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Topsy is Dead: Alternative Social Analytics Tools You Need to Use NOW

Upasna Kakroo
Topsy is Dead: Alternative Social Analytics Tools You Need to Use NOW

Apple decided to pull the plug on Topsy recently. The service was a 2013 acquisition. As an oft-used resource by marketers for social analytics and deep Twitter searches, it’s time to take a moment to say RIP, Topsy. But this is also a good time to look at other social analytics tools you need to use now.

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Analytics is slated to grow in the coming years, and not without a reason. As social media has become more pervasive, the need to ascertain ROI of social campaigns and consumer engagement is crucial.

Why Use Social Analytics?

 Survey data shows marketers are using social analytics for managing campaigns, measuring engagement and also checking our competitors. Here’s interesting data from MarketingProfs:

“The survey of 125 marketers found that 60% of respondents use social media analytics tools for campaign tracking, 48% for brand analysis, and 40% for competitive intelligence. A large number also use social media analytics tools for customer care (36%), product launches (32%), and influencer ranking (27%)."

And these were also the key reasons why social media practitioners were using Topsy. Now based on the needs, here are a few tools that’ll fill in the Topsy space with their own set of capabilities

Social Analytics Tools You Need To Use NOW

#1: KeyHole.co

Keyhole allows you to search for hashtags, and keywords on Instagram and Twitter. And dishes out dashboards of very valuable information – including influencers, top posts, reach, top pages and domains. They’ll also slice the data by demographics, platforms, keywords and hashtags. You can also save your searches for future.


Check the pro version as well, by getting a free trial available for everyone. What I find particularly interesting is the sophistication with which you can get your alerts. For any campaign keyword or hashtag, you can choose your influencers and drown out the noise in great details. Here’s how an alert setting system looks like. You can choose which alerts to get based on select information on Twitter and Instagram users.

You can also set a tracker volume and get alerts only when it significantly goes up avoiding twenty emails a day. The most useful tool is to be able to set a unique page URL where you can check all the data in one place for real time tracking.


#2 Buzzsumo.com

I’m a Buzzsumo fan. It’s a great way to see the kind of content that’s making waves the world over. You can simply choose the time frame you’re interested in and enter your keyword or niche topic. You can also just enter a URL.

You can get a free pro trial run to see beneficial data on the content that’s doing well in your industry and niche. It also helps to identify influencers in your field.


My favorite Buzzsumo tool basically is the competitor research. You can enter the domain of your competitor, and the tool allows you to check what content from the domain is doing well. You can in fact also check your own domains to see top performing content easily. The tool also showcases and lets you export people who’re sharing the content that’s popular. It’s nifty when trying to access performance by competitors and trying to get your content game up.

Another cool tip is to check the backlinks from your own or a competitor’s popular content which you can target for furthering your content marketing plan.

Buzzsumo Dashboard

Additionally, Buzzsumo works particularly well as a complement to SEMrush, which you'll want to utilize for monitoring popular keywords.

#3 Tweetreach.com

You can type in your keywords, hashtag, or username on TweetReach. Once you log in (with Twitter), it returns a snapshot of analytics including reach, exposure, activity over ten days and also contributors to the topic. Specifically for profiles you can also see a Twitter timeline and most retweeted tweets. The free version is helpful if you’re analyzing just 100 tweets.


It’s easy to do a simple competitor research or choose the keyword you’re following.

All of the tools have monthly/ yearly plans alongside the free versions with limited datasets.

And, while there are plenty others in the fray, the one that’s coming up, also next year is from social scheduling tool, Buffer.

#4 Coming up: Buffer.com:

Buffer just announced that they’ve acquired Respondly and will soon be launching a full fledged brand monitoring tool. This will also act as a customer service tool. Given Buffer’s original scheduling, image creation (Pablo) and analytical services (for free and premium rates), this could be an amazing addition. Being a fan of its content marketing tools and adventures, I really do hope to see a good product.

The service is being rebranded Respond and you can now register for early access. Currently with Buffer’s inbuilt analytics, you can check the performance of your social content across the channels you’ve added. A weekly report comes to your account describing what went well. And this tool is likely to take the analytics several notches up.

Which social analytics tools are you using for your teams? Let us know in the comments.

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Upasna Kakroo (@upasnakakroo) is the co-founder of  Brandanew , helping brands create compelling stories and content marketing strategies. Upasna has 12+ years of global experience in the online content and branding industry. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Krishna Rg
Hey Upasna,

Checkout the newly launched Tweeple search - https://tweeplesearch.com

Tweeple Search helps you find highly relevant audience & powerful influencers for your business on Twitter.

On 21st April, it got featured on Product Hunt and finished #1 with over 900 upvotes.

With Tweeple Search, you can:
-Find target audience or influencers in any domain sorted by follower count.
-Analyze your competitor’s Twitter followers to understand their marketing patterns.
-Compare different Twitter accounts to see what they have in common and how they differ.
-Find powerful Twitter influencers based on keywords in popular content they share.
Thanks you for the post, Upsasna

I have been looking for posts on how I can find the top influencers on pInterests and instagram. The only post is by taiwind, however they confirmed that they no longer offer that features. Anyone could share how you can find them efficiently not just based on followers but engagement!
Hello Upasna. The article is amazing. And I would love it if you could take a look at our recently launched Content marketing tool- Socialanimal.io and add it to your list.
Social Animal is a content research tool that lets content marketers deeply research top performing content for any given keyword. It also gives deep keyword insights with historical performance data and has a powerful influencer research tool. Very unique is its InspireMe feature that applies a “human cultural map” to any keyword and lets you see unforeseen connections and associations, thereby giving you almost unlimited ideas to write about in your next article. It is relatively cheaper than most tools and is a perfect solution for startup businesses and websites.
Tadeusz Szewczyk (Tad Chef)
Sadly KeyHole.co loads forever once I enter a keword ad press enter. Tweetreach.com is good for testing your profile but for a keyword I get mostly irrelevant results.
Tadeusz Szewczyk (Tad Chef)
Hey Tadeusz, Jesse from Keyhole here.
The search time depends on the popularity of the keyword or hashtag you search. We've tested the speed of our tool against those of major competitors and we've always performed on par or better in terms of speed. We are also always optimizing our database to serve faster results. I invite you to try the tool again and let me know how it goes.
Albane Flamant
Thank you for this great list! You could also add the Talkwalker Free Social Media Search, which lets you track results from a wide variety of media channels, and has several filtering options so you can segment your results more accurately: http://bit.ly/1RsMssZ
Hi Upasna,

Thank you so much for including TweetReach by Union Metrics in your list of Topsy replacement options! If anyone reading has any questions about our free snapshot reports or the different options for our more comprehensive Twitter analytics (as well as our Social Suite), feel free to reach out on Twitter @UnionMetrics or visit our site (unionmetrics.com).

Thanks again, and happy new year!

- Sarah A. Parker
Social Media Manager | Union Metrics
Fine Makers of TweetReach, The Union Metrics Social Suite, and more
I'm actually really curious about Buffer's monitoring tool. So far I used Brand24.net and Colibri.io for social listening and Sotrender.com for all the analytics across platforms. Definitely I'll try Buzzsumo - have heard a lot, but never tried it. Thanks, Upasna!
Buzzsumo is great for searching for new trends :) It is certainly nice tool for content marketers.
If you're looking for social media monitoring and analytics application I would like to recommend Brand24 (https://Brand24.net ) This is very efficient, affordable and easy to use tool. It also provides reach, influence analysis, gives you instant access to mentions about your brand across the web, from social networks to influential publishers. To see how it works don't hesitate to use a free trial.