The real winner in this past election was not who, but what.
Social media (and more specifically, deep social listening across the broadest channels) is the “what” and was the key differentiator in anyone’s ability to predict the election results.
Polls missed it. Pundits missed it. But deep, unbiased social listening never misses anything. (Tweet this!)
The fact that so many people predicted the results incorrectly suggested something very flawed in the way we’re using data to make predictions.
The key lesson learned, and the one big finding that you can apply to your organization, is that social media listening — when tracked in all its splendor and glorious detail — has the power to teach you about the biggest trends in your industry faster than your competitors who aren’t prioritizing social listening data.
It’s the one big differentiator that most companies aren’t prioritizing, so the question is … what are you waiting for?
At Tracx, deep listening across the broadest social channels is our business. So we began tracking the election and debate data on September 1. After the first two debates alone we had nearly broken our “data bank” due to the large volume of data generated by record-breaking social media activity. In fact, I learned that 79% of American voters now engage in political activities on social media, a huge jump from years past (see the infographic for more),
A close look at the data trends from the first two debates showed an interesting phenomena which also played out on Election Day. And that is, Trump dominated from a volume standpoint (negative and positive) on all social channels, and on the nights of the debates he garnered nearly double or triple the mentions.