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One Way Enterprises Are Complying with Copyright Laws

hWith dozens of U.S. publishers and thousands of titles going behind paywalls, copyright compliance is getting more attention and more complicated.

For example, some publishers allow you to keep licensed content for 28 days, some 30 days, and others for 60 days. Publishers also charge varying licensing fees for access to their different publications. Keeping track of what content requires a license, how long it can be kept, and if it can be redistributed, can be time-consuming and tricky.

Companies must comply with copyright laws or risk expensive fines and lawsuits. As a result, many enterprises are turning to content licensing services to ensure they’re properly copying, distributing, posting, and consuming content. Some platforms consolidate publicly available and paywall content, make it searchable, and disseminate it across the entire organization in accordance with copyright laws. Content consolidation can result in compliance departments saving about 67% on their licensing bills and alleviate many headaches.

As Deloitte’s Insights for CFOs article recently noted, “In the end, enterprise compliance is about taking a centralized view of compliance, regardless of whether processes or functional units are executed centrally. Even in a decentralized environment, there needs to be a way for leaders to look across their compliance infrastructure to understand, monitor and address developments. The winning model for enterprise compliance is the one that can deliver that view in a consistent and efficient way.”

Whether a centralized or decentralized approach to copyright compliance is best for your company, it makes good sense for marketing and communications professionals to consider content consolidation to gain legal access to the right information at the right time. Acquiring content and rights from a multitude of sources can only lead to complexity, confusion, and higher risk of non-compliance. Consider looking at single provider solutions to control costs and cut through the administrative and legal inefficiencies of copyright compliance.

Leave a Comment April 8, 2014

Newsdesk Adds Sentiment, MozRank, and MetaCarta Facets

Newsdesk improvements are driven by what customers ask for and we make a point of listening. The most recent updates take big steps forward with added functionality, including Article Sentiment, MozRank, and the ability to manage unused facets.

Article Sentiment Analysis

Sentiment allows you to evaluate whether articles are positive, neutral, or negative.  Available as a new facet, a chart breakdown, and an advanced search option (ex. ‘sentiment:Positive’), it covers English language news articles rank 1-4, and will be expanding soon. There are also plans to drill down to sentiment on an entity level; the people and companies, for instance, within an article. Clients that want to have article sentiment turned on in their Newsdesk can reach out to Client Services.


SEO specialists will recognize Moz’s MozRank metric, which is a link popularity score helpful in determining an article’s influence on the web. The ranking runs from 0 (lowest rank) to 10 (highest rank), and is currently being applied to the majority of all news sources. MozRank will appear in the search facets. It is also available as a chart breakdown in the Analytics Tab and an advanced search option (ex. ‘mozRank:4’).

New MetaCarta Facets

We’re now surfacing MetaCarta data in facets such as Article Location, Article Province, Article Country, Article Subregion, and Article Region. MetaCarta data identifies the areas mentioned in an article, so to filter a search to only see articles that talk about Crimea, open the Article Province facet and select ‘Crimea’. Please keep in mind an article can mention multiple locations, so refining just to Crimea will still show article locations of Russia, US, Germany etc. in the facets, as these areas are mentioned in relation to your refinement.

This image shows all the new facets, soon-to-be-released facet controls to the right of each name, and the Hidden Facets at the bottom (read more below in “Coming Soon”):

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New Breakdown Options in Analytics

You can now break down their feeds by Topic, Stock Ticker and the OpenCalais powered Person, Company, Organization and Product data in charts.

“site:” Search

Newsdesk now allows searches for articles by domain. The advanced search command ‘site:’ works the same as a Google site: search, meaning a search will only return articles from the BBC. Users don’t necessarily need to know an exact Moreover source name as simply searching on the domain will return relevant results.

Clickable Author Names

Author names are now clickable whenever an author’s URL is available. The best examples are microblog content such Twitter and Sina Weibo.

Coming Soon:

Facet Control

The facet list down the right side of a search can be long, and not all of them are always needed. Soon you will be able to click the small hyphen to the right of each facet to hide it.  Hidden facets can be unhidden later from a menu at the bottom of the list.

Leave a Comment March 24, 2014

Improve Searches with Newsdesk’s New Sources Tab

This week when you log into Newsdesk, you will see the Coverage tab has been replaced by a new Sources tab. These changes provide a new way of exploring content inside of Newsdesk.

Finding Sources

Inside the Sources tab, there are several methods for finding specific sites and exploring various sources available for searching.

Verify Newsdesk’s coverage of a single source by searching by name or URL

Explore using the new Sources Refine Panel based on criteria such as location or language to get a specific, sortable list of sites.

Discover new sources that apply specifically to you; whether they’re Japanese trade publications behind paywalls, or Spanish language blogs posted in North America.

Easier Searching with Source Lists

Create source lists to make managing searches easier. These lists can be used to limit the search to selected sources or as a blacklist to remove unwanted sources.

Include one source list while excluding others. For example you could run a search over selected industry sources, but exclude a list of competitor sites.

Flexible Permissioning

The Source lists created by one user can appear for all users in a Newsdesk account. One user can be assigned to create source lists for all users, or the option to create a source list can be opened to everyone.

Give each searcher exactly what he or she needs. One can use saved source lists in their searches, while another has the Sources tab available as a reference tool.

Contact to discuss which configuration is best for you.

Leave a Comment September 27, 2013

The Hidden Power of the Newsdesk Refinery

Today’s guest post comes from Moreover Director of Account Management, Roger Steele

For those of you who use the Newsdesk “Refinery” (the Refine Panel to the right that shows data about top mentioned companies, people, stock tickers, source info and much more), are you realizing its hidden power? Most of us search for what we think we want to find, such as: [“ice cream” AND (chocolate OR vanilla)], to find all those articles that discuss our favorite flavors of that frozen delicacy. But (insert drum roll) the Refinery helps us find important data that we didn’t know to look for.

Refine PanelLet me give you an example. You’re a high-powered financial analyst who’s tracking what’s going on with your top client, Ben & Jerry’s, and reading all the news about what’s happening at their company. Then, you glance at the Refinery and click on the Company refine option to expand the results there. You see that Apple (the company, not the fruit) appears in the list and when you then expand the Person refine option, you see both Tim Cook and Steve Jobs listed. You click on and select: Apple, Tim Cook, and Steve Jobs, and click Refine. Lo and behold,  you see blog posts that discuss the late Steve Jobs’ not-so-well-known dream of a line of apple-flavored ice cream treats to supplement that sketchy technology business he used to run — and that Tim Cook (the newer CEO of Apple) is poised to acquire Ben & Jerry’s to make Steve’s dream a reality.

OK – that’s all made up – but the Refinery does help you uncover all that information you’d never think to look for by drilling down a bit in the results to easily mine it. You can then click “Save As” (perhaps naming it Apple iCecream to keep the “i” branding intact) and begin to monitor this new topic, while retaining your original Apple search. And maybe you should pick up some Ben & Jerry’s stock along the way – adhering to SEC rules, of course…

Leave a Comment September 18, 2013

The Man of Steel vs. The Caped Crusader

Mining Newsdesk for Data

This past weekend, super hero fans received some exciting news at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con; the next Superman movie will feature fellow caped crusader, Batman. Both Batman and Superman have had an on-and-off again rivalry and in that spirit, we looked into Newsdesk to see who’s won the battle for the people’s hearts.


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In the run-up to the announcement, Superman had the edge in international news coverage, though it was close.

Since the movie was announced, Batman has edged out Superman in overall news coverage by 10 percentage points.

Batman vs. Superman

This is just one example of the kind data that can be tracked in Newsdesk using simple keyword searches. From here you can create a daily newsletter to see charts of coverage and read the latest news from your inbox.

Drop us a line to see how we can help you track coverage of big announcements.

Leave a Comment July 26, 2013

Managing Emails in Newsdesk

Newsdesk makes it easy to keep employees and clients informed of the latest news and trends. Large companies may have hundreds of different alerts and newsletters, distributed across multiple teams, each with a different purpose and audience. We have recently implemented some ways to simplify managing these emails.

New Email Tagging

With our opt-in Email Tagging, you can create custom categorization systems to help track alerts and newsletters. You can tag emails based on departments, products, country or office location. It’s as flexible as your imagination.

Filter boxNew Email Filtering

Last month, Moreover released several filtering options to help Email Managers find specific alerts and newsletters. In case you missed it, here’s a quick overview, including the new Tag filter.

Owner Filter

This is useful when you want to look at an individual Newsdesk user’s newsletters and alerts.

Recipient Filter

This filter is best when you want to see which emails a single person is subscribed to.

Feed Filter

In order to find which alerts and newsletters a particular saved search is powering, you can use this filter. This is particularly helpful when the saved searches are in Shared Content or another shared group.

Tag Filter

Using your own custom hierarchy, you can drill down to the emails with a particular tag.

Contact us to discuss how we can help you manage your email workflow inside Newsdesk.

Leave a Comment July 19, 2013

Newsdesk Feature Spotlight: Searching Using START

Continuing our look at advanced searching in Newsdesk, this week we’ll examine the START operator.

START allows you to specify that keywords should appear in the first X number of words in any articles returned in your search results. Simple searches look for keywords that appear anywhere in an article. The drawback to this is that a passing mention at the end of an article will still match, but it’s less likely to be relevant to your search results.

Keywords used in the introductory paragraphs are likely to be the subject of the post. START gives you the option of distinguishing between items that are simple mentions and those that are the focus of an article.


Here is a simple search, designed to find articles about Google (i.e., where Google is mentioned within the first 10 words of the article) and that mention smartphones anywhere in the article.

START/10:(Google) AND (smartphone OR “smart phone”)

We can do some simple Boolean logic with START as well. This query will find articles where Tumblr and Yahoo! are both mentioned in the first 10 words.

START/10:(Tumblr AND Yahoo)

This next search is looking for items about the major search engines.

START/10:(Google OR Bing OR Yahoo)

This search will return articles mentioning the search engines, but does not include Tumblr in the first 15 words. The idea here is that Tumblr should not be the focus of an article, though it may be mentioned.

START/15:(Google OR Bing OR Yahoo NOT Tumblr)

Emphasis Tab:

Another option for position-based keyword searching is to use the Position filter under the Emphasis tab in the Advanced search options:

Position doesn’t provide as much granularity as START, but it’s quick and easy, only requiring the tick of a radio button.

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Test it out and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Leave a Comment May 30, 2013

Time-Saving Tips for Using Newsdesk

To help you get up-to-the-minute information faster and easier using Newsdesk, we’ve put together a few quick tips for you:

Do you frequently make the same changes to your searches? If so, setting up a search template can save you time. Then, when you search, it’ll use your template already customized to your search preferences.  Here’s how:

  1. From the “My Content” drop-down menu, select “Edit search template”
  2. Add keywords, set media types, languages, etc. to customize the template for the types of searches you usually perform
  3. Click “Save”


Want to add your own articles to your search? You can manually insert articles and company information such as a link to PDFs and announcements to send out to your website or intranet using an RSS feed via the Export tab or in a Newsletter from the Email tab.  It’s easy:

  1. Open the drop-down menu for the search you would like to add an article to
  2. Click “Add Article”
  3. Enter the headline, body, source name, etc.
  4. Refresh your search and see your newly added article. It will automatically appear in any alerts or exported feeds containing that search.


Need to do further analysis? You can download data into Excel from Newsdesk. Here’s how:

  1. Open the drop-down menu for the search you would like to download the information from
  2. Click “Analyze Feed”
  3. Click “View Analysis”
  4. From the “Download” drop-down menu, select “Feed Statistics” or “Article Data”


Leave a Comment May 17, 2013

MINING NEWSDESK: Do Media Mentions Affect the Exchange Rate of Bitcoins?

Bitcoin Image 3A topic that has been growing in popularity is “crypto-currencies” with the most common of these being Bitcoin. Bitcoins are a digital currency that are bought on an exchange and then used to anonymously buy and sell goods online. If you haven’t heard of them, check out this video.

Bitcoin’s pricing has proven to be very volatile. For example, on April 10th the exchange rate of one Bitcoin dropped from $230 to $165. With a 28% plunge in just one day, wouldn’t it be useful to see if there are any indicators of whether Bitcoin will rise or fall over the next days? To get some insight, we pulled data from our media monitoring product, Newsdesk, into Excel and matched it up against historical data for Bitcoin’s exchange rates.

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Unlike gold or a publically traded stock, Bitcoin’s pricing is not tied to any physical assets so it is vulnerable to fluctuations not normally seen in stocks.

Digging deeper with Newsdesk, we wanted to see how much the media’s hype about Bitcoins seemed to impact its price. As the graph below shows, trading volume seemed to lag after media mentions. This makes sense since a lot of the people using Bitcoins aren’t necessarily professional traders, so there is a disconnect between the information available and the market’s pricing; often a full day lag from media mentions to a spike in volume.

Bitcoin Image 2

As shown here, simply using media mentions to determine the increase or decrease in Bitcoin’s exchange rate is an imperfect model.

As we move forward in an increasingly digital world, it will be interesting to see what role Bitcoins continue to play; whether they will be considered an investment or simply someplace to flee when traditional currencies have problems. Until then, if you’re a Newsdesk user and want to follow Bitcoins, or to delve deeper into your company’s online mentions, here is a simple way to download an analytics feed:

  1. Click the Search Tab
  2. Click New Search
    1. Select News only
    2. Search term: bitcoin*(* is a wildcard that searches for bitcoin, bitcoins, etc)
    3. Default search settings: English only, 60 days, all languages
    4. Save
    5. Click Analytics Tab
      1. Line graph, 60 Days by Day
      2. Drag Bitcoin feed over, Click “View Analytics”
      3. Download -> Feed Statistics (Excel)

For the examples in this post, we copied the Bitcoin trading data from here and put it together with the exported Newsdesk coverage in Excel. Excel allows us to easily dig through both sets of data to identify any hidden trends we wouldn’t see otherwise.

Can you think of any topics you’d like us to mine for in Newsdesk?

Leave a Comment May 14, 2013

The Dilemma of More Data

Today’s blog post was inspired by a recent conversation between some Moreover employees. My hope is that this post will give you some insight into who we are as a company and why we do what we do.

Numbers Do Lie (or Can Mislead)

Moreover is strong in the Media Monitoring field — our online news coverage is second to none. But why do some other media monitoring brands tout vast numbers of social media sites, compared to our more humble-sounding index?

The answer lies in what information our customers are trying to glean from their research. There is a considerable amount of noise that becomes a distraction (information overload). Effective monitoring of impactful sources is the driving force behind our efforts to grow and maintain pertinent coverage of social media.

Quantity of Data vs. Quality of Understanding

Just like any media monitoring company, we have competing goals. We want more coverage and more data, while keeping the tools that our clients use lightning fast and giving them only the data that helps them solve their needs.

That “only” is important.

Beware the Big

Moreover owns the ping server We have access to data of millions and millions of blogs posting content daily.  We know where to look if we’d ever want to inflate our numbers, but we won’t.

Instead, we choose a “White List” approach, in which sources are vetted before they make it into our clients’ search results. When our Newsdesk clients run their searches, the data they want is more likely to be at their fingertips, rather than scattered amongst poor quality data.

More data is better only so long as it can be seen and used. Adding more content to sift through can make finding usable content more difficult. Having too much data can be worse than too little when it hinders the discovery of relevant content.

Drawbacks and Trade-offs

Of course the White List approach has its own issues. An important blog may not be covered when it’s needed. And, it makes it harder to track all mentions of keywords across all social media.

To mitigate this, Moreover’s Client Services and Editorial teams work with our clients to add the blogs and other social media that are important to them. This customer-focused coverage expansion process ensures that we provide broad coverage across multiple industries and niches. We also look at our own data for mentions of new sites, while seeking out other high-value sources of data.

A brief note on “full coverage”: With countless blogs being created and abandoned daily, it’s unlikely that anyone has full coverage. It is more accurate to say “less incomplete coverage”.

Pride in our Numbers

Moreover is proud of our 3.5 million social media feeds and our 55,000 online News sources. The number that makes us most proud, though, is our 90%+ customer retention rate. That number clearly shows we are on the right path. And we’ll continue to grow our source list in ways that bring customers value and help them find the data they need to solve their unique problems.

If you’re a Moreover customer and there are sources that are relevant to your needs that Moreover does not monitor, let us know. Our Client Services team will be happy to work with you to get these into our coverage.

Leave a Comment November 14, 2012

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