Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Canva
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
Canva is a popular, simple online graphic design tool. Users can import images, use templates to design banners and logos, or pay to use Canva's premium stock images/paid templates (elements starting at $1).
$12.95
per month
Hootsuite
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Hootsuite is a social media management platform for building brand awareness, engaging with customers, and driving business results. Users can schedule posts across multiple social networks (including Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube ), manage organic and paid social content together, keep track of customer conversations, integrate with over 200+ applications, and gain actionable real-time insights from social media to make critical business decisions from…
$1,188
per year 1 User, 10 Social accounts
Pricing
CanvaHootsuite
Editions & Modules
Pro
$12.95
per month
Enterprise
$30.00
Per Month Per User
Professional
$99
per month (billed annually) 1 User, 10 Social accounts
Team
$249
per month (billed annually) 3 Users, 20 Social accounts
Enterprise
Custom Pricing
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CanvaHootsuite
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
CanvaHootsuite
Considered Both Products
Canva
Chose Canva
Canva is a user-friendly platform that beginners can learn easily. Canva is a fast way to get designs done quickly. The Templates are very good. I found the others were hard to learn, limited in design abilities, or just too expensive. I love other software options but this is …
Chose Canva
I have InDesign but have struggled to become proficient with it. Canva is a more cost-effective and user-friendly alternative. Our designer still works in InDesign and for a designer, it has superior features, but to get some projects completed quickly with higher quality, …
Chose Canva
Canva offers the best value for the money graphic software solution. Its costs are exceptionally lower than Adobe PhotoShop and its graphics are much lower in costs compared to Getty Images. Canva does not offer the full extent of graphic tools like Adobe PhotoShop and the …
Chose Canva
As a simple graphic producing app, it works fantastic. If you want to create effects like gradients, drop-shadows, outlines, etc, you'd be better off using Photoshop, however you'd want to be at your computer. It is nice because there a lot of templates and graphic …
Chose Canva
Google Photos is the other editing software we use, and Canva definitely allows a greater depth at actually creating designs than using Google photos. To be honest, Canva is the first and only software that I've used of its kind.
Chose Canva
Far easier to use than Photoshop (although cannot create highly technical images.)
Piktochart is better for designing infographics but has more fonts and templates for flashcard style images available.
Chose Canva
They are both create on their own terms - pixlr is more an image studio, similar to the likes of photoshop/gimp whereas Canva is a great easy to use drag and drop graphics creator.
Chose Canva
DesignBold is similar to Canva but with a much broader photo library and there's a lifetime user cost that is far more competitive.
Chose Canva
I have given Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Gimp a try in the past.

Both Adobe products are less intuitive than Canva, and for someone without a graphic design background, that is a significant issue. Due to their cost, I wouldn't suggest that they are great …
Hootsuite
Chose Hootsuite
I'll be honest - my predecessor had Hootsuite and I was stuck with it. But I'm glad I've had it, and compared to the other platforms I've used in the past it's miles better.

Granted, I haven't used the top competitors and only know things like Canva and Facebook Business Manager.…
Chose Hootsuite
Hootsuite offers more platforms and also more control over any of the competitors we evaluated. For our current business and customer needs, Hootsuite was and is a much better fit. We use the pro level, and right now, it has enough options and features to ensure proper …
Chose Hootsuite
Hootsuite is definitely the most cost effective of the bunch for the goals that my clients have. The AI caption generation is also perfect for cutting down on time. Caption creation actually takes up a lot of time in the scheduling process for content and this feature made …
Chose Hootsuite
We previously used Loomly as a social media publisher, it was convenient but we did not like the interface. Overall we found that we liked Hootsuite as a publisher better. Loomy did offer a feature where you could boost your posts right from your portal which was convenient. …
Chose Hootsuite
I use Meta Business Suite to schedule posts for Facebook and Instagram as it is free to use and there is no restriction on how many posts can be scheduled. It also shows analytics of how well posts are doing, optimal posting times and who our audience consists. I do like how I …
Chose Hootsuite
Hootsuite has a few less features than Sprout Social; however, the price point is much more favorable for a small business to utilize.
Chose Hootsuite
Hootsuite has a much broader reach of social media channels. Hootsuite has kept their product up to date with technology. TweetDeck is just about dead if it isnt already
Chose Hootsuite
In my opinion, Hootsuite is like a social media version of Mailchimp. I have not looked into many alternative software programs, as I've inherited Hootsuite in my role and saw no need to change. Hootsuite does what I need it to do at a reasonable price point. There may be …
Chose Hootsuite
I find Hootsuite better for teams to manage social media posts. It's easy for multi-channel and has link shortening within the software and makes basic reporting and analytics easy to comprehend.
Chose Hootsuite
Sprout Social has a better UI than Hootsuite. It uses a single feed approach compared to the multi-column layout that allows you to check and uncheck filters based on what you'd like to see at a given moment. Overall, Hootsuite was a better choice for our team given the …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
CanvaHootsuite
Listening/monitoring
Comparison of Listening/monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Canva
-
Ratings
Hootsuite
7.6
261 Ratings
1% below category average
Boolean keyword searches00 Ratings7.5177 Ratings
Filtering out noise/spam00 Ratings7.1185 Ratings
Sentiment analysis00 Ratings7.5179 Ratings
Broad channel coverage00 Ratings8.3244 Ratings
Publishing
Comparison of Publishing features of Product A and Product B
Canva
-
Ratings
Hootsuite
8.3
367 Ratings
3% above category average
Content planning and scheduling00 Ratings8.9366 Ratings
Audience targeting00 Ratings8.2251 Ratings
Content optimization00 Ratings7.8299 Ratings
Workflow management00 Ratings8.2308 Ratings
Engagement
Comparison of Engagement features of Product A and Product B
Canva
-
Ratings
Hootsuite
7.8
294 Ratings
5% below category average
Automated routing and prioritization00 Ratings7.8212 Ratings
Customer interaction histories00 Ratings7.7229 Ratings
Bulk actions00 Ratings8.1252 Ratings
Marketing
Comparison of Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Canva
-
Ratings
Hootsuite
7.4
284 Ratings
6% below category average
Lead generation00 Ratings6.6170 Ratings
Content marketing00 Ratings7.8254 Ratings
Paid media management00 Ratings7.6169 Ratings
Campaigns and promotions00 Ratings7.9217 Ratings
Channel coverage/integration
Comparison of Channel coverage/integration features of Product A and Product B
Canva
-
Ratings
Hootsuite
8.7
363 Ratings
2% above category average
Twitter00 Ratings8.9332 Ratings
Facebook00 Ratings9.1347 Ratings
LinkedIn00 Ratings8.7303 Ratings
Google+00 Ratings8.960 Ratings
Instagram00 Ratings8.6306 Ratings
Pinterest00 Ratings8.3157 Ratings
YouTube00 Ratings8.3144 Ratings
Reporting/analytics
Comparison of Reporting/analytics features of Product A and Product B
Canva
-
Ratings
Hootsuite
7.8
291 Ratings
1% below category average
Campaign success analytics00 Ratings7.8267 Ratings
Real-time tracking00 Ratings7.9268 Ratings
Competitor analysis00 Ratings7.8181 Ratings
Account management
Comparison of Account management features of Product A and Product B
Canva
-
Ratings
Hootsuite
8.2
303 Ratings
1% above category average
Role-based user permissions & privileges00 Ratings8.4256 Ratings
Mobile access00 Ratings7.9281 Ratings
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User Ratings
CanvaHootsuite
Likelihood to Recommend
8.7
(173 ratings)
8.5
(426 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(7 ratings)
9.2
(89 ratings)
Usability
9.2
(12 ratings)
8.2
(65 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.5
(21 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.5
(19 ratings)
Support Rating
6.9
(15 ratings)
7.3
(263 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(17 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
8.1
(39 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.1
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.3
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(18 ratings)
User Testimonials
CanvaHootsuite
Likelihood to Recommend
Canva
I would say that Canva is best suited for beginner and Novice level applications. If you're an experienced designer, there's definitely no point in using Canva as it's developed for designers entering the field. OR, if you want to experience that flexibility while you designing and let the creativity flow, You shouldn't consider Canva as your Choice. If you feel like delivering quick and not spend your time on deciding on 'How to Design', then you should go for Canva.
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Hootsuite
I really like that I can just go into hootsuite, connect all the our social channels and be able to have a great overview on what our social feeds look like. It's super handy not having to spend time going into each social platform to do the same post, and I can spend one day scheduling out that month's social plan. I much prefer sorting out boosting post from Hootsuite, the only downside is that they have a limit to what you can boost a month so a lot of the time I have to grin and bear it and use Meta Business Suite instead for boosting posts.
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Pros
Canva
  • Provides readily accessible approved fonts and colors for our university publications.
  • A great selection of templates to select from.
  • Lots of resources for design, like photos, clip art, backgrounds, and other design elements.
  • The ability to share your design with others at the university.
  • The ability to download your design as a png, pdf, jpg, svg, even MP4 video or gif.
  • Easy to edit and alter the design and not lose what you had by creating clones of previous designs and then make the changes.
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Hootsuite
  • Scheduling of content. The ease of use for Hootsuite's planner abilities is top of the industry. It is simple and effective in posting content to different channels and accounts.
  • Analytics are superior on Hootsuite. Their custom reports allow you to view very specific KPI's that you can adjust for each channel or account. The reports are also exportable to be used for others in the company.
  • Inbox management. The inbox manager is superior to any in the industry. Hootsuite allows you to tag certain phrases or keywords to better filter messages based on importance or topic.
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Cons
Canva
  • Some pretty basic fonts are missing from the database, which proves to be annoying when trying to stay on brand
  • Pre-grouping sections of templates can be a hassle to figure out
  • Creating your own template from scratch can have it's hiccups, but that could be my lack of design experience.
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Hootsuite
  • Because of the way algorithms works, we would have loved to be able to automate making a post with no link and posting the first comment with a link (hello LinkedIn)
  • We would have loved an easy way to post from a main account and repost the post for other accounts we administrate, for instance a corporate post reposted by individuals for LinkedIn, or retweets from one main account by child accounts
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Likelihood to Renew
Canva
The ease of use makes Canva a powerful tool for manipulating images, creating original content, and testing ideas without requiring the involvement of graphic design or more time-intensive image editing software such as Photoshop. While it doesn't have the full functionality of a mature software, such as Photoshop, The speed and simplicity of Canva makes it a necessity in a business of any size
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Hootsuite
At this time we are satisfied that Hootsuite offers the most of what we are looking for at the most reasonable price point. As the social media landscape and monitoring/scheduling software changes, so do our needs. We re-evaluate our tools semi-annually or as new tools emerge onto the market. If we find at any point that we aren't gaining an advantage, then we are open to switching products.
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Usability
Canva
It is super easy to use, but it could be limiting if you're on a small device. It is easier on a bigger device because you can resize graphics and text easier than with your fingers on a small device. I do think it's perfect and easy for non-designers who don't have any training. As long as you have a good eye for visuals, Canva is a wonderful substitute for graphics programs on-the-go.
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Hootsuite
Hootsuite is probably the easiest to use social media scheduler of all the ones that I've used. It's been easy to teach clients how to use the software themselves and it can be accessed easily on anyone's phone through their mobile app. Highly recommend for anyone that wants a software that is easy to learn!
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Reliability and Availability
Canva
I have yet to encounter Canva being offline in at least 6 years of using it regularly. They also announce well in advance if there may be upgrades to the code and the hours during which there may be issues accessing the service.
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Hootsuite
Any outages are communicated in advance and have not been a problem. We let our clients know based on communications from HootSuite. Since we operate 24/7 with multiple shifts, planned outages can interfere with our operations, but we can always work around it.
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Performance
Canva
I haven't ever had issues with a slow-loading site and there haven't been any lag issues within the software. There have been maybe a handful of times over the past six years where I have tried to upload a large image and it will slow down as it loads the last megabyte, but I have yet to have the system time out or require any interference by me
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Hootsuite
Hootsuite makes passing on articles from the web very easy- when it works! I have had a number of gliches with Chrome where it does not open properly and the solution (after some toing and froing with support) was to uninstall and reinstall. The support staff are always very helpful (which is great!) but the gliches..... well, they suck when you are already busy!
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Support Rating
Canva
Overall, Canva is easy to use, easy to train others to use, allows for creativity with a professional look without enormous associated costs. The mobile apps works almost as easily, but at a minimum allows for easy review and downloading in a pinch. Really, anyone can learn to use Canva quickly and will immediately benefit from the results.
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Hootsuite
I can manage all of my accounts on one site! It's absolutely amazing!
The dashboard is helpful to see how you are doing as well. Still
getting to understand the analytics and may need to reach out for help
on this
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In-Person Training
Canva
No answers on this topic
Hootsuite
Very easy to teach and learn
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Online Training
Canva
No answers on this topic
Hootsuite
The online training is decent; however, it takes a lot more time to search for answers to my questions. Having a training session with a live person was much more effective as they were able to quickly address the business needs I have.
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Implementation Rating
Canva
Remember to download the mobile app onto your phone for easy image manipulation on the go. Adding company colors, logos, and typefaces to your company account is an easy process. When images are uploaded, these can also be shared between accounts within a company, as can canvases you've created for easy editing among teams.
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Hootsuite
• Combination of vendor and internal. The vendor bumped up our account to the Enterprise version (quite simple and easy) and then set up our organization and team structure. We then had to log in and set up team members and assign members to social media accounts. This was pretty easy to do as they have a great user interface. We simply had to drag and drop people into the correct team giving them access to specific social media accounts.
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Alternatives Considered
Canva
Canva is faster and easy to use. There aren't complex menus like Adobe products and everything is generally intuitive. Menus are mostly open and visible or relatively small. Small changes to the program add to it's usability rather than detract. I also appreciate that Canva helps the user become more creative through use. By giving you editable examples through templates you can choose to re-design something ir create something from scratch w/ a similar concept or feel. Canva often gives me ideas that I can implement into my design or into the entire project even. I also like how Canva is intuitive in it's approach. The program gives you suggestions when it comes to graphics, etc. without getting in your way if you know what you already want
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Hootsuite
Hootsuite's free account was sufficient for use on behalf of our client. When they restructured their pricing model and eliminated free and affordable subscriptions suitable for a small business, we found that Zoho Social was an excellent replacement. The interface was simpler and the pricing was affordable and suitable for a small business.
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Scalability
Canva
Very easy to add accounts and share content between them. Collaboration is also easy to manage and can be done on a project-by-project basis. The cloud-based software means it is incredibly fast to add a coworker and have them editing images within minutes. A live internet connection is required to access Canva so this is something to consider if expecting to use the software while on journeys without access to wifi etc
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Hootsuite
We are only using in marketing and have been able to scale.
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Return on Investment
Canva
  • As far as ROI is concerned, Canva has proven itself time and time again as having a positive impact for business.
  • Just yesterday, I had to prepare an hour-long presentation on the fly; the great reviews of the presentation and the materials (all made in Canva) only served to advertise for Canva and it proves that Canva is a smart investment.
  • I don't think in the time that I have been a Canva pro user that I can say that my ROI has been negatively impacted. Highest recommendation. The software more the casually pays for itself time and time again.
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Hootsuite
  • I have been able to evaluate which posts, in general, do well and figure out what types of posts to make (content)
  • It's been harder however to compare on social medial platform compared to another because it's hard to duplicate a post with a new owly (I think you used to be able to) but more so, you also can't assign it a custom owly link so I can see at a glance which owly link was associated with what platform.
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ScreenShots

Hootsuite Screenshots

Screenshot of Monitoring: Monitors social media profiles and tracks the topics that matter to the brand.Screenshot of Publishing: Create, publish and schedule engaging posts across social channels.Screenshot of Customer Engagement: A consolidated stream of messages across networks that can be triaged and assigned to respond to customers faster. Provides optional chatbot handover for automated responses.Screenshot of Scheduling: Social content can be planned as a team with a shared calendar that features collaborative post drafts and built-in approval workflows.Screenshot of Analytics & Reporting: Measures the effectiveness of a social media strategy to help turn strategy into execution with meaningful and actionable insights. Reports can be customized and shared according to unique business goals and objectives.Screenshot of Best Time to Publish: Helps to find the best time to publish so posts are seen more often by fans and followers.