In 1888, three sisters from the order of the Faithful Companions of Jesus founded the first Catholic school in Edmonton. Today the publicly funded Edmonton Catholic School District (ECSD) teaches more than 41,000 students in 90 schools. To monitor and manage their media coverage, they put their faith in Meltwater.
After finding too many pages missing from the stories they were forwarded, the ECSD communications team decided to switch providers. Cision’s platform wasn’t user friendly, and it didn’t include coverage from a number of local media outlets. ECSD’s Dana Prefontaine says, “Cision didn’t have access to some of the media we wanted. So we’d get some clippings faxed to us, and other articles we had to go print out. Reporting under these circumstances wasn’t easy.”
Communication’s Coordinator, Courtney Naccarato adds, “The daily report became such a chore. Coverage was in a bunch of different places, so it was really cumbersome and the data felt unreliable.”
“Things really went sideways with Cision when they removed all of the local reps and centralized everything in Toronto. You couldn’t reach anyone, and if you did, you were starting from the beginning with each phone call.”Lori Nagy Manager of Media and Community Relations, Edmonton Catholic School District
For the past year, the communications team has been using Meltwater to monitor and report on coverage relevant to the school district. Meltwater provides a breadth of stories and draws heavily from local sources across Canada. The platform’s customizable dashboards provide a quick, in-depth look at metrics ECSD deems important: social media influencers, trending topics, and the school’s overall sentiment. The dashboard’s top stories feed into their daily newsletter, which is sent to the district’s trustees, senior administrators, and school operations staff, ensuring top officials are in the know.
Meltwater is much more than a monitoring tool—they understand that the client relationship matters most. “Our rep is super responsive and we have a direct line, says Courtney Naccarato. “With Cision there was no phone number and your email went into a general inbox. You never knew what would happen.”
“It’s not only that we’re getting more content with Meltwater. It’s also more thorough and detailed. I never feel as if we’re missing something.”
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“Meltwater pulls from so many different sources. We track the Edmonton Examiner, the Edmonton Metro, the Edmonton Journal, some stories in the National Post, and more. With Cision, we were missing stories from regional and local outlets.” – Dana Prefontaine, Communications Team Coordinator
“We love the newsletter—it’s clean, easy to read, and takes you directly to the article. The entire platform is user friendly which makes sharing the most important metrics with our directors a one step process.”– Courtney Naccarato, Communications Team Coordinator
“The follow-up with Meltwater is amazing. We get frequent calls from our rep asking, how are you guys doing, what do you need? I haven’t experienced that with any company I’ve worked with before. The added comfort allows me to effectively do my job without second guessing our coverage.” – Lori Nagy, Manager of Media and Community Relations