NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Social media is truly a double-edged sword: not only do today's channels allow you to broadcast brand news, product announcements, and curated content publicly, they also call for a targeted, two-way conversation. Given this evolution in brand dialogue, marketing and communications professionals are finding monitoring to be as important a component in their efforts as targeting has historically been. The need to keep abreast of important trends, topics and breaking news in your industry, and to identify the key players in the conversations, is growing daily, and is a necessary step to take before targeting influencers and media outlets.
PR Newswire announced several updates to its Agility platform, which were developed to strengthen Agility's social media monitoring capabilities, and to increase the ease-of-use of its robust media and influencer targeting database. These enhancements will help corporate communicators and social media marketers develop more precise lists for media outreach, and provide a much more meaningful view of the social media landscape, its influential voices, and the topics generating buzz.
To learn more about gaining targeted attention and leveraging the industry's largest distribution network with PR Newswire's Agility Platform, visit: prnewswire.com/products-services/agility.
The Agility platform combines powerful media targeting tools with social media monitoring and PR Newswire's unparalleled content distribution and reporting capabilities. With its upgraded content, data and features, Agility's clients will be able to:
- Find more journalist, blogger and outlet information quickly – including the author's preferred method of contact, Twitter user name and handle.
- Track more – and more relevant –Twitter feeds from the firehose.
- Monitor Facebook for the most relevant posts, with noise filtered out.
- Follow and analyze social conversations in English, Spanish and French.
- Access historical data from social, print, web, and blog monitoring content to gauge trends affecting campaigns and communications programs.
"Even as owned media channels proliferate, earned media is still important. We recently surveyed our community of journalists, and 75% cited email and 68% mentioned press releases as primary sources for story ideas," said Martin Murtland, Senior Vice President of Platforms and Data, PR Newswire. "However they receive the pitch, journalists and bloggers want relevant story ideas, and thorough, well-thought-out pitches. With Agility's upgrades to outlet, contact and monitoring data and tools, PR and marketing professionals can cut down on the time it takes to plan, execute and evaluate their media campaigns, gaining the targeted attention that translates to achieving business goals."
For an example of the Agility Platform in action, please visit our Beyond PR Blog.
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