News API: Data that Drives Winning Media Intelligence

News API: Data that Drives Winning Media Intelligence

Media monitoring and media intelligence are a crucial part of any marketing mix. Media intelligence platforms were purpose-built to analyze billions of online data points and synthesize insights into content performance, industry and social trends, and brand equity. 

Media intelligence was designed to plumb the depths of a brand’s share of voice and reach, offer guidelines for crafting effective influencer strategies, provide crucial benchmarking of competitors and audience demographics, and shape customer experience management, topic analysis and PR impact analysis.

However, if your media intelligence platform is a finely-tuned Formula One racecar, then public, social and editorial media content is the high-octane racing fuel that keeps it far ahead of the other cars on the track. And without that fuel…a racecar is nice to look at but won’t win many races.

That’s why savvy media intelligence providers are increasingly choosy about the data with which they feed their platforms.

The three pillars of media intelligence data

With new content posted every minute, keeping up is no joke. A media intelligence solution needs to literally scan millions of stories from media platforms, blogs, and influencers – as well as looping in accurate readership, audience, sentiment, engagement, and other metadata. This is a LOT of data – and it needs to be easily accessible via the right News API with the right data.  

How can you tell which News API is the best fit? Start with these three criteria for evaluating data for media intelligence:

  1. Coverage – It’s impossible to maximize your reach and ensure that you never miss a brand mention without data coverage that includes news sources from multiple counties, in multiple languages, and historical data going back a decade.
  2. Latency – Your media intelligence data stream needs to be fresh – with up-to-date data that’s noise-free and constantly gathered and updated by smart, adaptive web crawlers.
  3. Quality – Media intelligence is all about reading between the headlines. For this, you need enriched data that helps you gain key insights and customer sentiments with full text, along with clean metadata that includes entities, source, categories, author name, publication date and more.

Drill down: history and content diversity

It’s worth zooming in on two additional aspects of data coverage (discussed above): content diversity and history. 

Brand buzz happens across a wide range of formal news sources and informal media. It’s crucial that your media intelligence data feed cover the full and rich scope of the online content ecosystem – including:

  • Blogs – There is a massive and buzzing global blogosphere out there that generates hundreds of thousands of articles every day. Your media intelligence platform should be able to tap into this rich data source smartly using an enriched data feed with a smart layer of entities, sentiments and categories. 
  • Forums – Don’t lose that thread! Keep your media intelligence machine constantly posted with all the latest topics on the discussion boards. Make sure you can reap the insights from millions of discussion posts from forums across the world, in multiple languages. 
  • Reviews – Capture the voice of your customers by parsing hundreds of thousands of reviews in multiple languages from all over the globe – enabling your media intelligence machine to listen to every customer who was moved to speak up, everywhere.

Also, today is relevant only in the context of yesterday. This means that to be effective, media intelligence needs access to historical data, even if that data is no longer publicly available at its original source. This is crucial to not only identify media mentions today, but also to deliver insights based on historical trends. To that end, choose a data solution that has been scanning and archiving data from news, blogs, online forums, and reviews over time.

Drill down: don’t forget structure

You can’t run a Formula One car on diesel. For media intelligence solutions to work, they need fuel they can use – i.e. web data they can read. A reliable stream of quality and contextual web data, delivered in a machine-readable format that can be easily digested and integrated (like that provided by our News API), is critical. 

The fact is that much news data is unstructured at its origin. This content only gains structure after various data extraction techniques are applied. One study found that up to 73% of content in English articles needed to be cleaned up in order for media intelligence and other solutions to be able to use it. 

This means that media intelligence providers need to choose their data providers carefully, to ensure that the insights their solutions deliver are based on the right quality and quantity of data. By choosing a professional News API (like Webz.io’s) providers can focus more on their core competency – creating outstanding media intelligence solutions –  and less on structuring data or ensuring that it is sufficiently enriched.

The bottom line

To maximize insights and minimize efforts, it’s best to leave the news data collection to the experts – and use a simple API to start scaling. Webz.io’s News API constantly consumes news data from over 1 million sources, in 76 languages from across the web. It uses NLP to distill the meaning and sentiment behind every article, story and image – in near real-time. This data is structured and enriched to make it quickly and easily readable by media intelligence platforms. The end result: better media monitoring insights based on better data.

To see how Webz.io can provide your media intelligence solution with the fuel it needs to roar past the competition, talk to one of our experts today!

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