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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.1 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

NetBase

Best suited to processing large volumes of social media mentions. As with any social analysis tool, a degree of expertise and understanding of social media platforms, audience trends etc. is important to get the most out of the tool, so an "expert user" approach should be prioritised over making it accessible to lots of people with minimal training. The pricing model is particularly suitable for a small number of users who are likely to be looking at a large number of brands/topics.
Scott Thompson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Listening/monitoring

Critical Mention
NetBase
7.8
Boolean keyword searches
Critical Mention
NetBase
7.1
Filtering out noise/spam
Critical Mention
NetBase
7.1
Sentiment analysis
Critical Mention
NetBase
7.9
Broad channel coverage
Critical Mention
NetBase
9.0

Publishing

Critical Mention
NetBase
8.5
Content planning and scheduling
Critical Mention
NetBase
9.0
Audience targeting
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.1
Content optimization
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.0
Workflow management
Critical Mention
NetBase
9.0

Engagement

Critical Mention
NetBase
8.3
Automated routing and prioritization
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.0
Customer interaction histories
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.0
Bulk actions
Critical Mention
NetBase
9.0

Marketing

Critical Mention
NetBase
8.4
Lead generation
Critical Mention
NetBase
9.0
Content marketing
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.0
Paid media management
Critical Mention
NetBase
9.0
Campaigns and promotions
Critical Mention
NetBase
7.5

Channel coverage/integration

Critical Mention
NetBase
8.4
Twitter
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.5
Facebook
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.5
LinkedIn
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.5
Google+
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.5
Instagram
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.5
Pinterest
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.0
YouTube
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.5

Reporting/analytics

Critical Mention
NetBase
8.7
Campaign success analytics
Critical Mention
NetBase
9.0
Real-time tracking
Critical Mention
NetBase
9.0
Competitor analysis
Critical Mention
NetBase
8.0

Account management

Critical Mention
NetBase
8.0
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Critical Mention
NetBase
9.0
Mobile access
Critical Mention
NetBase
7.0

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

NetBase

  • Ease of reporting, conversation analysis, easy to build dashboards that give quick glimpses of the conversation/topic and allow you to drill down as needed.
  • Accurate sentiment driven triggered alerts let you keep your pulse on the conversation.
  • Topic setup is easy. Topics are easy to set up and advanced Boolean search functionality enables the use of wildcards to enhance topics.
  • Data access is outstanding. With 27 months of historical data built in and access to firehose data for social media platforms, data acquisition is second to none.
Ted Tagalakis | 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

NetBase

  • NetBase has implemented many changes recently, but did not keep us informed. A newsletter or something like that would help.
  • I noticed a couple of problems with the data, but I was told they were due to "glitches" which was not very helpful.
  • We find a lot of repeats of the same exact posts, which seems odd and skews the data.
Melissa Schwartz | 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

NetBase

NetBase 8.1
Based on 88 answers
We've had a good experience using the tool and have invested quite a bit of time training the internal team on how to get the most benefit out of it. There would need to be a compelling reason or business case to port over all of our existing topics and tool know-how to another platform.
Alisa Abrams | 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

NetBase

NetBase 9.0
Based on 13 answers
Very simple to use, quick to pick up on the key principles, and a task-centric design (ie. Topics to set up what you want to analyze, Analysis to do the exploration/analysis, and Dashboards to pull results and findings together to generate reports.) All intuitive, drag & drop etc.
Scott Thompson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Critical Mention

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

NetBase

NetBase 9.5
Based on 6 answers
NetBase constantly updates the platform with features. The platforms ability to analyze complex social listening topics is exceptional. Its fast and gives you the ability to create standardized reports for a quick topic analysis. Additionally, the standard overview tab provides the topic at a glance and assists in quickly identifying areas to further analyze. Great product with excellent support behind it!
Ted Tagalakis | 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

NetBase

NetBase 9.1
Based on 11 answers
Our NetBase support team is always there for us and has never let us down. They are willing to roll up their sleeves and dive into any issue or complex business problem that we are looking to solve.
Ted Tagalakis | 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

NetBase

NetBase 9.6
Based on 4 answers
We had an internal implementation meeting with the NetBase team as well as a business seat implementation for one of our clients. I would highly recommend having all stakeholders attend an implementation meeting as they can understand the power of this platform.
Ted Tagalakis | 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

NetBase

We've used several different social media tools, and Netbase is by far the best. It's easy to understand (after a topic is set up), easy to export and looks very clean for client presentations. With Radian 6, we got a word cloud, but had to create any other graphs and visuals by hand since they only exported to an Excel. It was the same with Simply Measured, the reporting was just ugly and unpresentable to clients. Visible Intelligence was just inaccurate, and kept pulling in spam posts that were full of porn
Sarah Flagg | 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

NetBase

  • Positive - NetBase allows us to quickly gather a high level over view of a topic, which helps for new business pitch and being able to inform the account teams of basic information.
  • Negative - We have to use other tools to gather news, which affects our budget.
Scott Reitzel | 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

NetBase

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Critical Mention
8.7
NetBase
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Critical Mention
10.0
NetBase
8.1

Usability

Critical Mention
9.0
NetBase
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Critical Mention
8.0
NetBase

Performance

Critical Mention
NetBase
9.5

Support Rating

Critical Mention
5.1
NetBase
9.1

Implementation Rating

Critical Mention
10.0
NetBase
9.6

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