January ’08 Commentary: Scotch Whisky 100

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Headlines:
Another Islay whisky tops Scotch Whisky 100, well done to Lagavulin.

Macallan keeps steady in the top 5 with Laphroaig re-joining at no.2.

Fettercairn makes a surprise top 5 placing.

Further commentary:

Whyte & Mackay brands of The Dalmore and Fettercairn make the top 5. Fettercairn could be seen as a surprise brand inclusion. Last month it was Tobermory inclusion in the top 5 that produced a few comments which we thank you for. With Tobermory it was not mentioned that many times in blogs but when it did, it scored high. Fettercairn is different, it is scoring real high on number of mentions and when it is mentioned in context, it score really well too. Be interesting to know why the online community has sparked such interest?

The volatility of movement in the top 30 is less marked than Decembers index. We still have new entries with Highland Park and Speyside Distillers. These two brands present a challenge: both the words, Highland and Speyside are used in a much wider context than a bottle of whisky, i.e. regions of Scotland or referring to the Scottish mountains etc. For the Scotch Whisky 100 we want to score these two brands words on their whisky context and this month we have included them as we apply a new scoring technique to our service.

Positive Scoring of a brand:

We score brands on the frequency they appear online and score them on the context they appear. The scoring is based upon these following words coming up in context of a whisky brand:

malt
single
skye
speyside
whiskey
whisky
blend

dram
favorite
favourite
good
great
highland
islay
like
happy
positive
scotch

These words are: words to name whisky, whisky regions and positive words to do with the whisky experience.

We are building a more sophisticated scoring model, if you have ideas on that please get in touch. Also, remember the Scotch Whisky 100 is deigned to give an industry wide, consistent view of whisky conversations. The scoring words can be personalized for each brand, we have done that and for that service we offer a paying service.

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2 Responses to “January ’08 Commentary: Scotch Whisky 100”

  1. mike Says:

    Where abouts do you look to get the scoring from – I’ve been messing about with something similar which looks at Google, Google News and Google Blog search and looks for new mentions words and tracks their growth over time – are there any other places I should be using like technorati or wordpress tags etc?
    TY

  2. healthxy Says:

    Hi Mike

    mepath.com lets the data from the blogs determine the scoring context, this is what our data mining technique does. Given this context, we select words that are important, I list those for the Scotch Whisky 100 in the posting above to score against that context.

    As for sources, all places where people author stories are important, blogging platforms to social networks. Blog search engines will help you find those places but only services like mepath are able to extract the context of those conversations.

    Feel free to email james (at) mepath.com

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