[Social Media] What You Can Learn From Sony PlayStation Social Media Monitoring

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When you are thinking about brands, what brand you would consider is the most followed on Twitter? Maybe Nike, Starbucks or Mersedes. However, with a whopping 19.6m followers, Sony’s PlayStation is the most followed brand on Twitter.

PlayStation Twitter page
PlayStation Twitter page
PlayStation Twitter Page

According to UnMetric, PlayStation has seen 376% growth in followers in the past five years alone, adding 12 million followers from 2014 to 2019.

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Increase in followers at the PlayStation Twitter 2014–2019

Twitter created a hospitable space for the gaming community where people can boast about their achievements and advise others on their problems or queries in distinct areas. The 140-character limit is perfect for such messages. Consistency and concision encourage gamers to create actively contents on Twitter.

Let’s look in more details on how social media monitoring of PlayStation gives positive tendentions. Marketing specialists and managers put an interaction with followers in the first place and very often use social media monitoring in a real time in order to prevent crises. It is important to track negative comments about a brand as soon as possible to avoid brand reputation decrease. However, there is also a bright side of the social media. Internet users not only complain about everything that surrounds them, but also express their positive attitudes and share experiences in general. Experts should take advantage of this and always interact with fans, when they talk about a brand in each and every context.

Here is what Senior Digital Marketing Specialist of Sony Computer Entertainment Slavomir Kochanski said about the interaction with followers:

“First of all, you need to remember why your brand is on Twitter? We are there for people not the other way around. Our fans look for ways of interaction with their favorite brand therefore we need to perform like a human being. How to achieve it?
Respond immediately like in a face to face conversation: would you chat with a person that decides to respond to your query after a week? Never hard-sell and never act pushy, we are there to have a conversation, not to annoy followers with a newest “deal” — be cool and listen them to.
You will see they will not forget you. Show off your wit, humor and charm — engage with top newest topics, have your say, express yourself — no one wants to engage with a dull, boring bureaucrat.”

PlayStation developed its own approach in managing social media discussion. It is based on an effective, accurate and swift social media monitoring tool which helps to find discussion in a real time and reply as fast as possible.

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Example of interaction of PlayStation with followers

The world of PlayStation is much wider, than it seems to be. Thus proper keyword configuration and finding matched context in the Internet discussion are essential. What is more, 140-character message forces accuracy and concision. There is no place for mistake, lack of precision nor for lagging behind. The message must be in a right time, right place and right context. In addition, positive mentions create enormous potential to enhance this positive attitude of users by a proper interaction.

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Example of interaction of PlayStation with followers

PlayStation’s Areas for Interaction

  1. SUPPORT CLIENT’S DECISION — PlayStation always reacts when gamers post about their intention to buy a game or a games console and helps taking decision.
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PlayStation supports client’s decision

2. SUPPORT SALES — When a gamer hesitates which brand to choose, PlayStation is always there to dispel their doubts.

3. EXPRESS A CONCERN — By expressing concern about gamers’ problems PlayStation enhance relations with fans.

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PlayStation expresses a concern

4. ACCOMPANY AT THE GAME — PlayStation always reacts to gamers’ posts about playing the PS. Thus, gamers willingly share print screens and footages registered during a game with #PS4Share hashtag.

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PlayStation accompanies at the game

5. APPRECIATE LOYALTY — PlayStation is always on guard and whenever a client writes in social media that uses or is going to use PS products, the company immediately gives the acknowledgement to him or her.

Such active social mediamonitoring gave insane statistics for the PlayStation Twitter Page

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Results of PlayStation social media monitoring

The number of PlayStation followers increased by 60%. The number of tweets about PlayStation increased by 55%. The number of positive mentions about PlayStation increased by 88%.

5 Key Insights From PlayStation Social Media Monitoring

  1. LISTEN TO YOUR CLIENTS. The first and the most important thing is to listen to your clients. You should be present where your customers are and listen to their needs, complaints, opinions, reviews and points of view.
  2. INTERACT WITH FANS. No matter in which context people write about your brand, if you can relate to a message and react properly, you will always have an advantage.
  3. FOCUS ON A PLATFORM WHERE YOUR CLIENTS ARE THE MOST ACTIVE. You can divide your operations in digital media into different channels, but focus on the one or a few that suit best your company’s profile and your clients’ needs.
  4. CREATE VALUE. Don’t forget that valuable and engaging contents bring good measurable results. People interact with contents that appeal to them and are important to them.
  5. DON’T WAIT. The sooner you can react to comment about your brand the better results you can get.

In conclusion, I think that PlayStation shows a really smart use of social media monitoring what gives them good feedback from followers. Other brands could learn a lot from PlayStation of how they concern about their customers on social media.

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