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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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater works if you need an easy way to find contact info for people of influence. That's where they excel. I would not get it if you are only working with the same individuals from the same places. Growing your network is where this tool really comes to benefit a PR professional.
Jake Neeley | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

  • Keyword Search - We are able to find who has recently written about a topic. This allows us to target those who have been recently interested in what we are writing about in our release. It is also a way for us to expand our contact list to reach people who may be writing outside of their normal beat/genre.
  • Search Function - We take advantage of several saved searches that track media mentions. This uses boolean logic to get us the exact results we are looking for. The search function is also great for searching for mentions of our competitors, narrowing our search to a specific product we may have done a campaign on or a more broad topic outside of our company alone.
  • Reporting - Meltwater allows us to set up our own customized reports that are emailed to us on a regular basis that we request.
  • Dashboard - Each user is able to set up a dashboard (homepage) for the platform with the reporting functions that are specific to what we are interested in or need to be aware of. This is a great day-to-day update of our media mentions.
Avery Harris | 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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

  • While the platform has seemingly unlimited options, it takes a while to learn. Our product support representative has been really helpful in web tutorials, and the Knowledge Base documents explain some things in detail, but it may be helpful for Meltwater to publish videos of them navigating the site.
  • Meltwater finds obscure placements, but it misses many on prominent web sites. In the last month, it's missed stories on Forbes, New York Times, Huffington Post and Bloomberg.
  • Meltwater can improve its updating of media contacts. I think they do this annually, but I average six or seven dead email addresses for every 25 reporters whenever I build a distribution list.
David Miller | 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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 10.0
Based on 6 answers
Meltwater's platform consistently out-performs others we trial when it comes to monitoring. Their customer support is unrivaled, and I've never seen anything like it from such a large company. Meltwater is on top of emerging trends and needs of PR practitioners both in terms of actually practicing PR *and* in terms of helping us show ROI to clients.
Anonymous | 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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 2.3
Based on 3 answers
Once you get some basic training it's pretty easy to use. I would like to see training manuals, or instructional videos to help me explore features I'm not currently using.
Chris Vanasdalan | 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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 5.4
Based on 10 answers
After we purchased the tool, our team was given a login and a training site, and then we were left to "dig in" for ourselves. After struggling with getting the tool implemented, I asked for a call and did get some assistance, but could use many more calls to learn the platform. There are lots of on-demand training, but with such a robust tool, it would be nice for some 1-1 training, especially for the price paid.I will say that when reaching out to their customer support team, they are extremely quick to respond or assist as they can.
Jenna Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Critical Mention

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Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Again, really in-depth and helpful for a program that is really easy to use.
Carolyn Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Critical Mention

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Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Walked step by step through program. Very informative on a program that doesn't require much training.
Carolyn Smith | 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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 6.1
Based on 2 answers
You are only allowed 15 users, so make sure you've identified who will have access to use the tool.
Chris Vanasdalan | 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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater is definitely a more versatile tool than Cision. Cision's main purpose is to search for media contacts and create media lists, which it does a really good job of. I'm very comfortable with Cision which is why I use it even though Meltwater has this feature in addition to the media tracking that it is known for. But Cision is very one-sided whereas you can do a lot more things with Meltwater.
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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

  • I've yet to really see a way to measure ROI by using Meltwater.
  • We have a goal number of positive mentions by percentage that our organization strives to reach. Meltwater keeps excellent track of this.
  • I like what Meltwater does for us, but I don't see extreme positives or negatives in terms of business objectives. It is simply good for what I need it to do.
Lance Cranmer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Critical Mention

General

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

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

General

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

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