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10 best news monitoring tools

News monitoring tools are becoming more and more popular as the volume of online information produced daily grows with every day and every second. It’s hard to keep up. As we all struggle with information overload on a daily basis, it’s becoming increasingly harder to filter and access valuable information. News monitoring tools can save your precious time and help you track topics of your interest with almost surgical precision.

News monitoring tools allow tracking keywords connected to the news and topics of your interest. Once you provide relevant keywords, news monitoring tools find online pieces of content containing these words almost in real time.

When it comes to sources news monitoring tools go through, they usually include:

  • Websites
  • News sites
  • Blogs
  • Discussion forums
  • Review sites
  • Some social media platforms

Let’s see now ten best news monitoring tools.


1. Brand24

Brand24 is one of the leading news monitoring tools out there. Used by companies of all sizes, it’s been battle tested both by large brands like IKEA, and small companies as well.

Apart from news monitoring, Brand24 offers a handful of data about sources mentioning your topics.

Importantly, Brand24 has a few ways to keep you notified about the news:

  • Daily notifications
  • Daily and weekly reports
  • Slack notifications
  • Push notifications

Once you set them up, there’s no need to open the tool unless you want to add another news or topic you want to monitor.

Price: free trial, prices start at $49.


2. Brandwatch

Brandwatch is probably the largest news monitoring tool out there. They’ve been in the game for a number of years now.

Apart from news monitoring, they offer an AI platform that can be of value for businesses and brands that starve consumer insights. Analytics you can find inside Brandwatch is probably the most powerful of all tool I list here.

Prices: Starting at $800.


3. Hootsuite

Hootsuite has been in the game for a long time now. At first, it looks like a social media scheduling tool, but there’s more to it – Hootsuite has a huge potential in news monitoring.

It’s a powerful tool with lots of features ranging from social media scheduling, social media analytics to monitoring and more.

Price: Starting at $19.


4. Sprout Social

Sprout Social is one of these news monitoring tools that is a good fit for small businesses, agencies and enterprises alike.

The platform supports customers in analytics, engagement, publishing and listening you can use to monitor news.

Price: Starting at $99.


5. Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud is an all-in-one news monitoring tool that covers both digital and traditional media.

Apart from being one of the best news monitoring tools, Cision Communications Cloud offers campaign management you can use to discover media opportunities and influencers open for cooperation.

More than that, with all reporting features, you can easily draw insights and conclusions from media discussions about particular topics.

Price: Contact sales.


6. Meltwater

It’s another news monitoring tool that covers tradition and digital media. They track over 270,000 online sources and cooperate with print and broadcasting media.

Just like other tools, Meltwater offers features that can help you make sense out of data: social measurement, sentiment scoring, influencer identification, reporting and more.

Price: Starting


7. SentiOne

It’s a social listening and customer service automation tool that allow news monitoring across social media, portals, forums and blogs.

SentiOne offers also insights into various metrics connected to the online performance of the news you monitor: conversation volume, engagement, share of voice, sentiment analysis, influencer identification plus much more.

Price: Starting at $229.


8. TVEyes

Contrary to other tools, TVEyes is able to monitor news only in traditional media. The platform allows users to monitor, report on, analyze and archive news from the biggest international markets.

The tool has been highly appreciated by the United States Department of Defence as their sole provider of their news monitoring.

Price: Contact sales.


9. Critical Mention

Critical Mention is another news monitoring tool which covers TV, radio, social media and the Internet. The tools supports broadcast monitoring, online news tracking and social media monitoring.

The tool has been praised for quick and easy access to monitored news. Another interesting feature Critical Mention offers is sharing which helps share the most important pieces of news with your team.

Price: Contact sales.


10. Mention

With Mention, brands and businesses can monitor news on the Web and in social media. You can set up advanced notifications based on a multitude of filters.

Apart monitoring, Mention also provides analytics brands can use to measure opinions, identify influencers and generate reports about online presence.

Price: Starting at $25.


Tom

Good food, road cycling and outdoor adventures are just some of the things that excite me in life. There's also Brand24, digital marketing and advertising -- some day I'd love to try the last one. Loving English language and literature since a kid.