Newswire vs. Meltwater

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Newswire
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
ACCESS Newswire is a press release distribution platform that helps clients increase their online visibility and web presence. It provides premier syndication to leading news outlets. The solution aims to empower clients with a variety of solutions to suit any budget.
$299
per month
Meltwater
Score 6.7 out of 10
N/A
Meltwater Media Intelligence platform is a set of public relations software tools for media monitoring, social media monitoring, and collecting brand insights. The four areas of functionality are Monitor, Analyze, Distribute, and Engage. (Note that this product combines features from the vendor Meltwater's former Buzz, Press, and News products.)N/A
Pricing
NewswireMeltwater
Editions & Modules
Newswire Digital
$299
single PR
Newswire Digital Plus
$549
single PR
Newswire State
$599
single PR
Newswire National
$799
single PR
Newswire Canada
$899
single PR
Newswire UK
$899
single PR
Newswire Financial
$899
single PR
Newswire Asia
$1,299
single PR
Newswire Latin America
$1,299
single PR
Newswire Global
$1,999
single PR
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NewswireMeltwater
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsBulk discounts available
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Community Pulse
NewswireMeltwater
Considered Both Products
Newswire
Chose Newswire
They are competitive in pricing and offer similar products. Each platform has their own key features though that they excel in.
Chose Newswire
They're all the same, but Newswire connects with our SAAS tool, making it an easy choice.
Chose Newswire
Newswire is affordable compared to the other products in this segment and very user-friendly. The onboarding process is quick, simple, and smooth and the product is entirely self-serve. Others have strict guidelines for content review and take time and support intervention for …
Chose Newswire
Night and day, so glad we found Newswire. Never had an account manager before and Tori has been very honest and genuine when helping us.
Chose Newswire
Newswire is more affordable than most of the products that I’ve used in the past. One of the things about Newswire is that you don’t need to have a subscription to use it and the cost is not prohibitive. They still offer good distribution services. They don’t have additional …
Chose Newswire
I feel like their distribution and pricing structure were a little more confusing, and the platforms were clunky. That said, I haven't used either of these other wire services in 5 years since I started exclusively using Newswire.
Chose Newswire
Newswire is great for distribution. I haven't used much other functionality within the tool, so there are listening capabilities in Meltwater that were pretty useful. And for Cision, their monitoring capability is pretty nice. Newswire would be more powerful in my use cases if …
Chose Newswire
Meltwater is a great platform for more involved media intelligence, monitoring, and even social media engagement and monitoring. It also comes with a hefty price tag to reflect the more robust functionality, and it was simply overkilled for our current business needs. PR …
Meltwater
Chose Meltwater
I was looking for a full-service option. I did some research. What really sold me was the presentation. They offered products that were helpful, and I wasn’t even aware of them. It is more expensive than the other products that are out there, but you get more. The other …
Top Pros
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Score 7.2 out of 10
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Score 7.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Cision Communications Cloud
Cision Communications Cloud
Score 7.2 out of 10
Newswire
Newswire
Score 8.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Cision Communications Cloud
Cision Communications Cloud
Score 7.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
NewswireMeltwater
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(106 ratings)
5.3
(72 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(8 ratings)
8.0
(9 ratings)
Usability
8.8
(106 ratings)
2.2
(3 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.9
(7 ratings)
7.5
(28 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.9
(4 ratings)
6.1
(2 ratings)
Configurability
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
5.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
5.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
NewswireMeltwater
Likelihood to Recommend
Issuer Direct Corporation
As a general rule, press releases announcing an event are more effective than product or corporate business deals press releases. This may be because events are people-centered and tend to be one of a kind. The interest in a new product, unless it is an upgrade to an existing product line or service, attracts little attention. There are exceptions; if, for example, there is an outbreak of some pathogen and the company is working on a solution, then interest is higher. News has to be related to current concerns.
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Meltwater
Meltwater is well-suited for agencies that have an engagement team who is looking to service a variety of client needs such as social media reporting, public relations outreach, and community management. If you're looking to have a platform serve just one need, you can still use Meltwater but will get more bang for your buck if you are needing a variety of tools.
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Pros
Issuer Direct Corporation
  • Communication via video calls and emails. They were responsive to any questions we had.
  • Provided all the information we needed to make the decision to move forward. They had the materials around what publications and news outlets they could get into for us.
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Meltwater
  • Media research - you can search for relevant publications and journalists to add to your media list.
  • Earned media coverage - you can search for coverage of your brand and find news stories that also include data that may be useful (how many people did the story reach for example).
  • Building media lists - if you have no current existing list, you can build and export one in Excel for example.
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Cons
Issuer Direct Corporation
  • The editorial process was always very hard on our sale releases. Even if we followed the same structure we used to with PR Wire they would flag it as advertorial.
  • The option for video is nice but would be better to actually embed it into a part of the release versus just floating at the bottom.
  • Would be interesting for them to share more industry-specific releases or give the option to only get emails on specific industries. The E-blasts are always too general.
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Meltwater
  • The dashboards are not user-friendly, customizable (color, font size, etc.), or worthy of presenting to a client. All of the insights from a dashboard get pulled from the platform and placed into a more client-friendly presentation.
  • Paywalls for certain publications connected to who-knows-what. DowJones racket limits media monitoring capabilities and results in manual searches for a growing number of publications.
  • TVeyes, the broadcast monitoring arm of the media monitoring capabilities, just needs TLC and to become more client-facing. Currently, the links produced to share clips look sketchy, and they have a relatively short shelf life.
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Likelihood to Renew
Issuer Direct Corporation
Newswire is simple to use and the pricing is fair. The company's network for press releases is not as large as some competitors but seems to have the best reach at a comparable price point. Newswire also offers quality support for customers, which can be hard to find in this space.
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Meltwater
Meltwater works well for our organization and has allowed us to meet our internal goals. We are always open to new products and services that may be able to provide similar or better features; however, our experience has been that many of Meltwater's competitors are not up to the task.
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Usability
Issuer Direct Corporation
Simple step-by-step process to get your news out to the world. Easy to understand process and explanation as you go through the steps. Each upgrade does have a charge, but it's pretty visible. Once you get familiar with their platform and systems, it becomes fairly easy to use to get your news published. It's also nice how quickly you are able to get the news out and published in the places you choose.
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Meltwater
Once you get some basic training it's pretty easy to use. I would like to see training manuals, or instructional videos to help me explore features I'm not currently using.
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Reliability and Availability
Issuer Direct Corporation
It was available for immediate use
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Meltwater
No answers on this topic
Performance
Issuer Direct Corporation
It seemed to be okay overall an we plan on continuing to use it as we expand
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Meltwater
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Issuer Direct Corporation
Any time I’ve had a question or needed assistance, I’ve been able to get in contact with a Newswire representative within a short amount of time. Their attention to customer satisfaction is impeccable, and they definitely go out of their way to ensure they can be of assistance to the best of their ability!
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Meltwater
Our account rep at Meltwater went dark for a long time. Then, a couple of weeks ago, our new account manager reached out to set up a meeting. Apparently, they had a big shakeup in the company, and there were some personnel changes. Our new account rep was great in discussing the platform's capabilities that were available to us and even offered to schedule a follow-up meeting with his technical team to introduce our new social media team members to the platform and how it could help them with their jobs.
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In-Person Training
Issuer Direct Corporation
No answers on this topic
Meltwater
Again, really in-depth and helpful for a program that is really easy to use.
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Online Training
Issuer Direct Corporation
No answers on this topic
Meltwater
Walked step by step through program. Very informative on a program that doesn't require much training.
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Implementation Rating
Issuer Direct Corporation
It is a very simple product to get started using, particularly for press releases. I have no used the other functionality so I can't say for sure how easy or difficult that might be, but my guess is that the way the platform is built makes it easy for anybody to get started.
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Meltwater
You are only allowed 15 users, so make sure you've identified who will have access to use the tool.
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Alternatives Considered
Issuer Direct Corporation
Newswire hands-down beats these other platforms based on their unique price-to-feature-set ratio. We couldn't find a better value and user experience on any of these other platforms when we went through our discovery and evaluation process. All in all, we are very happy with the team and platform at Newswire.
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Meltwater
I was looking for a full-service option. I did some research. What really sold me was the presentation. They offered products that were helpful, and I wasn’t even aware of them. It is more expensive than the other products that are out there, but you get more. The other companies are good, but Meltwater Media Intelligence is more full service.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Issuer Direct Corporation
I did not purchase, I only purchased the per use newswire options
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Meltwater
No answers on this topic
Scalability
Issuer Direct Corporation
I have not really used this software feature to the level to scale at this point
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Meltwater
No answers on this topic
Professional Services
Issuer Direct Corporation
I did not really use professional services other than the customer support did answer some questions from time to time
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Meltwater
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Issuer Direct Corporation
  • In a new technology area, Newswire has helped us build brand recognition.
  • During the pressures put on Healthcare over the past COVID periods our presence in the Marketplace have been difficult to maintain. Newswire has been key in our efforts.
  • When medical imaging AI tools exploded on the scene three years ago, there were over 150 vendors at conferences. Those that didn't promote with tools like Newswire and now gone.
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Meltwater
  • As a PR firm, we rely on the media databases that [Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform] supplies to deliver the media exposure that they expect from us.
  • We utilize their tracking of media hits for our overall reporting to our clients.
  • Both of these are advantageous in helping us to not only keep our existing clients happy but also to gain new clients (and, in turn - revenue), as well.
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