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Score 6.1 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Sysomos Expion is best suited, in my opinion, to offices where either you have only one moderator/manager OR where multiple users plan to manage a specific channel. Without live updates, it gets far too complicated for multiple users to manage the exact same workload
Joshua P. Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

I think that Pulsar is a good tool for brands or agencies who have a set list of competitors or subbrands that they are looking to do a monthly/weekly comparison of engagement metrics. When you have the brand account inputted, the data is shown in a visually tangible way and easy to comprehend.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

  • Ad-hoc research. During planning phase of a campaign it is a helpful tool to understand the marketplace, key influencers and topics that engage a target demographic.
  • Post-event hashtag analysis. Rapid generation of reporting on efficacy of a campaign, key voices, topics that resonated, viral reach and more.
  • User interface. Friendly and accessible enough to minimize training needs and enable decentralized access, though we have found some hand-holding is still required to get the most out of the platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

  • Track engagements over time
  • Easy to use interface
  • Modern and updated display
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

  • It does not provide a visual for volume over time.
  • The visuals aren't excellent, and would require an export to create better looking graphics.
  • The interface isn't intuitive and sometimes requires clicking around to find things that seem like they should be under a different title.
Kristen Squire | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

  • Unfortunately, when exporting data it is often hard to read in an easy format.
  • I've used other tools where you can get historical data once you put into the tool but Pulsar cannot do that.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 6.8
Based on 28 answers
There are two differentiating features that Sysomos MAP has that the competitor tools I have experienced (Radian6, Meltwater Buzz) did not: user-friendly Boolean queries for searches and near-real-time results. The former is important because, of course, your results are only as good as your search/campaign. With Sysomos, once you master Boolean queries (which isn't terribly difficult) you're set for creating any kind of listening report. I strongly prefer this to the "campaign creator" forms that other services provide. Second, Sysomos MAP returns results almost immediately - like a Google search. So if you get your results and see that you need to tweak your query - no big deal. Or if you have a last-minute request for a client - not an issue. Meltwater can take up to 48 hours for a search to fully populate. This is a major issue if you get your full set of results back and see that you need to adjust the query; you're looking at another two days of wait time. A long wait on results can also prove problematic in agency settings where clients or prospective clients often need results with a quick turnaround.
Kristen O'Neill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

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Usability

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 9.0
Based on 6 answers
The product is very easy to use. The platform is visual and data is easy to read. Boolean construction can sometimes be difficult, but the boolean constructor tool is helpful for boolean beginners. For more experienced boolean constructors, the boolean display at the top is very helpful in identifying where there may be holes in the construction
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

Pulsar Platform 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Pulsar is not a complex tool by any means. The interface is updated and comprehensive, and I've used multiple tools in the past where the interface was very outdated and exporting data was often a difficult process since it was not well organized. The tool works well in visualizing complex data.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 8.2
Based on 10 answers
Not really an availability issue, but concurrency licensing rules mean that only one user can be logged in at a time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

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Performance

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 8.5
Based on 10 answers
This has not been an issue. It is actually beating TweetDeck when we are tagged within a post that TweetDeck is monitoring.
Vinny Poliseno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

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Support Rating

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 9.9
Based on 14 answers
Every time I had a question, I received a fast detailed response and help when I needed it. If a feature was not currently available, it was often added to a list of features to be added at a later time or the team provided me with a workaround that worked almost as well..
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

Pulsar Platform 8.0
Based on 2 answers
I have not had to reach out to Pulsar support before but my coworkers have and said the support was good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 8.0
Based on 5 answers
We had a kick-off training with the whole team where they walked us through the functionality. This was a pretty effective and comprehensive training.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

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Implementation Rating

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) 10.0
Based on 16 answers
Implementation was so easy I dont even remember it!
Kelly Cates | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

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Alternatives Considered

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

We've used Sprout Social & Hootsuite in the past -- and they all stack up pretty evenly. Sysomos has the same features as Sprout or Hootsuite, except their reports and analytics are a little more detailed. Hootsuite has a better social media management software and dashboard though
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

I think that Pulsar is one of the more updated platforms that I have used and the metrics exported/shown in the dashboard are accurate. I think that some tools report inaccurate metrics gathered from social media platforms due to the new APIs, something that often causes confusion and lack of clarity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

  • Lowered costs and overhead when Expion got introduced as we now use one centralized solution for all of our social media work
  • We can finally calculate ROI with ease and understand our campaign performance through proper tracking and analytics
  • Competition tracking was never easier
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pulsar Platform

  • Input into our algorithm for brand strength and stature
  • Quick engagement tracking
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos)

General

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

Meltwater Social (formerly Sysomos) Editions & Modules

Edition
Sysomos$1,000.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Pulsar Platform

General

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

Pulsar Platform Editions & Modules

Edition
TRAC (starter package)$1,2001
  1. 150,000 mentions
Modules
CORE (starter package)$4501
  1. Other
Additional Pricing Details
Prices listed are on a 'starting from' basis. All TRAC packages have unlimited user log-ins, unlimited search queries and are charged on the amount of mentions pulled in. Bespoke packages are available.

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