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The best analytics tools to measure your PR efforts

The best analytics tools to measure your PR efforts

A collection of data analysis tools for modern PR teams

Public relations is a hard art to measure, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Thanks to new digital mediums, there are a lot of great new PR solutions to help PR professionals measure things like:

So let's take a look at some of the best public relations tools for data analysis!

PR tools for monitoring & analysis: Google Analytics

Let's start will the well-known, free behemoth. The beauty and the bane of Google Analytics is that it can reveal a lot of information about your website's performance.

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Google Analytics is still one of the best ways to track visits and engagement on your site and newsroom

You can track things like visitors, referrals from different channels, and conversion rates. You can also reveal demographic information about your visitors and see how they arrived to your site, how long they spent there, and compare data sets to previous periods. It also gives you an insight into who is linking to your site and can help flag earned media.

It can be as simple or as complicated as you want, but it does deliver on the numbers. You'll even be able to line up campaigns and create annotations so that you can attribute the real impact of each action you perform.

An added benefit is that you can use Google Analytics to get detailed feedback on the engagement of your newsroom and online press releases.

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Create annotations to spot patterns between campaigns and engagement

It may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but dang it's useful. It can also look a bit daunting is you're new to digital marketing (yes, the "m" word – but no one works in a silo these days!). Fortunately, Google has kindly provided its own beginner's guide to using the platform.

Get started with Google Analytics

PR tools for monitoring & impact: Cision (TrendKite)

TrendKite was a pretty neat PR intelligence tool for many years – so much so, in fact, that it was assimilated into the PR monolith that is Cision in 2019. These days, you can find its remnants in the Analytics and Impact product offerings on Cision's site.

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Thanks to TrendKite, Cision now lets you organize your data in a way that is more meaningful for public relations professionals. You're able to better visualize attribution (where your traffic comes from), media mentions, and the impact of SEO on your work.

Learn more about Cision

See how Prezly compares to Cision

PR tools for reporting: Coverage Book

Coverage Book is a simple way to create PR reports based on the performance of your campaigns – namely, media coverage. As we all know, tracking and reporting on coverage is one of the essential principles of public relations (if we want to prove our worth and get paid, that is).

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The idea is simple. You take all your pieces of coverage and copy their links into Coverage Book. From there, the tool will generate a report, complete with coverage thumbnails, based on the material you provide. Their metrics include things like pieces of coverage, revenue, social shares, links attributed to coverage, new customers and online readership.

Check out an example Coverage Book here

PR tools for share of voice: Meltwater

Meltwater is a heavy hitter in the world of PR analytics.

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Their big media database makes them a leader when it comes to media mentions. They also have developed a set of tools that let you measure things like share of voice, website traffic, estimated potential reach and a whole lot more.

Learn more about Meltwater

See how Prezly compares to Meltwater

PR software for media monitoring: CARMA

With more than 30 years' experience, CARMA provides 24/7 services in monitoring, measurement and evaluation solutions, as well as consultation services to help you create a solid communications strategy and cut out unnecessary spend.


The media monitoring part of CARMA is called CustomScoop and gives you an "all-in-one" overview of your online news and Twitter coverage in a 24/7 dashboard.

Discover CARMA

PR tools for social listening: is a nifty social media marketing tool that specializes in social listening.

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With this tool you can monitor your brand reputation, trends in your industry, your campaign performance, and see what people are saying about you on social media.

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PR software for sentiment analysis: Brand24

Brand24 is another media monitoring tool that will make your life a bit easier.

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What Brand24 delivers really well is the sentiment analysis. They collect data and mentions from all over and give you a true idea of your reputation online. You can segment mentions and break things down by campaigns.

Learn more about Brand24

PR tools for campaign analytics: Prezly

Last but not least, we have our campaign analytics built into Prezly. Prezly's Campaign Overview feature pairs nicely with many of the other tools mentioned above to help you get a direct picture of which media contacts in your PR CRM are the most engaged with your press releases or stories.

[browser] You can also use Prezly campaign analytics to refine your subject lines and achieve 85%+ open rates
You can also use Prezly campaign analytics to refine your subject lines and achieve 85%+ open rates

This helps you keep your contact lists in check by easily weeding out any dead emails, helps inform how you write your campaigns, and guides the way you follow up on pitches (more on that in our free guide to email pitching, complete with a strategy template and data from 16million pitches).

You can also use Prezly campaigns to report on your coverage using Prezly's coverage feature, which lets you upload mentions manually or use our API to plug your coverage provider straight into the tool and automate the entire process. Easy :)

Looking for great all-in-one PR software? Start your 14-day free trial of Prezly today.

Updated July 2023


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