Appcues vs. BrainStorm

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Appcues
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
Appcues is online software for creating in-product experiences such as user onboarding, feature announcements, etc. without writing any code. (The vendor believes it's the non-technical people who oftentimes have the best information about a software user's needs and desires.) The goal of using Appcues is to improve product engagement within the user's own customer base.
$299
per month/billed monthly
BrainStorm
Score 9.8 out of 10
N/A
BrainStorm's on-demand platform QuickHelp is adapted to each company and individual user and is engineered to turn education into learning experiences.N/A
Pricing
AppcuesBrainStorm
Editions & Modules
Essentials
$299
per month/billed monthly
Growth
$879
per month/billed annually
Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AppcuesBrainStorm
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
AppcuesBrainStorm
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User Ratings
AppcuesBrainStorm
Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(7 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
AppcuesBrainStorm
Likelihood to Recommend
Appcues
It is well suited for SaaS products or services that have a highly complex user interface. Through Appcues, you can ensure that people discover all the existing and new features and make them understand the value of your product as soon as possible to address the evergreen issue of churn. But if your user interface is really messed up, you should change the product itself instead of using a tool like Appcues to explain everything on the screen.
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BrainStorm
Using the Brainstorm platform, we are able to provide employees with quick and instant training on pretty much everything Microsoft 365. The video training is perfect for the workforce: it's timely, precise, and very thorough. If we were to hire trainers to build and deliver all specific MS product training, it would not be cost-effective. The value of Brainstorm shines through from the aspects of productivity training. What is not much talked about is the time and cost savings associated with self-education. Users of the platform can uncover product use tips and tricks without contacting the company's help center or bothering to ask another co-worker for help. The Brainstorm platform provides courses that greatly improve the user's MS product line experience.
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Pros
Appcues
  • As a whole, Appcues is very easy to use.
  • You can build templates to easily style future modal windows and tooltips.
  • They have great customer service! Any time I've had a question our support rep always gets back to me with solutions.
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BrainStorm
  • Brainstorm provides short bite-size training that is super easy to grasp
  • The short e-learning modules are perfectly designed to get users engaged and learning.
  • Customer service and monthly account check-ups are A+ level.
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Cons
Appcues
  • We were extremely surprised that there are not any Appcues used in Appcues. The app is pretty easy to use, once you figure out how to use it. There were not any type of tutorials when we logged in that quickly walked through how to setup a flow.
  • Appcues has lots of support articles, however they are almost so numerous that it was hard to find simple onboarding documentation that we found useful.
  • The different tooltips and product actions are great, but being able to customize the different cues a little bit more by changing sizes and aspect ratios could be an improvement.
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BrainStorm
  • Monthly training content could be more varied or customized for the individual user experience.
  • Maybe create a "software" finder that suggest tips and tricks to more advanced users.
  • Advertise more of the "live moderated events
  • Promote the "groups" function more by explaining how the group can benefit the user from peer experience
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Alternatives Considered
Appcues
It has a much, much better user interface, better customer care, and of course better pricing. This along with the fact that they were very accommodating for our use case ensured we went ahead with Appcues.
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BrainStorm
Brainstorm is just a better enterprise training system compared to other MS-365 training applications on the market. BrainStorm QuickHelp includes reliability and ease of use already built into the system which is very user-friendly. Speaking of the training tools, they are formatted in a huge variety of deliverable media that the end user will feel comfortable with: PDF, video, live event, group learning forums, et. Learners can forge their own path and set up their own learning schedule on their own time. These customized paths can be perfectly tailored for each user's needs. Honestly, Brainstorm Quickhelp just makes it easy.
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Return on Investment
Appcues
  • Appcues has allowed us to quickly deploy user help features that target specific users, audiences, even customers with very little effort.
  • Appcues has helped gain user traction by providing helpful tooltips, tours, and other rich content, reducing the first-time user learning curve.
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BrainStorm
  • ROI - employee driven training
  • ROI - less calls into the helpdesk
  • ROI - contains both deployment and productivity focused training
  • Negative - user acceptance to the training could improve
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