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Likelihood to Recommend

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater works if you need an easy way to find contact info for people of influence. That's where they excel. I would not get it if you are only working with the same individuals from the same places. Growing your network is where this tool really comes to benefit a PR professional.
Jake Neeley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

MuckRack is best at getting a good picture of one person's interests and what they like to write about. It helps me build very specific media lists. I don't spray and pray with my outreach. Everything is very targeted and MuckRack lets me find exactly who could be receptive to my story.
Jennifer Harrison, APR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

  • Keyword Search - We are able to find who has recently written about a topic. This allows us to target those who have been recently interested in what we are writing about in our release. It is also a way for us to expand our contact list to reach people who may be writing outside of their normal beat/genre.
  • Search Function - We take advantage of several saved searches that track media mentions. This uses boolean logic to get us the exact results we are looking for. The search function is also great for searching for mentions of our competitors, narrowing our search to a specific product we may have done a campaign on or a more broad topic outside of our company alone.
  • Reporting - Meltwater allows us to set up our own customized reports that are emailed to us on a regular basis that we request.
  • Dashboard - Each user is able to set up a dashboard (homepage) for the platform with the reporting functions that are specific to what we are interested in or need to be aware of. This is a great day-to-day update of our media mentions.
Avery Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

  • Identify journalists and influencers not in traditional media databases.
  • Understand what journalists are talking about topics relevant to your clients.
  • Bios: love being able to search bios, including confirming beats and interests.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

  • While the platform has seemingly unlimited options, it takes a while to learn. Our product support representative has been really helpful in web tutorials, and the Knowledge Base documents explain some things in detail, but it may be helpful for Meltwater to publish videos of them navigating the site.
  • Meltwater finds obscure placements, but it misses many on prominent web sites. In the last month, it's missed stories on Forbes, New York Times, Huffington Post and Bloomberg.
  • Meltwater can improve its updating of media contacts. I think they do this annually, but I average six or seven dead email addresses for every 25 reporters whenever I build a distribution list.
David Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

  • Building out their list of media contacts at smaller local news outlets
Andrew Bard Epstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 10.0
Based on 6 answers
Meltwater's platform consistently out-performs others we trial when it comes to monitoring. Their customer support is unrivaled, and I've never seen anything like it from such a large company. Meltwater is on top of emerging trends and needs of PR practitioners both in terms of actually practicing PR *and* in terms of helping us show ROI to clients.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

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Usability

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Once you get some basic training it's pretty easy to use. I would like to see training manuals, or instructional videos to help me explore features I'm not currently using.
Chris Vanasdalan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

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Support

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 5.0
Based on 7 answers
Meltwater is very impressive software, but if you don't have someone to help you through it, you might get lost. However, a great feature that does come with your Meltwater package are an account rep, or two, who are available to help you with set up, management and cover all questions.
Mark Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

Muck Rack 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I'm sure it's fine. I have never used their customer support, not even when a list does not save. I just figured there isn't much they can do since it was a search. They do have live chat to get answers quickly but most of the time I'm working on lists after hours (since it's a lot of admin and I can do it front of the TV) and no one is available.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Again, really in-depth and helpful for a program that is really easy to use.
Carolyn Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Online Training

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Walked step by step through program. Very informative on a program that doesn't require much training.
Carolyn Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

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Implementation

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform 6.1
Based on 2 answers
You are only allowed 15 users, so make sure you've identified who will have access to use the tool.
Chris Vanasdalan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

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Alternatives Considered

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

Meltwater is definitely a more versatile tool than Cision. Cision's main purpose is to search for media contacts and create media lists, which it does a really good job of. I'm very comfortable with Cision which is why I use it even though Meltwater has this feature in addition to the media tracking that it is known for. But Cision is very one-sided whereas you can do a lot more things with Meltwater.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

Muck Rack tends to have contact information for a wider range of individuals, and the search feature in the Muck Rack interface is very easy to use. It has a lot of different filters that enable specific and effective searches. I do wish though that I could save location based searches more easily.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

  • I've yet to really see a way to measure ROI by using Meltwater.
  • We have a goal number of positive mentions by percentage that our organization strives to reach. Meltwater keeps excellent track of this.
  • I like what Meltwater does for us, but I don't see extreme positives or negatives in terms of business objectives. It is simply good for what I need it to do.
Lance Cranmer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Muck Rack

  • It's hard to measure ROI but I can say this: I have discovered and build relationships with media I may have had a hard time locating before. MuckRack has probably increased my efficiency by 50 percent and doubled my effectiveness.
  • I haven't looked a media databases in about 2 years but it is a much more cost effective media database than the big, traditional ones that everyone else has.
Jennifer Harrison, APR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Meltwater Media Intelligence Platform

General

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

Muck Rack

General

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

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