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Score 8.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is well suited for those managing a single social media account or dozens. It can be used by small businesses all the way up to large scale marketing agencies. The ability to post to multiple channels at once is so incredibly helpful and a huge time saver. Give it a try, you will be glad you did.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

Later is great for not only small and large businesses, but also for influencers who want a curated feed that they can easily auto-publish. If you need to tag your Instagram photos on a consistent basis, that might be a struggle, but in general, for the minimal cost and features, Later is well worth the cost. Additionally, their technical support takes 24-28 hours to respond to via chat, but it's within the software so it's very simple.
Alexis Ramsey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Listening/monitoring

Hootsuite
7.5
Later
Boolean keyword searches
Hootsuite
7.5
Later
Filtering out noise/spam
Hootsuite
7.0
Later
Sentiment analysis
Hootsuite
6.9
Later
Broad channel coverage
Hootsuite
8.5
Later

Publishing

Hootsuite
8.3
Later
Content planning and scheduling
Hootsuite
9.2
Later
Audience targeting
Hootsuite
7.8
Later
Content optimization
Hootsuite
7.9
Later
Workflow management
Hootsuite
8.5
Later

Engagement

Hootsuite
8.2
Later
Automated routing and prioritization
Hootsuite
7.9
Later
Customer interaction histories
Hootsuite
8.1
Later
Bulk actions
Hootsuite
8.5
Later

Marketing

Hootsuite
7.0
Later
Lead generation
Hootsuite
7.2
Later
Content marketing
Hootsuite
7.4
Later
Paid media management
Hootsuite
6.6
Later
Campaigns and promotions
Hootsuite
6.9
Later

Channel coverage/integration

Hootsuite
8.6
Later
Twitter
Hootsuite
9.4
Later
Facebook
Hootsuite
9.2
Later
LinkedIn
Hootsuite
8.9
Later
Google+
Hootsuite
8.8
Later
Instagram
Hootsuite
7.9
Later
Pinterest
Hootsuite
8.2
Later
YouTube
Hootsuite
7.6
Later

Reporting/analytics

Hootsuite
7.4
Later
Campaign success analytics
Hootsuite
7.5
Later
Real-time tracking
Hootsuite
7.5
Later
Competitor analysis
Hootsuite
7.2
Later

Account management

Hootsuite
8.3
Later
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Hootsuite
8.6
Later
Mobile access
Hootsuite
8.0
Later

Pros

Hootsuite

  • The great thing about it is that it allows us in making schedules for social media posts belonging to different pages.
  • I strongly appreciate its analytics and tracking the most which help us a lot in facilitating our business in many ways. It let us organize our whole social media. It has made our marketing staff contented.
  • This is the most helpful tool in tracking matrices, followers, posts, and weekly activities as well.
  • This superb tool helps us in keeping the whole social media at a single location.
Jennifer Osborne | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

  • Later is great at Instagram marketing thought leadership. I love their newsletters they send out on Instagram marketing tips and new features to take advantage of.
  • I love the ability to manage my visual content in once place in later. I can connect to Drive or Dropbox to bulk upload my images and categorize them with tags.
  • I also love the ability to store captions so that I can have a repository of captions and just connect them to an image.
  • It's really easy to tag others in my posts.
Meredith Walter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Hootsuite

  • I personally don't like the way Hootsuite displays multiple social channels on the interface. It's very utilitarian and it does have a modern look, but there's just something about the multiple column look that really bugs me. It feels a bit dated and cluttered.
  • I've used both the free and the pro versions before. Pro is somewhat overpriced for the value that it provides and the free version limits you to too few social profiles which puts you in a position to either overpay or go to another option like Buffer which is cheaper but isn't as reliable. I'd say somewhere around $12-15/mo. would make the single-user Pro tier more palatable.
Garrett Genest | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

  • Later doesn't allow you to tweet just a link (no photo attached), which can be a challenge at times when planning content.
  • It would be nice if Later could pull in posts that are shared natively. Sprout Social does this and it is very convenient.
  • As of right now, you can only sort by account (IG, TW, FB) to see your content. I would be nice if you could select multiple and see the content calendar as a whole across platforms.
Lauren Kelley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 8.4
Based on 74 answers
At this time we are satisfied that Hootsuite offers the most of what we are looking for at the most reasonable price point. As the social media landscape and monitoring/scheduling software changes, so do our needs. We re-evaluate our tools semi-annually or as new tools emerge onto the market. If we find at any point that we aren't gaining an advantage, then we are open to switching products.
Laura Pence | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 9.1
Based on 27 answers
The layout of horizontal columns for each stream or search is a very cumbersome way to display information. There isn't an easy way to sort, filter, or otherwise re-organize the streams to limit the current view to relevancy. This is one of the primary reasons why we plan to move to another platform.
Matthew Hardesty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

Later 9.4
Based on 3 answers
Later is extremely easy to use. I love the visual planner portion of the tool so I can see ahead of time what my images will look like next to and stacked amongst each other! The posts are so easy to set up, tag, and schedule. UX and UI are great!
Meredith Walter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 36 answers
Any outages are communicated in advance and have not been a problem. We let our clients know based on communications from HootSuite.Since we operate 24/7 with multiple shifts, planned outages can interfere with our operations, but we can always work around it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 32 answers
Hootsuite makes passing on articles from the web very easy- when it works! I have had a number of gliches with Chrome where it does not open properly and the solution (after some toing and froing with support) was to uninstall and reinstall. The support staff are always very helpful (which is great!) but the gliches..... well, they suck when you are already busy!
Michael Royal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 7.8
Based on 63 answers
Their customer support has been very helpful during the few times I have contacted them. They seem to be knowledgeable and friendly. As users, you can reach them via email, live chat, tickets, and tweeter. They have a help center within the app that provides users with step-by-step guides and a resource library.
Mahmoud Farag | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

Later 9.2
Based on 13 answers
Later are not just a software tool, they also provide marketing advice, tips, and tutorials via their blog. I’ve only had to reach out to them for help a few times and have found them to respond much faster than other tools in their category. I receive weekly emails with updates, marketing tips and invites to online events. I look forward to their emails as I’ve learned a lot of things that I’ve been able to actually implement.
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to teach and learn
Jessica Rudolph | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

No score
No answers yet
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Online Training

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 8 answers
Would rate it a 10. We received two hours of online training and it was of very high-quality. HootSuite also offers HootSuite University which is an extremely comprehensive training portal with self-paced quizzes, training webinars and videos, best-practice papers, product certification, and access to a network of external experts. This is a fantastic resource.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 65 answers
One person of the organization must take the time to understand the product throughly. Next that person should work with the Hootsuite team to maximize the architecture of your platform and mitigate any problems that may crop up. Also, if a team members voices a concern or is having a problem roll your sleeves up and help them if not it can kill support for the product and end any chances of a renewal. Lastly, set aside enough time to allow for training and refresher training. Solve all problems ambiguity can not be permitted
Edgar Carpenter IV | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Hootsuite

Sprout Social has a better UI than Hootsuite. It uses a single feed approach compared to the multi-column layout that allows you to check and uncheck filters based on what you'd like to see at a given moment. Overall, Hootsuite was a better choice for our team given the stronger analytics reporting that it provided. Being in a data-driven business, this was particularly important to us to be able to provide performance metrics to leadership. Both tools are fairly similar, so it really is a toss-up in terms of which you should choose.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

We evaluated multiple social media scheduling programs and ultimately selected a service apart from Later, but with the addition of their new tools, we are looking to potentially go back. Later was always one of our frontrunners, and with its new improvements, we will likely be switching as we move into the new year. Later by far offers the most options and tools, including the ability to schedule Instagram stories in advance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Hootsuite

We haven't needed to scale it all.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Hootsuite

  • Honestly, Hootsuite has been pretty close to a wash for us. The frequency with which we've had to wrestle with our Facebook Business connection has caused us to repeatedly put Hootsuite on the shelf and opt for manual posting to both FB and Instagram.
  • During the times it functioned properly, Hootsuite probably saved us around an hour of work per day, if you factor in both time required to post to various platforms and potential time spent ensuring/editing consistency between posts.
Brock Ross | TrustRadius Reviewer

Later

  • It's hard to tell an overall ROI, but I feel it has been positive for the most part.
  • There are times that I have to reauthorize Facebook - sometimes I don't see or don't receive this alert in a timely manner so some posts go unposted that are scheduled.
  • Using the link in the bio feature better - so far I haven't had any results as I did with other products.
  • I wish there was auto-fill for website links used more than once.
  • I wish Instagram would allow users to be found when tagging.
  • The tagging function isn't intuitive, I wish I had gotten a tutorial on using it.
Josephine Stafford | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Hootsuite

General

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

Hootsuite Editions & Modules

Edition
Professional$49.001
Team$129.002
Business$599.003
EnterpriseContact for Pricing
  1. per month (1 user / 10 social profiles)
  2. per month (3 users / 20 social profiles)
  3. per month (5, up to 10 users / 35 social profiles)
Additional Pricing Details
For feature comparison across our different plans, please visit: https://www.hootsuite.com/plans

Later

General

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

Later Editions & Modules

Edition
Free$0.001
Starter$15.002
Growth$25.002
Advanced$40.002
  1. per month
  2. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details
Price increases are users and social sets are added.

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