While this exercise may seem like a little bit of fun, it has some valuable applications for businesses and organizations.
It’s an excellent way to discover if topics or products have some kind of seasonal interest. This can obviously be used to plan marketing activities and campaigns around.
Essentially, you can run anything through our process to find out its ‘season’, so here’s a quick rundown on how to do it using our Consumer Research platform.
How to work out your own ‘seasons’
First, set up your query to track the topic you’re interested in. It could be anything from a general topic, to a specific product you sell. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s something that gets discussed online a decent amount.
Make sure to backfill your query as far as possible. The more years you include, the better your averages will be. But be sure to check for any major events that may have influenced numbers in a specific year. In some cases, it might be worth excluding this data to avoid skewing your results.
Once your query has run, set up a table component to show the number of mentions your topic got per your chosen time period (day or week or month) each year. Export this data, and then use your preferred spreadsheet tool to get an average for each individual period.
Then work out the average of them all together. For days, this would mean adding together the averages you just worked out for each day, and dividing the total by 365. That will give you your average mentions per day across the year.
You’ll use this figure as a baseline to see when your topic is being discussed above or below average. From there you can mark out your topic’s seasonality.
You don’t have to do this with online mentions though. Any data source, such as call logs, could be turned to the same process. You can even upload your own data to the Consumer Research platform as well, making things nice and easy.
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