Gather Insights from Social Media Listening and Social Media Monitoring

Author: Rachel Merritt
Posted: Aug 8, 2019

Topics: Social Media

Too often, “social monitoring” is used as a catch-all phrase in the social media sphere. Understanding the difference between listening and monitoring can improve your brand's social intelligence, and maximize your campaigns.


Social Media Listening

Social listening refers to learning about your audience through secondary data. Notably, when you research across platforms, you can learn a great deal about your audience's passions, likes, dislikes, and behaviors. Plus, you can identify how much a specific subject or topic is being discussed quantitatively with the right combination of listening tools. This offers key insight into developing a campaign content strategy and determining which messages connect with your audience segment most effectively. Listening offers insight that can help inform your overall campaign strategy.


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Social Media Monitoring

On the other end is social media monitoring, where you can analyze of the social conversations and sentiment that directly involve your brand and offerings. When you can identify audience sentiment toward your brand, you can take steps to control that narrative, find areas for improvement, and optimize your content. Social monitoring can mean simply responding to comments and messages in a timely fashion or identifying pain points communicated via social from customers. Monitoring is also a great way to build relationships for your brand, allowing you to identify brand ambassadors and potential influencers. Monitoring is crucial for pinpointing areas for improvement and doubling down on what's working.

Listening and monitoring are equally important tactics for nailing down audience attitudes. They provide a treasure trove of insights that can make your campaigns all the more effective.

Already gathered insights? Read more about developing a successful content strategy for your brand.

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