5 social listening providers you may supply your purchasers

Social listening providers have been an enormous promoting level for us these days. More of our purchasers (and types basically) see the worth and significance of customer support by means of social media. Because of this, we’ve discovered distinctive methods to make use of social listening providers for these purchasers.

Not that buyer care is the one option to service your purchasers with social listening. There are literally 5 completely different providers we’ve been in a position to supply to our purchasers, which we’ll unpack beneath.

The advantage of social listening providers on your purchasers

A bit background: At B Squared Media, we’ve been promoting done-for-you social media administration and promoting providers for almost seven years.

Our purchasers vary from small to enterprise. For probably the most half, we’ve seen the medium to enterprise purchasers take an curiosity in social listening providers.

We’ve supplied these providers by means of our partnership with Sprout Social, utilizing Sprout Advanced Listening.

As with all of our providers, we offer “done-for-you” assist, which means that our staff manages the software program and social listening providers, whereas reporting on the important thing efficiency indicators (KPIs) or objectives we decide with every shopper.

Social listening can be utilized in a myriad of how on your purchasers. We like to interrupt our listening providers into three main teams, (which we stole from Sprout Social, who taught us these three use instances):

Industry intelligence
Competitive intelligence
Brand intelligence

I’ll define these three use instances, plus give examples and a few KPIs and objectives beneath as we undergo every of the 5 providers we promote, which now we have examples for.

Two social listening providers for business intelligence

Let’s begin by providers for business intelligence.

There are three alternatives to promote social listening providers for Industry Intelligence.

Audience & development evaluation
Product & content material analysis
Influencer advertising and marketing analysis

Let’s take a deeper dive into two of those providers beneath.

Product & content material analysis

At B Squared, our advertising and marketing mantra is “Think Conversation, Not Campaign.” So, as we use social listening to measure conversations across the manufacturers we monitor, we robotically begin accumulating information on what content material our viewers engages with most.

For instance, we tag all of our shopper conversations with particular tags that permit us to see when merchandise, providers and even hashtags are used, kind of.

You can use social listening to take a look at your rivals’ content material, too.

Here’s a cool instance of how we use social listening to assist us with content material and product analysis.

This shopper, a luxurious equipment model, has us utilizing social listening to seek out cases of when purchasers are utilizing “how do I …” or “how to …” kind content material round their merchandise.

In the instance graphs above, you may see that 83% of individuals utilizing most of these questions had been referring to widget A and 17% (or one particular person) had a ache level round cleansing product 2.

What we are able to do to resolve these ache factors is to take this data again to the shopper and have them produce “how to” movies that immediately tackle the problems customers are having with their merchandise.

In the longer term, when these how-to situations come up, we are able to ship the shopper straight to a video that speaks on to the problem they’re having. And over time, we are able to see that this content material exhibits up in search. Our hope is that the shopper doesn’t even need to ask on social how one can resolve for X as soon as the how-to product video ranks.

Influencer advertising and marketing analysis

As it stands, our purchasers can’t afford to rent a Kardashian for his or her influencer methods (nor do any of them have the need).

However, they’re extraordinarily considering working with micro influencers of their business. We use social listening capabilities to do discover them.

It’s a more-than-simple course of, too. We simply search for people trending round sure subjects that align with our purchasers’ manufacturers.

Our KPI right here is to seek out appropriate micro influencers and cross them to the shopper to start out a dialog and potential relationship.

Two social listening providers for aggressive intelligence

When we take a look at the aggressive panorama, there are three alternatives the place social listening providers can assist:

Competitor comparability
Sentiment analysis
Tactical differentiation

Here, we’re going to concentrate on one other two examples.


Sentiment is a good way to take the temperature of your model as a complete or to dive deeper into particular campaigns, merchandise or subjects related along with your model.

Using the identical luxurious equipment shopper, we are able to see from the beneath graphs that there’s a lot of unfavorable sentiment round customer support. And 10% of that pertains to “no call back” from the customer support division.


Once once more, we take this data to the inner staff for a repair. In this specific occasion, a brand new customer support coaching, system, or software program is applied in hopes of seeing the unfavorable sentiment round customer support go down or flip impartial/optimistic.

On the optimistic facet, you may see there’s 41% optimistic messaging round “brand love.” This is the kind of content material we’d search for to create UGC or user-generated content material.

Tactical differentiation

Another enjoyable manner to make use of social listening providers for aggressive intelligence is by way of tactical differentiation. We truly promote this as “competitor warfare,” which performs to each #1 and #three within the aggressive intelligence group.

For one, you may simply use listening to pinpoint your greatest rivals on social media and examine their messaging to yours.

Once you’ve recognized your closest rivals, you may then use listening instruments to assist perceive how your related campaigns measure up. In different phrases, what varieties of campaigns and content material methods do your rivals use and how will you differentiate your self?

Let me inform you, purchasers love “competitor warfare.” Add in some paid analysis from a device like SEMrush and the sky is the restrict with analysis and reporting choices.

One social listening instance for model intelligence

Lastly, model intelligence is one other place to think about promoting social listening providers.

And once more, there are three alternatives to leverage when developing along with your menu of listening providers:

Brand well being
Customer expertise
Campaign evaluation

Brand well being

For purchasers who simply need to dip their toe into the huge pool of social listening, might we give you–or might you supply them–an audit?

Sure, you may name it a “brand health overview” or one thing fancy, however we similar to to go along with a “social listening audit.” Use your intestine and play to the tone and voice of the shopper and what would resonate greatest with them.

By working a “basic” social listening audit on your shopper’s model, you may establish issues like:

Frequently-asked buyer questions
Feedback or dialog subjects
Audience demographics
Overall model sentiment

Share these insights with the shopper in your customized audit deck, and ta-dah, you’ve acquired your self a pre-contract, value-add device that ought to whet your purchasers’ whistle to go down the opposite rabbit holes we explored on this submit.

Social listening as a service

At the tip of the day, there are a selection of how to make the most of the three listening teams to create completely different listening providers on your purchasers…and much more methods to pitch them.

Maybe you need to supply every little thing in a single, complete done-for-you service. Or perhaps, like us, you need to supply completely different service tiers for various purchasers.

No matter the way you slice and cube the capabilities of social listening, there are numerous choices accessible to you to nurture your shopper relationships and rake within the income whereas doing so.

B Squared Media is a Founding Member of the Sprout Social Agency Partner Program.