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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Critical Mention

Critical Mention is excellent for media monitoring across platforms including TV, radio and online. It is easy to grab and tailor video clips and share. The reporting function makes creating thorough reports simple. Most importantly, the customers service is unparalleled. Any time I've ever had a question or challenge, it has been handled quickly. I would suggest that you make sure to take the time to thoroughly set up your searches to be sure you don't miss anything.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

eClincher

Best suited for a marketer that cares about reports, needs a social media management platform and doesn't want to pay more for a more aesthetically pleasing version of a platform with the same or less functionality, such as Hootsuite or Sprout Social. For a social media marketer that wants to automate some of their postings, the queues feature is great for this functionality.Not best suited for beginners to social media, as their platform is best utilized with someone familiar with the industry that knows what they are doing. Their chat support team is very good though, but this type of individual might find themselves spending a lot of time on the platform.
Dave Bloom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Listening/monitoring

Critical Mention
eClincher
7.2
Boolean keyword searches
Critical Mention
eClincher
7.8
Filtering out noise/spam
Critical Mention
eClincher
7.5
Broad channel coverage
Critical Mention
eClincher
6.2

Publishing

Critical Mention
eClincher
8.4
Content planning and scheduling
Critical Mention
eClincher
9.5
Audience targeting
Critical Mention
eClincher
7.0
Content optimization
Critical Mention
eClincher
8.2
Workflow management
Critical Mention
eClincher
8.8

Engagement

Critical Mention
eClincher
6.5
Automated routing and prioritization
Critical Mention
eClincher
6.0
Customer interaction histories
Critical Mention
eClincher
4.8
Bulk actions
Critical Mention
eClincher
8.7

Marketing

Critical Mention
eClincher
9.3
Content marketing
Critical Mention
eClincher
9.3

Channel coverage/integration

Critical Mention
eClincher
9.4
Twitter
Critical Mention
eClincher
10.0
Facebook
Critical Mention
eClincher
9.2
LinkedIn
Critical Mention
eClincher
10.0
Google+
Critical Mention
eClincher
9.9
Instagram
Critical Mention
eClincher
7.1
Pinterest
Critical Mention
eClincher
9.9
YouTube
Critical Mention
eClincher
9.9

Reporting/analytics

Critical Mention
eClincher
8.9
Campaign success analytics
Critical Mention
eClincher
9.2
Real-time tracking
Critical Mention
eClincher
8.7

Account management

Critical Mention
eClincher
9.0
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Critical Mention
eClincher
9.0
Mobile access
Critical Mention
eClincher
9.0

Pros

Critical Mention

  • Critical Mention has been a useful tool over the past dozen years. We have used it to help political campaigns, non-profits, private business and the like to understand where their message is landing and understand if they are hitting their target audience. Our report shows them real-time results for radio, tv, online and even social media.
  • I believe the Critical Mention reporting and reports are far superior to other tracking products we have observed by other in the past.
  • Their online services and support are awesome and when you are looking for a product and value of the product Critical Mention gives you both in one package.
Jerry Kambic | TrustRadius Reviewer

eClincher

  • eClincher supports nearly every social network and connects to a large number of sources (blogs, bit.ly, Google Analytics, Google My Business). This makes workflow tremendously easy.
  • Posting Groups. At higher levels of service, eClincher allows you to set-up individual brand accounts. My agency isn't at that level, so we utilize eClincher's posting groups to make 1-click groups that post to all of the profiles for each client. This allows us to quickly post a cohesive message across all channels.
  • Workflow management: eClincher adds plenty of additional tools to make your workflow fast. Connections to free stock photo services make it easy to add generic pictures to your content. Google Analytics and bit.ly can keep track of statistics and measure success. The Inbox allows you to handle all your clients' accounts from one screen (including comments, messages, reviews, and more). The Feeds and Influencers tabs allow you to understand your market and what's being said. Altogether, eClincher makes a 1-app solution for Social Media Management.
Scott Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Critical Mention

  • Saving new broadcast clips as reports. Sometimes it's confusing because I don't see everything I saved under the same report.
  • 60 day limit on how far we can go back on our searches. Sometimes I need to pull a clip from 90 or more days ago and I am unable to go that far back.
  • Media alerts about commercials. While the search is set up to capture certain words, sometimes it is a bit much to go through all the commercial content.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

eClincher

  • It's not very visually appealing, but this is not a dealbreaker.
  • The reporting features could definitely use some work. I still get more value from the native SNS pages, but this is quickly changing. They removed the "export to CSV" functionality, but they plan to reintroduce it soon. As mentioned previously, they really respond to criticism well and update the tool constantly.
  • The inbox could use some work. I don't like being directed offsite to view certain comments deemed "requests for further info" when they could just easily display them there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Critical Mention

Critical Mention 10.0
Based on 7 answers
I gave this a 5 only because I do not make the decisions to renew. When I used this at my previous company, I also recommended to the decision maker to renew this tool as it was a crucial piece to the overall client objective
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

eClincher

eClincher 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Unless the price of eClincher moves to a point where it is too much to justify, I don't see any reason why we wouldn't continue to use eClincher for our agency. The value at this price-point is unbelievable and we'd be foolish to move to a pricier program purely for the sake of slicker graphics or UI. eClinchers pricing is fantastic, and is only matched by its functionality—it matches or beats any of the major Social Media Manager SaaS programs out there for a fraction of the cost. This tool is great for growing agencies, but would also be useful for any marketing department or large agency that wants to streamline their social media workflow.
Scott Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Critical Mention

Critical Mention 9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's great for quickly looking up a specific clip, but this platform makes it difficult to select and accurately report on a high volume of clips
Lyla Shaibi | TrustRadius Reviewer

eClincher

eClincher 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Assuming there are no weird bug that prevent the system from updating or registering your actions, eClincher is very simple to use. The posting function is pretty straight forward: select the channel or posting group to post to, insert content, and add to schedule. The posting function offers you lots of tools such as connection to free image services, import from pocket/feedly, attach file from computer, shorten link, or attach gif, among others. This makes it easy to create engaging content and then schedule it for multiple channels, all from one screen.
Scott Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Critical Mention

Critical Mention 5.1
Based on 3 answers
Look, Critical Mention follows up on an or phone call immediately or in the AM the following business day. I have called them after hours and get a live person to work through any issues that may have come up. Support seems to be job one with Critical Mention.
Jerry Kambic | TrustRadius Reviewer

eClincher

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Critical Mention

Critical Mention 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Critical Mention implementation was easy and fast. Their support and training were awesome.
Jerry Kambic | TrustRadius Reviewer

eClincher

eClincher 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Be patient. eClincher isn't perfect and has some software issues. These issues will be exacerbated if you get frustrated or have a slow connection. If something "breaks" or locks up, just refresh the page and re-do that step. It may take your team a couple weeks to get use to using the new system. Once they've gotten the hang of it, I'm sure they'll love the amount of time they save. I'd recommend taking your time with the set-up. Though there aren't a lot of steps to get everything squared away, you can break the process into small chunks to make sure you're managing your time. To just hook-up all the social accounts, it may only take an hour or so. But, if you want to set-up all the extra tools (such as user accounts, listening feeds, posting groups, schedules, etc.) it'll take longer. I think it took around a day to set-up completely, but your mileage my vary.
Scott Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Critical Mention

We used to use a program called TVEyes to track for coverage. Critical Mention can track more sites, is more user-friendly, and has specific audience numbers for most of the broadcast outlets it tracks. It also is easier to search on Critical Mention over TVEyes for most items.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

eClincher

There are loads of social scheduling tools out there. I was using Buffer but then found it was limited in terms of listening and reporting so I started to look at a more professional software. I tried Hootsuite but hated the interface, way too busy with the primary focus being on feeds rather than scheduling. Sprout Social I found clunky and hard to use. eClincher was recommended to me by a friend. I think the interface (desktop and mobile) is easy to use but what sets it apart is its support - the live chat is brilliant.
Adeline Garman BA (Hons) DipM MCIM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Critical Mention

  • Every week the department I am a part does dozens of searches on Critical Mention. We use it as our primary search engine for all things broadcast.
  • One negative aspect is that we do not know where Critical Mention gets their audience viewing numbers from so we just have to take it as their word.
  • Another negative aspect is that we are limited on the amount of time that one clip can be so we have to share several clips of the same show with our clients.
Keith Wald | TrustRadius Reviewer

eClincher

  • Makes it much easier to manage our social publishing
  • Makes it much easier to manage our social engagement
  • Makes it much easier to manage our social reporting
Dave Bloom | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Critical Mention

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Critical Mention Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

eClincher

General

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

eClincher Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$49
Premier$99
Agency$199
Enterprise$599
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    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Critical Mention
    8.7
    eClincher
    8.8

    Likelihood to Renew

    Critical Mention
    10.0
    eClincher
    10.0

    Usability

    Critical Mention
    9.0
    eClincher
    9.0

    Reliability and Availability

    Critical Mention
    8.0
    eClincher

    Support Rating

    Critical Mention
    5.1
    eClincher

    Implementation Rating

    Critical Mention
    10.0
    eClincher
    8.0

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