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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 7.8 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

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

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.0
Boolean keyword searches
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.1
Filtering out noise/spam
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
6.1
Sentiment analysis
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
6.7
Broad channel coverage
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.1

Publishing

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.2
Content planning and scheduling
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
9.3
Audience targeting
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.6
Content optimization
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.7
Workflow management
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.0

Engagement

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.0
Automated routing and prioritization
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.8
Customer interaction histories
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.8
Bulk actions
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.3

Marketing

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
6.8
Lead generation
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.0
Content marketing
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.1
Paid media management
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
6.5
Campaigns and promotions
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
6.5

Channel coverage/integration

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.4
Twitter
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
9.3
Facebook
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
9.1
LinkedIn
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.9
Google+
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.8
Instagram
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.5
Pinterest
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.1
YouTube
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.0

Reporting/analytics

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.0
Campaign success analytics
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.1
Real-time tracking
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.2
Competitor analysis
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
6.6

Account management

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.0
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
8.3
Mobile access
Critical Mention
Hootsuite
7.8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Critical Mention

Critical Mention 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Critical Mention

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Critical Mention

Critical Mention 5.0
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

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

Critical Mention

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

Critical Mention

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

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

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

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

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

Critical Mention

No answers on this topic

Hootsuite

We haven't needed to scale it all.
Anonymous | 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

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

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

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

Critical Mention
8.3
Hootsuite
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Critical Mention
10.0
Hootsuite
8.4

Usability

Critical Mention
9.0
Hootsuite
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Critical Mention
8.0
Hootsuite
10.0

Performance

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
10.0

Support Rating

Critical Mention
5.0
Hootsuite
7.2

In-Person Training

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
6.0

Online Training

Critical Mention
Hootsuite
10.0

Implementation Rating

Critical Mention
10.0
Hootsuite
10.0

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