Klout today announced separate partnership deals with Badgeville, a provider of gamification solutions for businesses, and Simply Measured, a social media analytics company, to bring its tools that measure a person’s level of thought leadership and influence in social media to more brands.
Badgeville, maker of the Behavior Platform, will now include users’ Klout scores to surface and reward influencers across a brand’s online communities.
Badgeville's clients rely on Badgeville to identify, reward, and promote brand advocates and quality contributors via social rank and reputation systems. The partnership enables Badgeville customers to incorporate Klout scores to enrich their gamification programs, maximizing social media influence and advocacy, rewarding users that are most likely to impact loyalty, engagement, and commerce metrics, as well as social sharing and referrals.
"Our goal is to empower every user by unlocking their influence. Being integrated into Badgeville's Behavior Platform is a great way for Klout to help organizations identify and reward top influencers in their community, and Klout has a unique set of information to help them do that," said Joe Fernandez, CEO of Klout, in a statement.
Badgeville provides reputation analysis based on behaviors performed on a brand's Web and mobile sites. The integration will be distributed by Badgeville, and initially for the first half of 2012, will be delivered to Badgeville customers at no incremental cost.
"Enterprise leaders require innovative ways to identify the most influential and social online customers and employees. Klout's influence-ranking technology adds another layer of intelligence by enabling our clients to increase online engagement by more accurately and efficiently identifying which customers carry the greatest influence, and in turn, provide the greatest business value," said Kris Duggan, Badgeville’s CEO, in a statement.
The other deal with Simply Measured will yield a new reporting suite for brands. The collaboration between Klout and Simply Measured will help brands leverage Klout's data in context with other social media metrics and measure how influencers impact social media programs.
“For businesses growing their investment in social media, influence is top of mind in 2012. We’ve had a flood of requests from brands asking for more detailed reporting in this area. With Klout's industry-leading data and scoring methodology, we are now able to provide customers with the coverage, depth, and reporting needed to understand influence,” said Simply Measured’s CEO, Adam Schoenfeld, in a statement “These new reports bring Klout data to everything from audience analysis to competitive benchmarking and brand monitoring.”
“Klout is the standard for influence and we’re focused on bringing this standard to consumers and brands alike,” Fernandez added. “This partnership helps brands understand and act on Klout metrics through Simply Measured’s easy-to-use reporting tools.”