How to get started

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.

Step-by-step instructions for creating a Trend → 

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2. Add your Trend to the Radar

Now that you have your first Trend, it's time to position it to the Radar. When you set up your account, you chose between an impact radar and a domain 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.

Step-by-step instructionrs for positioning your Trend on the Radar → 

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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.

How to install the web clipper → 

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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.

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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!

Linking is a feature that lets you to connect related items together. It's a handy way to visualize connections and start forming a bigger picture of the topics you're working with.

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.

Step-by-step instructions for creating linkages → 

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 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!

Step-by-step instructions for adding inputs from FIBRESEED →