Social Media Monitoring Tools
This week, I wrote an essay and recorded a video about various social media monitoring tools, in the context of watching the NESN (New England Sports Network) website.
My essay is reprinted here in its entirety, except for the graphics.
Social Media Brand Report – NESN – Module 03 ICM 524
New England Sports Network (NESN) is a regional television channel with a wide and varied social mediapresence. The industry is cable (Xfinity) media; their home page is: http://nesn.com/, which is a WordPress blog.
The television channel’s coverage is of nationally-televised (yet regionally-based) sports such as Red Sox baseball, and local events such as North Attleboro, Massachusetts track and field. There are related stories, about sports but outside the region, which round out the coverage.
The specific campaign is the coverage of area sports on various social media outlets.
According to Topsy, brand sentiment is generally mixed but leans toward positive. The sentiment score for the past month (after a survey of over 9,500 mentions) is 54/100. Social Mention more or less confirms these findings, although that service found more positive than negative mentionings, and turned in a far more impressive 7:1 ratio of positive to negative comments. However, just like on Topsy, the majority of mentionings were found to be neutral ones.
Retweet Rank showed that NESN garners a lot of retweets. They’re in the 98th percentile. This is probably to be expected, with over 100,000 Twitter followers.
Social Campaign Initiative
The brand’s social campaign appears to be not only to promote NESN and increase its viewership, but it may also be to increase viewership on other Xfinity properties. Further, there seem to be attempts to get viewers to click on advertisements for an M-rated video game (Murdered).
Standard tweets are partly to spread NESN’s own content, but also to spread content about related persons, such as players and potential players for the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. A typical tweet (on June 3, 2014) is as follows:
Their Facebook campaign appears to be nearly (if not completely) 100% fed by their own site’s home page.
The same story about new soccer uniforms appears on the NESN home page, in their Twitter stream, and on their Facebook page.
NESN does not hide its quantitative data, providing a link at: http://nesn.com/nesn-web-traffic-statistics/.That page provides links to a number of sites which collect quantitative data.
- Chartbeat for NESN.com (https://chartbeat.com/dashboard/?url=nesn.com&k=39519a72612ba46611d132e948602162#)
- Compete for NESN.com (required a login)
- comScore for NESN.com (required a login)
- Google Ad Planner for NESN.com (required a login)
- Quantcast for NESN.com (https://www.quantcast.com/nesn.com)
Chartbeat presented a number of vanity metrics, and provided a comparison to the previous day’s metrics.
Topsy was not linked to on NESN, but their take on the site is still of interest.
However, Topsy’s compilations of mentionings are perhaps too inclusive. It includes some misapplied data. For example, the following tweet shows up in Topsy’s report, even though it has nothing to do with NESN, New England, or sports:
Qualitative data can, in a way, be cobbled together from some of the above-mentioned metrics.
Social Mention’s compilations of mentionings and then parsing them out by positive, negative, and neutral sentiments can provide some qualitative information about how the brand is perceived online. However, some of the mentionings are likely being misfiled.
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Admittedly, this kind of parsing of mentionings is inexact at the best of times, for the software likely does not have a sarcasm detector, either. And, just like on Topsy, anything with NESN in it was fair game for the software, even though the first hit is for the sale of a hard drive that just so happens to have that particular combination of letters in its serial number.
Brand Reputation on Social Media
The brand’s reputation seems to be best outlined by Social Mention, and it appears to be overwhelmingly positive. This can be seen by an inspection of the quantitative retweet metric (very high) and Social Mention’s own qualitative measurements. Even Topsy’s overly inclusive listings don’t seem to tip the scales into the negative. It might not be beloved, but NESN is certainly well-liked on social media. Even negative stories don’t seem to hurt its reputation, as its followers on social media seem savvy enough to not want to shoot the messenger if their beloved teams lose.