Monitoring Social Mentions


Remember the saying, “My ears are burning”? It’s an idiom that people often use when they have found out that someone was just talking about them. Your virtual ears may be burning, too. After all, people are talking all over social media, and they may be talking about your company, your products, or you personally. Unlike stumbling onto a conversation in real life, you can actively monitor the Web and social media for specific mentions in real time. This is powerful stuff! Not only can you respond to customer complaints or perform damage control when something negative is said about your company or products, you can also join relevant conversations and introduce your solutions to people who are talking about your competitor, and more. It all begins by using monitoring tools to find these conversations.

Want me to Read This to You?

Monitoring Tools

Free and commercial monitoring tools are available. For example, you can monitor Twitter for mentions of your brand – or anything else for that matter – by using Twitter Search. Simply go to and enter your search term into the search box. Like other search tools, if you enclose your phrase in quotation marks, you will restrict search results to exact matches. You can also save your searches simply by clicking the Save link once your results appear. social monitoring

HootSuite allows you to create a dedicated stream that constantly updates your search. Let’s say that you want to actively monitor the term “need help with brochure design” so that you can offer your graphic design services to companies who are actively looking for help with their brochures. You would be able to refer to that stream at any time and see the latest cries for help.

Other services such as Mention extend the reach of your searches to include social media platforms, blogs, websites, news sites, and forums and include additional features such as real-time alerts and analytics.

Ideas for Monitoring Mentions

Whether you use free tools or paid ones, you will need to decide what to monitor. Your company name and flagship products are a good place to start. You may also want to monitor various opportunities by monitoring keywords related to your products and services. For example, if you manufacture running shoes, you would likely monitor the brand name of your shoes but you don’t have to stop there. You could also monitor “running shoes” or even the brand name of your competitor.

For service-oriented companies, monitoring social media for recommendations can also open the door to opportunities such as our brochure design example mentioned earlier. In that example, alternate terms to monitor might include “anyone know a graphic designer,” “need a graphic designer,” or “recommend a graphic designer.”

Are your virtual ears burning? Find out for sure by using social media monitoring tools to actively seek out mentions and relevant conversations.

Christine Kelly | Change Agent  | Viral Solutions LLC

Prior to joining Viral Solutions, Christine held executive leadership roles at some of the largest small business consulting firms in the USA. Her experience includes leading direct reports of over 130 remote sales agents who generated $38mm in annual revenue. She obtained her Marketing degree from British Columbia Institute of Technology. Bring her C-Suite experience to your small business. Although our company is virtual, and we can work with you wherever you are located, she is located in Denver, Colorado and owns a second home in Vancouver, BC Canada.


At Viral Solutions we are committed to seeing YOU succeed. It is our goal to grow your business with proven digital marketing strategies that will help your business for the long haul.

Stay Up To Speed in the Ever Changing World of Marketing!

Sign-up today for FREE, monthly marketing tips, loopholes, and news to EXPLODE your Return on Investment!



Share your knowledge and gain exposure by becoming a guest author on our blog! Learn how to write for us.

Filed Under: Social Media