Agency Analytics vs. Cision Communications Cloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Agency Analytics
Score 8.3 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Reporting software designed specifically for marketing agencies, boasting over 5,000 agencies as users of AgencyAnalytics for reports and live marketing dashboards. It can report on SEO, PPC, call tracking, social media, email marketing, and more with 60+ integrations. The solution aims to displace spreadsheets and help users grow their agencies, and is presented as an easy-to-use reporting software that just works the way it is needed to. It is available to try out through a 14-day…
$60
per month
Cision Communications Cloud
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
CIsion Communications Cloud is used for identifying key media and influencers, connecting with audiences, monitoring traditional and social media, and analyzing outcomes.N/A
Pricing
Agency AnalyticsCision Communications Cloud
Editions & Modules
Freelancer
$12
per month per client campaign (minimum 5 client campaigns)
Agency
$18
per month per client campaign (minimum 10 client campaigns)
Enterprise
contact for enterprise pricing
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Agency AnalyticsCision Communications Cloud
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsWhat is a Client Campaign? A client campaign represents a client (their website and integrations).
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We identified Agency Analytics as the most well-rounded software for our agency’s needs. The platform was reasonably priced and included integrations for SEO, paid search, paid social, and organic social. Having reporting and tools for all major marketing channels will be …

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Score 8.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.2 out of 10
Newswire
Newswire
Score 8.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Alteryx
Alteryx
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 6.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Agency AnalyticsCision Communications Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(15 ratings)
8.5
(279 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(17 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(53 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.8
(4 ratings)
9.0
(192 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Agency AnalyticsCision Communications Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
AgencyAnalytics
Agency Analytics has made the overall marketing procedure quite effective, where all the approaches have been brought into a single dashboard for the purpose of easy and quick functionality. [I] highly recommended analytic software for better growth of your company.
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Cision
For a small start-up, the cost-benefit to add lift to press releases [and] particular milestone accomplishments is definitely there with the Cision [Communications] Cloud. Much of what we do, by necessity, is done internally without the benefit of outsourced press folks, so the Cision [Communications] Cloud ease of use and reporting is very important.
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Pros
AgencyAnalytics
  • Agency Analytics has the capability of connecting with web analytical solutions.
  • Besides, the application conducts both local and global SEO, perfecting the ranking of our company.
  • The tool facilitates the black-link management for SEO purposes.
  • Lastly, the customer support addresses all problems that clients face daily.
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Cision
  • Their upgraded press release templates and ability [to] pull in an entire, completed release makes the [process] faster and easier, and allows for more graphics, such as company mastheads, [are done well].
  • The media tracking offers the ability to find relevant placements across the entire country.
  • The journalist database streamlines the process of finding relevant reporters to directly connect [to] on news releases that are relevant to their beats.
  • The process of setting up, creating, and distributing a release is seamless, easy to use, and not labor-intensive.
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Cons
AgencyAnalytics
  • Would like to see the stars feature to bring keywords to the top of the report have 1 click to remove all stars that were checked off previously.
  • Would love to have a feature to track how clients are ranking for keywords; currently only shows the # of keywords ranking in the top 10 positions of Google but doesn't show the actual keywords for each competitor.
  • Would extremely love to see a feature where the keywords can be viewed/filtered by position; for example page 1 of Google only, page 2 of Google only.
  • Would love to see a keyword tool to check keyword rankings or search volume for specific keywords; similar to Google's keyword planner.
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Cision
  • In the media influencer database, the classic Cision allowed us to do a zip code radius search to really drill down to the neighborhood level. That's because we do localized media advisories and press releases for events at neighborhood schools. One part of a big city like Chicago really doesn't care what's happening in another part of Chicago that's too far away. The zip code radius search was a feature in the classic Cision but not with the current Cision Communications Cloud. We've asked for this to be restored several times, but nothing's happened. In fact, we were told to use DMA — which actually goes wider in a search (bigger than a city), not more narrow as needed. This reflects a basic misunderstanding of what we need.
  • Another missing feature involves a merge field when sending out an email press release through Cision. This is the "select insert field" button in the upper right that's used to personalize a release with the media contact's name and other information. This is key for localization of the release. Many media outlets won't run a release unless it's local. While "county" is a feature in the influencer database when putting together a media list in Cision, "county" is not available to insert into a press release as a merge field. Counties are important because this is how many newspapers and health departments are organized and identify themselves. I've asked for this to be implemented, to no avail. As a workaround, we've had to use "contact city" or "outlet city."
  • After refining a media list in Cision using filters, I've had to download the list and take it offline to see the big picture, screen for duplicates, etc. While there is a button on the bottom left intended to help with this, it doesn't do the trick. That's because there may be multiple contacts with the same email address. In addition, one media contact may represent numerous media outlets, so this same contact could show up several times. It would be nice to have a better way to see the whole list online and eliminate both duplicates as well as those who previously opted out.
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Likelihood to Renew
AgencyAnalytics
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Cision
While I am happy with the product performance overall, TrendKite's recent merger with Cision is cause for concern. When we first signed on with TrendKite, I spoke with several users and the best response I received was that the company was a startup and we could expect there to be hiccups along the way as the company grew and the platform got more robust. That has certainly been the case. However, now that they have merged with Cision — a company that has grown too fast, has not focused on improving its product and has poor customer service — I have concerns that TrendKite will lose some of the qualities that have made it a great company and great product to work with.
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Usability
AgencyAnalytics
No answers on this topic
Cision
The flexibility and customization of Cision Communications Cloud (TrendKite)* is among its most important features. Changing the dashboards, using keywords in the saved searches to pull out the best stories and the integration with marketing automation tools gives me confidence that I will able to continue using this tool well into the future. The future implementation and integration of the media contact database will complete the suite, making list management and email marketing programs much smoother. *This review was written before Cision acquired TrendKite. TrendKite is now part of Cision Communications Cloud.
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Reliability and Availability
AgencyAnalytics
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Cision
Easily accessible 24/7.
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Performance
AgencyAnalytics
No answers on this topic
Cision
Generally, Cision performs well day to day, but it's got some annoying bugs that slow down usage/require user workarounds which is inefficient. More seriously, a few months ago, as a result of a major system upgrade, certain critical functionality was not working and I was unable to use the service for more than a day when I had time-sensitive work to execute
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Support Rating
AgencyAnalytics
They are always on top/ahead of the curve. There has never been a time where I haven't had the platform work professionally when I needed it. They stand behind a top-quality product. It's easy to support something when they put hard work into development and maintenance.
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Cision
For Cision TrendKite in particilar, support always responded, but it was sometimes slow. For some of our booleans and search queries, we would need help refining and excluding terms/phrases that weren't relevant to our client or campaign. This sometimes took 1-2 days just to get a response back, which sometimes was too late when a last-minute report was due. This was only with the support staff, not necessarily our customer success manager or sales rep.
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Online Training
AgencyAnalytics
No answers on this topic
Cision
The online training sessions available for the Cision Communications Cloud are helpful and informative. There's more than one option - initially, I signed up for the live webinar classes on basic functions and that is what I recommend other new users do as well. If I have specific questions or something I want to learn more about, I can search the online database and find article or online training videos to get the information I need.
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Implementation Rating
AgencyAnalytics
No answers on this topic
Cision
There is no implementation at the customer's end so this doesn't really apply to my instance of Cision (possibly to all instances of it).
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Alternatives Considered
AgencyAnalytics
This is my first experience with a tool like Agency Analytics because I don't have a digital marketing background. My background is in sales, but I quickly realized that Agency Analytics is a selling point for prospective and existing clients. We also use Ahrefs and Semrush, but having access to AA is extremely valuable.
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Cision
It's a similar product. I think Meltwater sells itself as being a bit more niche, but I have not found many significant differences between Meltwater and Cision. Meltwater's sales process is a very high pressure and their prices are inflated.
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Scalability
AgencyAnalytics
No answers on this topic
Cision
Easy to use, but still room for improvement.
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Return on Investment
AgencyAnalytics
  • For a small to medium size agency, the $79/month cost is reasonable, allowing for unlimited users, 10 campaigns included, and 1,000 keywords tracked.
  • It is something we can easily build into our pricing model.
  • If more is needed, the platform can scale, allowing for more keyword tracking, more campaigns, etc.
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Cision
  • Cision has a net positive impact on time savings for staff so we can be quicker to market
  • Cision has a positive impact on internal savings as it is used internally across multiple accounts and with the internal PR team
  • Cision is extremely useful when it comes to resourcing and conducting outreach in those DMA's where our agency doesn't have a physical presence
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ScreenShots

Agency Analytics Screenshots

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Cision Communications Cloud Screenshots

Screenshot of Media Monitoring and Analytics are just part of the complete Comms Cloud. It combines deep data dive with a database of journalists and influencers, and a media relationship management tool.Screenshot of Track brand mentions in real time across the millions of online stories on the internet. Monitor millions of stories and breaking news happening daily across the web. Professional services consultants teams are in place to ensure best practices while setting up a monitoring account.Screenshot of Cision’s media and influencer relationship management tools include audience insights, combined with a pitchable database that enables brands to uncover the best media contacts and social influencers to reach their target audience.Screenshot of Identify the social conversations and influencers that are impacting a brand. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube monitoring capabilities track brand mentions across all major social channels. Analyze results for social mentions or campaigns on the fly with its reporting features.