Mention vs. Sprout Social

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Mention
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
Mention is a social media monitoring tool. Users can create alerts for their company name, product or competitors. The vendor aims to help companies get updated in real-time by tracking the most relevant mentions over the web and social web. The vendor’s value proposition is that Mention enables companies to react, get statistics, and collaborate with their team, all on the go! According to the vendor, over 650,000 companies use Mention.
$29
per month
Sprout Social
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Sprout Social provides social media management, marketing, customer care, data and intelligence, and employee advocacy solutions for brands and agencies, including Ticketmaster, Chipotle, Grubhub, Subaru, and Zendesk. Sprout’s platform is used to simplify social publishing, engagement, reviews, analytics and listening for customers. Sprout also provides customer success and technical support, to deliver consistent value to all users. Any organization, regardless of size or industry, receives…
$249
per month per user
Pricing
MentionSprout Social
Editions & Modules
Solo
$29.00
per month
Starter
$99.00
per month
Company
Custom
per month
Standard
$199 annual / $249 monthly
per user/per month
Professional
$299 annual / $399 monthly
per user/per month
Advanced
$399 annual / $499 monthly
per user/per month
Free Trial
Free
for 30 days
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
MentionSprout Social
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
MentionSprout Social
Considered Both Products
Mention
Chose Mention
Many other tools are large-scale management systems with capabilities to respond. If your focus, however, is more on the monitoring side, then it's not necessary to have such a bulky solution and Mention could be the lightweight solution you need.
Chose Mention
Honestly, I did a little research on different competitors, but my budget was very tight. Mention was the best reviewed and had the best reputation based on the price point. It was really an easy decision as all the other software solutions were charging $100s of dollars a …
Sprout Social

No answer on this topic

Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
MentionSprout Social
Listening/monitoring
Comparison of Listening/monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Mention
-
Ratings
Sprout Social
7.6
53 Ratings
1% below category average
Boolean keyword searches00 Ratings7.039 Ratings
Filtering out noise/spam00 Ratings7.243 Ratings
Sentiment analysis00 Ratings7.424 Ratings
Broad channel coverage00 Ratings8.634 Ratings
Publishing
Comparison of Publishing features of Product A and Product B
Mention
-
Ratings
Sprout Social
4.9
57 Ratings
48% below category average
Content planning and scheduling00 Ratings7.257 Ratings
Audience targeting00 Ratings2.948 Ratings
Content optimization00 Ratings3.449 Ratings
Workflow management00 Ratings6.152 Ratings
Engagement
Comparison of Engagement features of Product A and Product B
Mention
-
Ratings
Sprout Social
6.1
55 Ratings
29% below category average
Automated routing and prioritization00 Ratings2.625 Ratings
Customer interaction histories00 Ratings8.051 Ratings
Bulk actions00 Ratings7.646 Ratings
Marketing
Comparison of Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Mention
-
Ratings
Sprout Social
4.6
39 Ratings
52% below category average
Lead generation00 Ratings2.331 Ratings
Content marketing00 Ratings2.835 Ratings
Paid media management00 Ratings6.23 Ratings
Campaigns and promotions00 Ratings7.24 Ratings
Channel coverage/integration
Comparison of Channel coverage/integration features of Product A and Product B
Mention
-
Ratings
Sprout Social
7.5
59 Ratings
13% below category average
Twitter00 Ratings7.757 Ratings
Facebook00 Ratings6.359 Ratings
LinkedIn00 Ratings8.452 Ratings
Google+00 Ratings7.721 Ratings
Instagram00 Ratings7.549 Ratings
Pinterest00 Ratings7.214 Ratings
YouTube00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Reporting/analytics
Comparison of Reporting/analytics features of Product A and Product B
Mention
-
Ratings
Sprout Social
5.9
58 Ratings
29% below category average
Campaign success analytics00 Ratings4.054 Ratings
Real-time tracking00 Ratings6.855 Ratings
Competitor analysis00 Ratings7.147 Ratings
Account management
Comparison of Account management features of Product A and Product B
Mention
-
Ratings
Sprout Social
7.7
58 Ratings
6% below category average
Role-based user permissions & privileges00 Ratings7.755 Ratings
Mobile access00 Ratings7.651 Ratings
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MentionSprout Social
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Score 7.8 out of 10
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Score 9.8 out of 10
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Score 9.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Social Suite by Reputation.com
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
MentionSprout Social
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(22 ratings)
7.7
(115 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(62 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.2
(42 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(8 ratings)
Performance
9.2
(3 ratings)
8.0
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
9.3
(8 ratings)
5.3
(37 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(11 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.4
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
MentionSprout Social
Likelihood to Recommend
Mention
I would ask if they have ever used a software like Mention before, if not, I would totally suggest they start with it. It's easy to use, easy to set up and while it may be confusing at first, it's probably the cheapest and most effective. My suggestion to a new marketer or first-time user of this kind of software would be Mention.
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Sprout Social
Sprout [Social] is great for small businesses, small agencies and those who need a platform but don't want to spend a fortune. If you need multiple user log-in's, the cost will add up. This is great to share a log-in for different people to use or add one or two users
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Pros
Mention
  • Mention has nice support and implementation function. They will do some of the harder work for you (e.g. refining your alerts).
  • It helps us to easily track and rank influencers, which improves the effectiveness of our Public Relations (PR).
  • You can filter and refine alerts e.g. by language. This is useful if you want to break into new markets.
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Sprout Social
  • The Landscape system that Sprout Social offers allows me to modify all the images that I want to publish on my social networks. This service allows me to modify the size of the image, add filters, modify the colors and much more, it is a very important tool to be able to have a better presentation of the images that we use in our publications on social networks.
  • It offers me a perfect statistical system where I can consult all kinds of movements that have occurred in all my social networks, I can see statistics individually or generally. The statistics allow me to see group reports, participation, information on audience movement on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn and also allow me to view the activity that has occurred in my account.
  • Sprout Social allows me to view a record in real time that shows me all the movements that my social networks are having by my employees. As Director of the Marketing Sector, this is a very important role, as I can know what actions my employees are taking to improve marketing with social networks.
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Cons
Mention
  • Yes, I just said it is clean and easy to use, but there is always room for improvement in even the most perfect software. I would personally love to see the ability to custom message options a bit more or just customize the look and feel of your dashboard.
  • Bugs. Mention works great 95% of the time. The other 5%, you may run into major crashes or see mentions that you cleared coming back, etc., but nothing that is a deal breaker or unexpected with a tool like this. Worth noting nonetheless!
  • Better plans. This is a small issue, but I wish the lower plans has some basic reporting.
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Sprout Social
  • I'd love to see more robust tag reporting capabilities, but they mentioned that this is something in the pipeline for improvement.
  • I wish it was easier to batch content and shift it to approval or draft mode. Sometimes clients can change their mind and moving through each post individually can be a bit time consuming. This is a very minor thing.
  • I'd love to see more customization options come to its reporting feature so we can insert graphics. Currently it supports the insertion of text only.
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Likelihood to Renew
Mention
No answers on this topic
Sprout Social
While I am currently no longer working with the company in which I was employed and utilized Sprout Social, I do know that the company is still utilizing Sprout Social on a daily basis and I do not foresee a time when the subscription would be cancelled.
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Usability
Mention
No answers on this topic
Sprout Social
Sprout Social is extremely user-friendly. The publishing feature is easy to use, and provides previews of what your content will look like once posted. I also love the calendar view where you can view all posts you have scheduled for the month. The collaborative nature of the platform makes working directly in Sprout Social with clients a breeze, and we are seeing our content get approved much faster.
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Reliability and Availability
Mention
No answers on this topic
Sprout Social
Uptime was OK, but given the fact that we are in Europe, there were some specific problems: They tended to take the system down for maintenance during the night in the US, which was during our workday. This was definitely problematic and hard to explain to our clients.
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Performance
Mention
Mention works quickly and its user interface is easy to use. Alerts update regularly and I've never noticed any lag. It integrates with our CRM via Zapier, but this is not something which we use yet. The only thing I would say is that it takes time for Mention to reach its full potential. It only starts to rank influences from when you set up the alert, so it can take a few weeks to build a map of your influencers.
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Sprout Social
It is quick to post, however you have to refresh the page every time you add a new scheduled item.
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Support Rating
Mention
Mention always responded promptly and gave excellent support. Any problem we had with the software, from login trouble to broken features were addressed quickly. There was once a problem with our quota, where we were unable to see results we should have been able to see. We sent an email, and within an hour, the situation was resolved!
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Sprout Social
Sprout Social's customer support is extremely prompt and always helpful. Not only do they provide quick and useful service, but the representatives follow up multiple times to ensure that the issue is fully address and/or completely resolved. The overall experience is exemplary; very few other companies provide comparable service.
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Online Training
Mention
No answers on this topic
Sprout Social
Their training is good, but the promotion of it is even better. I don't need or have the time for training, but I was always happy to know it was there. They did a great job sending updates out and making me aware when there was a new feature that I may want training for. As for the training I never used it, so I can't comment on that
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Implementation Rating
Mention
No answers on this topic
Sprout Social
Make sure you do it all the way. Do not break it into phases. Pour yourself a coffee, start it in the morning and you'll be done before you finish that coffee.
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Alternatives Considered
Mention
Currently, there are no other tools available with the features that Mention has possible according to our knowledge and experience. We firmly believe that Mention has placed themselves in a category all of their own. In the ten years, our company has been around. We have yet to come across any other companies like Mention. Pretty sure there may be another company or competition. None like Mention in our opinion are available, however.
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Sprout Social
I used Buffer previous to Sprout Social for two years. It was a good solution as we were getting a handle on scheduling content. It was the first real tool we had for this. But we outgrew it and they began removing features that were critical to our workflow, such as the RSS Feed. While their 50% off policy for non-profits was very helpful, once we started adding up the cost to use features like Replies and Analytics, we discovered that our needs were simply too robust for Buffer to handle. Sprout Social was the solution suggested by all our peers and we've been very happy with it ever since.
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Return on Investment
Mention
  • Mention has had a positive impact on my business because it gives people the impression that I was following them, even if I might not have been. It makes me appear active on all social media platforms, even if I ONLY look at my mentions each day!
  • Because I have only used the free plan but have benefitted greatly, I would say that my ROI is fantastic!
  • The only negative impact that Mention has is that I do get a daily email in my inbox, and it is one more thing to check. However, it is worth the time.
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Sprout Social
  • Sprout has given insights to lead our creative refreshes every quarter. As we have a healthy budget on paid social, it is crucial to understand the type of creative that works best.
  • Sprout has the ability to send notifications based on certain types of messages received. This is crucial for social media teams who don't have 24/7 coverage but need to be notified of urgent matters.
  • Sprout has saved me hours of time as I no longer pull analytics natively from each social platform. The generated reports give me a look at all of the platforms and can be customized.
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ScreenShots

Mention Screenshots

Screenshot of Mention FeedScreenshot of Sentiment AnalysisScreenshot of Insights CenterScreenshot of Custom ReportsScreenshot of Influencers DetectionScreenshot of Influencer Profile

Sprout Social Screenshots

Screenshot of Sprout’s social media publishing tools, used to schedule and post messages to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn simultaneously from a single Compose window.