Cannes Lions 2017: Insights Analysis


Right Relevance (RR) provides curated information and intelligence on ~50 thousand topics. This includes:

  • Topic relationships including related topics & semantic information like synonyms.
  • Topical influencers (~2.5M) with score and rank.
  • Topical content and information in the form of articles, videos and conversations.

Additionally, Right Relevance provides an Insights offering that combines the above Topics and Influencers information with real time conversations to provide actionable intelligence with visualizations to enable decision making. The Insights service is applicable to events like elections, brands, emerging technologies, issues/activism, conferences, product launches etc.

This report is a summary of graph analysis of engagements and conversations including retweets, mentions and replies of related to Cannes Lions 2017 from June 17th to June 24th.

Data & Duration

The report leverages tweets sampled from June 17th to June 25th 2017 and along with Right Relevance topics, topical communities’ and articles data form the basis for the analysis.

The phrases used for gathering tweets are [“canneslions”, “cannes lions”, “canneslions2017”, “2017canneslions”]

Most of the summary report is extracted from the analysis collateral in the form of:

  1. Tableau Online Dashboard
  2. Gephi Communities Graph Visual: Extracts are shown below.

For access to Tableau and the complete graph please send email to

The analysis methodology is outlined at

Communities Graph

Community detection graph algorithms like Walktrap and InfoMap are used to identify communities (as sub-graphs) in our engagements graph built using Neo4j & R. Graph visualizations are done via Gephi.

Overall conversation map which includes mentions, replies, retweets, quoted tweets looks like this.

Figure 1: ‘Cannes Lions’ All Engagements Gephi Graph

For Zoomable clickable link here.

Even with this small volume of tweets there are clear patterns and communities visible and some very obvious early ‘performers’ beyond the obvious ones who get the vast majority of the official publicity.

The Retweets-only graph shows the most important user accounts more clearly.

Figure 2: ‘Cannes Lions’ RTs-only Gephi Graph

For Zoomable clickable link here.

If we leave the main Cannes_Lions user account in the graph, it totally dominates the conversation. We can correct for this kind of effect by excluding the account from the graph.

Top Tweets

The top 3 tweets show heavy and successful engagement by Ogilvy at Cannes Lions.

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Topical Influence: Tribes

Measuring influence is not deterministic. It’s a subjective task with numerous different methodologies and is generally relatively dynamic and ephemeral in nature. Right Relevance platform measures users/accounts influence in 2 distinct ways: topical & engagement-based.

Right Relevance algorithmically mines web content and social media at scale to determine topics and influencers and produce a measure of influence per topic termed as ‘topical influence’. Unstructured text, network connections, social signals along with semantic data, ML, NLP are leveraged to produce two sets of information; a set of ‘structured topics’ (~50K) with semantic information and; a connected graph of scored ranked influencers for each of these structured topics we call topical influencers’ or Tribes.

‘Cannes Lions’ is a structured topic in the Right Relevance platform with the following metadata (fig 3) returned by the RR Topics Metadata API of the RR API offering.

Figure 3: Metadata for RR structured topic ‘Cannes Lions’

The top related topics include ad agencies, advertising, adland, ad networks, chief marketing oficer, marketing communications, creative directions, digital strategy and public relations.

Fig 3 also provides a list of the top 10 Right Relevance ‘Cannes Lions’ Tribe influencers including Contagious (@contagious), Ogilvy & Mather (@Ogilvy), AKQA (@AKQA), Alex Bogusky (@bogusky), Jonathan Mildenhall (@Mildenhallalong others. The top 10 domains where influencers post about ‘Cannes Lions’ include and

Engagements-based Influence: Flocks

Right Relevance ‘engagement influence’ measures are calculated by applying a set of graph analysis algorithms, including PageRank and Betweenness Centrality.

The quality and quantity of engagements (RTs, mentions, replies), reach of tweets etc. are measured within the context of a subject (event, trend etc.). to measure Flock influence. The meaning of rankings within this methodology are documented at Twitter Conversation Performance Measures.

Top PageRank & Top Overall Influence

The first two lists (fig 4) are of the top 30 accounts by Overall & PageRank measures.

Overall rank is an ensemble normalized rank to reduce the skew towards users with large numbers of followers or a single tweet having a large number of engagements/RTs (often referred to as becoming ‘viral’).

Figure 4: Top 30 users by Overall & PageRank

Unsurprisingly, Cannes Lions (@Cannes_Lions) is the top by both PageRank and Overall measures. Khai (@ThamKhaiMeng), Adweek (@Adweek), Ogilvy & Mather(@Ogilvy) and Ad Age (@adageround up the top 5.

Twitter (@Twitterand Twitter Marketing (@TwitterMktg) figure among the top 10 as Twitter engaged heavily (#twitterbeach and #twitterterrace among top hashtags) and won the Grand Prix for traditional outdoor. Dropbox (@Dropbox) also is among the top 10 as it sponsored Cannes Lions. Among non agencies, Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest), Demi Lovato (@ddlovato), Christine Lagarde (@Lagarde) and Sheryl Sandberg (@sherylsandberg) feature among the top.

Top Connectors: Betweenness Centrality

One of the most reliably useful and interesting measures is ‘Top Connectors’. Fig 5 shows the top 30 accounts by this measure, which is on ‘Betweenness Centrality’ algorithm.

Betweenness centrality, which is a measure of the degree to which a node forms a bridge or critical link between all other users. We use this as a measure of influence wrt value in being information and/or communication hubs.

Figure 5: Top 30 Connectors

Cannes Lions (@Cannes_Lions) is again the top account. Ogilvy & Mather (@Ogilvy) and Khai (@ThamKhaiMeng) are among the top 10 again as Ogilvy engaged heavily and successfully. Campaign (@Campaignmag), The Female Quotient (@weareTFQ), Cindy Gallop (@cindygallop), WPP (@WPP), Adweek (@Adweek), Havas (@havas) and OMD Worldwide (@OMD_Worldwide) round up the top 10.

Interesting FLOCKS

The engagements or “flocking” in the context of a subject (topic, event etc.) can lead to building of temporal communities with local influence that is not obvious by the standalone influence of the individuals or without the context of the event. The subgraphs aka communities formed by applying community detection graph algorithms are termed as ‘Flocks’.

Flocks generally align well with the subgraphs aka communities noted in the graph. As seen in the all engagements and RTs-only graphs (Fig 1 & 2), there is one primary user account in the center with overwhelming engagement with several active smaller inter-connected communities on the edges of the circle.

Note: Flocks are named after the account with the highest PageRank in the flock.

Some interesting flocks are outlined below.

Flock: ‘KetchumPR’

The 1st flock, tagged ‘KetchumPR’, looks highly PR and marketing communications focused as is obvious from hashtags like #pr #houseofpr #welovepr #prlions and RR topics like ‘public relations’, ‘marketing communications’. London and New York City are the top 2 locations for this flock.

Figure 6: Trending Terms, Hashtags & RR Topics for flock ‘KetchumPR’

Ketchum (@KetchumPR), Laura Dern (@LauraDern), Grace Helbig (@gracehelbig), Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) and PRWeek UK (@prweekuknews) form the top 5 users of this flock.

Figure 7: Top Users for flock ‘KetchumPR’

The flock can be visualized in the graph snapshot below.

Figure 8: Gephi graph snapshot for flock ‘KetchumPR’



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