Importance Of Monitoring Media & Trending Topics

2018-12-26 by Ronn Torossian
Emerging Trends in Modern Public Relations


There’s a lot of information a firm can get from trending topics. From the obvious – what is happening right now, to the less obvious – what are people interested in and what drives them. Real-time monitoring of trending topics online is useful in social media and content marketing, and public relations. Social media platforms like Twitter help identify what people around the world or in certain locations are talking about. This may change from day to day or even from hour to hour.

If there is a sudden rise in people searching online for the term “wedding ideas”, it could suggest that there are a lot of people getting married in the next few months. If you’re working in the wedding industry, then this could mean a business opportunity. This might help you to know when you should or should not ramp up your marketing efforts.

On a base level, monitoring trending topics online gives you an overview of relevant topics and trends, and therefore, helping you brainstorm ideas for new marketing content for your brand that is relevant and interesting.

A good PR professional is tech-savvy and interested in topics that journalists are covering. By reading different articles and blog posts, and following journalists on social media, a PR professional will identify the topics of interest for different journalists. Media monitoring is a great way to find journalists in the industry relevant to you, and once you get to know the journalist, you can tailor your content to suit their interest and style. 

Tools like content and influencer marketing are usually targeted towards a certain audience. Using trending topics can be beneficial in getting the attention of a wider audience. For example, a blog post or article that relates to a trending topic is likely to get a big traffic boost. Every tweet you send out that includes the hashtag of a trending topic will reach many more people. Targeted marketing is key to getting good conversion rates, but using trending topics can expand your reach to people and potential customers that might not be on your radar. 

On the other hand, there might be a topic that you want to highlight or you think needs more exposure, but there’s not much online chatter about it. In this scenario, media intelligence will help you monitor the level of interest over time of the topic so you can create content related to this topic at the right and most fruitful time. You could be in charge of creating a trending topic by creating content based on monitoring the media. 

Media monitoring and monitoring trends also serves as a useful tool beyond marketing and PR. For instance, if you need to do research on an industry before launching a product then monitoring the media using keywords that relate to the industry will help in getting a deeper understanding or industry trends and news. It can also help get a better understanding of your competitors in the market.

Ronn Torossian: Insights from a Native New Yorker and CEO of 5WPR

Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 250 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, and a recipient of Crain’s New York 2021 Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and has authored two editions of his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations," which is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities