How to choose your ORM tool?

27 08 2008

I finally managed it! 😉 Here is THE expected article that compares the leading ORM tools…

I know I previously said that Online Reputation Management was more than tool. But before starting service delivery you need to choose the right ORM tool in order to collect your buzz. Only than you can analyse the results and take action(s) if necessary.

I asked 6 ORM editors to fill in a comparative table divided in 3 main areas:

  1. Monitoring
  2. Analysis
  3. Update

Those 6 solutions are (in alphabetical order):

Beyond the solution cost, you should determined your needs first. Are you active in a sensitive sector (energy, politics, etc.)? If yes, you will mainly use ORM tool & services to avoid or manage crisis. Therefore you’ll have to monitor your buzz in real-time. Your 1st question should than be “what is the monitoring scope of the solution?” Is the tool only monitoring results among SERPS (that means that you will have to wait till the site will be indexed by the search engine and that can takes weeks!) or is it screening all webpages or…? For example: BrandsEye’s scope is SERPS (+RSS on demand) ;  BrandMonitor monitors and scrapes all the webpages ; Brandwatch has its own crawler technology that searches the internet for new content on a 24×7 basis ; Distilled Reputation Monitor is working with RSS feeds ; and Trackur aggregates from a wide range of sources.

Let’s take a look more deeply at the monitoring scope of those 6 tools! If they all monitor websites, blogs, forums, social media (Attentio is only monitoring YouTube results) and wikis, some of them are searching among other media such as Twitter (Attentio, Brandwatch and Trackur), RSS feeds (BrandsEye, Brandwatch and Distilled), etc.
What about the analysis functions of these tools?
Some of them are great support for your analysis service. For example:

  • BrandsEye also analyses the external links, the pagerank, the credibility, etc.
  • Brandwatch analyses the author, the credibility and the influence of the results too.
  • Distilled may set up the analysis criteria you want.

Last but not least… You should ask how you will receive the new results and the update frequency.

Attentio is currently working on an e-mail system to deliver updates. Up to now you have to log on its online dashboard to look at you new buzz.
BrandsEye offers e-mail, RSS and SMS updates.
BrandMonitor has no push function. The only way to view new results is to log on the web platform. The system refreshes the results every hour.
Brandwatch delivers updates via e-mail and is developping an RSS option. The system updates the results every 12 hours.
Distilled only updates results via RSS. You may choose the frequency (up to hourly).
Trackur let you know about updates by e-mail or RSS every 1, 6 or 12 hours.

What should be my choice?

If I look at the matrixes and if I take into account the tools fee, I’ll be hesitating between BrandsEye and Brandwatch solutions. They are very efficient with a wide range of functionalities and their costs are affordable: 510,46 EUR for BrandsEye (5 keywords) and 124,62 EUR for Brandwatch (5 keywords).

Attentio and BrandMonitor are very performant but more expensive: 2000,00 EUR for Attentio (5 keywords) and 1500,00 EUR for BrandMonitor (5 keywords).
The BrandMonitor fee is a bid higher than others because BrandMonitor is originaly covering the Dutch market. They need a special setup to be able to monitor the Belgian web sphere.

Distilled Reputation Monitor and Trackur are typical entry solutions. They are easy to use and rather cheap: 24,92 EUR for Distilled (5 keywords) and 59,89 EUR for Trackur (5 keywords). They are good solutions to develop your ORM experience.
It is to be noted that BrandsEye has now a little sister, BrandsEye Blogger, a first entry solution for only 0,68 EUR (1 USD)!!!! More info in a next article… 😉