As you know, you have the possibility to create both Basic Alerts (based on keywords) or Advanced Alerts (using boolean language) through Mention. Let's discover together how to set properly the Advanced ones.
1. Add a new Alert
To get started, you will need to select in the left column at the bottom the option Add a new Alert. You can also create the first alert directly when you access the platform for the first time.
2. Select the Advanced Alert option
You will find the below screen, where you will need to select the bar Advanced Alert. The options on the top would otherwise bring you to the Basic Alert settings.
3. Discover the Advanced Alerts settings display
Now you will find on the left side the space where you can list your keywords (Boolean Query), with two other tabs for Monitored Pages and Blocked Websites.
On the right side of the page you can give your Alert a name or choose the source types you want to monitor.
4. Define your keywords
On the first tab you can start listing the keywords you want to monitor using our available boolean operators to define whether the keywords should be monitored separately, in pairs or any other way. In the below example the keywords are separately monitored using the 'OR' operator.
5. Choose the pages that you want to monitor
Monitored Pages on the second tab are not related to your search terms on the first tab, this is important to keep in mind. That tab serves to pick up posts and comments from Social Media profiles or reviews from a number of review websites that we can search. You can find the list of review pages here.
6. List your Blocked Websites
On the Blocked Website tab you can list any url that you would not like to see mentions from even if they include your keywords. For example you can list any job posting websites there if you don't wish to see results from them. The limited on how many websites your can block is 1000 pages.
7. Name your Alert
Pick a name for your alert. You can edit the name any time in the future.
8. Select the Sources that you want to monitor
You can select among the sources from the drop down which ones you want to monitor. One thing to pay attention to, is that Video in Boolean alerts won't include Youtube results, those are only available in Basic Alerts.
9. Activate the Historical Data
Historical Data enables you to go back up to May 2016 to collect web mentions related to the topic you are interested in.
This is an add-on feature. If you have it included in your subscription you can switch on the Activate history option and select a period of time.
10. Preview option
The preview option next to the save button can be used before saving an Alert to have an estimation on how many mentions your Alert would have collected in the previous 30 days based on current search terms. It can be used as to avoid exceeding your monthly quota before saving the query.
11. Save your alert
After all of that you can save your new alert!