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November 8 in Paris: Analyzing Top Tech Trends in Silicon Valley vs. France

Bpifrance and Netvibes analyze tech trendsWhat are the fastest-growing tech topics in France and Silicon Valley? Which technologies will drive new economic models?

If you’re in Paris on November 8, join us for a Bpifrance breakfast event. Netvibes will present a new analysis of Top Tech Trends, comparing Silicon Valley versus the French ecosystem, with data insights delivered by Netvibes.

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Netvibes has analyzed thousands of articles and posts by influential tech figures in France and Silicon Valley in order to identify the key technologies that will impact us tomorrow. This presentation will include all new analytics, examining the evolving trends and diving deeper into the top 6 most-popular topics. We will also expand on previous research done by Netvibes and Bpifrance to analyze technological trends on both sides of the pond. Read our Business Case for more details about the previous projects.

The breakfast presentation by Netvibes CEO Freddy Mini will be followed by a roundtable gathering, where experts in each of these technologies will share with you their vision and predictions for the evolving market.

Registration is required to participate in the event, which will be conducted in the French language. We hope to see you there!



2017 UK General Election: What happened to Theresa May?

Netvibes Dashboards aggregate and analyze data to deliver real-time insights into markets, brands or any topic—including political elections!—in order to drive better decision-making. Over the past year, the Netvibes team has created custom dashboards to analyze the 2016 US Presidential Election and the 2017 French Presidential Election. Now it’s the United Kingdom’s turn.

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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.
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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

See the full report at

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

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 or contact us for a free demo.


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

Update: Watch the webinar video here:

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)


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



Dashboard Intelligence, Product Updates, VIP

Welcome to the new Dashboard Intelligence for everyone

Welcome to the new Dashboard Intelligence for everyone

We are excited to announce that our completely redesigned website has launched today for all new Netvibes users! Check it out at

Netvibes brings the power of Dashboard Intelligence to everyone–individual users and enterprises alike. Our completely redesigned website, is focused on enhancing the individual experience so that everyone can get more value out of their dashboards. With an all-in-one master dashboard for your digital life, you can save time online, increase your productivity, stay informed about any topic, control your smart devices and much more.

Here’s what’s new for individual users at

New wizard: create dashboards on the fly  

When you sign up for a new account at, you will see our new wizard that makes it simple to set up your own dashboard. Pick your library(ies) of sources you want to track, enter any keywords of special interest, and click “Dashboard it!” In just a few clicks, you will have a custom dashboard tailored to your interests that can track and analyze any topic. Currently the new wizard is available for new Netvibes accounts only but will soon be expanded to all existing Netvibes users.

Experience the full power of Netvibes:
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Election Intelligence: Comparing U.S. and French presidential races

For the past several months, we’ve been analyzing news, social media, polling data and other information in Netvibes’ live 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Dashboard. The U.S. election is now over, but France’s 2017 presidential election is heating up. To track that race, our colleagues in Netvibes’ Paris office have created a live dashboard for the 2017 French Election.

What can Dashboard Intelligence tell us about the different elections? Let’s dig into the data.

2017 French election dashboard

Overview of the French Election

The 2017 French election is currently in the primary process, which works much differently than in the U.S. In France, the primaries are optional and are run by each party in two rounds. France has a number of political parties, but only 2 major parties are running primaries this year: the Socialist party and the Republicans. The general election candidates for other major parties are already known, including: Marine Le Pen for the National Front, Emmanuel Macron, for his own movement, Jean-Luc Mélenchon for the Communist Party, Yannick Jadot for the Green Party, and likely more.

The Republicans held their primaries in late November, and the winner in a surprise landslide was François Fillon, a relatively unknown politician who beat out several favorites, including Alain Juppé and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The Socialists will hold their two-round primary in the second half of January 2017. In a recent twist, current French President François Hollande announced he will not run for re-election in the Socialist primary (presumably due to his poor polling numbers at just 4%). Mr. Hollande is the first French President to not seek re-election since World War II–a reflection of the rising populist and anti-establishment sentiment we’ve seen in the U.S. election and across the EU.


Comparisons between U.S. and French Elections:

  1. Presidential approval ratings: Obama high, Hollande low

One of the big differences between the 2016 US Election and 2017 French Election is the popularity of sitting presidents. U.S. President Barack Obama has enjoyed high approval ratings throughout his tenure, and his approval ratings continued to rise in 2016 as we can see in this dashboard chart. At the end of October 2016, Obama’s approval rating was at 56% (Data source: Huffington Post)

Obama approval ratings 2014-2016


In contrast, French President Hollande is not well liked by his constituents. Over the course of 2016, Hollande’s ratings plummeted to a low of just 4%. (Chart source: Washington Post)


Approval ratings of Hollande


Given Mr. Hollande’s low approval ratings, it is little surprise he will not run for re-election in France. Mr. Obama, of course, was not eligible to run again in the United States due to term limits. Obama’s would-be-successor, Hillary Clinton, had lower approval ratings. Throughout 2016, Clinton remained “unfavorable,” never reaching 50%. As the race closed in November, Clinton’s favorability rating was at 41%, just barely ahead of Donald Trump at 39%.

Favorability: Clinton vs Trump


  1. Social and news mentions do not equal votes

During the first round of the French Republican primary in November, Netvibes analyzed the popularity of hashtags for #juppe and #fillon across social media. We found that #juppe was mentioned far more often than #fillon, by roughly 2-to-1. However, the actual voting results had the opposite outcome, with Fillon winning handily with 44.1% of the vote to Juppe’s 28.6%. (Read the full analysis, in French, on our blog).

Social hashtags: #fillon vs #juppe


In the U.S. election, we saw a similar pattern with Clinton and Trump. Throughout the race, Trump had far more mentions across news and social media than did Clinton. Although Trump won the election due to the U.S. Electoral College, it was Mrs. Clinton, in fact, who won the popular vote with 48.2%, compared to Trump’s 46.3%.

In both the French and American examples here, the candidate with fewer mentions actually got the most votes.

Clinton vs Trump mentions


  1. Top election issues in USA vs. France

When we compare the top election topics most often discussed across news and social media in the two countries, we find some common similarities but more differences between France and the U.S.

For the final month of the American presidential race (Oct. 8 – Nov. 8, 2016), the most-discussed election issues were:

  1. Foreign policy (4.58%)
  2. Healthcare (4.15%)
  3. Tax plans (2.88%)
  4. Climate change (1.65%)

All of these numbers are relatively low because candidate scandals, such as Clinton’s email, largely overwhelmed traditional election issues in news articles and social posts.

Election issues vs candidate scandals


When we look at the past month in France (Nov. 9 – Dec. 9, 2016), the most popular issues discussed are:

  1. Taxes (“Les impôts”) — 35.61%
  2. Islam — 20.35%
  3. Immigration — 16.28%
  4. Unemployment (“Le chômage”) — 13.25%

Top election issues in France


As we can see, Taxes are a top issue for both the French, who consider taxes their #1 issue, and the Americans, who had taxes at #3. However, while taxes take up a large percentage of the French conversation (35.61%), tax mentions were relatively rare among the American electorate, showing up in just 2.88% of U.S. articles and posts.

The other issues in the Top 4 list are completely different between the two nations: Islam, immigration and unemployment for France, while Americans were more focused on foreign policy, healthcare and climate change.


There is a lot more data in the dashboards, as well as many other election topics to discuss. Stay tuned to this blog as we dig into more insights around the American and European elections.

Want a free demo of Netvibes Dashboard Intelligence? Contact us.


Netvibes wins “Most Innovative App” at 2016 Appsters Awards

For the second year in a row, we are honored to announce that Netvibes has won an Appsters Award! At the 2016 awards ceremony in London, Netvibes was named the winner for “Most Innovative App.”

Watch the video clip below for our big moment: “And the winner is… Netvibes!”


Netvibes’ award-winning Dashboard of Things makes it simple to automate custom interactions between devices, data and events. Consumers can take control of their digital lives and devices, while enterprises can program their business logic to immediately respond 24/7/365. You pick the Trigger(s) and Action(s) you want to take place, and your Netvibes Potion does the rest.

Example Potions you can create:

  • Crisis alerts – If negative mentions of MyBrand increase for 5 days in a row, then email the social media team and schedule a meeting to discuss.
  • Amplify content across social channels – When my company posts a new blog, automatically share the link on LinkedIn, Twitter and our Facebook page.
  • Device automation – When my Nest Protect detects smoke in my home: If the date is Aug. 13-20 (while I’m on vacation), then text my neighbor. Otherwise, text me.

The Appsters Awards are awarded annually to recognize excellence in the apps industry. Winners were decided by a global panel of judges and honored at an awards ceremony at Apps World in London. Last year Netvibes won the Appsters Award for “Best IoT Development 2015.” See all of Netvibes’ awards here.

Want a free demo of Netvibes Potions? Contact us.

Netvibes wins Most Innovative App

Dashboard Intelligence, General

Smart City Dashboard: Improving Transportation and Mobility in Singapore

By analyzing citizen complaints and other online transportation data, Netvibes’ Smart City Dashboard empowers city officials to immediately respond to incidents and improve transit services.


Smart Cities of the future will leverage technology, including data analytics and automation, to better serve citizens and visitors in all aspects of urban life. Transportation is one area that is especially ripe for disruption through the power of data. By analyzing traffic patterns, citizen complaints and other information in real time, city officials can respond immediately to problems and allocate resources more efficiently.

At the 2016 World Cities Summit in Singapore, government leaders and industry experts gathered together to address challenges and share integrated urban solutions. Netvibes provided a Smart City Dashboard for the event, focused on transportation and mobility issues in Singapore.

Challenge: To capture and analyze online citizen feedback in order to continuously improve Singapore’s mobility services

Solution: The Netvibes Smart City Dashboard gathers a variety of online sources, including news, blogs and social media, to analyze what Singaporeans think about transportation in their city. Custom charts reflect real-time data trends, while automated alerts keep city officials informed about important issues. Automatic actions, triggered by data insights, enable the city to immediately respond to incidents and even tweet automatic replies to citizens.

The dashboard is divided into several tabs, designed for different roles in the city government, such as Mayor and the Mobility Manager. The hierarchical nature of the dashboard ensures that insights can be shared readily across departments, while each user has a streamlined view of the information that’s essential to his or her specific role.

Role 1: Mayor

With many wide-ranging topics competing for the mayor’s attention, the mayor needs a dashboard focused on high-level trends in transportation. For example, the mayor can immediately get answers to questions like:

  • Overall, are citizens happy about transportation in the city?


  • What is the trend in sentiment? Are people happier this week than last?


In order to help city officials respond immediately to transportation threats, the Smart City Dashboard has been programmed to act automatically in response to data triggers. For example:
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