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How #hashtags are influencing elections: Insights from the US and French elections


In the corporate world, marketers measure hashtags on social media to gauge the success of their campaigns. We wondered: are hashtags effectively influencing the political realm? Can we predict the outcome of presidential races by analyzing hashtag performance? A new analysis using Netvibes Dashboard Intelligence says yes. #hashtags are definitely influencing elections. By looking at hashtag trends over time, we see that the fastest-growing hashtags tend to correlate with winning elections—both in the US as well as France. Here’s what we found:

Netvibes dashboard: 2017 France elections

Last year we designed a custom Netvibes dashboard to track and analyze the 2016 US Presidential election. For 2017 we are analyzing the French presidential race: you can see the live dashboard here and read the insights on our French Election blog.

Hashtags and French Elections
On Sunday, April 23, French voters went to the polls in a first-round vote to narrow down a field of 11 candidates to 2 finalists. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were the winners on Sunday. Ahead of the vote, Netvibes analyzed candidate hashtags to predict the outcome.

As a reminder, during both primaries, we found an interesting fact: the leader in hashtags won his elections, both times.

Here is the last poll on vote intentions:

French election poll: vote intentions

and here are the hashtags for the past 30 days, as of Friday, April 21:

France election: Candidate hashtag popularity

Based on this chart we might have expected Fillon to win, but he came in third instead. Thus, for the first round of the French elections, the rule of “hashtag leader wins” did not apply in this case. However, the role of hashtags remains very influential. Here’s how:

Featured in the table below are:

  • The volume of candidates’ hashtags from April 20 (Thursday)
  • The volume of hashtags from April 1st
  • The position of the candidates per intentions (poll numbers)
  • Actual voting results; and
  • Candidates’ positions in terms of hashtag volume on 4/1 and 4/20

Macron won a position to Melenchon on Thursday.

France elections: candidate positions in hashtags and polls

When we compare the relative hashtag volume shares among these 6 candidates between 4/1 and 4/20, we find that:

Candidates who increased their hashtag shares before the first round also increased their results vs intentions.

Macron increased by 16% and got 4.37% better on results/poll. So did Fillon and NDA. Proportions are also respected.

France elections: Candidate hashtag analysis

In other words, an increase in hashtags correlates with an increase in votes. The full tweet analysis is in our CEO’s previous blog.

Hashtags and VP choices during US Elections

We found a similar pattern back in 2016 with the American election. While we were waiting to see which Vice-Presidential candidates would be chosen by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their running mates, we found that the most-popularly mentioned VPs were:

Republicans:

  1. Marco Rubio
  2. Newt Gingrich
  3. Chris Christie
  4. Mike Pence

Netvibes Election dashboard: VP mentions

Although Rubio was #1 in mentions, he was not Trump’s pick. Of course, Mike Pence was ultimately chosen as Trump’s VP. When we look at growth trends rather than raw numbers, we can see that, although Pence was 4th in overall popularity, Pence was #1 in terms of growing social mentions at the time of the announcement.

Netvibes election dashboard - Republican VP

This same pattern held with the Democratic VP candidates as well. Although Elizabeth Warren was top in overall mentions, the fastest-growing VP candidate was Tim Kaine, who went on to win the VP nod.

Netvibes Election Dashboard - Democrat VP

In conclusion, hashtags and other social media commentary can tell us a lot about what’s happening in a political race. The overall numbers are less important than understanding relative trends over time.

Netvibes Dashboard Intelligence delivers real-time insights into what’s happening in your industry. For a free demo, please contact us.

New for VIPs: Flag articles and record opinions with SmartTagging


For only $2/month, our Netvibes VIPs enjoy special dashboard features, including:

  • Priority support – Have a question or need help? Just ask.
  • Universal search – Easily find anything on your dashboard using our powerful search functionality.
  • Tracked Topics – Automatically stay informed about topics that are important to you.
  • Unlimited Potions – Control interactions between all your IoT devices and apps, without limit.

Today we have more good news for VIPs: you can now use SmartTagging to add your own custom tags and opinions to any article on the dashboard. For example, you can flag articles to read later, classify important articles together, mark items as “Threats” or “Opportunities” or anything else you like.


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Expanded Twitter analytics: Measure the success of your social outreach campaigns


With Social Analytics (available for Netvibes Premium dashboards), you can easily explore your social data and generate custom charts in just a few clicks. Answer questions like: What is being said about my brand online? Do people like our new product?

Today we have added new Twitter analytic functions to Netvibes, enabling you to measure more metrics and better understand what is being said and shared, by whom, about any topic.

Universal Search is now more powerful than ever for slicing data and discovering valuable insights. With our new enhancements for Twitter, you can now filter out Tweets and analyze the relationship between tweets, retweets and replies to help improve your social strategy.

This is particularly useful for drilling down into your audiences, so you can get more info about the resonance of Tweets and perform more accurate searches. For instance, you can easily analyze your campaign performance and compare Owned Media (your own corporate Twitter accounts) versus Earned Media (organic tweets generated by other users).

In addition, Twitter conversations are now beautifully showcased in a new design for Netvibes’ easy-to-use native reader.

Here are some sample questions you can easily answer with your Netvibes Premium dashboard in a few clicks:
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Keep everyone informed: Send custom Pushmail reports in response to any trigger

  • Netvibes
  • April 12th 2017 at 02:45 PM
  • 1 Comment

Available for Enterprises and Teams, Netvibes Pushmails are automated email reports that you can send to anyone, on any schedule, using the exact graphs and information you want to include. You can design unlimited Pushmails to keep teams informed about brand mentions and other metrics, send an automatic monthly report to clients, and much more.

Today we are pleased to announce that Pushmails are now supported by Netvibes Potions, delivering even more customization options to help you keep everyone informed, 24/7/365.

Netvibes Potions allow you automate custom interactions from the dashboard–for example: If these 2 things happen, then do X; otherwise, do Y and Z. (To learn more about Potions, visit our documentation page.)

Now that Pushmails are a supported “Action” for Potions, you can schedule Pushmails to be sent in response to any Potion trigger. You can schedule Pushmails to go out at a specific time, in response to apps or data, or only when a data trend erupts. For example:

  • Reports-on-Demand: When Client A sends me an email that includes keywords “numbers this week,” then automatically send the “Weekly Client A” Pushmail report.
  • Report-when-Metric-is-achieved: When our social media campaign reaches its target goal, automatically send a Pushmail report to the team.
  • Report-when-Data-trends: When our website traffic declines for 2 weeks in a row, automatically send me a Pushmail report analyzing our top web traffic sources.

Potions with Pushmail feature a new dashboard wizard, delivering even more control over the content and style of your email reports. You can easily add or remove articles, apps and dashboard tabs to your Pushmail. You can also change the colors and styling, as well as easily change the order of any the content you’ve chosen to include in any Pushmail.

Learn more about Pushmails on our website, or read a real customer case study. For questions or a free demo, please contact us.

New for Netvibes Potions: Google Drive and Netatmo Thermostat


Today we’ve added two new ingredients so you can do even more with Netvibes Potions. You can now remotely control your Netatmo Thermostat and upload files to Google Drive automatically, in response to custom triggers or events. Let’s see how the new Potion ingredients work.

With Potions, you can be a wizard of the Internet of Things by controlling automatic interactions from your dashboard. Achieve more in your business by automating actions (for example, When website traffic increases for 5 days in a row, then email the team). Or take control of your personal life by automating apps and smart devices (e.g., When I post a photo on Instagram, then automatically share the picture on Facebook and Tumblr).

To create your own Potion, simply mix-and-match the Trigger(s) and Action(s) you want to take place. Potions are fully customizable, and the possibilities are endless! (Learn more about using Potions in our documentation).

Here are some Potions you can activate today using the new ingredients:
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New on the Dashboard: Merge Entities within Search Facets


Netvibes Universal Search (available for VIP and Premium dashboards) makes it quick and simple to locate any piece of content or information from your dashboard. Simply type in a keyword, use Boolean search terms, or drill down by facets–including people, geographical location, sentiment (negative/positive/neutral), and more.

Beginning today, Premium users can now merge multiple entities together in Universal Search in order to avoid redundancies and analyze data in different ways. Here’s how it works.

In Universal Search, named entities are typed information that can be extracted from your personal corpus or sources. The Netvibes dashboard automatically identifies these entities. For example: “Donald J. Trump” is an entity under the “People” facet, and “Super Bowl” is an entity under the “Event” facet.

Netvibes’ goal is to always provide you with accurate answers to the questions you want to ask. With many redundant names in use for brands, people and events, it can be difficult to get accurate insights on the topics most important to you. Using Mr. Trump as an example, there are many different entities referring to him, such as: “Donaldrump,” “Presiden John Trump,” “Donald J. Tt Trump” and more. By default, the Netvibes dashboard tracks each of these entities separately. If you want to analyze “President Trump” mentions versus “Donald J. Trump” mentions, that’s easy to do.

But what if you want to analyze ALL Trump mentions (regardless of the name people call him)? You can now easily merge entities together on the Netvibes dashboard to avoid redundancies and group similar words together for clearer insights. This feature also streamlines the analytics on your dashboard to reveal more accurate results. For example, a Word Cloud graph showing the most popular words associated with “Donald Trump” might be cluttered with Trump names, but after you merge the entities together, the Word Cloud will list Trump only once, thereby revealing other terms associated with the topic.

To merge entities on the dashboard, click on an entity (example: “Donald J. Trump”), and from the menu click “Associate with.” Following the wizard instructions, you can associate any entity(ies) with another entity. Here are some examples where this is useful:
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Video: Top Tech Trends 2017 – Silicon Valley vs. France


In this webinar, Netvibes CEO Freddy Mini presents the findings from a new research project Netvibes conducted for French investment bank BPIFrance. What are the most popular topics in tech for 2017? How do tech trends differ between the U.S. and France’s ecosystem?

A custom Netvibes dashboard analyzed over 1 million news and high tech articles, as well as social media accounts of nearly 500 venture capitalists on both sides of the Atlantic, to determine what are the hottest topics in technology today across Silicon Valley and France. Click on the video above to watch.

BPIFrance asked us to compare 17 tech topics between France versus the U.S.

First, the most talkative topics (meaning 10+% of the overall content) were:

  • Mobile
  • BioTech
  • FinTech
  • Transportation
  • Security

17 top tech topics in 2017

Watch the webinar to see the full findings from our research.

You can view the slide presentation at http://netvib.es/bpi

See the full report at http://netvib.es/bpi-full-report

Netvibes Decision-Making Dashboards make it simple to track topics online, analyze data, understand trends over time, and automate actions to drive faster decisions. Discover our enterprise dashboards at http://www.netvibesbusiness.com/.

Want to know more? Contact us with questions or to get a free demo.

Video: Did Elon Musk achieve his Tesla “Master Plan”?


In 2006 Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced his first “Master Plan” for the company. The plan included 4 steps to take Tesla from an early concept to mature automotive manufacturer:

  1. Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
  2. Use that money to develop a medium-volume car at a lower price
  3. Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car
  4. Provide solar power  

Did Musk succeed in his objectives? To analyze, we gathered all the available data into a Netvibes dashboard. Click on the webinar video above to watch as we cross-analyze web, social and financial data, leveraging predictive analytics and historical comparisons to evaluate Tesla’s success.

A few of the questions that Netvibes explores include:

  1. Was the sales volume of the Tesla Roadster considered low? (Yes)
  2. Was the price point of the Tesla Roadster considered expensive? (Yes)
  3. Is the retail price of the Tesla Model 3 considered affordable? (Yes)

Netvibes dashboard Tesla Roadster analysis

Netvibes Decision-Making Dashboards deliver a powerful solution for aggregating and analyzing many diverse types of data from across the internet and within organizations. Users can ask questions of data with just a few clicks to uncover critical insights, drive automatic actions, and make better business decisions. Learn more at netvibesbusiness.com or contact us for a free demo.

Webinar: Silicon Valley vs. France – Top Tech Trends 2017


Update: Watch the webinar video here: https://vimeo.com/209802538

What are the hottest topics in tech for 2017? Is “Big Data” still big? How about BioTech and FinTech? How do tech trends differ between the U.S. and France’s ecosystem?

Join us for a free webinar next week. Register here.

 

As part of a project for BPIFrance (French investment bank), Netvibes Dashboard Intelligence recently analyzed the top tech trends between Silicon Valley and France. A custom dashboard analyzed over 1 million news and high tech articles, as well as social media accounts of nearly 500 venture capitalists on both sides of the Atlantic. Just yesterday, Netvibes CEO Freddy Mini presented the findings at BPI Hub, a conference organized by BPIFrance Innovation.

If you missed the session, then join us for a free webinar next week, where Freddy will present the findings from our research. Explore what’s hot in tech in 2017 in French Tech and Silicon Valley, and see how Dashboard Intelligence can help you analyze trends online, identify key topics and understand what’s happening over time.

Top Tech Trends 2017 – Silicon Valley vs France

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 4:00pm CET / 3:00pm GMT / 11:00am EDT / 8:00am PDT (webinar recording will be available afterward)

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/216658048054638083

Can’t attend live? Please register to receive the webinar recording by email afterward.

 

 

Maintenance on March 6

  • Netvibes
  • March 2nd 2017 at 03:38 PM
  • 1 Comment

In order to provide you with an even better service, we’re going to patch our databases and do some maintenance work on our servers. To do so, we will have to be momentarily offline.

Maintenance

On Monday, March 6, Netvibes will undergo a 60-minute maintenance between 10am and 12pm CET. All dashboards (Free, VIP & Premium) will be unavailable during that period and no Pushmail will be sent.

Thank you for your understanding.