Boolean searches are helpful when you have more advanced search criteria. You create these searches yourself by writing statements using Boolean operators and characters.
To learn more, the article below will cover the following:
Take a look at this introductory video below from our Training Series. To see the full series, click here.
How do I use Boolean for better search results?
Are you receiving too many irrelevant mentions? Perhaps you would like to find industry-specific terms, news or listings and are not sure where to start? Boolean searches will pinpoint what you are looking for.
Boolean operators define relationships between keywords and exclude irrelevant mentions. Once you know how to construct them, you can start experimenting with your own queries.
For example, you may want to find content about start-ups in Stockholm.
Start-ups and Stockholm.
Now you need to narrow down your search by industry. The /10 is a customisable parameter that specifies the proximity of your keywords to each other. By using this parameter, it will ensure that the keywords are contextually relevant. A value of 10 stipulates that your search terms appear within 10 words of each other. Enter any numerical value as you see fit.
(tech or software) near/10 start-ups near/20 Stockholm.
Lastly, you want to exclude all mentions of mobile.
((tech or software) near/10 start-ups near/20 Stockholm) not mobile.
This query phrase searches for any mention of tech or software within 10 words of start-ups. This search string needs to be within 20 words of Stockholm. All mentions of mobile have been blocked out.
Armed with a complete list of Boolean operators you can now create your own highly targeted searches. Follow the directions to get started in Meltwater!
Build a Boolean Search:
To build a Boolean search, start in the Search tab. You will then select one of the two content types - News or Social - in the search box drop-down. The default selection is News. Next, select Advanced Search, write your Boolean search query and click Update Search Results to review your content or Save to revisit your search at a later date.
We hope you enjoy using Boolean as much as we do!