Advanced tagging automation and insights

After you start using internal tagging for outgoing posts and incoming messages, you can enhance your tagging strategy by streamlining your workflows. 

A great use case for tagging is to understand the sentiment of your audience towards your brand, products or campaigns. By keeping track of your audience’s overall feeling, you can make more informed product, brand and social decisions.

You can also create Automated Rules that automatically apply tags to your incoming messages and any comments you receive on your social posts. This takes the manual step out of the tagging process, ensures messages never get missed and your reporting stays on track.

Let’s dive in with a few scenarios:

Tagging sentiment

Pairing multiple internal tags together can provide deeper and richer insights into your social performance across networks. You can tag each response to your outgoing posts with up to 20 individual tags. Tagging sentiment is a great way to track how your audiences feel about your brand, products, services and campaigns. By pairing a sentiment tag of positive, negative or neutral along with a brand, product or service-specific tag, you can uncover what resonates most with your audiences and make adjustments as you see fit.


Pairing sentiment with your other internal tags

After you create your sentiment tags, either from Settings or directly from a message in your inbox, you and your team can start adding sentiment tags along with your brand, product or service-specific tags. As you start adding your sentiment tags, you may notice certain keywords consistently appear for positive messages and negative messages.

A great way to organize and structure your tags is with a hierarchy. This way, you can quickly understand which tags belong to a category. In this case, you’re going to tag both positive and negative messages, so you can create a hierarchy with your tags following the naming convention of Sentiment: Positive and Sentiment: Negative. 

Instead of manually tagging each of these messages with the appropriate sentiment, you can create an Automated Rule that automatically applies your sentiment tags to messages containing specific keywords. Before you create the rule, you need to create your tags.

Automate internal tagging

Navigate to Account and settings > Settings > Inbox Settings. Click Create new rule to automatically apply your sentiment tags. Enter Positive Sentiment for the Title and add a brief description for the rule, like, “automatically add Positive Sentiment to messages.” 

From the If an incoming message dropdown, select “has word or phrase,” and then enter a wide array of potentially positive phrases like love, great coffee, amazing coffee, best coffee, so good, delicious into the box, separated by commas. 

From the Then take these actions dropdown, select “Apply Tags” and then select the Sentiment: Positive tag from the dropdown. 




Click Save and now your incoming messages that contain your keywords get the Sentiment: Positive tag automatically applied to them. You can repeat this process for Sentiment: Negative tags and enter a wide array of potentially negative phrases like gross, terrible coffee, worst coffee, bad coffee. 

You can turn off the rules at any time for your messages. Let’s say that you’re no longer wanting to track sentiment after a campaign ends. Turn off the rule by toggling the Status column and no new incoming messages will receive a tag for sentiment.


Reviewing sentiment with the Tag Performance Report

After you run your Automated Rules to automatically tag the sentiment of your incoming messages, you can view these messages in your Tag Performance Report. Not only can you understand the amount of positive and negative messages you receive, but, if you paired your sentiment tags with additional campaign or content type tags, you can reveal how your audience feels about certain content you’re sharing.


Now by seeing that your audience feels positively about your video content, but negative about your linking content, you can adjust your social strategy to focus more on videos, rather than links.


Automate comment tagging

You can take your tagging strategy a step further with automatic comment tagging. Comment tagging is a great way to see the amount of interaction a particular campaign or promotion is garnering at a deeper level.

Imagine that you’re running a social contest at Sprout Coffee Co. where you’re giving away samples of a new line of coffee beans. As the social media manager, you want to see how many entries you receive from your audiences across Facebook and Instagram.

Apply internal tags

Initially, you tag each post across Facebook and Instagram with “Coffee Bean Giveaway Contest.” While you’ll get more details in your Tag Performance Report to see how much publishing support went into this campaign, you’re only getting half of the story.


You know you’re going to get a lot of entries in this giveaway, so you want to quickly see how many users are commenting on those posts to try and win. You could tag each inbound comment on your giveaway posts, but this could be a massive time commitment because you’re posting to profiles with 100,000+ followers. 

Enable auto-tagging

Instead, you can enable auto-tagging of all Facebook and Instagram comments left on your coffee bean giveaway posts. When you enable auto-tagging, each comment received from Facebook and Instagram is automatically tagged with “Coffee Bean Giveaway Contest”.


So, if you tagged each Facebook post with “Coffee Bean Giveaway Contest,” each comment you receive on those posts from Facebook users is also tagged with “Coffee Bean Giveaway Contest” automatically. 

Reviewing engagement rates with the Tag Performance Report

Now your Tag Performance Report can tell both sides of the giveaway story by showing the rate of engagement on your outbound posts. You can measure how successful the giveaway was by seeing how many users entered between Facebook and Instagram.


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