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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Attribute Ratings

  • Cision Communications Cloud is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

Cision Communications Cloud

85%
277 Ratings
4.2

PR.com

42%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.1

Cision Communications Cloud

71%
17 Ratings

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

7.0

Cision Communications Cloud

70%
53 Ratings

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cision Communications Cloud

91%
3 Ratings

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Cision Communications Cloud

91%
3 Ratings

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.9

Cision Communications Cloud

89%
321 Ratings

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

Cision Communications Cloud

80%
3 Ratings

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Cision Communications Cloud

100%
7 Ratings

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

7.3

Cision Communications Cloud

73%
1 Rating

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.1

Cision Communications Cloud

91%
1 Rating

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.1

Cision Communications Cloud

91%
1 Rating

PR.com

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

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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PR.com

I often recommend PR.com to clients on a budget. There are some organizations, like non-profits, or very small businesses I work with who just don't have the money to spend on a pricier press release distribution service like Businesswire. For those clients, PR.com is a good alternative. You can use the free version - or elect to spend a little money to include hyperlinks, increase distribution, and so on. But there are options - and that is a good thing.
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Pros

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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PR.com

  • Bad customer service [in my experience].
  • One-sided PR.
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Cons

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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PR.com

  • Suggest offering administrators more control over when releases are distributed
  • Lower premium pricing for high frequency administrators
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Pricing Details

Cision Communications Cloud

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cision Communications Cloud editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    PR.com

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    PR.com editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      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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      PR.com

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      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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      PR.com

      No answers on this topic

      Reliability and Availability

      Cision

      Easily accessible 24/7.
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      PR.com

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      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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      PR.com

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      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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      PR.com

      No answers on this topic

      Online Training

      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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      PR.com

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      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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      PR.com

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      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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      PR.com

      I think PR.com offers a viable alternative to smaller businesses or nonprofit clients on a budget. When I tell some of those clients it will be hundreds - or even thousands - of dollars to distribute a press release on a service like Business Wire, I can feel them cringe. PR.com offers a free option - and also offers very low-cost options to boost the distribution, include live hyperlinks and so on - if clients do have a little $ to spend on that, they can. But they can choose. The bigger services are really cost-prohibitive for the smaller businesses.
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      Scalability

      Cision

      Easy to use, but still room for improvement.
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      PR.com

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      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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      PR.com

      • Negative impact [in my experience].
      • Wasted our time.
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