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9 Spokes

2 Ratings

Venngage

3 Ratings

9 Spokes

2 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Venngage

3 Ratings
Score 8.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

9 Spokes

Good for letting your investors, employees and others know at a glance how your company is doing. The interface is clean and organized well. I just wish more of the app's functionality was available for testing and implementation. "Coming soon" is not really encouraging when we already have been waiting for a year or more.
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Venngage

Venngage works really well for basically creating any type of standard infographic that you can see when you browse the templates. We have used it successfully to communicate retention data, strategic plan information, workflows and more. It doesn't work as well though when you try to get too fancy with it. Meaning, you want a Word Cloud taking on a specific shape or reusing certain words a specific number of times. For those things, we found that it was best to use another application and then import the work as a graphic.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
Venngage
8.2
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
Venngage
9.0
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
Venngage
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
9 Spokes
Venngage
7.5

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
Venngage
5.5
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
Venngage
Formatting capabilities
9 Spokes
Venngage
9.0
Report sharing and collaboration
9 Spokes
Venngage
2.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
Venngage
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
Venngage

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
Venngage
7.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
Venngage
7.0

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
Venngage
7.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
Venngage
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
Venngage
7.0
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
Venngage
7.0
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
Venngage
7.0

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
Venngage
6.7
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
Venngage
8.0
Publish to PDF
9 Spokes
Venngage
10.0
Report Versioning
9 Spokes
Venngage
2.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

9 Spokes
Venngage
3.0
iFrames
9 Spokes
Venngage
3.0

Pros

  • Grouping several apps in one place for easy viewing.
  • Clean dashboard interface that looks uncluttered when viewing several apps at once.
  • Setting up the apps is a breeze when the platform supports them.
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  • Venngage comes with a good suite of templates for starting projects from. For anyone working with infographics, getting started is usually 3/4 of the battle and having a good set of templates to choose from is a nice feature to save you time searching the internet.
  • Venngage makes it easy to change colors on most of their shapes, lines, backgrounds, etc.. ie., it is simple to customize in Venngage, which is incredibly important if you have a large team of users and not a great deal of time to train them in working with these types of tools.
  • Venngage's auto-save feature is not only one of it's best assets, but it has saved our team many times! Not all competitors have this feature and when you're working with precision as intricate as you typically are with an Infographic, auto-save is imperative!
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Cons

  • Integration with apps that are listed. Some of them are not supported yet and it seems the wait is taking longer than I'd like.
  • iPhone support. It would be nice to have this in the app store. Not available as of 04/25/2018.
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  • It's hard to lock graphics into place in Venngage once you create something.
  • Layering is next to impossible. The feature is there but is very difficult to use and most times the user is better off copying the object over instead
  • Unless you have a business account (we have a professional account- middle grade) you cannot sort and organize your infographics. This is messy and cumbersome to go through and the price difference between professional and business grade accounts was quite large.
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Support

9 Spokes5.0
Based on 1 answer
Support was helpful in the beginning but no longer needed because I didn't use the software as much. The experience that I did have with support was very friendly but not enough to give a good review. If the support team was called for initial setup, video chat or messenger app was used.
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Alternatives Considered

I actually chose QuickBooks (currently using) and Method (used for a month) before deciding that 9 Spokes is just good for looking at a few apps in one place. I'll keep checking back with them to see if they have improved. I wouldn't be surprised if 9 Spokes improves their product within the next 6-12 months.
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Overall, they are pretty similar platforms. Canva is a nicer platform and more professional. Venngage is easier for people with zero experience to use, which some of the people on our team have, so we like that. Canva also offers more options we have noticed and more shapes/pre-loaded images for quick infographic creation.
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Collaboration and Sharing

9 Spokes7.0
Based on 1 answer
Access control capabilities are OK. Ease of sharing is great because the app design is made special for that purpose. I haven't dove that far into the app enough to generate reports. Formatting is very flexible because 9 Spokes allows the user to customize how the info is displayed. Security or lack thereof is not a factor for me so I am unable to give feedback on security.
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Venngage6.5
Based on 2 answers
  1. Sharing is a 10 since you can easily create links and publish them anywhere, or download the work as almost any format you'd want to, but for
  2. Collaboration, I'd only give it a 3 since it is impossible with a professional plan to work on a project with someone else who does not have the same level of access you have. This is difficult to sometimes determine.
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Data Integration

9 Spokes5.0
Based on 1 answer
I gave 9 Spokes a five because the range of data sources is minimal. Ease of merging data from disparate sources is pretty good for the ones they do support. I just want to have more apps available for arranging on their nice looking interface. Perhaps next year my review for 9 Spokes will be better than 5
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Venngage5.0
Based on 2 answers
This isn't a strong rating because we have to build a manual connection to our data source. Unlike with a connection to Tableau or a another visualization tool, the data source cannot just connect right into Venngage. There are specific areas of the infographic where you can insert a graphical (or varied other forms) representation of some data, and this is where we connect our data
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Pricing Details

9 Spokes

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
9 Spokes is free to use - that’s joining, using the smart dashboard and connecting your apps to it. You'll only pay for any new apps you decide to purchase, but you can trial most of the app recommendations for free! If you want to purchase an app, we'll direct you to the app's website so you can sign up with them. If you sign up to a plan, you'll pay the apps directly and then you can connect the app to your dashboard.

Venngage

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details