28 Ratings
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Score 9.3 out of 100
98 Ratings
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Score 7.1 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Critical Mention is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) is rated higher in 1 area: Availability
  • Critical Mention and Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) are tied in 2 areas: Usability, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Critical Mention

92%
20 Ratings
8.0

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

80%
45 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Critical Mention

100%
7 Ratings
6.8

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

68%
28 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Critical Mention

90%
2 Ratings
9.0

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

90%
6 Ratings

Availability

8.0

Critical Mention

80%
2 Ratings
8.2

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

82%
10 Ratings

Performance

Critical Mention

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

85%
10 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Critical Mention

100%
2 Ratings
9.9

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

99%
14 Ratings

In-Person Training

Critical Mention

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

96%
2 Ratings

Online Training

Critical Mention

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

80%
5 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Critical Mention

100%
2 Ratings
10.0

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

100%
16 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Critical Mention

Critical Mention is great for schools/businesses/etc. that want to know when they are in the news. Sometimes a brand's reputation can suffer greatly if you are not aware of an issue that was posted by a competitor or media outlet If you are not in the news a lot, there is no need for this product.
Tom McGuire | 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's customer service is excellent. Any time we've had a challenge finding a clip or anything, they are on top of it and go above and beyond to make sure we have what we are looking for quickly.
  • The ability to create tailored clips of each mention and quickly share them is unparalleled.
  • The reporting feature is fantastic. It makes it very simple to pull detailed reports and share them with interested parties.
Anonymous | 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

  • I believe the one frustration I have with searching in general that if the closed captioning is not correct on the broadcast end Critical Mention will miss that data. Which is not a Critical Mention issue and does overcome depending on the search. Also, it would be great if you wanted to capture a complete 30 minutes newscast, it could be done by using the search. The clips need to be about to handle 30-minute programs.
  • One nagging issue when using Critical Mention is that it does not save e-mail addresses when sending a report and this requires a waste of time having to type in e-mails that should be able to be pulled from the customers' contacts.
  • Also, it would be great if you wanted to capture a complete 30 minutes newscast, it could be done by using the search. The clips need to be able to handle 30-minute programs.
Jerry Kambic | 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

Pricing Details

Critical Mention

General

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

Starting Price

Critical Mention Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

General

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

Starting Price

$0 per month

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) Editions & Modules

Edition
Sysomos$1,000.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

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 2 answers
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 10.0
Based on 2 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 2 answers
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

Burrelles is confusing and outdated. Critical Mention works on the side of the account team and understands our needs better. I was able to share hundreds of outlets that I wanted to be included in my online search and Critical Mention added all of them in less than a day I was seeing better results in my searches. The possibilities with Burrelles seem limited while Critical Mention's online monitoring service really lets me craft reports the way I want to
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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