10 top tools for PR measurement

What you and your agency need from a measurement tool probably isn’t the same as what other pros need, but one of these gauges ought to help.

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re figuring out which PR measurement platform to use: your budget, the business outcome you want, what social channels you want to measure, how many tools you want to use, the insights you want to get, how broad the scope is, and the list goes on.

Then there’s the question of what to measure: page views, followers, website visitors, average time on a site, impressions, “likes” and “unlikes,” retweets, mentions, your Klout score, search terms, etc. It’s a lot to deal with.

Every PR pro needs something just a little different from what their colleagues need. Odds are good that you’ll need a mix of tools. With that in mind, here is a list of tools that can help with your specific measurement requirements, even down to the cost.

1. TalkWalker.com/Alerts
Sends email alerts with the latest relevant mentions on the Web directly to your inbox, for free.

2. List.ly
Enables users to curate lists by subject matter for free.

3. Tame.it
Offers Twitter timeline analysis of relevant topics, people and links. It can be used for free, but premium packages are 5 € per month.

4. BufferApp.com
When you fill up your Buffer, it “automagically” posts for you throughout the day. It’s $10 per month for two people and 12 social media accounts; on the upper end, it’s $250 for 25 people and 150 accounts.

5. SocialBro.com
Offers audience insights and competitor analysis. Costs $13 to $149 a month for up to 20k or more than 200k Twitter connections.

6. Keyhole.co
Users can track conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

7. SproutSocial.com
Social publishing and monitoring for Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. It has free and paid plans.

8. Clicky
A free website analytics tool.

9. Brandwatch
A tool for online listening and responding. Costs $800 per month for 10,000 mentions, and it goes up from there.

10. GroupHigh.com
A blogger relations tool that costs $625 per month.


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