At Sprout Social, we are continuing to add to our suite of Twitter analytics tools—now with the all-new Twitter Listening Report. This report, available in Team and Enterprise plans, provides unprecedented and extensive access to powerful data so that you can track current and historical keyword usage across all of Twitter.


The Twitter Listening Report calculates aggregate Tweet counts for any given keyword or search phrase on Twitter across any time period. With this new report, brands and agencies can:

  • Visualize the effectiveness of Twitter campaigns, past and present.
  • Understand share of voice across brands, product lines or competitors.
  • Uncover trends in the usage of brand relevant keywords and hashtags.

Dig Deeper Into Keyword Usage

To build your report, open the keyword picker menu, and click Add Keyword. The Add Keyword screen allows you to enter a keyword—such as a branded phrase, brand name or hashtag—using Twitter search operators, just like when you create Brand Keywords in the Smart Inbox.


Adding multiple keywords enables you to compare and benchmark usage. It also lets you view share of volume. What’s more, the legends of the Keyword Volume and Share of Volume sections of the report are interactive, so you can add or remove keywords from the charts and tables without needing to rerun the report.


The Stats by Keyword section digs in deeper, displaying powerful trend analysis on the per-keyword basis. This includes the keyword’s peak day of usage within the reporting timeframe and displays sample Tweets from that day.


There are many ways to use the Twitter Listening Report to gain insights that will help you make better business decisions. We’ve highlighted a few below that may be of particular value to agencies and brands.

Monitor & Analyze Campaigns

Whether you’re running a one-time, seasonal or annual campaign, a key piece of the puzzle is determining success. The Twitter Listening Report analyzes Tweets and quantifies total volume, average volume per day and growth as well as a sampling of those Tweets and engagements. You can examine an individual campaign to see how much volume it generated or to determine growth over time, or multiple campaigns to see which ones resonated best with your target audience.

Brands analyzing campaigns may include:

  • A retailer benchmarking the success of recurring campaigns year over year
  • A CPG brand trying to understand which product lines and accompanying marketing initiatives resonated best with target audiences
  • Travel and hospitality providers digging into seasonal trends based on the usage of branded campaign hashtags and keywords

Measure Keyword Effectiveness

You can currently monitor keywords important to your brand in Sprout’s Smart Inbox; now, you can also report on those keywords. Simply add the same keyword, phrase or search operators to the Twitter Listening Report to discover trends in usage. Use this information to correlate to significant events, important changes or even a PR crisis, and adjust your social engagement strategy accordingly.

Brands determining keyword effectiveness may include:

  • A higher education institution looking to understand which of its branded hashtags or keywords resonate most with specific student groups
  • A media brand quantifying which current events gain the most traction in the social community
  • A government agency wants to pinpoint which alerts are most widely spread to make future strategy decisions

Benchmark Against Competitors

If you’re looking to launch a new product, determine how current products are comparing to newcomers or benchmarking your existing product lines, the Twitter Listening Report provides insight to share of volume to determine your product’s place in the social market. Sprout’s charts are interactive, so you can click on a keyword or graph to isolate and view the data with ease when comparing multiple keywords.

Brands monitoring competitors and market share in the social space may include:

  • A technology brand tracking its share of volume against its competitors to determine which brand is more prominent in the social community
  • A CPG brand comparing its seasonal promotions against a competitor’s to make informed strategy changes.
  • A travel and hospitality provider benchmarking its brand against its top competitors to find opportunities to grow its market

Stay tuned for even more new and improved reports as we continue to enhance our reporting capabilities. And as always, let us know if you have any questions or feedback.