications, word clouds are best used in conjunction with ‘human’ analysis.  It’s so very simple, yet so very useful. However, it has numerous limitations too.

22 Expert Guides and Reviews of 200+ Social Media Tools

Webbiquity SMM

As social media marketing has become ubiquitous ( 88% of marketers say social media is important for their businesses), hundreds of new tools have developed just in the past few years: tools for social media management, monitoring, measurement, automation, identifying influencers, creating graphical content, and more. No one has time to put every one of those tools through its paces.

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Breaking: Demographic Analysis of Your Instagram Audiences Is Now Possible


Demographics Pro  has just launched their new Instagram analytics tool. Unlike other analytics tools, this one provides deep demographics (see my bold below) – not just number of followers and basic engagement metrics. Analysis of people tagging photos with #trumpyourcat reveals 70.1% are married, an average age of 27.8 years and a median personal income of $43.8k/year.

12 Time-Saving Tools for Content Marketers

Convince & Convert

Fortunately, there are lots of great, time-saving tools out there that can dramatically increase the impact of your content marketing efforts. If you’re looking for an advanced customer analytics tool that you don’t need a PhD to use, then MixPanel is for you. Like many analytics tools, it has standard features such as funnel reports, retention analysis, and user segmentation.

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Why the SWOT Analysis Still Matters in Marketing

Convince & Convert

When you’re developing a strategy–whether it’s a business strategy, marketing strategy, or communications strategy–the tried and true SWOT analysis is still a valuable tool. Developments with Uber this week got us to thinking about the importance of two of the areas that can leave a company the most vulnerable: Weaknesses and Threats. That’s good, actually.

Why You Should Never Use VLOOKUP Again for Social Analysis

Simply Measured

Sometimes it’s okay to throw together something hacky and get quick results if you know you’re doing one-off analysis, and sometimes you’re tasked with building a dashboard that needs to be used over and over in many different scenarios. Especially with something like dates and grabbing the first value prior/post your lookup date, this is an AWESOME tool to have. Bummer, dude.

The Five Best Pinterest and Instagram Marketing Tools

Webbiquity SMM

As with other social networks, the right tools can help marketers use these platforms more effectively. Here are a handful of the best tools for growing your brand’s following and monitoring your results on Instagram and Pinterest. 1)   ScheduGram. Sample review: “My go-to tool for content scheduling and detailed Pinterest data is Tailwind. This is the tool for you!”

The Superhuman Guide to Keyword Research & Competition Analysis

Viper Chill

Vladimir had a number of questions pertaining to keyword research and competition analysis, so that’s what I’m going to talk about today. think the best thing to do before trying to utilise any keyword tools at all is to simply use your own brain to come up with ideas. Three Tools Which Still Bring the Power. Learn guitar. How to strum. Learn guitar chords.

Eight Tools for Social Media Listening

Spin Sucks

Now let’s discuss eight free tools to enhance what Google is sending you. Twendz is a reputation management tool that looks at how people feel about a brand or a topic. Competitive Analysis. Next week I’ll give you the tools for assessing where your customers and prospects are already participating online. The Art and Science of Listening. First things first.

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4 Free Social Media Spring Cleaning Tools


Use these four free tools to gauge how you’re doing and how you can improve. BONUS: You can enter any blog URL—making it a great tool for competitive analysis too. BONUS: You can enter any Facebook page URL—making it a great tool for competitive analysis too. Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up your social media channels!

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Finding a Social Media Analysis Tool With Specific Capabilities

Net-Savvy Executive

Quick, name a social media monitoring tool that can monitor Instagram. launched Social Media Analysis in 2009 to move industry news coverage from my personal blog to its own site. little over a year ago, I added a free directory of social media analysis companies , which continues to grow as I discover more companies in the market. Social media analysisGot one yet?

Top 10 Content Marketing Tools for Serious Marketers


The Content Marketing Institute (yes, there is such a thing) defines this serious marketing tool as “…a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.” data analysis. Successful content marketing involves.

Tools for Mobile Marketing Strategy Success

Spin Sucks

Unfortunately, while mobile continues to grow in its importance as a marketing tactic, many marketers still lack the tools and knowledge to develop a sound and integrated mobile marketing strategy. Below are some tips and tools you can implement into your mobile marketing strategy in order to measure how effective it is, and improve based on your findings. and nearly $220B worldwide.

The Best Social Media Analytics Tools for Publishers

Adam Sherk

What are the best tools for publishers looking to track social media activity at the content level? Competitive Analysis. These tools are useful for pulling social data on your own site as well as the competition. really like BuzzSumo ; it has become my go-to resource for quick analysis of a specific site or topic. Management Tools. Real-Time Analytics.

Data Mining: The Ultimate Guide to Niche Analysis

Viper Chill

First I’ve highlighted a huge list of tools that serve various different functions and can be great resources to add to your marketing arsenal. Before you can use any of these tools to their full potential, it’s recommend that you grab a pen and paper (or open up a text editor) and jot down some phrases which would best describe your niche. Ice Rocket Trend Tool.

Comparing 21 social media marketing tools [Chart]


According to the latest research  by TrustRadius, buyers of social media management tools are looking for eight core functionalities: Community management. So most social media managers’ have resorted to using 2-3 social media management tools for full feature set to match their use case. The chart below summarizes functionalities offered by 23 social media management tools.

50 Top Tools for Social Media Monitoring, Analytics, and Management 2013


There are countless tools out there, offering many ways to analyze, measure, display, and create reports about your engagement efforts. These 50 tools distill data in ways that are relevant to your social media marketing plan, enabling you to figure out how to succeed with your audience. Determining which tools are right for you requires a clear definition of your objectives.

38+ Cool Social Media and Web Tools and Reviews

Webbiquity SMM

Innovation is alive and well in the development of cool free and low-cost web-based tools and apps. It’s great to find a tool that automates some little process or provides a new capability you’ve been looking for, and fun to find a tool you didn’t even know you needed. There’s an app for that—or cool web tool. Cool Social Media Tools.

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The Best Free Tools for Twitter Analytics

Adam Sherk

What are the best free tools for analyzing a Twitter profile? During a social media audit I like to run a company’s Twitter profiles through some basic analysis tools to set benchmarks and compare them to competitors. I got good response to my post on Facebook analytics tools so I thought I’d do something similar for Twitter. Twitter Web Analytics. Twitter Counter.

The Specialization of Social Media Analysis

Net-Savvy Executive

Judging from the way people are talking about it, social media analysis is segmenting into at least three subspecialties. Whatever the utility of any one approach, companies need a complete set of tools, so let's keep these emerging specializations in context. In 2007, I asked for opinions on a generic term for social media monitoring, analysis, research, etc.

Steal This Sales Tool to Beef Up Your Marketing Strategy

Convince & Convert

Win/loss analysis is often seen as a tool for the sales teams. Win/loss is an incredibly useful tool for gaining insight into the consumer mindset as they move through their journey , which means that these interviews can be equally powerful for helping marketers improve their efforts. It’s simply a matter of asking the right questions. The Buyer’s Process. Identifying Gaps.

10 Great Alternatives to the Google Keyword Research Tool


It is an indispensable tool for developing a potent inbound marketing strategy and improving SEO. Because many of the available keyword research tools are confusing and counterintuitive, the process can be challenging and time-consuming. The demise of Google’s Keyword Tool, the most popular of its kind, has left marketers scrambling for alternatives. What to do?

Introducing Spider: A Super Cool Link Listening Tool

Spin Sucks

The link listening technology of which I speak of is Spider , which is billed as a social listening tool. We don’t need another social listening tool. Sure, you can use hashtags and put in keywords and do all of the same stuff you do with other social media listening tools, but what I like most about Spider is it provides link listening. But the timing was off for me.

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TweetLevel’s New Influence Measurement Tool Delivers Far More Than A Score

The Realtime Report

This week TweetLevel launched a new version of its influence measurement tool that adds context to the influencer scoring in two important ways:  topic and influencer types. The topic search tool allows marketers to identify influencers that are relevant to the conversations they care about. Influence: How Information Flows Between People. Influence: Far More Than A Score.

Beyond Facebook Insights: Useful Facebook Analytics Tools

Adam Sherk

What are the best third-party tools for advanced Facebook analytics? With that in mind here are some Facebook analytics tools to experiment with: PageLever. PageLever may be the most frequently suggested third-party tool, having positioned itself as Facebook Insights on steroids. They roll up the analysis into a series of graphs and charts that can be viewed online or exported to Excel or PowerPoint. Their Analytics offering provides advanced data for Page owners, and they recently partnered with ComScore to provide additional data and analysis. Buddy Media.

20 Top Twitter Monitoring and Analytics Tools


pamorama marketing, life, social media Home About Bookshelf Links Contact 20 Top Twitter Monitoring and Analytics Tools by Pam Dyer on April 26, 2010 Share Image via Wikipedia Social media is much more than a way to stay connected and to have fun: it’s a way to market yourself, your business, and your products and services. weekendfamilybreaks Great list of tools. Wide reach.

6 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools: With Tips from Experts

Talkwalker SM

But to do so effectively you need to know what tools to use and how to use them and especially for smaller companies you may want to test out some free tools before investing in a more complete social media monitoring tool. Note: Most of the tools in the list also have a paid version). The real power of such a tool is when you look for people other than yourself. 

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Competitive Marketing Analysis: 14 Ways to Monitor and Beat Your Competitors

Writtent Blog

The difficulty of success means that competitive marketing analysis is more crucial than ever. Without well-defined points of comparison, and continual analysis, you’ll never know whether your marketing strategy is really working, or allowing you to capture a greater share of your market. What About SWOT Analysis? The big problem with SWOT analysis? Business Strategy.

Don’t Be Fooled By Last-Click Analysis Of Social Media

Dave Fleet

In my opinion, brands make a mistake when they consider social media as purely conversion-driven tools. Social That’s the problem, though — when you’re dealing with a complex, multi-functional set of tools like social media, considering a single dimension in isolation from the others risks writing-off broad benefits across the organization. Where to begin?

31+ of the Coolest Social Media, Search and Web Tools of 2010

Webbiquity SMM

Discover how to accomplish all of the tasks above and more using some of the coolest free and modestly priced social media and web tools released in the past year or so. Cool Social Media Tools. This tool makes unfollowing non-followers easy. free tool for finding the relative influence of any Twitter user. powerful people search tool. Other Cool Web Tools.

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Instagram Analytics: Tools, Tips and Tactics

Razor Social

Use Instagram tools to track your: Follower growth – I know it’s not all about followers but it’s still a useful metric to track.  If your followers are not growing then you’re doing something wrong. Other tools to track Instagram Analytics. Take a look at SocialRank and do some analysis. Social Media ToolsThis article will help! Iconosquare.

2012 Acquisitions in Social Media Analysis

Net-Savvy Executive

I've been tracking acquisitions in social media analysis for years. This year, I thought I'd do something new: I wrote a recap of the activity, which you can find at The Year in M&A, Social Media Analysis 2012. Others offer some of the building blocks for developers who want to focus on other pieces or enterprises building their own tools. Companies

3 Tools for Social Media Listening on a Budget

Ignite Social Media

Tools that provide monitoring services are doorways into a world of product feedback, customer complaints & praise, competitor announcements, industry trends and much, much more, such as conversations around Making a Murderer or pets on Instagram. However, if you’re a small shop or running on a very tight budget, listening tools can seem out of reach. Google Alerts. RSS Owl.

When is the social curation bubble going to burst? — Tech News and Analysis

Tech News and Analysis. The tools available now are extremely powerful, and they connect to vast amounts of data that pour out of the Web. Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro: Subscriber content. Events. Research. Apple. Broadband. Cleantech. Cloud. Collaboration. Mobile. Video. gigabarb : How big data can tackle commercial building energy [link]. Pulse.

5 Free Social Media Analytics Tools – With Recommendations from Experts

Talkwalker SM

Being on social media is second nature for many brands today, but if you really want to make the most out of it, you need tools to help you understand what’s being said and by whom. Social media analytics tools come in many shapes and sizes – from free and niche to enterprise level and comprehensive. ”  . Klear – Influencer Specialists. now use Pinterest.

10 Tools for Measuring Your Social Media Influence


Here are a few tools to get you started with benchmarking: Klout. In addition to communication tools, Sprout Social offers contact management, competitive insight, lead generation, reporting, analytics, and more in a package that’s intuitive and easy to use. It then give you the tools and recommendations you need to take action and improve each one of these metrics.

10 Outreach Tools Every Marketer Needs


These are the tools that any versatile marketer’s arsenal should contain. One of the best tools for finding contacts and shaping reputation is BuzzSumo. So, get the buzz started and utilize this tool as an indispensable part of your social media toolbox. By exploring a truckload of filters, you can customize the feed and ensure that the tool serves your specific needs.

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21 Social Media Tools for Smart Marketers

Rebekah Radice

Having the right social media tools can make your life easier. Fortunately, there are dozens of cool tools, and most are aimed at earning time back in your day. Below are 21 of my favorite social media tools that every marketer needs. 21 Social Media Tools for Smart Marketers. 1. Agorapulse is a social media management tool that can make your life infinitely easier.

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