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Likelihood to Recommend

Cision Communications Cloud

For a small start-up, the cost benefit to add lift to press releases, 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

Cision PRWeb

PRWeb served it's purpose for Strouse by sending news out to new audiences although this never generated an overwhelming amount of traffic to our website. If you are only interested in issuing PR and getting your name out there, then I think PRWeb is a fine solution.I find PRWeb less appropriate if you really want to drive traffic to your site through a press release in hopes of creating sales. During the selection process I would be interested in knowing what sources my PR would be submitted to. Is it being submitted to relevant websites? Will links be provided on all of these websites? Ask yourself, will these websites benefit my companies SEO?
Nicholas Zgorski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cision Communications Cloud

  • Their upgraded press release templates and ability pull in an entire, completed release makes the profess faster and easier, and allows for more graphics, such as company mastheads.
  • 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 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

Cision PRWeb

  • It provides a newswire option at a very reasonable price.
  • The pricing is in a sweet spot for many startups who would want to use it.
  • It hits up all of the key media outlets that you would expect a wire service to be connected to.
Scott Rosenblum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Cision PRWeb

  • One issue we ran into with media tracking was that when it came to smaller or more niche media, it had a hard time tracking hits from those outlets for our clients.
  • Building larger media lists was time consuming and cumbersome.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.1
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

Cision PRWeb

Cision PRWeb 1.0
Based on 1 answer
We are unlikely to renew PRWeb because I feel that the costs outweigh the benefits of the service. For a company like ours (small business with about 60 employees) we don't have enough press that warrants monthly coverage. We may look at using PRWeb on an as needed basis, 3-4 times a year for single submissions, but that would be the extent of it. I could see PRWeb being much more beneficial for large companies that are constantly needing to issue press.
Nicholas Zgorski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 7.4
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

Cision PRWeb

Cision PRWeb 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a very simple program to use. They walk you step by step on what is necessary to complete a PR.
Nicholas Zgorski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cision Communications Cloud

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

Cision PRWeb

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Performance

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

Cision PRWeb

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Support Rating

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.7
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

Cision PRWeb

Cision PRWeb 3.1
Based on 4 answers
I have not really used the support features for PRWeb. It is pretty easy to use and really doesn't need much help unless you are sending something out on behalf of a publicly-traded company. For that, you need approval and verification from the company you are sending the item out on behalf of.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.2
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

Cision PRWeb

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Implementation Rating

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

Cision PRWeb

Cision PRWeb 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Implementation of PRWeb required very little of Strouse. It was a quick process and we were almost immediately ready to use the platform.
Nicholas Zgorski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Cision PRWeb

As a whole Cision aligns with our business needs much better than the other platforms. Their media database is more robust and user-friendly. It has allowed or organization to better scale our media outreach.
Matthew Zajechowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cision Communications Cloud

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

Cision PRWeb

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Return on Investment

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

Cision PRWeb

  • Hard to determine ROI with this product, as people aren't directly saying they found us on the site.
  • PRWeb is the best way to distribute our news and build brand awareness.
  • Allows our team to work efficiently.
Rachael Ossovicki | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cision Communications Cloud

General

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

Cision PRWeb

General

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

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