Below are the research reports I have published since joining Altimeter Group. They are published under the auspices of open research and are intended to advance the industry at no cost. The Creative Commons License is Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us. These reports are intended for you to read, utilize and share with others. If you do so, please provide attribution to Altimeter Group.
July 24, 2012
By Susan Etlinger
Today, customers move constantly between the online and offline worlds, using a range of devices — such as smartphones and tablets — that didn’t exist a few short years ago. Thousands of applications and dozens of social media platforms collect and transmit an unprecedented amount of structured and unstructured data, and API changes are a fact of life. The volatility of social data and the pace of change mean that tried-and-true measurement methods are no longer enough. Social data is different. This report identifies six primary approaches and includes case studies for how organizations measure the impact of social media on revenue.
August 10, 2011
By Susan Etlinger
This report is intended primarily for business people who are tasked with understanding, interpreting, and acting on social data — executives, strategic planners, social strategists, and marketers. It outlines the key challenges of social data, proposes a value-based framework for social analytics, and recommends clear and pragmatic steps that companies engaged in social media must follow to ensure they are gaining insights, measuring effectively, interpreting accurately, and taking appropriate action — both today and in the longer term.
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