AlphaSense vs. Q4 Desktop

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AlphaSense
Score 9.5 out of 10
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AlphaSense is a market intelligence platform used by companies and financial institutions. Since 2011, their AI-based technology has helped professionals make business decisions by delivering insights from public and private content—including company filings, event transcripts, news, trade journals, and equity research. The platform boasts users among 4,000 enterprise customers. Headquartered in New York City, AlphaSense employs over 1,000 people across offices in the U.S., U.K., Finland, and…N/A
Q4 Desktop
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Q4 Desktop is a software solution designed to enable users to build a investor relations program, demonstrate its impact, and measure the success of investor outreach efforts. Q4 Desktop is designed to aggregate all the data generated by an IR program into a single platform so the user can more easily report on stock performance, shareholder composition, and investor engagements, while reducing the amount of time spent on manual reporting.N/A
Pricing
AlphaSenseQ4 Desktop
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AlphaSenseQ4 Desktop
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Top Cons

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Features
AlphaSenseQ4 Desktop
Financial Research
Comparison of Financial Research features of Product A and Product B
AlphaSense
7.0
146 Ratings
15% below category average
Q4 Desktop
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Ratings
Private Company Data5.1118 Ratings00 Ratings
Industry-Specific Information7.7142 Ratings00 Ratings
Independent Research Access7.6136 Ratings00 Ratings
M&A Analysis7.2112 Ratings00 Ratings
Supply Chain Data5.578 Ratings00 Ratings
ESG Data6.176 Ratings00 Ratings
Credit Ratings Reports7.069 Ratings00 Ratings
Macroeconomic News8.1102 Ratings00 Ratings
Search Tools9.1136 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
AlphaSenseQ4 Desktop
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(216 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.4
(18 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(212 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Availability
8.6
(19 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Performance
7.5
(19 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.3
(14 ratings)
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In-Person Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.3
(7 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
8.1
(5 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
7.0
(3 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.8
(19 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Professional Services
8.2
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.1
(4 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(4 ratings)
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User Testimonials
AlphaSenseQ4 Desktop
Likelihood to Recommend
AlphaSense
Alphasense is a one-stop shop for quality data available in various formats. The information available is relevant to employees in the Research department, from Finance to Software Engineering, and the platform's functionalities only increase when considering the integrations available. Finally, customer service is top-notch, given your assigned contact and the live chat feature found on the platform.
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Q4, Inc
This is one of two providers to go with if you are considering an investor relations website. We evaluated both of them and landed on Q4 Desktop due to their reputation of solid customer service. The additional CRM software is a nice to have as there are many other solutions you may have access to before you make that product your main go to.
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Pros
AlphaSense
  • Key market trends- I input a topic name and get information related to the topic.
  • Competitor filings- Alphasense is able to get all the regulatory documents quickly.
  • Earnings calls- Alphasense now provides transcripts, which is incredibly helpful when I can't attend the earnings call live.
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  • easy to use
  • comprehensive database access
  • good looking ux/ui
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Cons
AlphaSense
  • Provide access to research reports on latest technology topics like Small Modular Reactor in Nuclear industry
  • Curate end industry commentary based on particular account expectations on regular basis ( monthly/bi monthly)
  • Mail communication regarding latest topics that are included to the AlphaSense library
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  • speed of platform
  • lacking mobile app
  • pricing structure is fragmented
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Likelihood to Renew
AlphaSense
AlphaSense is a very useful tool and is reasonably priced for our organization. While I may not be a hyper-active user, it's a great resource when I need to quickly do a competitive landscape survey, review publicly available documents (transcripts, etc.), or review Wall Street research
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Q4, Inc
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Usability
AlphaSense
AlphaSense beats anything else I've ever used by a mile. It's not even close. I've never had access to a single portal with so much information, which is so easy to search through, and set up dashboards and alerts. By adding a feature to help synthesize my searches into more immediately usable bits, my rating would go to a perfect 10.
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Q4, Inc
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Reliability and Availability
AlphaSense
The availability of Alphasense is great. I have used the software for multiple years and cannot remember ever having an outage issue. This is surprising actually, as I use other software applications that do not have regular outages, but still have outages periodically. Alphasense, on the other hand, never seems to have any outages. Good sign if I can't remember the software not working :).
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Q4, Inc
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Performance
AlphaSense
Loading or performing searches on AlphaSense platform is reasonably fast for most of the time. However, it is sometimes unacceptably long for me to load PDF files (earnings presentation, supplementary financial report) on AlphaSense. Certain features might also take very long time, such as loading for "similar tables" across EDGAR filings, or downloading tables from EDGAR filings
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Q4, Inc
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Support Rating
AlphaSense
Customer support is very prompt. I get personalized support for search recommendations and content that I could not find in my own search. Support checks in with me on a bi-monthly basis to keep me informed of the many different feature additions, I cannot find a more kind, understanding, and supportive team.
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Q4, Inc
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In-Person Training
AlphaSense
The person was prepared, attentive, understood the nature of my questions, was willing to work through any difficulties or misunderstandings, was patient, and super pleasant to work with. Great customer service.
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Q4, Inc
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Online Training
AlphaSense
Trainers address the basics, and such training was meant for new users. Instructions are really helpful by providing scenarios that our team will face in our daily tasks. It will be more thoughtful if the training is conducted by case studies so as to allow new users to get first-hand experience during the training.
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Q4, Inc
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Implementation Rating
AlphaSense
use friendly UI made the transition seamless
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Alternatives Considered
AlphaSense
AlphaSense's smart search functionality is a huge differentiator versus these peers, particularly its ability to easily search through broker research (versus just filings/transcripts). In addition, AlphaSense makes it much easier to review multiple documents at once, and the highlighting/notes function (and ability to save notes/highlights) differentiates it. Obviously Bloomberg, FactSet, and Eikon have a broader set of capabilities (stock performance, consensus data, valuation, etc.), but for the areas that AlphaSense focuses on, it is much more intuitive/user-friendly.
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Q4, Inc
Q4 Desktop had the highest market share and good customer references.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
AlphaSense
flexible billing
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Q4, Inc
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Scalability
AlphaSense
The sharing features provides by AlphaSense mean that it can be readily scaled for teams within an organization and, subject to compliance requirements, with client organizations. The ability to share annotations of transcripts and investor releases is valuable, and facilitates collaboration between analysts.
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Q4, Inc
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Professional Services
AlphaSense
Very professional and knowledgeable team. Easy to work with and communicates in a way that's helpful for users who aren't experts on the platform
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Q4, Inc
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Return on Investment
AlphaSense
  • AlphaSense has allowed us to generate deeper competitive insights. For example, we conducted an in depth analysis of the aerial data analytics (drone) industry, and AlphSense helped us narrow in on the market leaders and their various strengths / weaknesses.
  • AlphaSense has improved our team's overall efficiency. With Stream in particular, we are able to pinpoint insights in a matter of minutes through the transcript feature as opposed to having to conduct a series of calls ourselves. This is a significant time saver.
  • AlphaSense has allowed us to make more informed decisions on our public holdings by providing us with unfettered access to equity research analyst reports.
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Q4, Inc
  • reduced engineering time for website maintenance (2 hours per release)
  • reduced collaboration time with marketing team
  • automatic press release postings
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ScreenShots

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Screenshot of AlphaSense's AI search, available across 2,000+ premium business data sources including SEC filings, earnings calls, broker research, business journals, news & more. It can be used to stay ahead of market-moving trends and instantly surface critical information buried within millions of documents.Screenshot of a single view of the industries, companies and themes within a fully-customizable dashboard, that can be tailored to fit any research process.Screenshot of a purpose-built generative AI that offers insights from a premium content universe.