What do you use to keep "tabs" on the competition?

Any recommendations for a product that could monitoring website changes, social mentions and posts, press etc.
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  1. 6

    Keep track of your brand online.

    Jakub Rogalski
    Jakub Rogalski39Community Manager at Brand24 · Written
    I am being biased here, but I’d recommend having a look at Brand24. Here are a couple of tips for starters: -add your competitors’ names as monitored keywords -monitor their domains as some people tend to include the domains rather than social media handles in their posts -monitoring branded hashtags is worth considering, too. Sentiment filter is a super valuable feature that allows for filtering the mentions according to people’s attitude expressed in their posts. With that being said, you can easily get to those mentions from people dissatisfied with your competitors’ services or products. Quite often I see people looking for help or asking questions on social media that some brands do not bother to reply to. If you're capable of helping those people, there’s nothing wrong in jumping in such conversations. Someone else’s negligence might actually turn out a win for you. You might also want to check https://similarweb.com and https://semrush.com out. The former enables me to compare the number of visits against competitors as well as average visit duration, pages per visit, or bounce rate. The comparison of traffic sources is also worth having a detailed look into. The latter is extremely helpful while doing a keywords analysis and finding both organic and paid keywords your competitors are using.
    • Matt Pliszka
      Matt PliszkaCEO & co-founder @ pickSaaS.com

      Brand24 is a great app, especially if you're a business prone to any type of social media critics (like every type of business, nowadays?). It's just a much better way to know what people are saying about your brand then searching it through Google.

    • Mateusz Kurleto
      Mateusz KurletoTech entrepreneur and investor @Neoteric

      A great tool that helps me understand where and how people discuss certain topics like "Alternative to [MyCompetitorName]", "How to [Solve the problem I sell a solution to]" so I can engage personally and try to convert.

  2. 4

    Better Google alerts.

    Mention covers (amazingly) all the social monitoring part of your question.
  3. 3
    Google Alerts

    Monitor the web for interesting new content (redesigned)

    Jonathan James
    Jonathan JamesAlways Reaching. · Written
    Since Google crawls practically all things, you can piggy-back on what it finds based on any string combination you want using @GoogleAlerts. Then you can setup these alerts to flow into a separate email account that's setup with filters based on new alert content. So, lets say you want alerts on "Blockchain" that Google finds, just setup that alert and then your email will populate with references to "Blockchain" that occur across the web.
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  4. 2

    Count and analyze backlinks to a domain

    Ayush Mittal
    Ayush Mittal28bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
    Just suggested the same for SEO - If you're looking for a paid one and inclined towards knowing more about competition, then Ahrefs. It's data-driven (much more than SEO) -they crawl 6 billion pages every day and you can learn almost everything about your competitors. It helps to know where your competition is getting traffic from, exact keywords they use, how much traffic it brings them and how many backlinks & who exactly links to their website. You can also set “Alerts” for website rankings or mentions.
    Nina De la Cruz
    Nina De la CruzHelping IT projects get noticed · Written
    I second this. Ahrefs is great and crawls faster than Google.
    • Great tool. It's something that can change your rankings in Google dramatically - if you use it right! Luckily, they have in-depth guides.

    • Matt Pliszka
      Matt PliszkaCEO & co-founder @ pickSaaS.com

      Great app for ongoing monitoring of your website's positioning / SEO ranking. Easy to use, even to those not very familiar with SEO.

  5. 1
    Brand Mentions [Pre-launch]

    Find every relevant mention for your brand & competitors

    Alin Vlad
    Alin VladCMO, CyberGhost · Written
    No other tool reports most of the new mentions for a brand. Google Alerts is broken for years and the other tools report fragmented sets of data. The aim of the tool is to report as many relevant web mentions as possible. It also filters spammy and irrelevant mentions. You can setup email alerts to notify you daily or weekly when new mentions appear.
    • Adel de Meyer
      Adel de MeyerNew Media Specialist, Author and Mentor

      BrandMentions is a full-stack marketing tool that can be best used to do:

      Reputation Management - shape and stay in control of your company’s image.

      Brand Monitoring - gain marketing insights about any company around the globe.

      Competitor Spying - expose and analyze your competitors’ strategies.

      Media Monitoring - monitor the web & social media for mentions of any business.

      Business Intelligence - identify market opportunities that will grow your company.

      Personal brands, small businesses and even enterprise level clients can all benefit greatly from using BrandMentions. Real-time monitoring and responding is becoming more and more important with such a fast pace online world we live in today. Having tried and tested relevant competitors to BrandMentions I can honestly say that the quality of data BrandMentions provide is better.

    • Jesse Nalls
      Jesse NallsAccount Executive, Constellix

      I have been using Brand Mentions for about 3 months now, and it has become an asset to my company. Having the ability to track any mention of my company allows me to see any feedback, and also helps with our product roadmap. I am a huge fan, and would recommend Brand Mentions to everyone!

  6. Shreya Bisht
    Shreya BishtCo-founder, DesignBids · Written
    You can see your competitors, read latest about them, see product releases, marketing campaigns etc
  7. 1

    Online news, TV + social media monitoring in real-time.

    Nick Loui
    Nick LouiCo-Founder, CivicFeed · Written
    Nick Loui made this product
    Built for tracking news, social and even radio/tv.
    • Laurie Hasencamp
      Laurie Hasencampretired lawyer

      Politics is a constantly moving target and it's not easy to follow the status of legislation or the policy positions of politicians. This tool makes it much easier to access this kind of information quickly. Should be useful for lawyers, lobbyists, politicians and their staff, corporate compliance departments, the interested public - anybody, really!

    • Being able to use Civicfeed has been awesome. It is extremely user friendly, integrates into my daily work well and always has new features that are innovative. Highly recommend for those in political/lobbying/legal field.

  8. Onur Ozgur Chucker
    Onur Ozgur ChuckerDevils' Advocate. PM. Writer. · Written
    Subscribe to relevant news sources, product update feeds, competitor press release pages, track keywords across the RSS space, and more. Also useful for keeping a tab on analog products and markets. You can curate your findings into collections collaboratively with your team and publish.