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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

Sprout Social

Sprout is great for marketing departments looking to watch their brand and promote their blog. It's especially good for single person posting. I don't see it working well for larger teams and collaborating real time as there isn't a great way to see who is tackling what. You can assign tasks or grab them but it would be great to see who is clicking what or a chat feature perhaps?The dashboard could also use some help to show more about the brand, perhaps specific keywords we watch. Or trends across social platforms that we might care about.
Todd Terwillegar, Content Marketing Certified | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Listening/monitoring

Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.7
Boolean keyword searches
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.2
Filtering out noise/spam
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
6.8
Sentiment analysis
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.4
Broad channel coverage
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.3

Publishing

Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.7
Content planning and scheduling
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.9
Audience targeting
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.6
Content optimization
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.6
Workflow management
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.8

Engagement

Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.6
Automated routing and prioritization
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.9
Customer interaction histories
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.5
Bulk actions
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.5

Marketing

Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.5
Lead generation
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.8
Content marketing
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.7
Paid media management
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
6.2
Campaigns and promotions
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.2

Channel coverage/integration

Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.9
Twitter
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
9.2
Facebook
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.7
LinkedIn
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.8
Google+
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
5.3
Instagram
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.0
Pinterest
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.3
YouTube
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.0

Reporting/analytics

Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.0
Campaign success analytics
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.2
Real-time tracking
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.4
Competitor analysis
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.3

Account management

Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.2
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
8.4
Mobile access
Cision Communications Cloud
Sprout Social
7.9

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

Sprout Social

  • Analytics Reporting - Sprout Social does a nice job at providing robust analytics across all social media platforms. We use this to monitor our social media performance over a specified time period, including number of posts, increase in followers, and changes in engagements and link clinks.
  • Social Media Scheduling - Sprout Social is good for scheduling social media posts in advance. With the version we use, it also shows us what time we should schedule our posts based on the past performance of our previous posts.
  • Social Media Monitoring - Sprout Social does a good job at monitoring social media mentions and searching for posts containing certain specified keywords.
Jenna Carpentier | 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

Sprout Social

  • This is not a great platform for teams. Their basic $99 plan includes a single user, and charges quite a bit to add more.
  • This is not a great platform for agencies that have more than 5 accounts or less than 100 without paying a hefty price tag. Their deluxe plan is $149 for only 10 accounts. My team has access to more than 30 pages, and we'd have to disconnect a profile, then connect a new one, wait for it to load, and then produce a new report for our clients. It was too cumbersome to be effective.
  • Value overall. Other competitors are offering more users and the same amount of pages for less money.
  • Technical support. Our team spent about $2,500 with this company across 2 years - we published our final reports, made a single request for support with 3 different team members, and it was denied four times.
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.4
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

Sprout Social

Sprout Social 6.2
Based on 61 answers
While I am currently no longer working with the company in which I was employed and utilized Sprout Social, I do know that the company is still utilizing Sprout Social on a daily basis and I do not foresee a time when the subscription would be cancelled.
Jennifer Wagner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 7.7
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

Sprout Social

Sprout Social 5.7
Based on 18 answers
Sprout Social is extremely easy to use and would only require minimal training for a new user. They have many features and functionalities that I absolutely love. I can't speak highly enough of their mobile app! As I've mentioned, this app has been a life saver when I've been traveling and have been unable to access a desktop
Olivia Ann Hurst | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cision Communications Cloud

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

Sprout Social

Sprout Social 7.7
Based on 8 answers
Uptime was OK, but given the fact that we are in Europe, there were some specific problems: They tended to take the system down for maintenance during the night in the US, which was during our workday. This was definitely problematic and hard to explain to our clients.
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

Sprout Social

Sprout Social 8.0
Based on 7 answers
It is quick to post, however you have to refresh the page every time you add a new scheduled item.
Sarah Zibanejadrad | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.4
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

Sprout Social

Sprout Social 3.0
Based on 13 answers
The folks at Sprout are great. Answering the simplest questions right via Twitter or Facebook, the more complex issues i've had they respond back via email within a couple hours if not sooner. Extremely impressed with their customer support, they really know their product and aren't just trying to get you to upgrade to a higher tier
Lisa Kribs-LaPierre | 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

Sprout Social

Sprout Social 7.3
Based on 3 answers
Their training is good, but the promotion of it is even better. I don't need or have the time for training, but I was always happy to know it was there. They did a great job sending updates out and making me aware when there was a new feature that I may want training for. As for the training I never used it, so I can't comment on that
Ryan Montano | 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

Sprout Social

Sprout Social 8.9
Based on 10 answers
Make sure you do it all the way. Do not break it into phases. Pour yourself a coffee, start it in the morning and you'll be done before you finish that coffee.
Valentin Vesa | 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

Sprout Social

I've found that Sprout Social has more capabilities than other social platforms, and goes above and beyond in its functionality and support. I also think that Sprout Social has one of the cleanest, easy to use interfaces of all the social platforms. Hootsuite and TweetDeck, for example, can be overwhelming; but Sprout Social clean design has made it more intuitive and less overwhelming.
Anonymous | 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

Sprout Social

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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

Sprout Social

  • Allowed us to concurrently build a system where we could plan for the future and forward-looking content, events, and other publishing opportunities
  • Enabled us to audit the "marketplace" so to speak and seek out ideas based on trends and real-time analytics
  • Allowed us to develop a new workflow strain based on permission levels and internal SS workflow
Anonymous | 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

Sprout Social

General

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

Sprout Social Editions & Modules

Edition
Free TrialFree1
Standard$992
Professional$1492
Advanced$2492
  1. for 30 days
  2. per user/per month
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cision Communications Cloud
8.2
Sprout Social
7.6

Likelihood to Renew

Cision Communications Cloud
8.4
Sprout Social
6.2

Usability

Cision Communications Cloud
7.7
Sprout Social
5.7

Reliability and Availability

Cision Communications Cloud
9.1
Sprout Social
7.7

Performance

Cision Communications Cloud
9.1
Sprout Social
8.0

Support Rating

Cision Communications Cloud
8.4
Sprout Social
3.0

Online Training

Cision Communications Cloud
8.2
Sprout Social
7.3

Implementation Rating

Cision Communications Cloud
10.0
Sprout Social
8.9

Scalability

Cision Communications Cloud
7.3
Sprout Social

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