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Score 7.9 out of 100

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

Twilio SendGrid

Twilio SendGrid Email Marketing is perfect for organizations both big and small that may be on a lower budget. It is a very affordable solution for users with a large number of email addresses. While other providers may offer "free" storage for email contacts... the cost to send campaigns to those contacts can be very costly. While they do not offer widgets or other integrations for websites/social media... it is very easy to import and manage contacts. Additionally, they offer a comprehensive self-help support section online, but it's also easy to hop on the phone or on chat with a rep if you ever need technical support or assistance. Twilio SendGrid Email Marketing may not be the most affordable solution for users who are not currently sending email campaigns to their users, but are simply storing email contacts
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.6
Dynamic content
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.8
Ability to test dynamic content
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
7.1
Landing pages
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
4.5
A/B testing
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.4
Mobile optimization
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.0
Email deliverability reporting
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
8.4
List management
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
7.0
Triggered drip sequences
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.3

Reporting & Analytics

Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.7
Dashboards
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
7.2
Standard reports
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
7.5
Custom reports
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
5.5

Pre-Send Testing

Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
5.9
URL Validation
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.8
Link Tracking
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.8
Image Validation
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
5.7
Inbox Display
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
5.5
Email Accessibility Tools
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.4
Spelling and Grammar Check
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
3.3
Spam Testing
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
5.7
Email Previews
Cision Communications Cloud
Twilio SendGrid
6.6

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

Twilio SendGrid

  • Drag and drop email designer for transactional emails - super nice even though I do code, it's much quicker and easier to implement without code.
  • Very simple implementation. Only a few lines of code need to be added in our backend and boom we were up and running in less than a day.
  • Listening to customer feedback. They regularly send emails about new features and ask for feedback to improve their software.
  • Some of the cheapest and best dedicated IPs.
  • Easy integration and setup between marketing and transactional emails. Super helpful to have everything in one place.
Evan Laird | 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

Twilio SendGrid

  • Actually viewing previous emails dispatched. SendGrid does not have this feature - although it provides numbers on emails dispatched within 3 days for the cheapest plan.
  • The service asks you to pay more (although a minimal amount) to have visibility on email activity upto 30 days in the past.
  • The API doesn't allow an export of a report of email activity over a period of time. It can be quite frustrating at times to be limited in this way.
  • Their customer support isn't the best. Certainly some room for improvement there.
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

Twilio SendGrid

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Twilio SendGrid

Twilio SendGrid 1.0
Based on 4 answers
It has the potential to be really cool. However, it feels as if it was created by developers for developers (and I work with developers, yet even for me the instrument was somewhat not easy to use - just read SendGrid's help manuals...) However, if you are into data and your way of thinking is more mathematical rather than lyrical, you'll enjoy this instrument
Zee Gimon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cision Communications Cloud

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

Twilio SendGrid

No score
No answers yet
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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

Twilio SendGrid

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Twilio SendGrid

Twilio SendGrid 4.8
Based on 13 answers
Twilio SendGrid Email API is everything we want it to be, and we have no reason to look for any other solution. Features and pricing match exactly what we need. As developers for SaaS products, Twilio SendGrid Email API provides a great service. I hope that they stay this way and don't inflate the service with too many marketing oriented features, because there are other tools for that and Twilio SendGrid Email API is a API for sending email first and foremost.
Bryan McAnulty | 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

Twilio SendGrid

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Twilio SendGrid

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Twilio SendGrid

With ExpressPigeon, SendGrid stacks up very well and actually provides just as much functionality for us as ExpressPigeon, but costs surrounding that use was advantageous with ExpressPigeon. SendGrid has recently added functionality that brings it closer to Act-On, specifically on the marketing automation end. This really allows users to create long-term campaigns.
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

Twilio SendGrid

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Twilio SendGrid

  • Our clients experience significant ROI from their web forms - without receipt of forms, many of them would not still be in business.
  • As a solution for clients' sites, we find SendGrid is a fast installation and a 1 stop problem solver, saving us man-hours.
Darcy Knapp, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Twilio SendGrid

General

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

Twilio SendGrid Editions & Modules

Edition
FreeFree
Basic15.002
Advanced60.002
  1. none
  2. per month
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cision Communications Cloud
8.3
Twilio SendGrid
7.4

Likelihood to Renew

Cision Communications Cloud
8.1
Twilio SendGrid

Usability

Cision Communications Cloud
7.4
Twilio SendGrid
1.0

Reliability and Availability

Cision Communications Cloud
9.1
Twilio SendGrid

Performance

Cision Communications Cloud
9.1
Twilio SendGrid

Support Rating

Cision Communications Cloud
8.7
Twilio SendGrid
4.8

Online Training

Cision Communications Cloud
8.2
Twilio SendGrid

Implementation Rating

Cision Communications Cloud
10.0
Twilio SendGrid

Scalability

Cision Communications Cloud
7.3
Twilio SendGrid

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