What’s the secret to the success of your company, IQ or EQ? Shorthand for “Emotional Intelligence”, EQ is defined by self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. The idea of EQ was first applied to business in an article written for The Harvard Business Review in 1998. Daniel Goleman studied nearly 200 successful, international companies and found that while traditional traits related to leadership (intelligence, toughness, vision, etc.) are indeed important components of success, EQ…

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Social data revolutionizes our understanding and relationship with current and potential customers. From ads fueled by contextually relevant content to a new era of customer service and influencer marketing powered by media, it’s clear.  The new business landscape for any industry is social, mobile, and real-time. But what if you could harness the insights locked within the employee conversations your employees are having on an enterprise social network? You can uncover opportunities for driving collaboration,…

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The literati of yore met in the salons of France, but from March 7-11, Austin’s SXSW was once again a new-world epicenter of cultural and intellectual zeitgeist. This year’s gathering was brought to you by the letter B, for brain trust, BBQ and ball (we had one!) DataSift co-sponsored several shindigs this year, from summits and panels to networking events. A recurring theme was a move towards better understanding customers in order to engage on…

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The place to be next week? SXSW Interactive of course. While it has become fashionable to complain that the conference is too big, too crowded and just too much, the truth is that everyone in the social economy will descend on Austin this week to kick off the 21st SXSW conference. I am excited to join the team from DataSift to spend a few days talking digital and social—and eating BBQ. With a dynamic lineup of…

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Getting a complete picture of all the information regarding opportunities and threats to your business has always been a continuing challenge. Understanding what’s going on in your market has meant researching the mountains of targeted sources such as Newswire content, Newspapers and Trade Journals. Increasingly social data is providing the response data to events and issues that are sometimes hours or even days in advance of when these issues hit the formal published channels. These…

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“This is the greatest advertising opportunity since the invention of cereal.” – Don Draper Sometimes, when I am watching an old episode of ‘Mad Men’ on a long plane flight, I find myself wondering what Don Draper would think if he we was transported to 2014. What would he be most surprised about: No more martini lunches? No smoking in business meetings? I’m sure these would all be wild for him to see, but I…

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“Try to serve a few customers that love the product, rather than the many that just like it.” Airbnb’s founders got this advice very early on in the company’s history. Co-founder/CTO Nate Blecharczyk then shared it at a Y Combinator start-up event last year. Even though it was given to a company just starting out, the guidance applies to all companies, no matter the size. And yet we all struggle to better understand our most…

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Businesses looking to access the growing Chinese market have a new tool to help them as DataSift announces access to Sina Weibo, the dominant social network in China. With more than 500M registered users, 100M messages posted daily and recent expansion beyond China to Singapore and Indonesia, Sina Weibo and DataSift offer a unique opportunity for business to understand the preferences, demographics and interests of one of the largest consumer markets on the planet. The…

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Today we are announcing VEDO – an extension of our core platform that brings programmable intelligence to the masses. Building upon our incredibly rich text pre-processing and parsing capabilities, we have added a whole new engine that allows customers to take advantage of advances in machine learning, statistical models, rich taxonomies and much more all through a simple and unified approach. As with the rest of our platform, we want to reduce the cost of developing this kind of functionality for our customers and let them focus on innovation and not on infrastructure.

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If you are consuming long-form content on the internet, chances are you are doing it on WordPress. Currently 20% of all websites and 50% of the top 1000 websites are run on the content management system and the platform is home to sites ranging from Time and TechCrunch to individually-hosted blogs (including many written by DataSift employees). I’m a rabid consumer of content published on WordPress and I especially appreciate articles that are engaging and…

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