I generally don’t like to make comment about our competition. With Google Alerts, I will make an exception.
With the recent announcement that Google Reader is shutting down, news that Google Alerts has become inconsistent with its email alerts means that it too may be doomed to closure. The latest Google Alerts complaint comes via an open letter from The Financial Brand…
Starting sometime last year, The Financial Brand started receiving fewer and fewer Google Alerts. And when the Alerts did arrive, they contained fewer and fewer results. It’s gone from lots of Alerts, to many, to some, to a few… down to a trickle. Users can forget about creating any new Alerts — those pretty much won’t work at all. Indeed the volume of Alerts has decreased by at least 80%, dropping from 20-35 emails per day with 4-12 results each down to 4-8 emails per day with 1-3 results each. And the results are crummier than ever.
Ouch. I can say that because prior to building Trackur, I was a fan of Google Alerts. In fact, even with Trackur, I’ve always told people that Google Alerts is perfectly fine for 90% of those that need to monitor their reputation. I may have to stop saying that.
So, if you’re a Google Alerts user that is no longer getting your email alerts, we invite you to come and try Trackur. All of our social media monitoring plans–including the free monitoring plan–include email alerts. Simply set up your search and click on the email icon–it’s as easy as that. Here’s how our email alerts look in your inbox:
Unlike Google Alerts, Trackur includes Twitter, Facebook, as well as new, blogs, video, images and much more!
Want to give it a try? Sign up for a free 10-day trial and then email us at help AT trackur.com and we’ll give you your first full month at half price! I actually hope Google Alerts gets fixed, but if not, we’re standing by to help fill the void.