Why Social Listening is Vital for Brands

What is social listening?

According to TrackMaven, social listening refers to monitoring what customers are saying about you and your brand on social media websites. Company’s mainly use social listening for zooming in on customers main points, providing direct answers to customers questions, opinions and complaints. It is also used to help differentiate their product and brand.

Why is social listening important?

Social listening allows marketing teams to  evaluate feedback from the public. This feedback can be used to create more offerings, both in the form of product and services as well as advertisements.

One important distinction: Social listening monitors individual conversations about a brand and industry. It does not provide insight into the direct impact of your marketing programs.

According to SproutSocial, analyzing the context of what people are saying about you’re brand on social media gives you a valuable insight on how to serve your target audience. For example, there are over 20 billion social interactions on Twitter that take place each day. This offers a good opportunity for the customer to express their feelings like no other and show their cultural insights. It is impossible for customers to focus on every individual comment & tweet, you look at it from the bigger picture and categorize peoples views.

Five Stages of Social Listening

According to NetBase studies, there are five main ways of  that help you to perform social listening effectively.

    1. Know who you want to listen to. It’s not about listening to everyone’s conversations. Instead, use customer comments to focus on a specific target audience based on who they are, which products they use, and where they buy.
    1. Determine your social listening goals. What are you trying to achieve with social listening? – To better understand your target audience, measure the social impact of your marketing campaigns & discover customer care issues.
    1. Decide how you’ll use the data. Depending on your goals, figure out in advance how you’ll use social data to inform your marketing strategy and the approach you take with social media.
    1. Be ready to respond and engage. Have your social media team and social playbook ready so that you can engage and react as needed. Social media is real-time so you can’t afford to figure things out as you go along.
    2. Invest in the right social listening technology. Whether it’s free tools or a social media command center, make sure and put in place the social listening technology that makes the most sense for your brand.

Social Media usage by Millennials

AdminTechTargetWho are millennials?

Social media is a constant in the lives of western millennials. There is some dispute on how to categorize millennials. According to Wikipedia, millennials were born anytime between the late 1980s to the early 2000s. “Millennials are shaping the twenty-first century” according to Shaper Survey 2017.

According to TechTarget, Millennials have grown up surrounded by electronics, technology and social media. This generation is one that has received the most popular marketing attention. This is mainly down to the fact that Millennials tend to be tolerant when it comes to change. They have been raised in a certain way, making them feel ‘special’ and boosting their confidence as they get older.

TechTarget Statistics also show that Millennials have the highest number of Facebook friends, containing an average of 250. 55% post selfies on a regular basis to various social media sites. They send roughly 50 texts a day if not more.

Millennials in Ireland

According to Gretchen Hoffman and his recent studies, Facebook is the most popular social media platform used by Millennials. Majority of Millennials that use social media most frequently are female. This can be down to a number of reasons:

  • 83% of Millennials consult at least one social media platform when making the decision of doing online shopping & looking into fashion categories. This is good for business’s who target Millennials on social media, using appropriate advertising during the right time of year such as winter clothes when coming up to christmas.
  • 28% are known as ”social shoppers” – This refers to women whose buying decisions are based on the products and brands used mainly by their friends. This is appropriate for all ages of Millennials.


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Admin presents this graph, showing the usage of different social media sites in Ireland. Facebook is the most popular social media platform, just as it is in majority of other countries. Facebook is the first place Millennials will go after something exciting has happened, e.g. posting birthday pictures on facebook, monitoring how many likes one gets on their profile picture etc, all this is very exciting to them. Millennials also now tend to use Facebook Messenger more frequently for texting friends.

Instagram being one of the second most popular, also owned by facebook, has an entirely different use to Millennials. It is only used for image sharing, and does not include posting statuses of new updated sections on their websites. Hashtags are often used, making it easier for users when searching for a specific image.

One of the most popular social media sites today is Snapchat – Which is not included in the graph above. According to Robert McHugh, 83% of Millennials use snapchat in Ireland today. This figure has been constantly increasing since 2015, as a lot of the younger population is now beginning to use this social media platform.