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July 15, 2019

Growing Support For The Uluru Statement From The Heart

The Uluru Statement from the Heart was released in May 2017 by delegates to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Referendum Convention, calling for a First Nations voice to parliament and a Marrakatta Commission to oversee agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about their history.

The Statement has taken a long journey to where it is today.

Having been promised a referendum on the issue by Labor, the movement currently has to settle for a promise by the Liberal Government to further explore and clarify a potential constitutional amendment, with the future possibility of a referendum.

Our insights team have collected 2 years’ worth of data on media coverage of the Uluru Statement from the Heart to uncover the key trends.

Read our report to learn more.

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People constantly share opinions and news in a range of formats across traditional and social media. For governments, media monitoring is a critical service for any government department — helping with communication strategies and risk management. 

Government officials can also discover issues to prioritise when there are increased discussions in both traditional and social media. Ultimately, public opinion is critically important for the government.

Mass media and the government

Media monitoring is an essential service for governments. It helps with their daily operations including the ability to track political, government and legislative news across all jurisdictions.

Monitoring provides constituents with relevant content needed to act promptly to issues and better inform important decision making. It also gives governments fast access to commentaries and reports by journalists who analyse and give recommendations on pressing issues.

Media monitoring services sift through the mountains of content produced each day by newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television broadcasters and social media channels. Based on keywords, the Isentia Platform collates, delivers and alerts officials with relevant coverage of issues affecting an organisation.

Government agencies use Isentia’s services to:

- Be alerted of a pressing issue, particularly during Budget announcements and elections

- Identify the media agenda of the day 

- Political accountability on what have been promised or declared 

- Gauge public sentiment to anticipate issues and prepare responses accordingly

- Help navigate the media landscape for crisis management

- Learn about an industry or issue by tapping into their media coverage 

- Media intelligence is critical to the government

Have you ever met a communications, PR or media professional who wasn’t busy? Government communications professionals work long and hard as they work with issues affecting the public. During parliament sitting week, our services are ready to help our government constituents. 

Governments and political leaders generate a massive amount of media coverage. So media monitoring becomes essential for government officials to sift through media noise and deliver content that matters.

For example, in the past 3 months alone across print, broadcast, online media, there have been*:

Graph image of mentions of political figures in the media
L-R Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton & Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles (Image sources: AFR, Getty & Fiji Village)

Benefits of having media monitoring service include being able to quickly respond to rising concerns from the public. Ministers, agencies and departments can promptly take note of public discussion of issues affecting their constituencies and portfolios. 

Petitions, parliamentary research reports, and lobbyists filings — politicians and government officials need to monitor all of them. Failing to monitor and measure the outcomes and effectiveness of important public information (and safety) campaigns would simply be inefficient. This is why capturing media content should be a part of information flowing into the government.

Media monitoring provides essential feedback to government communication professionals. For instance, media monitoring should be able to identify a keyword mention when a citizen calls a radio show. The media monitoring service will summarise the clip, and alert the department through text or emailed sound file within minutes.

In-depth Insights into media monitoring intelligence

Our award-winning and market-leading Insights team, combines the best data, technology and expert analysts to give you an added layer of intelligence for any government body. 

Powered by innovation and technology, we give you the best, most accurate and most relevant data for your organisation, campaigns and topics.

What does a partnership with Isentia bring? For more than 30 years, we have made media intelligence simple and fast for government officials. We know that the media environment is becoming increasingly complex to navigate, and we’re here to help – shaping conversations with insights to uncover new directions, help set strategies and take action. 

Why Isentia is key to government media monitoring

Trust and confidence – we get the right information to you at the right time, giving you the confidence to manage situations and know that you’re making informed decisions. 

Comprehensive coverage – we’re media agnostic. We know what media coverage matters to government clients of all sizes. From local members to federal politicians, we don’t shy away from the relevance of the media that could be the solution to an unresolved problem.

Availability – the media doesn’t stop and neither do we. We’re not just a platform, Isentia is an extension of your team, and we’re available 24/7. The Isentia App provides you with access on the go, and although the platform is intuitive and easy to use, our Account Management teams are always on hand.

Consistent and reliable priority service – our government contracts have the strictest SLAs in place. We rise to the challenge of delivering to the scale of the largest of government departments consistently – even our smaller council clients benefit from being treated with priority, based on the type of client they are. 

Training and support –  we offer a variety of training options to suit the needs of all clients, across every level of government. From onboarding to webinars and one on one training, we ensure you are always armed with the best knowledge of the tools available to you.

Onsite office in Parliamentary Press Gallery – bringing you political news and updates as they happen. Our team is onsite during Parliament sitting days to capture the news and announcements that are relevant to you. Get audio recording and transcripts from morning doors, press conferences and more within minutes so you can swiftly formulate your response.

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Why is media monitoring so critical for government?

Critical media monitoring is a must have for any government type – providing government comms professionals with relevant and essential news.

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With the NZ local elections fast approaching, candidates have begun their 2019 campaign through building a social media presence and engaging with their followers. This year’s election is looking to be more interesting than usual as we delve into the effects of social media throughout an election campaign.

October 12, 2019 marks when the local authority elections will take place for city and district councils, regional council and district health boards. As the local authority election turnout has been declining in many areas of New Zealand since the 1980s, the Electoral Commission will be running an enrolment campaign #Vote2019NZ to lift nationwide voter turnout (to greater than 50 per cent) as well as increase people’s engagement with their local council.

With social media now at the forefront of election campaigns and political information being readily available through social networking sites, it has been questioned if:

1. It’s important for candidates to have a social media presence

2. If having a social media strategy matters

3. Whether the usage of social media can be an indicator for predicting election outcomes

Political Environment And Social Media

Social media operates 24/7 and response time expectations are demanding, especially throughout the duration of an election where it’s crucial to monitor what is being said, by whom as well as understanding the sentiment that goes with it.

It is suggested there is a statistically significant relationship between the size of online social networks, voting behaviours and election results. With the recent disparity between political polls internationally and in New Zealand, it has raised questions about the accuracy of polling surveys and whether they should be paid attention at all.

Nowadays, government bodies and agencies view social media engagement as a ‘no choice’ situation and the power of social media allows these government bodies to give responses in real-time. Although Facebook and Twitter are increasingly being used by political parties and candidates in their electoral campaigns, candidates are recommended to start their campaign strategy early to ensure they establish a strong social presence that can be maintained for the duration of the campaign. Having this set up will assist with building rapport and trust with their followers.

Is a high level of online interest and engagement indicative of wider electoral support?

Online social media environments present new challenges and profoundly different experiences. As there is an increasing emphasis on social media being a powerful online marketing channel, it can be much more complex than what is seen on the surface. Each social media channel has their own algorithm, determining how frequent and vast any content gets shared. Most channels design their algorithm in a way to reward extremism to entice the user to stay on the platform and potentially influence the user opinion of a particular topic.  Due to the vast amounts of content and media items available throughout an election campaign, it is important to stay across these conversations as well as monitor media bias with social media monitoring.

Polling And Social Media

It has been said public opinion could be better analysed from social media rather than just opinion polls. Considered to be outdated, opinion polls are conducted by large, successful organisations who are predominantly interested in protecting their reputations, and anxiously anticipate their electoral predictions to resemble their estimates. The head of Strategy at a top Kiwi research firm has acknowledged social media is a more valid way to assess voter habits than the polling surveys conducted by research companies.[1] This is due to the sentiment being measured off observations of conversations across social media which can be significantly different than provided in polling surveys. So, if politicians are consistently looking to appeal to the masses and win points in polls, they run the risk of losing the interest of the key constituents they need to appeal to in order to win their campaign.

Is There A Better Way?

With polling and betting markets missing the mark with several elections, experts are progressively turning to social media to judge voter sentiment on a larger scale. Our Mediaportal can provide coverage of key New Zealand media coverage related to the election campaign and can help determine breaking news and voter sentiment. Being across this data can be beneficial as it has been seen in the recent Australian Federal election, where an unexpected victory from the Coalition contradicted weeks of almost identical opinion polls predicting a Labor win.  Other notable examples of pollsters getting their predictions wrong include Brexit – where opinion polls showed majority of voters in favour of remaining a member of the European Union, and the victory of Donald Trump where the national polling average was in favour of Hillary Clinton by 3.1 per cent[2], Trumps active social media engagement resulted in his election victory.

In the 2017 NZ election, Jacinda Ardern’s age, gender and keen use of social media livened up the election campaign where there has been a long run of politicians considered dull or out of touch with young and female voters. [3] Starting with a strong social media following, Jacindamania was ignited. Adding to this, Jacinda’s confident and mediagenic personality has set her up to be a leader younger voters can relate to and has resulted in her being the most watched New Zealand politician on Twitter during her electoral campaign.[4] She continues to have a strong social presence following as she directly connects with her audience, proving the power of social media.

The Power Of Social Media

The benefits of any social network – real or digital – come from the quality of relationships with members of the network rather than the volume of members within it. As younger generations reach voting ages and social media becomes even more universal, it will be necessary for democratic institutions and practices to revisit and restyle their political communications to tie in with the interests and discourse of contemporary young culture. By analysing the election campaign coverage from multiple angles such as share of voice, media bias, candidate promises and the effectiveness of a campaign strategy it will provide the necessary information required for organisations to make informed decisions about the proposed policies and understand what’s driving the agenda across Councils.


If you would like to keep up to date for the duration of the local election campaign, our daily curated briefing can ensure you’re across all campaign announcements, policy updates and share of voice. If you would like to learn more about the services we can offer, get in touch with our team to discuss your needs.


[1] https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12238919

[2] https://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/hillary-clinton-leading-donald-trump-by-3-1-percentage-points-polls-average-3731849/

[3] https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/09/20/how-one-womans-likes-tweets-and-vibes-threaten-the-ruling-rightists-of-new-zealand/#46694557ca94

[4] https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/09/20/how-one-womans-likes-tweets-and-vibes-threaten-the-ruling-rightists-of-new-zealand/#46694557ca94

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Social Media: The Newest Political Battlefield

With the NZ local elections fast approaching, candidates have begun their 2019 campaign through building a social media presence and engaging with their followers. This year’s election is looking to be more interesting than usual as we delve into the effects of social media throughout an election campaign.

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Media Monitoring is more than just a buzz word 

There are many common misconceptions about media monitoring that need to be cleared up sooner rather than later to give your brand the best chance of positive PR. Rather than letting your company succumb to the myths and misinformation being spread around, here are three of the most prevalent misunderstandings and the fact behind the fiction:

There's more to media monitoring than the digital platforms.

Myth #1 - You only need digital

While digital platforms are becoming more important to media monitoring, this is by no means the only area you need to be covering. Tweets, online newspapers and blogs are of course crucial, but so too are traditional media options, like local newspapers, talkback radio and other offline sources.

In fact, the best way to approach your media monitoring strategy is to accept that digital and traditional media are commonly connected, rather than separate features. For instance, social is often used as an extension to broadcast offerings, according to a study from Nielsen.

Here at Isentia, we understand that all platforms are important. No matter how small. 

Myth #2 - Only the big publications matter

For many companies, getting the brand name or products mentioned on a national radio show or published in a country-wide newspaper can mean a big break. Alternatively, a negative story across these major platforms could result in a significant blow to your reputation and profitability.

It is clear, then, that keeping tabs on the big media players is crucial. However, while some media monitoring providers will focus on national newspapers, big brand radio shows and other major publications, these strategies could be missing an important element.

National publications can give you a clear picture of what millions of consumers are reading, thinking and discussing, but this is unlikely to give you much information on what the local people believe.

If your business operates in a rural or remote location, you need to be tracking the local publications.

If your business operates in a rural or remote location, you need to be tracking the local publications - no matter how small. Similarly, even newspapers circulating in smaller parts of big cities can provide a significant level of insight, if only you are aware of their readership and content.

Myth #3 - Listening is the most important part

While media monitoring is critical for business success, listening to the conversations about your brand and industry is far from the be-all and end-all to your strategies.

Once you have uncovered a relevant story or discussion, it's not enough to simply stand idly by and learn from the experience. Taking the next step involves getting an insightful and useable report, deciding on relevant and effective action and getting involved in the discussions.

Of course, this is all easier said than done, but with the right media monitoring tools, you can get started with your best foot forward. Click here to check out some of our services so that you can be on the right track! 

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Common Misconceptions With Media Monitoring

There are many common misconceptions about media monitoring that need to be cleared up sooner rather than later to give your brand the best chance of positive PR.

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A user-centric approach to delivering media data

We check our phone, on average, more than 80 times per day, and that number is even higher for younger generations. Many of us check our phones before even turning the light on in the morning.

There are some fantastic synergies between mobile use and the news cycle – seemingly both never stop, both take different forms as new technology and communication evolves, and both are often weapons of choice for many Communication professionals and CXO’s alike.

After a recent update to the Isentia App, we asked our product specialists to share insights on our mobile gateway to Mediaportal.

If you’re not familiar with Mediaportal, it is Isentia’s flagship platform that brings the complexity of media data into a simple-to-use, easy-to-navigate solution. The platform provides the tools that our clients need to stay informed, demonstrate success and measure coverage with confidence. 

Designed for any device, along with a dedicated app – the future is flexible, and most importantly, focused on creating a great user experience.

“I was speaking to a client the other day and she informed me that before she even gets out of bed every morning, she checks the Isentia App. I loved hearing about how integrated we are in her daily routine.”  Sean Smith, Chief Executive of Media Intelligence.

Bringing real time insights where our customers need them is our first priority – that’s why we approach every project with a specific focus on the mobile experience.

The Isentia App has been especially important for clients wanting to be instantly notified to new and important media coverage and to create media reports or share important media coverage on the go.

Media teams need to be able to access relevant content and mentions as soon as possible, so the ability to get customised notifications is rapidly becoming the most important tool for our clients.

“Our most recent reports are showing a 30% month on month increase in app sessions. And with the latest version of the iOS app, we’ve seen a 47% jump in screen views,” Michael Bade, Senior Product Engineer.

Our latest update includes refreshed coverage listing, item card and detailed UI to better align with the web interface and a redesigned swipe function on media items for frequently used actions. We’ve also made enhancements to the UX for a better overall experience, along with updates to the settings sections so that all app-related functions can be managed from the one place. 

“It’s not always about innovation sometimes it’s simply solving a real problem. Knowing how much value we add to our clients’ day in, day out, is what keeps me motivated to find more solutions to their problems, perhaps before they even know they have the problem.” Sean Smith, Chief Executive of Media Intelligence.

Learn more about the Isentia App, or download the latest release available on the App Store and Google Play today.

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The Future Is Flexible

We check our phone, on average, more than 80 times per day, and that number is even higher for younger generations. Many of us check our phones before even turning the light on in the morning.

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