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June 27, 2024

How can social media listening increase customer advocacy?

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The content you consume can help you stay informed about social media trends and industry news. But even though social media listening can impact your customer advocacy strategy, keeping up with what's happening across your social media platforms can be challenging. In this blog post, we unpack what a social media listening strategy is, how to craft one and tools to help you stay ahead of all your social monitoring needs.

What is social media listening?

Social media listening, also known as social listening, is the process of monitoring social media platforms for mentions of a brand, its competitors, or related keywords. Social media listening dives deeper into understanding the underlying sentiments and conversations happening around a brand. It involves analyzing this data to derive actionable insights that can inform business strategies, improve customer service, and foster stronger relationships with customers.

How to craft a social listening strategy

There are a few things you need to craft an effective social listening strategy. Starting from understanding your objectives, to knowing the keywords and topics you want to show up in and creating a strong tech stack that can streamline your social media marketing and listening needs.

1. Define your objectives

What do you want to pay attention to as you engage with your newsfeed? The hashtags and people you follow will determine what you see. Depending on your industry, you may want to use social listening to understand industry trends, campaigns that are happening, or newsworthy topics you need to be on top of.

2. Identify key topics and keywords

Determine the keywords, phrases, and topics relevant to your brand, industry, and audience. This might include your brand names, competitor names, industry-specific terms.

3. Choose the right platforms

How you choose the right social media platform comes down to where your ICP is likely to hang out. For a lot of businesses with a B2B focus, social listening starts on LinkedIn which is perhaps unsurprising with its position as one of the key platforms to reach key decision makers.

4. Create a strong tech stack

Your social listening strategy is as strong as your tech stack. You'll want to make sure you have the right tools that can help you streamline your workflow, understand your audience better and more. Having the right social media management tools and being on the right social media channels are a huge part of this and can influence how well you keep up with social media conversations happening in your industry.

5. Collect and analyze data

As you tune in to the conversations happening, trends you're spotting and more, use the data to look for recurring themes. This might be able to inform your customer feedback, common pain points in your ICP and opportunities to engage in.

6. Engage and respond

Social listening isn't just about tuning in and gathering data. It's also about engaging with your industry and community. Make sure you're actively engaging with your audience, addressing concerns and acknowledging feedback. You can also use this as a chance to follow potential ICPs and build a relationship with them.

7. Use insights to inform your strategy

Use the insights gained from social media listening to inform your business strategies. Whether it's refining your marketing campaigns, improving or prioritizing product features, or enhancing customer service, integrating these insights can drive better outcomes.

5 social media listening tools to create stronger customer relationships

Choosing the right social media listening tools is crucial for effectively monitoring and analyzing social media conversations. Here are some top tools to consider:

1. folk's LinkedIn comment exporter

Best for: turning your engagement into potential leads

Trying to figure out a way to capture the contact information of people who often engage with your LinkedIn posts? folk has just the tool for that. It's designed to help you create a .CSV file that you can easily import into folk CRM.

folk's LinkedIn comment exporter turns this into
Tangible data and warm leads.

Key features

  • Turn your LinkedIn engagement into potential leads and extract their contact information in moments,
  • Follow brands and thought leaders in your space, or use your own content to identify people engaging with topics related to your product or services,
  • Get a .CSV file sent straight to your inbox that you can easily activate with folk CRM.

2. folk's LinkedIn listening tool

Best for: social listening on LinkedIn

folk has just launched a brand new free LinkedIn listening tool designed to help you drive sales. It's designed to complement folk's CRM to help you streamline your social listening efforts.

Key features

  • Get notified a lead's LinkedIn activity so you can reach out at the right time,
  • Get lead updates by email so you don't miss a thing,
  • Know when someone publishes a new post, changes their job title or moves to a different company.

3. folk X

Best for:  capturing information to your CRM uninterrupted

folk X helps you streamline your workflow by allowing you to capture contact information from anywhere in the web without having to manually copy and paste this information each time. Helping you save time to reach out to more potential customers.

Key features

  • Access your template library from LinkedIn or Gmail uninterrupted as you reach out to leads,
  • Add people to your CRM without having to manually fill out their data,
  • Upload LinkedIn search lists to your CRM in bulk,
  • Create new reminders and notes without having to switch context.

4. Spark Toro

Best for: audience research into ICP

SparkToro is an audience research and intelligence tool designed to help businesses understand their target audience better.

Key features

  • Audience research: Identifies which websites, social accounts, podcasts, and publications your audience engages with,
  • Provides detailed insights into audience demographics, behavior, and preferences,
  • Persona development: Helps understand the interests, habits, and online behaviors of different audience segments.

5. Sprout Social

Best for: social media management

Sprout Social is a comprehensive social media management and analytics tool.

Key features

  • Centralized platform for managing multiple social media accounts,
  • Advanced social listening capabilities to monitor brand mentions and track relevant keywords,
  • Helps identify trends, sentiment, and customer feedback in real-time,
  • Content calendar for planning and organizing social media posts.
  • Collaboration features that allow teams to work together on social media interactions.


Social media listening is crucial if you want to increase your overall customer satisfaction, customer experience and customer advocacy. By understanding and addressing customer sentiments organically, businesses can build stronger, more meaningful connections with their audience. Putting together and executing a social listening strategy is impossible without a strong tech stack to support and streamline your efforts. Your social media monitoring ability and customer advocacy program is as strong as your tech stack. So make sure you have access to the best possible tools.

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