Brandwatch

Brandwatch

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Brandwatch

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Very pleased with Brandwatch

10
November 10, 2021
In an educational environment, I teach a Social Media course in which we use Brandwatch to track salient topics of interest to our …

Crimson Hexagon User's Review

7
November 06, 2021
It's used by a single department - social media monitoring team. It solves the issue of monitoring and understanding social media buzz and …
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Good For Top Level Social Listening

6
October 30, 2019
We currently use Brandwatch for competitive analysis and market research for new business pitches. It is mainly used by our digital …
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A great supplementary social listening tool!

8
October 16, 2019
We are using it as a social media listening tool to hone in on conversations, overlapping consumer interests, and social performance …
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Wouldn't recommend it

5
October 15, 2019
Across our company, it was mostly used in marketing and social care (who was responsible for the brand listening within our organization).

Brandwatch Listening Review

9
September 10, 2019
Brandwatch is being used by myself and our clients' in house community management and analytics team. I use Brandwatch mainly for social …

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Pro

$800

Cloud
10k mentions

Enterprise

3000+

Cloud
Unlimited mentions or Queries

Entry-level set up fee?

  • Setup fee optional

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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Product Details

What is Brandwatch?

Brandwatch, from Cision (acquired February 2021) is an enterprise social intelligence platform that is designed to allow brands to listen and analyze online conversation to extract meaningful insights, inform their business decisions and understand more about the return on their marketing spend.

Brandwatch Features

  • Supported: Proprietary listening technology providing quality data coverage
  • Supported: The most advanced, customizable charting and analysis functionality available
  • Supported: Unlimited users and a range of distrubution, sharing and permissions options
  • Supported: Flexible dashboards with over 25 different components
  • Supported: 30+ fully-supported languages, including Topics and sentiment extraction
  • Supported: Sophisticated demographic and theme analysis
  • Supported: Owned Twitter and Facebook channel tools
  • Supported: Automated, intelligent and custom alerting features
  • Supported: Bulk processing and automation of categorization and tagging

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Brandwatch Customer Size Distribution

Consumers1%
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)9%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)20%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)70%

Brandwatch Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

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What is Brandwatch's best feature?

Reviewers rate Implementation Rating highest, with a score of 9.1.

Who uses Brandwatch?

The most common users of Brandwatch are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Marketing & Advertising industry.

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Score 9 out of 10
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It helps us a lot in monitoring the brand on social networks, as well as getting to know our target audiences better. It is a very professional tool that allows a great depth of analysis and at a commercial level it is useful to better target messages and content strategies on social channels.It allows you to confuse queries in a simple and highly customizable way.
  • Improve the customer experience
  • The connection via API is very good
  • Its flexibility and scalability adapts to all types of organizations
  • The analysis and monitoring of influencers
  • Sentiment analysis using AI
  • Higher level of audience data filtering
It is very appropriate for social media teams that develop a very professional and highly detailed work, who want to make their social media strategies profitable.It is not appropriate for companies that are not serious about social channels and do not want to invest in top tools.Social media teams are better with Brandwatch
Edward James Bass | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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We use Brandwatch Analytics as the core technology for our research into conversation around brands and entertainment properties and personalities. This involves utilising Brandwatch Analytics as a platform more than a tool, an option that would not be possible using any other social listening technology.
  • Highly programmable setup allows for deep categorisation of social and online conversation data.
  • Useful and clear UI that allows easy access to granular reporting.
  • Highly responsive and knowledge support and account management teams.
  • Company is clearly committed to evolving their platform for their clients as well as being responsive to their recommendations.
  • The UI sometimes struggles with larger categorisation sets but this can be worked around by exporting to Excel and creating your own graphs there.
For those looking for more granular and complex insights into social conversation and audience behaviour there is simply no better platform.
Gary Wilcox | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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In an educational environment, I teach a Social Media course in which we use Brandwatch to track salient topics of interest to our projects. We currently have a query running capturing information about our academic competitors. In our class sessions students present weekly findings and discuss the results of the week.

In a research environment, I use Brandwatch to collect textual data I use in academic publications. I use the basic Dashboards offered in Brandwatch and then extract the textual data for use in SAS Text Miner. I have had excellent success with this combination of software tools.
  • Filters textual data
  • provides excellent options in terms of dashboards
  • very efficient and timely data downloads
  • quick response from the support team
  • I would like to have larger data downloads per day. Our unit is limited to 50K lines of data per day.
  • I would like to see a more comprehensive historical data pull
Brandwatch is a great listening tool. I have used other similar systems and now believe I have found the most comprehensive, easy-to-use tool to retrieve consumers messages, attitudes, and emotions.
Score 7 out of 10
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It's used by a single department - social media monitoring team. It solves the issue of monitoring and understanding social media buzz and sentiment around keywords and topics of interest. We typically use the tool to identify sentiment and related keywords associated with a brand during and after campaigns that are run.
  • Crimson is a pioneer in applying the supervised machine learning algorithms for sentiment classification. Hence the sentiment engine is robust.
  • I personally like the topic wheels that show the overarching topics and sub topics in an easy to understand wheel representation.
  • I also like the word associations network graph that it provides for top keywords. Very informative and engaging graph.
  • Currently the sentiment classifier has a minimum number of mentions that need to be tagged initially for training the tool on the desired classification. But this is tedious when we have lots of sentiment or categories. For ad hoc analysis use, we need a simpler system to see basic sentiment analysis.
  • I suggest that the creation and duplication of dashboards are not geared for repeated usage over time. It is not flexible enough to be shared to other users etc.
  • Data sources need to be expanded from the current offering.
It is well suited for large studies that have lots of time for analysis. Its features are very engaging in bringing out keyword associations and topical relations. It is not suited for small ad-hoc studies.
Ravindra Sahu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The Brandwatch tool is used to generate consumer insights using the social data for clients, as a service company we provide listening service to clients using the Brandwatch tool. The tool is majorly used by the research and HR department for the client as well and employee hiring purposes. The features and UI helps us to understand the consumer behaviors and provide the same insight to clients.
  • It helps to create Consumer Insight report
  • It helps to create Influencer Analysis report
  • It helps to create Campaign Analysis report and see the performance of the campaign
  • Image recognition features
  • Speech Analysis features
  • Attractive wordcloud
It is best suited for companies that have huge data because of the tool efficiency. Brandwatch can change the large data into graphs in minutes, and it takes very less loading time. The tool is used to creating Influencer analysis, campaign analysis, and consumer insight report in one click.
The tool is also user-friendly with an easy boolean logic feature. The tool is less appropriate for post scheduling.
James Arnold | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are engaging with Brandwatch on two fronts. First, to inform us globally on our industry while also informing us on various niches. That information allows us to be smarter and also surprise our internal and external clients with business-relevant information. Secondly, we use it as insurance. Are there conversations going on that we need to know about instantly.
  • Media coverage database.
  • On-ramping from zero to action.
  • Reporting.
  • More reporting template options.
  • More alerting options.
The tool is very powerful and can serve just about any size of brand. You need to have a few people dedicated to using it though to make it powerful. Given the cost of it, you will want to make sure those people are engaged at least at a mid level in the company to know how to best search. It does not have a low cost, so it might not work for many smaller businesses.
They have a playbook and it works. They ramped us up quickly and had plenty of time to get specific to our needs.
Gavin Bigelow | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Initially a listening tool for our social team to better understand the audiences they could tap into, Brandwatch Consumer Research eventually became a staple for tracking and reporting for our Influencer, Product Marketing, Customer Service, and Performance Marketing teams. For the social teams, it became both an analytics tool and a means to track and rapidly implement consumer feedback on social marketing campaigns, promoting social channel growth and an increase in positive sentiment for the brand across various social channels. Our Influencer team was able to track and report on the interactions they got from various signed personalities while monitoring brand mentions across the web, allowing them to find and reach out to new potential influencers for the brand. The Product and Performance marketing teams made great use of all the data provided by various dashboards built within the platform to track and report live campaigns, allowing them to implement changes and improvements to future campaigns faster. The Customer Service team and Product Marketing team both highly benefited from Brandwatch's sentiment tracking tools, allowing both teams to track and report on key topics across multiple KPIs.
  • Segmentation
  • High Customization
  • Huge Data Source
  • Access to Historic Data
  • Onboarding
  • Exporting Dashboards
  • Automated Exports
Brandwatch Consumer Research is an excellent tool for better understanding your global audience while providing your teams the tools to deep-dive down to a specific list of individual users. The real value of the tool comes from its advanced customization options. With a little time and creativity, you can segment any data to suit almost any purpose, allowing you to create some truly deep reports and insights into the various user data you are looking into. If you are looking to dive into the nitty-gritty of your audience while maintaining the functionality to create easy to understand reports Brandwatch is a wonderful platform to look into.
The Brandwatch Consumer Research customer success team is outstanding. Every member of their team has been wildly helpful and remarkably pleasant. These people go above and beyond to ensure you have all the tools and help you need to find success on their platform.
I had several calls where we discussed difficulties users where having on the platform that resulted in an overall improvement in reporting across the board. They didn't just answer our questions, they dug deeper to find root problems and helped us build out dashboards to alleviate them.
Score 8 out of 10
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Currently used as the main reporting tool for board and senior leaders on understanding social media commentary and exposure the business has. Helping to support some UR and thematic research, Brandwatch helps to steer high level product design strategies and communications direction when talking about overall brand, overall user propensity to purchase.
  • Very detailed in its thematic and keyword based searches.
  • The ability to crease multiple levels to predefined filtering allows for cleaner results.
  • Too comprehensive means it is more of a reporting tool than an investigations tool.
  • The filtering defaults are often misused to predefine keyword filtering... how can we be sure users always use the same keywords.
Albeit a complex interface and very fiddly to get to an end result, the use of presentation graphics, the ability to filter properly and the options within the design and distribution of the boards means that Brandwatch is used at the highest level in our organisation. Alternatives to Brandwatch are used but it is the output that gives Brandwatch the edge.
Mostly through forums and YouTube, the support is from other users who have overcome challenges.

The search elements are based on well-known and well-supported thematics and SQL languages so the forums used tend to be outside the Brandwatch landscape anyway. Aside search and setup functionality, the Brandwatch interface is relatively intuitive.
Youssef Shalaby | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Brandwatch is the perfect listening tool that gives users the best control over data analysis in a user-friendly and simple way. Compared to other platforms that I've viewed and/or used over the past five years, they are the most progressive and can be classed as thought leaders within the social media and listening analytics field.
It is true they can be a little pricey, yet it is all worth it, especially for advanced users.
  • Tagging and categorizing.
  • Data charting, filtering, and analysis.
  • Integration of external data sources on analytics platform.
Brandwatch is perfect for quick and reliable insights from both social media and the web. It can be really helpful in deep analysis as the robust analytics platforms decrease the time to slice and dice and dig deep into data.
Support is supportive and prompt.
Score 10 out of 10
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We are using it for our website and social media. The company mainly uses it in our Marketing Department so we can get raw and generic data to better grow our company.
  • Search
  • Professional
  • Reach
  • None
When we are gathering data from our social platforms, we are able to use Brandwatch to help us in doing so. The sentiment it gives the company helps us to improve daily.
Well supported
Score 6 out of 10
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We currently use Brandwatch for competitive analysis and market research for new business pitches. It is mainly used by our digital department but provides insights used by our entire organization.
  • Sentiment analysis.
  • Social mentions.
  • Social influencers.
  • Pulling historical information.
  • Pulling information evenly across online channels.
  • Identifying negative comments vs positive comments.
I think Brandwatch is good for analyzing online conversations around broad topics. However, I think for more niche topics there is a lot of clean-up that needs to be done in the mentions and data pulled.
We have contacted support before about how to better our queries and reports and there wasn't much they could help us with.
Score 8 out of 10
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We are using it as a social media listening tool to hone in on conversations, overlapping consumer interests, and social performance tools. We didn't have a social media tool in the past, and it's nice to have insights into the social media landscape in a variety of industries.
  • Their UI is easy to understand.
  • Their data gets updated in real-time.
  • The ability to provide detailed, analytical reports is nice in a budding social media landscape.
  • It's not all-encompassing. In other words, there aren't a whole lot of insights from our PR hits and how they perform on social.
It is well suited to supplement your social media efforts. It gives you the power to create social media campaigns with data that supports your ideas.
Their customer support is pretty good! The reps are very responsive and easy to work with, although we're usually last to hear about platform updates.
October 15, 2019

Wouldn't recommend it

Kenji Onozawa | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Across our company, it was mostly used in marketing and social care (who was responsible for the brand listening within our organization).

The main uses for Brandwatch within our company were as follows:
  • Monthly social channel performance reporting.
  • Brand protection.
  • Campaign reporting (mainly hashtag tracking).
  • Announcement reporting.
  • Social listening.
  • Campaign reporting.
  • Manipulation of the data (visually).
  • The learning curve is steep.
  • Price tag.
  • Wasn't able to pull all the metrics our organization needed.
I think among the enterprise-level listening suites, Brandwatch is probably among the best. With that said, for the average marketer, it's still too confusing to set up and get going without the help of their support managers (as compared to something like Sprinklr). More often than not, our team would need to contact them to get the dashboards set up the way we needed as it was simply too difficult to do so on our own.

I think what it did well was at a high level being able to get the social listening metrics we needed (with a few caveats) and being able to alert us when there was a situation on social we needed to be made aware of (so we could get ahead of it). Where it really faltered was in the social channel post reporting as it wasn't able to gather some of the data our team required. As a result, we'd need to go into the native platforms to generate post performance metrics, which defeated the point of us having a tool like Brandwatch in the first place.
The support for Brandwatch was fine. With that said, our support partners were in New York which made it difficult to coordinate communications, when we're on the other side of the country. Sprinklr, on the other hand, had support available within our own city which I much preferred.
Tegan Jenner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Brandwatch is used by our media and data team at my company. But reports and findings generated through Brandwatch are shared with our entire office and externally to clients.

Some of the main areas we use Brandwatch for are: trend tracking, organic follower tracking (FB, IG, and TW), estimating share of voice, Twitter custom audiences using the Audiences tool, sentiment tracking, Brand health monitoring, competitor conversation tracking.
  • Clean, beautiful visuals that can be easily incorporated into reports to be used internally and externally.
  • Customization-- anywhere from the queries you create to adjusting individual report widget/components this tool is very flexible.
  • Excellent Customer Service and support. My Brandwatch rep is always open to hearing from me for questions and often reaches out to me to check in on my status or see if I would like to participate in beta programs.
  • Constant innovation. It seems like Brandwatch is constantly updating and adding improvements to their platform--especially with their 2019 acquisition of Crimson Hexagon.
  • Query building learning curve. To get the most out of query set up, using the Query Editor is best, but learning the nuances of this process can be hard if you don't consider yourself to be very tech-savvy.
  • It would be nice if widget color schemes were adjustable so graphs could be catered to specific report styles. Our company aesthetic doesn't really match with the rainbow-colored widgets created by Brandwatch, so sometimes they stand out in a bad way in our reports.
  • I know this is something they are working on, but the current AI classification and learning abilities are limited (as of Oct. 2019). Part of their road-map with their Crimson Hexagon acquisition is to incorporate smarter classification and AI to help filter out irrelevant mentions.
  • Sentiment classification is unreliable sometimes depending on the subject matter. If a user is being funny or sarcastic in a mention, the sentiment algorithm gets really tripped up.
Brandwatch has been exceptionally helpful when it comes to new business pitches. If we are looking into pitching a client that is in a new sector/field compared to our other clients, we use Brandwatch to pull in user data to get a feel for trends and discussion topics in the sector. Clients really appreciate any insights we can bring to our pitches -- especially when they are supported by actual user data that we've collected through Brandwatch.
My company's Brandwatch rep is amazing. Very attentive and always open to hearing from me. I've even met her in person at the annual Brandwatch Now You Know conference and she is very personable and shows genuine interest and concern in making sure I get everything I need out of the Brandwatch platform. Nothing but good things to say about their customer service.

They also have webinars and articles to keep you up on any changes that are happening in the platform.
September 10, 2019

Brandwatch Listening Review

Kelcey Zacarese | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Brandwatch is being used by myself and our clients' in house community management and analytics team. I use Brandwatch mainly for social listening requests or reports. We have other tools that can accomplish these asks, however, Brandwatch appears to be the most comprehensive and advanced tool yet that I have had experience using.
  • Social listening
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Trend Spotting
  • Sentiment Analysis could be more accurate
  • Easier Interface to use
  • More explanation on when boolean terms are not applicable
Brandwatch is great for any social listening reports or requests since they have a few options when you can create a query - either an automated query or you can manually do a boolean search. They pull results from blogs, news sites, forums, and all main social media platforms that are not affected as strongly by the API (i.e., Twitter).
Score 6 out of 10
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For modern PR, having a pulse on social conversation is a must. We use it to monitor conversation on topics, brands, competitors, and to identify trends and audiences that can inform both strategic planning and rapid-response. In practice, the analytics team does most of the work in the platform, but there are some generalists who are comfortable doing basic to intermediate tasks.
  • Slices and dices data by different keyword sets and visualizes it however you need it
  • Doesn't limit the number of queries
  • Allows for highly customized dashboards
  • Makes it easy to limit access based on user logins
  • Very steep learning curve- good luck training casual users on the difference between a query, a rule, a category etc
  • Lack of access to FULL historic data is a serious drawback- populating that data takes a minimum of 24 hours and incurs additional costs
  • Volume limits mean you may have to build your query to exclude mentions that may be useful in getting the full context of the situation
Brandwatch is great for ongoing monitoring using defined categories. It's brilliant at segmenting and displaying data how you need it, especially when you know what data you need and how you need to see it. It's not the best when you don't quite know what you're looking for, and when time matters - there aren't many good tools for quickly applying filters or using AI to identify patterns, though that's getting better as they continue to merge Crimson Hexagon technology, so I'd continue to watch this space.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Crimson Hexagon to look for social media stakeholder conversations across channels including Facebook, Twitter, and earned media. We use these conversations to gauge topical interest, sentiment, and unearth trends we might not have been able to see without analytically examining the problem. Many members of our team choose Crimson.
  • Data you can trust
  • Fast easy-to-learn UI
  • Functionality that translates well across users - I.E. a team member can use it and will see the same result you do.
  • Crisis monitoring support
  • Unbranded or white-label report development
  • SQL support
Crimson Hexagon is great for monitoring the conversation online about a product or brand for Twitter and earned media. Since Facebook (and, by virtue of shared ownership Instagram) are largely private networks with APIs that are closed, I do not trust 3rd party tools to report on Facebook and Instagram data.
Ravinshu Saneja | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use it as an agency for other brands in India. The whole organisation uses it, and in fact, most of our enterprise clients use Brandwatch services too. Based on the experience with clients and users of Brandwatch, the best use case of Brandwatch involved peer-benchmarking. Most companies use it to listen to what's happening on the internet about their peers. Why are they being liked or disliked? Bucketing such conversations gives them insights on what to improve on and what to focus more on. Other business problems Brandwatch takes care of include marketing campaign analytics, net sentiment, PR coverage, and brand health.
  • Brandwatch is great with bulk changes in mentions, which I believe is also a USP as I haven't seen any tool do that (I have checked out many).
  • You can bulk tag, change sentiment, add rules, add categories etc. to mentions.
  • From tagging and rules comes good analysis of mentions. Once categorised, you'd be able to understand what are people taking the most about - in a negative or a positive way. Say a telecom company wants to know why people don't like my services - is it the network, or customer service or something else. Do people from a particular city complaint a lot?
  • Brandwatch also does a good job at capturing a huge amount of mentions from 90M+ websites. That's 2x or 3x more in some cases than the few leading enterprise listening software.
  • It also provides the maximum number of metadata per mention thus giving maximum scope of slicing the data and analysing in different ways.
  • I feel Brandwatch needs to add more sources with proper API integrations. The integrations are limited to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. While Twitter gets great coverage, Facebook and Instagram do not (considering the recent policy changes, coverage has been limited). While it does capture 90M+ other sites which include most of the other social media sites such as Youtube, I feel an integration with such sites can get more analytics around usage data such as video viewing times, view growth on Youtube.
  • While they have a lot of insights already, I feel a few word clouds could have been done differently as well, such as word connections. Also, more accurate auto-categorisation of mentions where manual rule adding isn't needed.
  • E-commerce review coverage (Amazon etc.) should be included.
In any large enterprise use case of listening to social media, Brandwatch Analytics is very well suited. For any small-medium enterprise trying to listen to social media, just for knowing your social media reach, I feel there exists cheaper tools and to save cost, Brandwatch might not be needed. Brands can upgrade to Brandwatch when they need enterprise level insights from social media mentions. Also, you might not want it if you just want PR tracking.
Jarad Matula, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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It is being used by the Media Department currently. It provides insights into both existing clients and the performance of their campaigns. We use it to measure Share of Voice, Brand Sentiment, and for customer insights on a monthly basis. We also use it as part of a "social audit" we perform for new clients to better acquaint our client on the social landscape and where they stand in it.

In addition, we also use it for research for new business development. This enables us to come up with insights into a potential client's business before making a deal, and enables us to know what type of programs would benefit the company the most, based on what's happening in the market.
  • The breadth of the data it captures is impressive, and you are only limited in the tool by your own knowledge of how to use the system. Therefore, if you know how to create smart, tightly structured queries, how to create smart rules to help save manual search and filing, already have a set of keywords to plug in to your query, and know how to use the more advanced chart visualizations beyond the stock ones they provide, you should be in great shape.
  • The range of historical data, as well as the ability to access it in detail is a definite plus that puts them above competitors if you're looking for long-term historical trends.
  • The visuals are basic, but look nice, and the ability to export most of the graphs and charts is very useful when putting together presentations.
  • Depending on your prior knowledge, there could be a steep learning curve. Don't get me wrong, their customer service/account management is fantastic-- they take you through an initial training and are happy to answer any questions you have, but it's hard to articulate what you don't know, just starting out, so there's things I'm only learning how to do after a year of using the tool. I like to think of it as a very power shell/big data source. If you know exactly what data you're looking for and already have the necessary keywords to build a query, you can do great things. If not, it will be an uphill struggle at times.
  • Many of its competitors have "quick search" type functions that are great for new business pitches or other situations where you're starting from square 1, while Brandwatch does not in its basic product and offers it as a separate product for additional fee.
  • While the visualizations are serviceable, they are quite basic don't allow flexibility, so many times I end up exporting the data and creating my own in other tools.
  • Intelligence on identifying sentiment is lacking without your own rules, training it, etc. I spend a fair amount of time re-categorizing mis-filed sentiment on posts.

Brandwatch is a great tool for social listening, especially if you already have experience with query building (using Boolean logic, are familiar with Operators, etc.), but sometimes things feel like they're harder than they need to be. Considering it's one of the most expensive products in its category, I would expect more features and functionality right out of the box, and to be far less DIY. And the product keeps adding new features all the time, so I think they're on the right track and only getting better, but still have some gaps.

If you're using it to monitor your brand's social presence only, or if you're in an agency and using it to monitor existing clients and provide reports to them, then this is a great tool and you're hard-pressed to find something better. But if you're wanting it more for new business and discovery, there are tools that do this much better, including Sysomos and Crimson Hexagon.

Jimmy Mack | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Cerner uses Crimson Hexagon to monitor brand mentions in the social media space. It is used to monitor share of voice against key competitors, sentiment of social media coverage, trending topics within the health care information technology space, and more. It was used to generate key reports that went up to senior level executives, including the President of the company.
  • Drills down to specifics of what is being discussed on social media
  • Very robust set of analytics tools
  • Topic wheels are extremely useful for identifying trending topics
  • It is a very costly tool
  • The pricing packages are not the most intuitive to understand when going through the contract process
  • The user interface could be improved to allow for more efficient usage
If you need to discover what topics may be trending in the social media space to identify what your target audiences want to hear from you, then Crimson Hexagon is a great tool. You can use the analytics widgets to drill down to specifics about what your audience is talking about, which enables you to develop content they want to consume.
Score 8 out of 10
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Crimson Hexagon allows users to save all relevant data visualizations and metrics into a shared workspace that can be quickly transformed into a holistic report.
  • Solid visualizations and reporting capabilities
  • Shared workspaces to collaborate on social listening reports
  • Share of voice studies among brands' competitive sets
  • Word clouds and topic waves are often difficult to generate if there isn't enough conversation volume
  • Visuals for share of voice comparisons are often hard to interpret
Crimson Hexagon is ideal for social listening, crisis communications and share of voice studies versus competitor brands. Crimson Hexagon could improve in sentiment analysis as it often skews all commentary to "neutral" without much context.
Score 8 out of 10
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We utilize Brandwatch to better understand consumer social media conversation across various clients. We have multiple users within the same department, but the information gets shared to many departments in our organization. It helps us inform social and content strategies, as well as, reporting for social campaigns for our social clients. The measurement piece of Brandwatch is a crucial part of our reporting.
  • The measurement variables it can export and show are a great asset. For example, within an export or dashboard I can see follower count and engagement metrics at post-level, which we have not seen another tool do.
  • Hashtag tracking on Twitter is very robust and especially helpful when running sweeps and counting entries.
  • We love having the option to set what percentage of the Twitter Firehose we want to capture, so we're not limited to the Twitter Decahose.
  • Capturing data on Instagram can definitely be improved, since we've found some gaps when tracking hashtags.
  • Tracking Instagram is only limited to hashtags, so it would be great if we could also do keyword tracking.
  • It is not the easiest tools to help identify conversation themes quickly. It usually takes a little longer to dig through the data/dashboards/widgets to help land on conversation insights or audience interests.
Brandwatch is great for report building, capturing post-level data, and tracking hashtags on Twitter. However, an area of opportunity would be to develop widgets that can help analysts get to conversation themes quicker and more efficiently rather than digging through multiple widgets.
Score 9 out of 10
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Crimson Hexagon lets us see what people are saying about things in their own words. This allows the opportunity to assess them in ways that other records just don't. A real insight into real people.
  • Boolean queries let you fully customize.
  • Multi-language analytics.
  • The geography description is very vague.
Crimson Hexagon is great for getting a sense of what's being said.
Score 8 out of 10
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Brandwatch Analytics is being used across multiple business units within our agency. This includes account teams for clients for which we are the social AOR, as well as by agency resources that are shared by multiple business units for project (non-retainer) work, new business, etc. We also address multiple business problems with the platform. Some of these include analytics on client owned social platforms, content analysis, competitive set tracking, social listening, hashtag or campaign monitoring, research and planning, etc.
  • Twitter coverage is very strong, which provides for accurate data and flexible measurement capabilities. Data sets include follower count, following count, replies, and retweets which sample data points that are not always available in other platform unless you are authorized as the owner of the channel.
  • The entire platform is robust yet flexible. There are advanced Boolean operators that can be used to create complex queries. Then, when ready to analyze the data, the dashboards provide an almost endless way of filtering, categorizing, tagging, drilling down into, slicing, and dicing the data however you need to see it to answer your business problem.
  • Customer service has always been timely and interactions are positive. They can usually solve a problem or at least give you a response to let you know they are working on an issue well within 24 hours.
  • Instagram data coverage is not very strong. Though there are industry-wide hurdles in tracking data on Instagram, there are competitors that have proven more accurate than Brandwatch.
  • Many larger, more broad queries return a lot of junk or spam posts. Customer service can help with filtering these out with common "NOT" operator phrases. However, some competitors do a better job on the back end to make sure you never see as much as the spam to begin with.
  • Monthly data limits are a con if your work requires a lot of ad hoc projects and it's hard to project the monthly volume you will need.
From my experience with multiple social listening tools, Brandwatch Analytics strikes a decent balance in measurement and analysis. Many other tools only address one of these needs. Measurement in the sense that they provide specific data points (likes, comments, shares, follower count, etc.), and analysis in the sense that you can custom define trends within your topic (with tags and categories), filter by dozens of different variables, and can drill down to explain the "why?".
Score 9 out of 10
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Crimson Hexagon is being used as a tool to extract social listening insights to inform strategy and creative. We also use the tool to measure campaign success based on conversation insights. The tool is solely used by the planning/strategy department of the agency.
  • Clearly presenting the most important metrics and information
  • Capabilities of slicing the data up however you choose
  • I like the ability to easily change the date range
  • I would like to see a single metric for sentiment (e.g., net sentiment)
I would recommend this tool to anyone working in the industry looking to improve their social listening insights.