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Launching a new product feature is a lot like launching a rocket into space (minus the zero gravity): It’s exciting, it’s nerve-wracking, and it comes with a long list of prelaunch boxes you need to tick off.

But what about after a new feature is let loose in the wild?

You want to make sure it’s functioning properly, that people like it, and that it helps drive more customer eyeballs your way. That used to mean a lot of manual, time-consuming data mining, but not anymore.

In this playbook, we’ll show you how to zero in on conversations related to new feature releases, instantly get notified of user feedback, and track your power users at scale so you can maximize word-of-mouth marketing.

We have lift off 🚀

What you’ll need

Common Room (this is how we’ll find and track product conversations across digital channels—sign up for free to follow along)
Access to digital channels (in this example we’ll use Discord, GitHub, and Stack Overflow)

Step 1: Connect your digital channels to Common Room

First things first: We need to connect our data sources to Common Room to centralize our view of activity across digital channels. The more channels you connect, the more insights you’ll uncover.

That said, we want to pay special attention to channels where we know our product users congregate. In this case, that includes both owned channels (such as Discord) and unowned channels (such as GitHub and Stack Overflow).

💡 Common Room features dozens of natively built and fully managed integrations (plus a powerful API for added extensibility) that allow you to tap into conversations happening across popular social media networks, publishing platforms, and everything in between.

Let’s start by logging into Common Room, clicking through to Settings in the left sidebar (the little ⚙️ icon at the bottom), and navigating to Sources.

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Select Sources from Settings menu

First we’ll select Discord.

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Select Discord

Next we’ll authenticate our account and—just like magic—we’re connected 🪄

We’ll do the same thing for GitHub and Stack Overflow. No matter which data source you want to add, as long as you have an account of your own to authenticate, you’re good to go.

Okay, conversations from Discord, GitHub, and Stack Overflow are flowing into Common Room. Let’s dig into what people are saying about our newest feature release.

Step 2: Create a view for feature keywords

If you head back to the homepage and click on Activity in the left sidebar, you can get a bird’s eye view of all the conversations people are having across your connected channels.

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Select Activity

But we want to drill down into activity related to our new feature launch, so let’s get to it.

First we’ll click Sources and choose the ones we want to monitor.

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Select Sources

Next we’ll hit Add filter. Scroll on down to Keyword search and click it.

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Select Keyword search

Now let’s add our keywords. For this example, we’ll say we just launched a new product feature called “workflows.” This feature allows you to automate common tasks, so we’ll add “workflows” and “automation” to our keyword list.

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Add keywords

Click out of the dropdown menu and bam—you now have a view of all activity across your selected data sources that features your keywords.

You can easily scroll through this feed to find product feedback specific to your new feature, uncover bugs that need fixing, and (our favorite) spotlight users who love your product update.

💡 Common Room makes it easy to drill down into the activity you care about via auto-categories and sentiment filters. AI-powered language analysis helps you group activity into relevant categories (such as product questions) and determine whether it’s generally positive or negative.

Users who are shouting your praises from the rooftops not only provide you with credible, authentic customer proof, they’re ideal candidates for a case study or some other type of marketing initiative (maybe even a champions program).

💡 You can filter by keyword (and lots of other attributes) across all historical information recorded in Common Room, not just brand new feature releases. Dig into how users felt about previous feature launches and see what they’re saying about existing product lines today.

We can return to this feed and take a look at what’s new whenever we want 👀

Even better? We can instantly get notified every time there’s a new conversation about our product feature.

Step 3: Get alerted in real time

Let’s make sure we’re the first to know about any new product feedback.

Click Team alerts in the left sidebar and hit Create team alert.

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Select Team alerts

Now let’s decide which data sources will power our alert, what will set it off, and where notifications will go.

We can slice and dice how triggers are filtered—both by individual members and the organizations they work for—to make them as granular as we want. Eager to know about product complaints or appreciation from users who work at target accounts? No problem.

In this case, we want to know about any new activity in our connected channels that features our keywords. We’ll call this alert “Workflows alert” and make sure we get notified in our preferred internal Slack channel.

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Set Trigger, Filter, and Action criteria
💡 You can create team alerts based on numerous factors, including categories, sentiment and trending conversations. This makes it easy to keep tabs on positive and negative customer experiences, as well as which topics are driving the most interest across digital channels. You can also dig into both of these in Reporting and Activity, respectively.

Click Create alert and you’ll be instantly notified next time conversations about your new feature release bubble up 🫧

You’ve probably noticed that some users are more willing to give feedback than others—both positive and negative. These individuals are a great fit for beta testing and customer advocacy programs.

Let’s make it easier to find and engage them.

Step 4: Create a dedicated segment

By tracking and grouping together product users who regularly share their thoughts on new feature releases, we can quickly build a list of potential collaborators for our product development and marketing initiatives.

We’ll start by clicking into Segments in the left sidebar.

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Select Segments

Next we’ll select New segment and click Set up management rules—this is where we’ll determine how individuals are added to our segment.

Let’s say we want to create a segment for product users who seem like solid case study opportunities. We’ll filter for our keywords (“workflows” and “automation”) as well as positive sentiment.

Click Set criteria, add your data sources, select Add filter, and choose Keyword search (you can choose whether someone has to match all filters or only some filters in the dropdown menu to the right). Next, add the Sentiment filter and choose Positive.

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Select Sentiment filter
💡 Common Room lets you create custom tags defined by your team, such as ideal persona and ideal customer profile. Drill down into the attributes of your product users and their organizations using both prepopulated and customized filters to create highly specific segments.

We’re not using any reactive filters for this segment, so we can uncheck the auto-remove checkbox that says, “Remove any members from this segment who do not meet your auto-add criteria.”

You can preview which members will be added to your segment based on your criteria in the section below 🔍

We’ll hit Save and now any individuals who match our criteria will automatically be added to this segment. From here we can easily organize and take action across this user cohort, as well as click into individuals to understand who they are, where they’re located, where they work, and more.

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Analyze segment members
💡 You can automatically add and remove user tags—as well as update the status of someone in a segment—using workflows. Use prebuilt and customizable templates to quickly organize and engage segments at scale.

We can easily share this segment with our colleagues for customer outreach. But first let’s make sure we’re always up to date on new additions to our segment.

Scroll up to the Get notified dropdown menu and toggle on Member additions/removals. This way we'll get an email or Slack notification (we can choose which one in Notifications in the Settings menu) about new members, either in real time or as a daily digest.

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Select Get notified

Keeping up with our product superfans has never been easier.

Wrapping up

Now the feature launch countdown can begin 🥳

We’re ready to quickly dive into any product feedback, technical issues, user appreciation, and more.

T-minus 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….

Have a playbook idea in mind? Drop us a line. And if you haven’t already, test out Common Room yourself for free.

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