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Airtable

212 Ratings

Basecamp

Top Rated
749 Ratings

Airtable

212 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

Basecamp

Top Rated
749 Ratings
Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

Any sort of database--keeping records of all of our volunteers, recipients, organizations, etc
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Basecamp

I think Basecamp is ideally suited to smaller teams and companies (like 25 users or less) looking for something quick, easy, and cost effective. It's seems that's what it's designed for. It's great for small freelancing teams or individuals. It can improve the signal-to-noise ratio of your team's communications and cut down on redundant emails, texts, meetings, and phone calls. It provides a one-stop repository for shared documents, discussions, and tasks. It's easy to learn and use and even basic users can identify some functionality in it.If you have a larger team like we do, it can still be useful, but it becomes a bit harder to get everyone to adhere to it consistently. While this is true of just about any Project Management tool, Basecamp's lack of robust user management and clunky interface exacerbate it's weaknesses for larger teams.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
7.8
Basecamp
7.8
Task Management
Airtable
8.0
Basecamp
8.7
Resource Management
Airtable
8.2
Basecamp
8.0
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.5
Basecamp
8.2
Scheduling
Airtable
7.5
Basecamp
7.7
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.7
Basecamp
7.5
Team Collaboration
Airtable
8.7
Basecamp
8.7
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.9
Basecamp
7.6
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.7
Basecamp
7.5
Document Management
Airtable
7.8
Basecamp
8.1
Email integration
Airtable
7.2
Basecamp
7.9
Mobile Access
Airtable
7.5
Basecamp
6.9
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
7.9
Basecamp
6.9
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
8.0
Basecamp
7.9
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.1
Basecamp
7.9

Professional Services Automation

Airtable
Basecamp
7.8
Quotes/estimates
Airtable
Basecamp
7.8
Invoicing
Airtable
Basecamp
8.0
Project & financial reporting
Airtable
Basecamp
8.0
Integration with accounting software
Airtable
Basecamp
7.2

Pros

  • very intuitive and simple to use
  • bug-free
  • we are able to formulate it for our needs instead of fitting into someone else's idea of what we need
  • usable across multiple platforms and devices--desktops, laptops, iphones.
  • editing in real time, and several viewers viewing screens from remote locations
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  • For us the strength of Basecamp is the To Do list. To Do lists help us in three ways: 1) They help us document how work breaks down into component subtasks; 2) They provide a simple means of tracking work (eyeball method); 3) After the work is complete, the To Do list along with all the comments and notes attached to it provides a means to help predict the level of effort for similar tasks that may need to be done in the future.
  • I personally use To Do lists frequently when reviewing media for online courses like software demonstrations, videos, stills, and any other content that might be included in the course. Each error, be it a typo, flaw, or design issue is documented a single line item. The To Do item is the assigned to a team member to be addressed. Basecamp notifies them via email. These completed lists provide us with a kind of measure of the initial quality of our alpha-level work.
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Cons

  • entering a single record seems to have to be done across several screens. Perhaps just the way we did it, but would be easier if it were all done on one screen
  • can't figure out how to "hide" a record once one of the people we are visiting dies. We don't want to delete the record, just hide it from the primary view.
  • eventually, it would be great to be able to integrate into Gmail--eg to hit the email address and have that transfer to an email...but perhaps not possible without permission from google...
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  • I like to refer to Basecamp as "Project Management Lite". Basecamp plays that role well and needs little improvement if used as a project accessory and not as a formal management tool. If I were to wish for one thing it would be that there be some sort of native reporting tool that would help in understanding the level of effort for tasks. I have investigated a few of the third party tools powered by the Basecamp API but have not been satisfied with any so far.
  • For our needs here at the University of Central Florida it would be nice to have expanded options for managing user roles that include a wider range of "Super Powers" as Basecamp calls them.
  • If you have certain projects that contain sensitive data or other information that must remain totally under your own control then you should probably avoid Basecamp since it is hosted entirely on their facilities.
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Likelihood to Renew

Airtable9.1
Based on 1 answer
compared to other products it is just fabulous.
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Basecamp10.0
Based on 27 answers
Basecamp is a comfortable tool that contractors and clients both like. It is easy to use and very attractive. For that reason, I'll continue to use it for clients. There isn't any software that I can think of that allows for such quick project creation and slick communication tools.
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Usability

Airtable9.0
Based on 5 answers
Just so easy to learn/use. Very intuitive in its application logic.
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Basecamp8.8
Based on 7 answers
I find it extremely easy to use, though as a tech-savvy person, it takes some fairly obnoxious software for me to have difficulty. However, I have found that occasionally some clients don't understand how the subject line and discussion body work when creating a new post, and sometimes have difficulty understanding where to respond and will create new threads with feedback, rather than replying on the old one. I don't think Basecamp can help this, however, without severely annoying those of us who find it highly intuitive.
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Reliability and Availability

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Basecamp10.0
Based on 5 answers
Over the span of 5 years, Basecamp has been available every single time I have signed on. There has never been an event that has caused a loss of project data.
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Support

Airtable7.3
Based on 1 answer
Sometimes, I have to wait a bit longer but I'm on a low priced option so I understand why. Generally, they're able to provide me solutions to my problems as long as I'm not in a rush.
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Basecamp9.0
Based on 4 answers
  • Their self help products like guides and webinars are good.
  • Very quick response time.
  • Almost never need them to begin with.
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Implementation

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Basecamp7.7
Based on 4 answers
Decide the process before implementation - i.e. when it's due 8/9 does that mean 8am, noon, 5pm, 11:59pm? Check your to-do list frequentlySet-up templates - just not with the dates (they can be funky)
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Alternatives Considered

Excel and Microsoft 365 are good for what they do but don't fill the database niche the way that Airtable does. LiveImpact looks amazing but is currently out of our price range and better suited to medium-large nonprofits. Airtable is the perfect place to start our small org and I keep finding new capabilities in it to help us manage our infrastructure as we grow.
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Basecamp is a similar type of software but is on a totally different playing field than Monday. Basecamp is definitely a lot more bare bones, it is a task tracking software and that is all. Basecamp is more of a "To Do" list where as Monday is a full-on task scheduling, time scheduling, communication platform. Basecamp is definitely more for the small team or small business. We grew out of Basecamp eventually and moved on to Monday.
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Return on Investment

  • Airtable has definitely had a positive impact on our organization. It's helped up organize and manage our client information, keeping it current, accurate, and accessible to everyone on our team, no matter where they are. We are able to be more efficient and client-responsive because of this.
  • It's automated some of the tasks we were performing manually - capturing data that our systems like MailChimp and SurveyMonkey house - and importing it directly into our database through the use of Zapier, thus saving us time and potential data input error.
  • My only "negative impact" comment I'll put out there is that it is just really fun to use - and because of that I've personally "lost" a lot of time spent exploring and being inspired by so many new ways to house other business data!
  • All-in-all, it is keeping us in front of our data, freeing up time and resources, and giving us a better view into running our nonprofit more efficiently and effectively.
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  • Has helped meet deadlines
  • Has helped streamline communication
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Airtable

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

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