Help a Reporter Out (HARO) vs. PR Newswire

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Help a Reporter Out (HARO)
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is a service owned by Cision (via the merger with Vocus) for reaching out to journalists.N/A
PR Newswire
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
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$199
per release
Pricing
Help a Reporter Out (HARO)PR Newswire
Editions & Modules
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Newswire Digital
$199
per release
Newswire Digital Plus
$449
per release
Newswire State
$499
per release
Newswire Canada
$649
per release
Newswire UK
$649
per release
Newswire Asia
$649
per release
Newswire National
$799
per release
Newswire Financial
$799
per release
Newswire Latin America
$949
per release
Newswire Global
1,649
per release
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Help a Reporter Out (HARO)PR Newswire
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Help a Reporter Out (HARO)PR Newswire
Considered Both Products
Help a Reporter Out (HARO)
Chose Help a Reporter Out (HARO)
These products I mentioned are a little different because they are used by more mainstream journalists which is a huge advantage. PR Newswire is email-based product similarly to HARO but Cision is a huge database of media contact information which is great if you want to take …
PR Newswire

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Help a Reporter Out (HARO)PR Newswire
Small Businesses
Cision Communications Cloud
Cision Communications Cloud
Score 7.5 out of 10
Newswire
Newswire
Score 8.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Cision Communications Cloud
Cision Communications Cloud
Score 7.5 out of 10
Newswire
Newswire
Score 8.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Cision Communications Cloud
Cision Communications Cloud
Score 7.5 out of 10

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User Ratings
Help a Reporter Out (HARO)PR Newswire
Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(11 ratings)
8.0
(15 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.7
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Help a Reporter Out (HARO)PR Newswire
Likelihood to Recommend
Cision
I believe I explained the main scenarios. Haro is a simple tool that pretty much gives you feedback on media opportunities you can pitch for and allows you to get in touch with the reporter, so you can get exposure and they can find people for their news. It's better suited for b2c or smb-focused companies for sure.
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Cision
PR Newswire is a terrific solution for ensuring that news is distributed in a way that is findable and searchable. It also automatically ties the news to ticker symbols. It's not a useful or meaningful solution for actually securing news coverage. It still requires picking up the phone and pitching media.
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Pros
Cision
  • Pushes PR opportunities right to your desktop several times a day
  • Provides media opportunities for just about every industry and if you monitor it regularly, on just about every topic you can think of
  • Provides an easy way to contact reporters with relevant information
  • Media outlets are verified for you
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Cision
  • User-friendly - PR Newswire has a very user-friendly website that makes it simple and easy to get a news release set up for a distribution relatively quickly. You can also save your selections from a previous distribution to make it go even faster. Since I am pretty much always sending out my releases to the same distribution list, all I have to do is check that box.
  • Customer support - When you submit a release via the web portal, you have several options about when it will be released. I typically want my releases to go out as quickly as possible, but even then I know an account representative will take a look at my release and accompanying multimedia materials and give me a quick call to confirm and make sure everything is set before officially sending it out. It's a helpful step without making the process cumbersome.
  • Reports - PR Newswire provides timely and comprehensive reports, so it's easy to tell the where the news release went.
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Cons
Cision
  • I've noticed that some queries are incredibly vague to the point where they could or could not apply to me. I feel like they should implement more strict parameters on what the query has to include.
  • Sometimes the outlet is marked anonymous which is not beneficial at all to those who are browsing queries. I think the outlet should be required as that is a pretty essential piece of information to consider.
  • I think they email slightly too often. My inbox gets flooded with HARO emails and I'm not able to go through all of them because they get buried. Maybe explore a new strategy to organize the huge amount of queries that get submitted every day.
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Cision
  • The pricing structure is comprehensive, depending on how far you want your release to go.
  • Adding multi-media, such as photos, increases visibility quite a bit but PR Newswire charges extra for photos.
  • PR Newswire also charges an annual fee for storing your logo, which I think should be free for organizations that already have an account (and pay a membership fee).
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Usability
Cision
It takes only a few minutes to set up your account. Then, the rest is just checking the push emails, and responding to relevant queries.
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Cision
PR Newswire is an industry leader and gives the user the ability to send out a press release, to a wide audience, very quickly and easily. The pricing is on par with other companies (perhaps they are a bit higher) but they do send useful "visibility" reports after a release is distributed, which is helpful when trying to explain ROI to C suite leaders. You also can email or fax your own distribution list, which is helpful and reduces the need for a media monitoring service
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Support Rating
Cision
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Cision
Honestly this is probably the absolute worst part of the company. I had maybe 5 different emails from 5 different people when attempting to use this service, and I never knew who my account manager was and who the other people were.
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Alternatives Considered
Cision
They are different tools. While HARO pretty much gives you feedback on media opportunities you can pitch for and allows you to get in touch with the reporter, so you can get exposure and they can find people for their news. Cision allows you to syndicate your press releases. You need to have a written press release in order to use it.
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Cision
PR Newswire and Businesswire are familiar, similar products in terms of newswire distribution services. Many times it comes down to client familiarity with one service over the other, the cost per distribution, the reach of distribution, as well as other related fees, i.e., you have to be a member of PR Newswire to use the service and then pay fees on top of that for individual distributions.
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Return on Investment
Cision
  • A hard thing to measure in terms of actual sales dollars, however, being able to provide fresh content is essential to any brand. When someone mentions they saw the published piece or it grows organically from social media, that is a win.
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Cision
  • We lost one of our pre paid distributions due to the expiration date
  • We would like to see more communication between the client and the representative or account manager
  • We have had success in getting larger publications to pick up our over the wire publication
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