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Answering the ‘So What’ Question

Blending BI and Social Competitive Intelligence for deep insight into your business. Business intelligence tells you what happened at work. Good business intelligence tells you what is happening now.  Competitive intelligence tells you what your competitors and the market did.  Good competitive intelligence tells you where they’re headed.  Both BI and CI crunch big data […]

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Help IT Understand The Business Impact Of Back End Work To Drive Business Value

A Business Impact Example from the World of Business Intelligence Whether you’re a DBA Wizard or a business user who relies on some mysterious back end where the heavy lifting of computing gets done you are swimming in data.  But all too often the data wranglers we rely upon to keep systems performing under peak […]

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Fall 2013 Job Trends Show Focus On Maintaining Existing Business Rather Than Growing New Business

Hacking hiring data is a fun hobby.  The trends show activities and may (sometimes) indicate where we’re headed.  Either way, understanding what businesses are looking for gives some insight into what their collaboration and social business needs are (or will be). Looking at the top job titles for the top industries according to Indeed Trends […]

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SharePoint Slump

Check out the graph from Indeed trends.  Sharepoint job openings / needs are at their lowest point since 2008.  There are several ways to interpret the chart.  It could mean that: 1) we’ve reached sharepoint saturation and business are happily using it with loyal and skillful administrators/developers to keep it running  OR 2) SharepPoint is […]

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10 Steps for Social Competitive Intelligence

Here is a quick, real life example for how to estimate your competitor’s event marketing budget and get a hint as to when they’re going to launch a new product or service in 10 steps: 1)      List your key competitors. You know your market and the main players in your space so make a list. […]

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Social Competitive Intelligence

Traditional Competitive Intelligence is in a rut.  Books, websites, whitepapers and presentations all echo the same techniques and priorities that defined the practice 10 years ago.  Research public filings, read credentialed analyst reports, talk to employees and former employees if you can, be careful of blogs they might not be trustworthy.  Social media?  Be extra […]

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Thinking of Going Independent? Here is How To Put a Value on You

Work is increasingly something we DO and less someplace we GO.  Combine employment trends with the ability to deliver expertise from anywhere with a phone and internet connection and we have a trend in independent contracting.  Organizations like FIELD NATION are leading the way when it comes to combining a jobs marketplace with a business […]

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SWIFT Source and Signal Table – Updated

Competitive Intelligence and Business Intelligence Professionals Must Learn to Incorporate Deep web and Social media data into their evaluation and findings.  BloomThink’s SWIFT – social web intelligence framework and tactics – program helps companies do just that. Take a look at our Source and Signal table below.  This is just a few of the sites […]

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Social Web Intelligence Framework and Tactics

Businesses desire to augment and amplify their competitive intelligence capability by integrating information from social, web and other publicly available sources. They seeks to develop an internal competency program around the discipline of web intelligence. This program has the goal of producing actionable intelligence using available web, deep web[1], social media and darknet[2] information. To […]

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How To Build A Killer Community – The Experts’ Roundtable

There are many kinds of customer communities, from fans on Facebook, to private communities that congregate on company forums.  But what makes people join up?  What keeps them coming back?  How can you start getting your customer community engaged? We asked five highly credentialed experts about this.  They have practical advice and some profound insights […]

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