At the top of your Agility screen select ‘Monitor’, then New Search.

In the search fields begin by entering keywords that you want to use for a topic search. Terms that contain more than one word should be placed between quotation marks, e.g. “Buckingham Palace”. Hit Enter once you have typed each word.

  • ANY SEARCH: Enter keywords or phrases into the "Any of these Words" section to look for content that includes one, some or all key terms provided; these words or phrases generally expand a search to bring back more results. In the screenshot below, the search will return all articles that contain ANY one, two or all of the terms “Amazon Music Unlimited”, “Spotify” or “Apple Music”.
  • ALL SEARCH: Enter keywords or phrases into "All of these words" to retrieve content that must include all key words and phrases in this field; this typically narrows a search so that you retrieve very narrow results. In the screenshot below, the search will only return articles that contain ALL of the terms “Amazon Music Unlimited”, “Spotify” and “Apple Music”.
  • COMBINING ANY AND ALL SEARCHES: By using both the ANY and ALL fields you can search for terms that must be returned in combination with a choice of terms, one or all of which need to be present.

In the screenshot below “Amazon Music Unlimited” and “UK” must be present in an article for it to be returned, in addition to either “Spotify” or “Apple Music”.

  • NONE SEARCH: Enter keywords or phrases into the "Contains NONE of these words" field to block keywords you don't want to have in your results.The screenshot below will return articles that contain “Amazon Music Unlimited” and “UK” and “Spotify” but will exclude any articles that mention “Apple Music”.

Once you have entered your search terms you can View Results and then save the topic or apply further instructions to the search, See below for a list of further options.

When you view results, if they match your expectations, go to the “Actions” drop-down menu and click “Save Topic for Monitoring.”  This will allow you to “lock in” the search for future monitoring of that topic.

Find out what you can do with the results by reading How do I receive monitoring results via email? and How do I save my monitoring clips and create a Clipbook?

DISCOVER RELATED CONCEPTS: In the “Discover Related Concepts” drop down menu, you can add related concepts, people or companies to your terms that you had not previously thought of. Make your selections and click “Add to My Search” when done. If you have added additional Keyword Groups, any related concepts you select will be added to the blue receipt above, not to individual keyword groups.

KEYWORD GROUPS are explained here.

CASE SENSITIVITY: Agility does not have case sensitivity limitations for topic searches; results returned will include mentions of the keyword(s) in any case, regardless of whether the search was entered in upper or lower case.

WILDCARD OPERATORS: Wild card operators allow you to search for variations of a word without having to include each one as a separate search term.

Two wildcard operators can be used: a single character wildcard (?) and a multi-character wildcard (*).

A single character wildcard search looks for terms that match the input keyword with variations where the single character wildcard is replaced with any alphabetical character.  You can use multiple instances of the wildcard in the same search term, either adjacently or not.

e.g. "reali?ed"
Will return matches with: realized, realised

The multi-character wildcard works the same way except it will find matches for any number of contiguous characters where the * is placed.

e.g. " bio* "
Will match with: biology, biological, biometric, biotechnology, biodiversity, etc.

Please note that wildcard searches may not work on articles from Facebook or Twitter.

Language - By default, all languages will be monitored. If you wish to change this, select the languages you require.
Media Type - Depending on the media available to you, you can refine your topic to monitor all or some media types.
Sources - You can include or exclude any individual, outlet or website.
Sentiment - Applies only to English, French or Spanish.
Date range - Default is 24 hours. Most content can be monitored back 6 months but this may be shorter for social, print and broadcast media.

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