November 21, 2014

New re:fluence App Combines Features of Klout, PRWeb

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So you’ve created a press release. Will mass-blasting it be helpful?

No, in fact, many consider it a spammy method, even if a PR agency or content marketer does the blasting for you.

But what about the great content you’ve created?

It’s got videos and articles to go with it, and you’re confident the right people will share it. But a social campaign is dead in the water if the content isn’t seen. You start to panic. You’ve rejected blasting as a method. Excellent, but now what? Which online connections should you target to help spread the word, and how?

A new service called re:fluence (which stands for “relevant influencers”) wants to be your go-to solution.

If you’ve heard of PRWeb.com and Klout.com, then you’ll understand the basic purpose of re:fluence. The technology combines the two ideas by giving you both a content distribution tool and a way to identify the people to help you distribute your content online. The platform combines content management features, analytics and topic-based search results in a proprietary “iScore”, or influence score.

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According to Founder Rob Wheeler, the platform will measure relevance of possible influencers who can help you spread your message based on content distribution and follower relationships. Users will have the ability to specify keywords, topics and tags to more accurately define who they wish to reach. The most on-topic social media influencers and their iScores are displayed. Content distribution takes place on the major social networks and through publisher partners.

Data scientists have been refining re:fluence’s algorithms for more than a year. Jon Bond, co-founder of the Kirshenbaum & Bond advertising agency, and one of Klout’s early adopters, is advising on product development and strategy.  A former Yahoo senior product marketing manager for small businesses and self-serve advertising will lead the way in business development.

In an email exchange Bond said:

“re:fluence is capable of fulfilling the promise of Klout to be the world’s most used influence tool.”

In an interview with Small Business Trends, Wheeler explains:

“This will be the new way to reach thought leaders because it’s not based on a broken model of influencer scoring, which is all the world has now. Our technology will completely change the way influence scoring happens.”

Wheeler said the platform will return better data over time, as it learns. He adds:

“If you’re a small business intimidated by ‘big data’, you should know software like ours can help. For example, a local caterer can use data as a springboard for strategy and finding the right social influencers, especially behaviorial data. And let’s face it, small businesses aren’t going to hire a data scientist. That’s where re:fluence comes in. Also, larger enterprises can integrate the API with their systems or use the dashboard to dig very deep into analytics and find thought leaders with iScores relevant to their topics. We’re happy to share why we’re so excited, and we encourage you to become one of our beta testers.”

The team is putting final touches on the technology and an app is scheduled for an October launch after API validation. re:fluence received Series A funding in March 2014 and is looking for additional funding. AviantLogic Inc., the company formed by the co-founders to offer the new service is based in New York City.

Users of re:fluence will be able to choose from a freemium plan or three paid options. Prices will be announced in the coming weeks. A limited number of beta accounts will be available soon. Parties interested in beta testing can sign up on refluence.com.

Editor’s note:  this article was updated to reflect that pricing is still being determined.

Images: Re:fluence

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Alex Yong


Alex Yong Alex Yong is a staff writer for Small Business Trends and a freelance writer from New York. He focuses on event reporting and other special assignments.

11 Reactions

  1. “Alex Yong is on the cutting edge of the movements, trends, and innovations in PR and his writing on the subject is masterful–I am so grateful when we have Alex on The Social Network Snow. –Jim Nico, CEO/Founder/SNi

  2. Looks promising. I’ll have to check it out.

  3. Great post Alex!
    On my way to the site now ;)

  4. Public relations and the way to reach/expand your company’s audience are changing faster than most small — and many large — businesses can manage. Thank you, Alex Yong, for sharing information about an innovative tool that might help give new life to the press release. I’m not usually much of a beta tester, but I’ve signed up.

  5. You continue to impress me Alex. You are the real deal and SBT is lucky to have you. With that said, I’m extremely interested in seeing what re:fluence has to offer. I’ve many questions and will be trying to become a beta tester.

    I’ve been using PRWeb / Vocus for me and my clients online marketing efforts for sometime now and they aren’t doing so hot after Google’s last Penguin update. I hope these guys offer a great service!

  6. Thanks Jim, Richard, Brian. I just hope users won’t try to game it, but then, that’s the way of the world, right? Gary Vaynerchuk jokingly (or semi jokingly) said marketers ruin everything. I would alter that to say it’s the tech-savvy ‘cheaters’ who are the ones ruining everything and I hope re:fluence reserves the right to ban users they deem nefarious

  7. Hi Adam and Katherine! I didn’t see your posts til a few seconds ago. Y’know what’s funny KK? In the past, a press release was meant for the press. But now it seems social media users *are* the press – I mean, just look at the subject matter of this article… If I’m not mistaken, members of the press will receive iScores, but so will everybody else it seems. Lines are blurring, corporations are puzzled and sizing each other up more than ever, dominoes are falling (e.g. Blackberry) – the whirlwind is really taking shape, isn’t it?

  8. This is like organized press release marketing. This is a good alternative to the old way of marketing press releases. It allows you to market the right content to the right audience.

  9. Sounds similar, in concept, to an offering by Precise in the UK. I wish re:influence well.

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