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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 5.9 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

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Sysomos Expion is best suited, in my opinion, to offices where either you have only one moderator/manager OR where multiple users plan to manage a specific channel. Without live updates, it gets far too complicated for multiple users to manage the exact same workload
Joshua P. Kennedy | 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 Social (formerly Sysomos)

  • Ad-hoc research. During planning phase of a campaign it is a helpful tool to understand the marketplace, key influencers and topics that engage a target demographic.
  • Post-event hashtag analysis. Rapid generation of reporting on efficacy of a campaign, key voices, topics that resonated, viral reach and more.
  • User interface. Friendly and accessible enough to minimize training needs and enable decentralized access, though we have found some hand-holding is still required to get the most out of the platform.
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

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

  • It does not provide a visual for volume over time.
  • The visuals aren't excellent, and would require an export to create better looking graphics.
  • The interface isn't intuitive and sometimes requires clicking around to find things that seem like they should be under a different title.
Kristen Squire | 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 Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 6.8
Based on 28 answers
There are two differentiating features that Sysomos MAP has that the competitor tools I have experienced (Radian6, Meltwater Buzz) did not: user-friendly Boolean queries for searches and near-real-time results. The former is important because, of course, your results are only as good as your search/campaign. With Sysomos, once you master Boolean queries (which isn't terribly difficult) you're set for creating any kind of listening report. I strongly prefer this to the "campaign creator" forms that other services provide. Second, Sysomos MAP returns results almost immediately - like a Google search. So if you get your results and see that you need to tweak your query - no big deal. Or if you have a last-minute request for a client - not an issue. Meltwater can take up to 48 hours for a search to fully populate. This is a major issue if you get your full set of results back and see that you need to adjust the query; you're looking at another two days of wait time. A long wait on results can also prove problematic in agency settings where clients or prospective clients often need results with a quick turnaround.
Kristen O'Neill | 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 Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 9.0
Based on 6 answers
The product is very easy to use. The platform is visual and data is easy to read. Boolean construction can sometimes be difficult, but the boolean constructor tool is helpful for boolean beginners. For more experienced boolean constructors, the boolean display at the top is very helpful in identifying where there may be holes in the construction
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Critical Mention

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

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 8.2
Based on 10 answers
Not really an availability issue, but concurrency licensing rules mean that only one user can be logged in at a time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Critical Mention

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 8.5
Based on 10 answers
This has not been an issue. It is actually beating TweetDeck when we are tagged within a post that TweetDeck is monitoring.
Vinny Poliseno | 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

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 9.9
Based on 14 answers
Every time I had a question, I received a fast detailed response and help when I needed it. If a feature was not currently available, it was often added to a list of features to be added at a later time or the team provided me with a workaround that worked almost as well..
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Critical Mention

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 8.0
Based on 5 answers
We had a kick-off training with the whole team where they walked us through the functionality. This was a pretty effective and comprehensive training.
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

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 10.0
Based on 16 answers
Implementation was so easy I dont even remember it!
Kelly Cates | 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 Social (formerly Sysomos)

We've used Sprout Social & Hootsuite in the past -- and they all stack up pretty evenly. Sysomos has the same features as Sprout or Hootsuite, except their reports and analytics are a little more detailed. Hootsuite has a better social media management software and dashboard though
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 Social (formerly Sysomos)

  • Lowered costs and overhead when Expion got introduced as we now use one centralized solution for all of our social media work
  • We can finally calculate ROI with ease and understand our campaign performance through proper tracking and analytics
  • Competition tracking was never easier
Anonymous | 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

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Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

General

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

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) Editions & Modules

Edition
Sysomos$1,000.001
  1. Per Month
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