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I’m assuming you are not screaming with excitement like the lady on the article preview image. If you are, then…..great! If you haven’t heard of Klout yet then you could be missing out on something special. Klout is a relatively new platform that helps you to measure your influence across the Internet. Your Klout score can reveal a lot about your online presence and help you understand the areas in which you can improve.

What, and who is Klout?

Klout was founded in 2008 by online enthusiasts Binh Tran and Joe Fernandez. The company is based in San Francisco and has now expanded to employ over 40 people. Klout was set up to help measure and understand the importance of social influence online.

  • Klout retrieves data from a wide range of social networks and creates an overall score.
  • Currently Klout covers social networks such as FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and more.
  • This reveals the extent of your online influence and identifies the influencers you are reaching out to.
  • Klout’s powerful software can process 3 billion bits of content every day so that you can get a fresh, up-to-date score each morning.

What is a Klout Score?

A Klout score is based from 1 to 100. The Klout tool is designed to search the web and find your highest ranking topics and other factors such as who you are influencing. In turn revealing just how much presence you have online. When Klout measures your influence, there’s no room for error. They have a killer team of scientists and engineers working everyday to ensure continued accuracy and make the Score clear and actionable.

  • Klout scores are based on social interactions such as likes, comments, reTweets, @messages, mentions, Wall-Posts, reshares and more.
  • If you gather a lot of attention online from quality sources then your score will increase.
  • This can help you to benchmark your own success and achieve goals for your online influence.
  • You will be able to see which topics and comments increase your Klout score and which decrease it.
  • This will help you to explore who is listening to you, understand your audience better and find new ways to target them.
  • Klout also offers additional features like tips and advice to help you increase your score.
  • There are also plenty of perks available, that give you access to special products and exclusive events.

Using Klout for Business:

If you run an online business then Klout can help you to engage with your target audience. Use Klout to connect with other influential online users and spread your message. Helping you to get your products and services out there grabbing all the right attention. Klout has analyzed over 85 million people on major social networks, and is used by over 3000 brands and applications.

  • You will be able to look at Klout scores in your online community. This will help you to find out who you need to target which can help you to use your time more productively.
  • Klout data can be combined with other technologies to create an overall picture of your online influence such as FireFox, Seesmic, Hootsuite and Twitter.

Klout is ideal if you run a website or blog. Your Klout social credit score can have a big impact on the way you develop your web productivity into the future. We would love to hear your feedback regarding article, so please don’t hesitate to comment below! For more informative articles like this, please don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS-feed and follow Inspirationfeed on TwitterFacebook! If you appreciate our work, please share this article with your peers.

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Posted by Ben

Ben is MD of an SEO Agency. London is his base and he works across a broad range of markets and clients, including operators of airport lounges, restaurants, biotech companies and jewellers.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for the article and also the bit broader look to the social measurement scape. I find Klout still to be in early beta phase and getting too much exposure for the value and type of measurement it currently uses. It basically ONLY measures your twitter activity, with some initial point bump for Facebook (and/or the facebook data is updating itself very slowly). Also it doesn’t take into account bloggers in a way that on average a professional blogger blogs in three different sites, with three different channels / channel groups for exposure. You can only put a one site of channels (or one set of accounts) to the service.

    The above and other issues can, and should be corrected, but the other critical perspective on the service is their extreme U.S. centricity at the moment. There are currently no benefits (and no benefits coming in the near future, if my sources are right) to people outside of U.S. They just cannot handle it.

    COming back to my intitial statement: they’re getting too much exposure for the stage of development / business they are in. Hopefully this doesn’t ruin the business for them as I find their idea very exciting.

    Br,
    Jussi P.
    http://theoutsideviewblog.com
    We write about marketing, design, technology and society.

    PS. I got my first Klout Perk a few weeks ago and was so excited I had to write an article about it in the blog. AS I said, the service is exciting, even though unfinished.

  2. Good article. Only issue with the perks is they are mainly US based which has made several people opt-out of Klout.

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