Public Health Case Study: Tracking Zombies and Vampires using Social Media

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Topics that concern the mass market ebb and flow over time. By now the frenzy over the United States Presidential Election has faded and we are knee deep in the next celebrity/government scandal perpetrated by the Rombama administration or the latest outbreak of Beiber fever. Throughout the dynamic of what occupies consumer mindshare two topics seem to remain constant and compete righteously for the top spot. We’re speaking of course of the constant battle between Zombies and Vampires. Whether they are caused by the latest virus discovered in darkest Appalachia or have my Pretty Pony inspired sparkle powers when exposed to sunlight, these two populations have take a bite into our collective psyche and are not letting go. Argus Insights has been tracking these two populations through our social media analytics platform and offer the public service of not only tracking the spread of zombies and vampires across the world but also diving into what drives the warring factions of zompire lover and haters to unpack the real battle between red and blue states (red being the oxygenated blood craved by vampires and blue being the lifeless blood that lies stagnant in the veins of zombies).
Argus Insights has developed a way to not only track the spread and adoption of trends (zombies and vampires is just a compelling public health case study) but also diving deep into the conversations of consumers within social media to understand the full dimensions of the attitudinal segments with these two populations. The presentation will unpack the methodology used to not only identify and track these two affinity groups but also how within the groups, new attitudinal segments are both identified and tracked using a novel clustering approach.

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John Feland

Argus Insights

John Feland is the award winning founder and CEO of Argus Insights. With background in both industrial and component-level design, carrier influences, and OEM collaboration, Feland brings his expert knowledge and perspective on product design to to Argus Insights,

In 2009-2010, Feland was the Executive Director for Stanford University’s ME310 Design Innovation course. In 2008, Feland served as Chief Technologist for SK Telecom America’s R&D Group. Prior to SKTA, Feland led Synaptics’ marketing division to help handset manufacturers integrate next-generation capabilities. Feland was the principle architect for the Onyx Concept Phone, the world’s first capacitive multi-touch mobile experience. Feland holds an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.


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