Some recommended steps if you are a beginner with FIBRES.
Note: Administrator or Trend Manager rights needed
If you have been invited to an existing account as a Read Only user or a Trend Scout, then some of these steps are out of your user rights. Ask your account Administrator(s) how to contribute!
1. Create your first Trend
As FIBRES is best for collecting, structuring, and making sense of written inputs, you should start with creating some findings.
The recommended first step is to create your first Trend – even if you don't a clear idea at this point what it should be about. Just try it out!
Later on, you might want to opt for automated inputs from public databases, commercial providers, or other sources, but adding findings yourself is a great way to start.
2. Add your Trend to the Radar
When you have your Trend open and scroll down a bit, you should find a section called Position on Radar. Here, you will see dropdown menus that reflect the structure of your Radar.
When you've selected a value from all dropdown menus, your trend will appear on the Radar. Simple as that! Click on View on Radar to see for yourself.
3. Install the web clipper
With your first Trend created manually and positioned to the Radar, it's time to look at some other ways to collect data for your futures intelligence.
A favourite feature for many FIBRES users is the web clipper. It allows you to save a copy of virtually any web page into your account – very handy for storing news articles, for example.
4. Add some Signals with the web clipper
Once you have the web clipper bookmark installed, think of a topic relevant to your business. Find 2-3 articles from anywhere on the open web about this topic.
Don't overthink the topics at this point. Think back to the last time you shared an interesting piece of news with a colleague and start there.
Here are a few sites to look at if nothing else comes to mind:
When you're viewing the articles, click on the Add to FIBRES bookmark to launch the web clipper. After a few short moments, you'll see the article added into your account as a Signal.
5. Link your Signals and Trend together
If you've followed the steps this far, you'll have at least one Trend and a few Signals in your account. It's time to try out linking!
You could, for example, link a Trend with a handful of Signals that support it, or create a Signal Cluster to summarize a bunch of Signals.
If you've written adequate descriptions, FIBRES might even suggest these linkages to you under AI Picks.
5. Find related articles with FIBRESEED
The more findings you save into FIBRES, the better the software understands what topics you are working with.
If you opted to include FIBRESEED in your free trial, you will see recommendations from FIBRESEED within every Signal, Signal Cluster, Trend, and Megatrend you create in FIBRES.
Use these recommendations to find completely new articles from sources that you wouldn't otherwise have found!