About Google Alerts

Google Alerts is a content change detection and notification service, which sends email alerts to subscribers when the system finds specific search results or mentions of terms across web pages, blogs, newspaper articles, topics and more. The system automatically monitors the content posted across multiple sources and send notifications based on users’ interests.

Google Alerts allows subscribers to configure the frequency of notifications as daily, weekly or monthly. Additionally, users can change settings related to types of websites to search, language preferences, geographical locations, number of results to be displayed and add or remove email accounts for receiving information.

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150 Reviews of Google Alerts

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.63 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Ratings Snapshot

5 stars

(118)

118

4 stars

(42)

42

3 stars

(8)

8

2 stars

(0)

0

1 stars

(1)

1

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Showing 1 - 5 of 150 results

June 2021

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Alejandro from Baco

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Wine and Spirits

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

5.0

June 2021

Essential

Excellent. Alerts and notifications is something that we should use to use everyday in every company.

Pros

This is one of those products that you should use in your company. SUPER essential.

Cons

Nothing, i really think it's all ok with it

Reasons for Switching to Google Alerts

In my company we moved from Microsoft products to Google's

July 2021

Mohammed from IFEN

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Non-Profit Organization Management

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

July 2021

we are able to conduct our online research & probes in half the time, for twice the results

For a free product, Google Alerts is an extremely powerful service that has allowed us to boost our productivity significantly. Our Grants team used to miss out on more than a few publications of funding opportunities and grant competitions, but that has not been the case since we started using Google Alerts to fish out keywords related to our grants of interest. It has really helped us.

Pros

Google alerts is the simplest business tool to set up, and it comes free of any charges. And one of the features I love most about the service is that the flexibility it gives me in setting up the frequency of alerts and notifications. For less urgent subjects, I am able to avoid the inconvenience or distraction real-time alerts would cause; and for the much more pressing ones, I am able to stay on in sync with developments as they happen.

Cons

Given the increased relevance of social media, I think it would be a great addition if Google Alerts were expanded to cover content from major social media platforms as well, since a great majority of interactions happen there.

Reasons for Switching to Google Alerts

Ultimately, it come down to the cost comparison of each of the services.

October 2021

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Laila from Myself

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

October 2021

be aware in real time with alerts!

Despite the fact that Google Alerts is a free service, it has enabled me to greatly increase my overall productivity. I have repeatedly lost out on funding opportunities and grant competitions that could have aided me in the past. Since I began using Google Alerts, I haven't missed a single grant opportunity or competition, and it has been a big benefit. It has been a tremendous benefit to me.

Pros

It's the simplest, quickest, and most cost-effective method to get your business online, and it's completely free. And one of the features I enjoy the most about the service is its adaptability in terms of how frequently I receive notifications and communications. When working with less urgent topics, I can avoid the inconvenience or distraction caused by real-time alerts while yet staying informed of developments as they occur. Rather than being inconvenienced or distracted by real-time alerts, I am free to concentrate on more critical activities.

Cons

Google Alerts should include content from key social media platforms, as this is where the vast majority of interactions occur, owing to social media's expanding relevance.

November 2020

Dreama from Massage Therapy by Dreama SU

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Health, Wellness and Fitness

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

2.0

November 2020

No matter how many settings I make, I still don't get notices

Pros

Adding addresses is easy, and adding attendees to your notices is easy

Cons

the alerts are sporadic at times. If I have nothing scheduled, I won't receive notices until I check the google calendar. frustrating

September 2021

Allan from World Bank Group

Company Size: 5,001-10,000 employees

Industry: International Affairs

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

September 2021

I never have to miss an update anymore

Because I can get very caught up in work, I usually don’t have so much time on my hands to browse through endless web pages to fish out all the interesting updates on the topics I have interest in. With google alerts, I am able to keep up without the needing to sacrifice any of my work time.

Pros

It’s free to use and allows a lot of flexibility in setting up the frequency of notifications. Therefore I am able to minimize distractions as much as possible, even while tracking high interest subjects or developments.

Cons

Getting the search sources cover major social media websites will make it a complete solution.

Reasons for Switching to Google Alerts

It isn’t as distracting and addictive.