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Online Media Monitoring

We received a visit from Stephen O’Leary, founder of O’Leary Analytics, this is an online media monitoring and analysis company, so if businesses want to know what is being said about their company, themselves, an event and competitors in the online media this is the place to go!

Stephen first explained to us what his previous work was and how he ended up founding O’Leary Analytics. He was first working for a company that sold software and he provided training for the clients, these clients tended to forget part of their training, lacked enough time to monitor their own media or found it too complicated. They requested that Stephen would look after this for them.

Stephen mentioned the process behind monitoring and explained the importance of keeping track on what’s happening on  blogs, forums, news sites and, of course, all major social networks. He explained how companies can make a difference when they listen to what their customer say and not only provide answers but also realise the improvements they can make. The objective is to find a way to change the negative comments by some  into a positive. Stephen emphasised that companies need to be actively responsive to criticism.

Brian McFadden superquinn sausagesAfter talking about collecting data, he also talked about what is the best data to analyse, how to find out who is a companies biggest influencer  and how wide their reach is. An example for this was about Superquinn sausages and how Brian McFadden generated a lot of buzz in a day by saying that the Irish community in Australia need their sausages. This message was re tweeted 91 times and the amount of people talking about it peaked greatly.

In addition to this, Stephen mentioned that almost everything can be measured, even sentiment analysis can be generated, but in Ireland this can be difficult as people tend to be a bit cynical when making comments online.

Stephen recommended a series of websites that can facilitate online media monitoring:

Digital Project Management: The Iron Triangle

Titanic Project Iron TriangleIn last week’s class we talked about Digital Project Management and why projects can fail. The Iron Triangle is a very important feature to consider when developing a new project as this will determine the success it will have.

The objective of the Iron Triangle is that you can pick or constrain only two of these three factors. If all three factors have to be met, then the quality of the web project will be sacrificed. In other words, if the three constraints are out of balance with each other at the beginning of the project, then one or more of them must change or the quality of the project will be affected due to meeting the constraints and cutting corners.

  • The Budget: This indicates how much the client is willing to pay or what they can afford for the project.
  • The Features: this indicates the functionality or features that the project requires. Is it possible to build it?
  • The Timeline: This indicates the time you have to complete a project, including related tasks.