Why is research important in a communications campaign?

When launching a campaign, it’s important to fully understand the audiences you are targeting and what kind of topics are more likely to gain their attention. The last thing people want with a communications campaign is to find themselves screaming out into the void, because they’ve failed to engage or interest people.

In this video, David explains three different forms of research tools that we use to better understand audiences:

Search Analysis: This analysis helps to collect data from web searches to identify which questions people are asking regarding your product, service or area. This also provides insight into the phrasing used and can help you tailor your own output to match it to the questions asked.

Social Analysis: This part enables organisations to understand the ongoing conversations on social media. What topics are people most engaged with and what are their opinions on you and your industry?

Perception Audit: Here, we take a more focused approach, surveying actors within the industry or areas you want to target. By taking smaller groups of highly relevant players in the conversation, we can discover what they think, and how they perceive your organisation and your area of expertise.

All these analyses are important methods used to better understand your audiences and create an impactful communications campaign. In the video below, David explains it all to you in far more detail:

If you are interested in hearing more about search analysis and how we use it, feel free to watch the video below where David explains the inner workings and why they matter.

  • David Turier

    David specialises in providing strategic counsel for clients seeking to influence policy whilst bridging the gap between more traditional government relations and fully integrated campaigning. David has been involved in creating large-scale communications campaigns for clients in the aviation, chemical, energy efficiency. tech and food...

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  • Laurence Childs

    Having started with FleishmanHillard during 2017, Laurence Childs is an undergraduate BA student of politics, international relations and sociology with University College Dublin. Currently on a year’s sabbatical from his studies, Childs is a research executive with the Digital, Social and Creative team at FH...

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