Present-day methods for determining the performance of third-order nonlinear optical materials include Z-scan, degenerate four-wave mixing and third-harmonic generation (THG). All these techniques possess severe drawbacks; for example, in THG, since all media (air and glass walls of the cell) present a third-order effect, eliminating these contributions requires careful, complex analysis or use of vacuum chambers. We have developed nonlinear scattering as a sensitive, straightforward technique for determining the second hyperpolarizability of samples in solution. Herein, we will for the first time show the applicability of the technique to measure organometallic Ru-complexes, optimized for high nonlinear responses. The investigated compounds showed a significant second hyperpolarizability |γ|, ranging from 1.1 for the least efficient to 2.8 ∙ 10-33 esu for the most efficient molecule, and comparable to fullerene C60 in thin films. It was deemed infeasible to extract hyperpolarizabilities using a high-frequency femtosecond laser source by a modified z-scan setup, which, in contrast to nonlinear scattering, could not account for the high degree of thermal lensing present in the investigated compounds.