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Score 7.3 out of 100

Cision Communications Cloud

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Score 8.5 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Allocadia is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
  • Cision Communications Cloud is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Online Training

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

Allocadia

83%
11 Ratings
8.4

Cision Communications Cloud

84%
276 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

6.4

Allocadia

64%
5 Ratings
7.6

Cision Communications Cloud

76%
16 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Allocadia

82%
1 Rating
7.0

Cision Communications Cloud

70%
52 Ratings

Availability

Allocadia

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Cision Communications Cloud

91%
3 Ratings

Performance

Allocadia

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Cision Communications Cloud

91%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

Allocadia

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9

Cision Communications Cloud

89%
321 Ratings

Online Training

7.3

Allocadia

73%
1 Rating
8.0

Cision Communications Cloud

80%
3 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Allocadia

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Cision Communications Cloud

100%
7 Ratings

Product Scalability

Allocadia

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Cision Communications Cloud

73%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Allocadia

Although the Analytics part is already available it could be improved. So for now Allocadia is very recommended if you are looking for a data maintenance software but less appropriate as a analysis tool. Ask yourself what is it you are looking for (analysis or controlling) and for which purposes (management level or specialists). The costs are very resonable and an absolute Plus!
Benjamin Deigendesch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cision Communications Cloud

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.
John Possumato | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Allocadia

  • The user interface is clean, well-thought out, and easy for marketers to use. It behaves like their spreadsheets in all the right ways...without the baggage of having budgets locked into separate spreadsheets.
  • Allocadia knows that revenue attribution is important, and has great out-of-the-box adapters to flow actual spend and actual performance in to the tool.
  • The reporting engine is both substance and style. Data is accurate, can be sliced-and-diced, and is easy for marketers to get what they want in an ad hoc fashion, if a canned report does not already exist. The visuals are also excellent, which promotes the use of analysis.
Brian Brownrigg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cision Communications Cloud

  • 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.
Lou Corsaro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Allocadia

  • The wording between the "plan" and "forecast" sections can be confusing at first, as they both imply the same type of activity.
  • Better recovery options for admins if folders are accidentally deleted - had this happen and took a week of manual recreation from an internal admin to get us up and running again.
Nick Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cision Communications Cloud

  • 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.
Lynn Meadows | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Allocadia

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Starting Price

$99 per month

Allocadia Editions & Modules

Edition
Allocadia$99.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Cision Communications Cloud

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Cision Communications Cloud Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Allocadia

Allocadia 6.4
Based on 5 answers
I am hesitant to comment on renewal in detail because we haven't been using the system for very long. But I am encouraged by the speed and ease of implementation, and look forward to getting to know the system better.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 7.6
Based on 16 answers
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.
Buck Banks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Allocadia

Allocadia 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Easy to use and allows you to track just about anything that's important to your business
Amanda Lomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 7.0
Based on 52 answers
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.
Kevin Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Allocadia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Easily accessible 24/7.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Allocadia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 9.1
Based on 3 answers
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
Susan Tull | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Allocadia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.9
Based on 321 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Allocadia

Allocadia 7.3
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Cindy Arco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Allocadia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 10.0
Based on 7 answers
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).
Susan Tull | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Allocadia

Our Marketing IT Director vetted out the different products and we were sent Allocadia to test. Due to how we run our media and marketing department, this was really the only solution I saw since it most closely aligned with how we run our media.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cision Communications Cloud

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.
Erin Witt, APR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Allocadia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Easy to use, but still room for improvement.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Allocadia

  • Allocadia's integration with Salesforce.com allows for complete marketing and sales funnel tracking, conversion, and spend analytics.
  • Allocadia's visual display and representation of ROI is incredibly helpful for end users.
  • Allocadia's analytic capabilities allow you to refine your marketing tactics by analyzing trends, allowing you to choose the most effective marketing activities, or types of marketing activities.
Joshua Jamieson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cision Communications Cloud

  • 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
Dan Lobring | TrustRadius Reviewer

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