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Hill+Knowlton Strategies partners with Brandwatch to launch unique influencer mapping dashboard

Cannes, June 2016 – Hill+Knowlton Strategies unveils its new influencer mapping dashboard, Sherlock+, at Cannes Lions.

Built in partnership with Brandwatch, the social intelligence company, it provides a unique, real-time perspective on the people that have the most impact across eight different industries and 45 core topics.

The dashboard is created using ‘VIP lists’ of key influencers across each subject, designed by H+K’s sector experts. These are then extended using data-driven network analysis of the interactions, engagements and relationships that surround these super-influencers, which are then ranked according to true impact, all in real-time.

Influence changes on a daily basis; based on the news agenda, someone’s mood, and especially by subject. Sherlock+ is tracking these variations constantly, which leads to less time searching and more time finding, knowing & creating great work with them.

Sherlock+ goes beyond your ‘little black book’ by using our data to work out who will truly be the most valuable from within a network of contacts, but also builds on this to factor in a unique approach to network analysis,” said Greg Lee, Head of Indirect Revenues at Brandwatch.

The changed world of influence

We know the impact of influencers for brands: while the average click through rate of a banner ad is around 0.10% and for a Facebook post you might get this up to 2.09%, an influencer post can command upwards of 16+%.

Yet the ‘usual suspects’ are often overused, or influencers are simply chosen for social media reach alone.

The way we work with influencers has changed, evolving from a purely PR led exercise to something marketers can leverage to create bigger value,” said Vikki Chowney, Director of Content + Publishing Strategies at H+K. “The usual suspects aren’t the only option, and when they get overused, it’s no good for anyone. Sherlock+ is our solution to this black book fatigue.”

Seeing Sherlock+ at Cannes

H+K and Brandwatch launched Sherlock+ at a private, invitation-only session in the PR Week cabana. This included a series of one-on-one demonstrations, plus the first-ever reveal of a new data visualisation within Brandwatch’s Vizia product. Sherlock+ was also showcased to a broader audience at Refresh+Reload; an H+K sponsored session in the main section of the PR Week Cabana.


For Media Enquiries:

Vikki Chowney

Director of Content + Publishing Strategies

+44 (0)207 413 3221


Catherine Clifford

Senior Business Development Executive

+44 (0)207 413 3334


About Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is an international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. The firm is headquartered in New York, with 87 offices in 49 countries, as well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part of WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups.


About Brandwatch

Brandwatch is the world’s leading social intelligence company. Brandwatch Analytics and Vizia products fuel smarter decision making around the world.

The Brandwatch Analytics platform gathers millions of online conversations every day and provides users with the tools to analyze them, empowering the world’s most admired brands and agencies to make insightful, data-driven business decisions. Vizia distributes visually-engaging insights to the physical places where the action happens.

The Brandwatch platform is used by over 1,200 brands and agencies, including Cisco, Whirlpool, British Airways, Sony Music, and Dell. Brandwatch continues on its impressive business trajectory, recently named a global leader in enterprise social listening platforms by the latest reports from several independent research firms. Increasing its worldwide presence, the company has offices around the world including Brighton, New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Singapore.




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