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Likelihood to Recommend

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud is good to help build media lists and keeping track of updates in media contacts — much better than if you were trying to do it without such a tool. It's good for sending out press releases via email, without having to pay additional money for PR Newswire. In addition, it's good if you have one main person at your company using Cision, as at least our subscription only allows one user at a time. It's less helpful if you have multiple users who need it simultaneously, as this would cost more. It's also less helpful for tracking outcomes because we don't have media monitoring, which would have cost an additional $10,000 or so. One of our clients did subscribe to media monitoring through Cision's NextGen, but it seems like the two platforms are not integrated very well. With this media monitoring, "clips" of print newspaper articles are provided via LexisNexis as text-only, and not as printed in the paper with a photo.
Lynn Meadows | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hootsuite

The Hootsuite free version is great for small businesses that do not need extremely detailed tracking. It can easily publish content across multiple social media formats. I have not had any issues in content failing to publish because of software error. The at-a-glance analytics provides a lot of information when targeted a specific age range or the time when subscribers are online. It has worked well for my private business.
Trish Lofton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Listening/monitoring

Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.0
Boolean keyword searches
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.1
Filtering out noise/spam
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
6.1
Sentiment analysis
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
6.7
Broad channel coverage
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.1

Publishing

Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.2
Content planning and scheduling
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
9.3
Audience targeting
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.6
Content optimization
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.7
Workflow management
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.0

Engagement

Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.0
Automated routing and prioritization
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.8
Customer interaction histories
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.8
Bulk actions
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.3

Marketing

Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
6.8
Lead generation
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.0
Content marketing
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.1
Paid media management
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
6.5
Campaigns and promotions
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
6.5

Channel coverage/integration

Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.4
Twitter
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
9.3
Facebook
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
9.1
LinkedIn
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.9
Google+
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.8
Instagram
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.5
Pinterest
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.1
YouTube
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
6.9

Reporting/analytics

Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.0
Campaign success analytics
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.1
Real-time tracking
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.2
Competitor analysis
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
6.6

Account management

Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.0
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
8.3
Mobile access
Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
7.8

Pros

Cision Communications Cloud

  • Influencer research: I am able to quickly find the right reporter or editor for my pitch because Cision lets me know what they write about, their communications preferences, past articles, etc.
  • Distribution: I appreciate a template to help streamline my pitch and press release distribution that allows me to send my news to a targeted list of contacts without having to send individual emails. I can send out communications with just a few steps, in just a few minutes.
  • News search: I use Cision to scan for news and monitor for mentions of my clients. I also use this feature to keep tabs on topics and key terms of interest to me and my clients to stay ahead of emerging trends and stay on top of emerging discussions in my clients' industries.
Erin Witt, APR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hootsuite

  • The scheduling feature is fantastic. It allows you to easily plan the exact day, time, and channel that a particular post will be published.
  • Mobile functionality is great with the app. The team could use it on their phones or tablets, which made it easy to make changes or additions on the go or in-between meetings.
  • Social channel integration. All of the major channels are integrated with the tool, making it easy to sign in and start using it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cision Communications Cloud

  • The social component could be upgraded to more accurately collect metrics on ephemeral content.
  • Social listening is done in a completely different program than the media monitoring - combining the two would make report creation much easier and allow for a fuller picture of an incident across traditional and social media on the built-in dashboard section.
  • Social listening only tracks Twitter. Public Facebook comments would be key in seeing a fuller picture of how an incident or campaign is playing out on social media.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hootsuite

  • I personally don't like the way Hootsuite displays multiple social channels on the interface. It's very utilitarian and it does have a modern look, but there's just something about the multiple column look that really bugs me. It feels a bit dated and cluttered.
  • I've used both the free and the pro versions before. Pro is somewhat overpriced for the value that it provides and the free version limits you to too few social profiles which puts you in a position to either overpay or go to another option like Buffer which is cheaper but isn't as reliable. I'd say somewhere around $12-15/mo. would make the single-user Pro tier more palatable.
Garrett Genest | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.4
Based on 15 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 8.4
Based on 73 answers
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.
Laura Pence | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 7.7
Based on 51 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 9.1
Based on 27 answers
The layout of horizontal columns for each stream or search is a very cumbersome way to display information. There isn't an easy way to sort, filter, or otherwise re-organize the streams to limit the current view to relevancy. This is one of the primary reasons why we plan to move to another platform.
Matthew Hardesty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cision Communications Cloud

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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 36 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 32 answers
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!
Michael Royal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.4
Based on 320 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 7.2
Based on 53 answers
The system is pretty self-guided so I haven't had much need for support. The support forum and could be better, chat feature and email work when needed without too much time to wait for help. You'll know if they are online to chat or not. I find chat is the fastest way to get questions answered
Matthew Veil | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cision Communications Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to teach and learn
Jessica Rudolph | 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 8 answers
Would rate it a 10. We received two hours of online training and it was of very high-quality. HootSuite also offers HootSuite University which is an extremely comprehensive training portal with self-paced quizzes, training webinars and videos, best-practice papers, product certification, and access to a network of external experts. This is a fantastic resource.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 65 answers
One person of the organization must take the time to understand the product throughly. Next that person should work with the Hootsuite team to maximize the architecture of your platform and mitigate any problems that may crop up. Also, if a team members voices a concern or is having a problem roll your sleeves up and help them if not it can kill support for the product and end any chances of a renewal. Lastly, set aside enough time to allow for training and refresher training. Solve all problems ambiguity can not be permitted
Edgar Carpenter IV | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cision Communications Cloud

We selected Cision Communications Cloud (TrendKite)* because we liked its advanced analytics and visualization and the ability to find individual journalists' interests and target them with specific pitches. We also heard that TrendKite has best in class customer service and support. But we missed the content distribution capabilities of Cision and found configuring TrendKite for our day to day and ongoing use challenging.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hootsuite

Main other tool we looked at was Buffer. While I like both of them, the free version of Hootsuite allowed us to connect to 3 social media platforms and we prefer the calendar and stream layouts for management of activity.
Ed Hart | 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

Hootsuite

No score
No answers yet
We haven't needed to scale it all.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Hootsuite

  • Honestly, Hootsuite has been pretty close to a wash for us. The frequency with which we've had to wrestle with our Facebook Business connection has caused us to repeatedly put Hootsuite on the shelf and opt for manual posting to both FB and Instagram.
  • During the times it functioned properly, Hootsuite probably saved us around an hour of work per day, if you factor in both time required to post to various platforms and potential time spent ensuring/editing consistency between posts.
Brock Ross | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Cision Communications Cloud

General

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

Cision Communications Cloud Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Hootsuite

General

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

Hootsuite Editions & Modules

Edition
Professional$49.001
Team$129.002
Business$599.003
EnterpriseContact for Pricing
  1. per month (1 user / 10 social profiles)
  2. per month (3 users / 20 social profiles)
  3. per month (5, up to 10 users / 35 social profiles)
Additional Pricing Details
For feature comparison across our different plans, please visit: https://www.hootsuite.com/plans

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cision Communications Cloud
8.2
Hootsuite
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Cision Communications Cloud
8.4
Hootsuite
8.4

Usability

Cision Communications Cloud
7.7
Hootsuite
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Cision Communications Cloud
9.1
Hootsuite
10.0

Performance

Cision Communications Cloud
9.1
Hootsuite
10.0

Support Rating

Cision Communications Cloud
8.4
Hootsuite
7.2

In-Person Training

Cision Communications Cloud
Hootsuite
6.0

Online Training

Cision Communications Cloud
8.2
Hootsuite
10.0

Implementation Rating

Cision Communications Cloud
10.0
Hootsuite
10.0

Scalability

Cision Communications Cloud
7.3
Hootsuite

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