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  • Beyond Wordclouds: Analyzing Trends with Social Media APIs

    by Chris Busse

    There are many services that will generate wordclouds and simple graphs from the conversations on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. These services use Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs) to access the data on the platforms then perform various analysis on that data. These tools are often very limited in their functionality, or are very expensive to use for large-scale ongoing analysis and even then they often don't cover all the needs of a dynamic organization.

    This presentation will demonstrate how to programmatically access the APIs of several social media platforms to pull out specific data, store it in a database, and perform custom analysis on it to meet the needs of various business cases.

    We'll take a look at how different social media platforms are better suited for gleaning different kinds of data. This includes Twitter and Facebook as well as various blog and location-based platforms. Specific business cases will be shown around marketing, communications, competitive intelligence, crisis management, and return on investment analysis.

    Attendees of this presentation will leave with a better understanding of how looking at the universe of online conversation as a whole can provide valuable insight into what consumers are thinking and interested in at any given moment.

    LEVEL: Advanced

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage slide deck

  • Conversational Journalism: Do's and Don'ts of Audience Participation

    by Doreen Marchionni

    Journalists and scholars have talked on and off about the idea of journalism as a conversation for nearly 20 years. It stands in contrast to decades of traditional journalism as a lecture, in which the all-knowing journalist alone decides what is news and conducts a monologue with the public on such matters, or maybe a dialogue with public officials and other elites. Citizens here are at best passive bystanders. But no more.

    Now pretty much anyone with Internet access and a few Web tools can create and distribute news, collaborate with professional journalists in real time and select what news to follow, if any, from a dizzying array of choices. The media business and academia were slow to pick up on the change but are now taking heed. Curiously, little empirical research developed to help us understand what exactly we mean by conversation and then how to apply it to journalism's most treasured values, credibility and expertise.

    Until now. This presentation explores key practical tips from doctoral research on how best to incorporate citizen audiences into online media processes. Doing it haphazardly can mean loss of perceived credibility, authority and just plain likeability. Doing it well, however, can create the kind of sustained interest we all crave for our sites.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Creekside, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

  • Social Contests: Brand Loyalty Builders or Lazy Marketing?

    by Kelly Ripley Feller

    With the growing prevalence of Twitter and Facebook, social contests are a dime a dozen. Nearly every day another wave of "Tweet this to win" memes clog up my stream. So do these tactics really work? Or are they just easy-to-execute, lazy marketing methods? Join this session for a look at which social contests work best at building brand fans & which ones land in the lazy marketing hall of lame. Count on real-life examples, privacy & legal stuff, & my opinionated suggestions--steeped in experience--on which contests work best to win friends & influence people. Oh and I’ll probably give some stuff away, just to stick with the theme.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In TX Ballroom 1, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Iterate or Die: How Media Businesses Must Adapt

    by Kim-Mai Cutler

    In the past 15 years, the media and technology worlds have practically switched places. Tech companies have gone from needing to be 50,000+ employee behemoths to being teams of two guys that can ship products 1 million people love and that can change the world. All-powerful news organizations that used to support globe-trotting foreign correspondents reporting on human rights are now teams of 8-10 bloggers who must be glued to their computer screens at all times for a whiff or tweet of breaking news.

    Companies that leverage the content their users create like Facebook, Quora, Instagram and Twitter are getting better and better every year, while thinning profit margins are undermining the ability of paid media professionals to produce quality work.

    How should for-profit media companies evolve in an era when the audience has taken over the controls? What are the business models that media companies are using today and how are they changing? Which approach will you take?

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Creekside, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

    Coverage slide deck

  • Marrying for Money: The ROI of Relationships

    by Jen van der Meer

    You CAN measure the ROI of relationships - personally, and professionally, and this seminar will show you how. No spreadsheets needed for this lecture, and only minimal algebra. Bring a cocktail napkin, a flair ink pen, and learn how to calculate the net present value of your future mate, your pet, or the 8,299 followers of your company's Twitter feed. Yet ROI alone will not tell you the ultimate value of your relationships. What other indicators do you need to be looking at to predict whether or not you, your future mate, your pet, or your followers will be happy with the relationship in the long run? Strong relationships depend on other factors - connection, a sense of fairness, health, humor, fun, the ability to learn and evolve together, and a sense of overall engagement with each other, and with life. At a more macro level, communities need to understand the equity they are building not just economically, but socially and environmentally as well. As the social graph reveals a huge volume of data about our actual relational behavior, we have an opportunity to pause for a moment: to consider the value system reflected in how we measure each other, ourselves, our relationships in the world. Participants will walk away not just with a clear and precise method for how to measure ROI, but also a holistic framework for measuring return on social behavior.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Ballroom F, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage slide deck