Instead of spending hours in research mode, let the information come to you! The following tools scour the Internet looking for keywords you ask for and returns them on a set schedule, usually daily.
BuzzBundle Monitor the major social networks plus forums, blogs, and Q&A sites to hear what is being said about your brand, products or competition. Real-time reporting prioritized by reach so you get the most important mentions first. Free trial, two paid plans.
CamelCamelCamel – Amazon tracker provides price drop alerts and price history charts for products sold by Amazon. Great tool if Amazon is one of your competitors or you are using their affiliate program. Sister sites for Best Buy (CamelBuy.com) and Newegg (CamelEgg.com) No charge
Google Alerts Returns lists of links based on what you ask for, results emailed as they happen, daily or weekly. Results pulled from the news, blogs, video, books, etc. and from any country. No charge.
IFTTT If This Then That. This workflow tool automatically searches for terms based on a recipe (program) you create. No charge.
Keyhole Track hashtags, retweets, likes and keywords on Twitter and Instagram plus influencers and competitors. Sends all data to a dashboard, creates graphs and reports. Five paid plans all have a free trial.
Meltwater News – Enterprise solution aimed at PR and marketing professionals, finds mentions from news sources as well as major social networks. Email alerts delivered daily, provides option to organize all data returned and run analysis on archived folders, built in translation. Ask for demo.
Mention Set alerts for your brand or any keyword term, returns information in real-time from across the Internet and social networks. Has an option to identify influencers and ranks them, see how many times influencers interacted with a certain brand. Free trial, three paid plans.
NetVibes This is a monitoring service for everything, your calendar, emails, apps and any alerts you set. Track topics, news, and social mentions read everything on a single dashboard. One free and three paid plans.
Social Mention Search on a term and alerts are returned from blogs, bookmarking sites, image and video search engines. Will also list top hashtags being used for the terms you search for. No charge and be patient, the site can be slow.
TalkWalker Monitors for any content topic you request pulls from the news, blogs, and discussion groups in various languages. No charge, great tool.
Twilert Monitors Twitter (only) for mentions of your brand or any keyword you set, returns hourly or daily results. Three paid plans.
Video Alerts – An alert service that emails you when new videos are uploaded to YouTube on whatever keyword you set. One free option, two paid plans.
Yahoo! Alerts – Sends email alerts based on keywords from news, Web, images and video in real-time or daily. No charge. Need Yahoo! account.
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