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Likelihood to Recommend

Hootsuite

The Hootsuite free version is great for small businesses that do not need extremely detailed tracking. It can easily publish content across multiple social media formats. I have not had any issues in content failing to publish because of software error. The at-a-glance analytics provides a lot of information when targeted a specific age range or the time when subscribers are online. It has worked well for my private business.
Trish Lofton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visible Intelligence

The only time I have trouble recommending Visible is to my clients of specific markets. We work with several McDonald's co-ops and we can't narrow our searches to a specific region for example, to the state of Iowa or Kansas City region.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Listening/monitoring

Hootsuite
7.0
Visible Intelligence
Boolean keyword searches
Hootsuite
7.0
Visible Intelligence
Filtering out noise/spam
Hootsuite
6.1
Visible Intelligence
Sentiment analysis
Hootsuite
6.6
Visible Intelligence
Broad channel coverage
Hootsuite
8.1
Visible Intelligence

Publishing

Hootsuite
8.1
Visible Intelligence
Content planning and scheduling
Hootsuite
9.3
Visible Intelligence
Audience targeting
Hootsuite
7.5
Visible Intelligence
Content optimization
Hootsuite
7.6
Visible Intelligence
Workflow management
Hootsuite
8.1
Visible Intelligence

Engagement

Hootsuite
7.9
Visible Intelligence
Automated routing and prioritization
Hootsuite
7.7
Visible Intelligence
Customer interaction histories
Hootsuite
7.7
Visible Intelligence
Bulk actions
Hootsuite
8.2
Visible Intelligence

Marketing

Hootsuite
6.7
Visible Intelligence
Lead generation
Hootsuite
6.9
Visible Intelligence
Content marketing
Hootsuite
7.0
Visible Intelligence
Paid media management
Hootsuite
6.4
Visible Intelligence
Campaigns and promotions
Hootsuite
6.3
Visible Intelligence

Channel coverage/integration

Hootsuite
8.4
Visible Intelligence
Twitter
Hootsuite
9.4
Visible Intelligence
Facebook
Hootsuite
9.1
Visible Intelligence
LinkedIn
Hootsuite
8.9
Visible Intelligence
Google+
Hootsuite
8.8
Visible Intelligence
Instagram
Hootsuite
7.4
Visible Intelligence
Pinterest
Hootsuite
7.9
Visible Intelligence
YouTube
Hootsuite
7.0
Visible Intelligence

Reporting/analytics

Hootsuite
6.9
Visible Intelligence
Campaign success analytics
Hootsuite
7.1
Visible Intelligence
Real-time tracking
Hootsuite
7.1
Visible Intelligence
Competitor analysis
Hootsuite
6.4
Visible Intelligence

Account management

Hootsuite
7.9
Visible Intelligence
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Hootsuite
8.2
Visible Intelligence
Mobile access
Hootsuite
7.6
Visible Intelligence

Pros

Hootsuite

  • The scheduling feature is fantastic. It allows you to easily plan the exact day, time, and channel that a particular post will be published.
  • Mobile functionality is great with the app. The team could use it on their phones or tablets, which made it easy to make changes or additions on the go or in-between meetings.
  • Social channel integration. All of the major channels are integrated with the tool, making it easy to sign in and start using it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visible Intelligence

  • The way the cloud of related terms, a.k.a "social media differentiating terms", was organized into a chart with the frequency of appearance was extremely helpful. Each term was also a link to other terms that may be related to your research as well, which was insightful.
  • Visible Intelligence allows you to view the differentiating terms across platforms. This is particularly a useful tool when trying to compare and understand what is being said and where exactly (Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Most of the social media analytical tools allow you to view "sample content". However, and I find this extremely useful in many cases, Visible Intelligence allows you to directly connect with the person that posted the content. Because of such feature more clarification can be accomplished.
Israa Bukhari | 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

Visible Intelligence

  • Firehose terms. I wish there was a place in setting or somewhere that let us know what firehose terms we currently have. To make it really great it would be nice for it to also show a history of what terms we had in the past with dates and the start dates of current firehose terms. I can't tell you how many times we've had to reach out to our rep to let us know what we currently have in place and when you have multiple users in the agency using the tool, it's near impossible to keep track of when changes were made.
  • Exports, I wish there was a way to have larger exports. And if you can't, an easier way to break down larger exports. For example, say my timeframe is only 1 day and I have over 20,000 results in that day– there is no way for me to export all of those results by breaking it down because my only options are most recent, most relevant, klout, most confident, most influential, most followers, positive, negative. There's no option to break down 1 day by the first 20,000 then the second 20,000 and so on. Instead I have to then manually break it down by media type and hope each one of those is less than 20,000.
  • Author influence, I know this algorithm is tricky but at the very least I think it could be better explained within the tool so when clients ask questions we can answer them. It could be nice to have some filtering options with this because several authors get a 99 score and it's not valuable information.
  • Tagging, when tagging content it is extremely annoying that I can't add new tags in the "select tags" drop down. It takes too much time to go in to where I can add new tags and then go back to where I was.
  • It'd also be nice to have setting for a stream where only a certain folder or folders of tags display. So when I'm in client x's search the only tags that display are client x's instead of all 5 clients and I have to keep scrolling through to find what I need.
  • Archive, when you hit archive on a post it does nothing. It stays in your search and ends up in all you charts which skews your data. What I do now is I created an actual tag called "archive" (because if I didn't tag it with that and I exported everything nothing in the excel doc tells me I hit Visible's archive button for that result) I export the search, I remove everything I tagged as "archive" in excel and then I manual make charts. When I hit Visible's "archive" button it should be completely removed and if I made a mistake and I want to un-archive it, there should be a section where I can go and see everything I archived and be able to un-archive it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 8.4
Based on 73 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

Visible Intelligence

Visible Intelligence 7.0
Based on 2 answers
I loved the way Visible Intelligence was similar yet different from Radian6. Although I have more experience with Radian6, it still wasn't hard to use and get familiar with Visible Intelligence. I personally liked how easy it was to do your "thing" and conduct your analysis using VI. That is plenty of reason for me to consider re-using it in any project that requires social media analysis.
Israa Bukhari | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 9.2
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

Visible Intelligence

Visible Intelligence 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It's easy to user once you become familiar with it
Anonymous | 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

Visible Intelligence

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

Visible Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 7.4
Based on 50 answers
The system is pretty self-guided so I haven't had much need for support. The support forum and could be better, chat feature and email work when needed without too much time to wait for help. You'll know if they are online to chat or not. I find chat is the fastest way to get questions answered
Matthew Veil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visible Intelligence

Visible Intelligence 8.0
Based on 1 answer
My rep is always helpful and is timely with my requests
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Hootsuite

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

Visible Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Visible Intelligence

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

Visible Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Hootsuite

Main other tool we looked at was Buffer. While I like both of them, the free version of Hootsuite allowed us to connect to 3 social media platforms and we prefer the calendar and stream layouts for management of activity.
Ed Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visible Intelligence

No answers on this topic

Scalability

Hootsuite

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

Visible Intelligence

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

Visible Intelligence

  • Faster/better content analysis.
  • Faster return time of reports.
Israa Bukhari | 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

Visible Intelligence

General

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

Visible Intelligence Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Hootsuite
8.5
Visible Intelligence
7.6

Likelihood to Renew

Hootsuite
8.4
Visible Intelligence
7.0

Usability

Hootsuite
9.2
Visible Intelligence
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Hootsuite
10.0
Visible Intelligence

Performance

Hootsuite
10.0
Visible Intelligence

Support Rating

Hootsuite
7.4
Visible Intelligence
8.0

In-Person Training

Hootsuite
6.0
Visible Intelligence

Online Training

Hootsuite
10.0
Visible Intelligence

Implementation Rating

Hootsuite
10.0
Visible Intelligence

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