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Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot is well suited to help with output reporting. However, I don't believe it offers a narrative function. Apricot is well suited for capturing client intake, especially with is secure web form feature. However, it is not like GoogleForms where it can be used to either capture RSVP information or sign-in information for events or trainings.Apricot is well-suited for comparison reporting and discovering effort. However, I don't believe it has predictive features that can be leveraged.
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Arts People

Arts People is one of the best business decisions our theatre has ever made. It relieves staff of some of the tedious, time-consuming tasks while increasing the ease of selling tickets and subscriptions. That's our goal--to sell tickets easily, in a user-friendly manner at a reasonable cost. That's what Arts People allows us to do. It works for tiny venues (to greet each guest personally) as well as huge venues (ticket scanning solution).It is less appropriate for a one-time event. An Arts People user should have an ongoing series of events to take advantage of all the features (it even has a membership feature) and the time for training.
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Pros

  • The report function allows for building of reports that are specific to the information being requested by funders. The report feature is relatively simple to maneuver.
  • Maintaining client data allows this organization to have a more reliable manner to record services provided.
  • We are just beginning to use the donor section of the database for donor retention purposes.
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  • Their customer service is unsurpassed. Sometimes several folks will be working on different aspects of a complicated request, to address all the details. Once things are exactly the way I want it, as in season subscription package sales, a representative checks in to make sure we're satisfied. Only then is the ticket closed.
  • They have a very comprehensive, full featured ticketing system for all types of events and venues. Their dynamic door list is our favorite feature--no static printed door lists for us. That helps us greet each patron with up-to-date information and check them off the list. While my box officers are doing that, I can be at a remote location and see in real time who has arrived. We can make collaborative decisions about, for instance, holding the curtain for a critics arrival or adding a chair for an unexpected guest of a ticket-holder. We can keep a couple of tickets on hold for box officer discretion to address those unforeseen ticket window requests. Great flexibility which allows us to be efficient while giving good customer service to our patrons.
  • Even though the system is full-featured, it is not beyond the skills of those who considers themselves non-technical. Two sessions of training will get a box officer up-and-running. Because there are different levels of access, we don't have to worry about someone changing essential programming while they are checking in patrons.
  • They made their ticket landing page look like our website, so people don't even realize that they have been taken somewhere else. Plus, the patron can easily navigate back to our actual site, seamlessly.
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Cons

  • End user training was not good, more needs to be done to make it simple for those who need to use it
  • Improvement reports are not easy to put together, requires tech support
  • Report writing requires skills and needs to have more tech support
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  • Anything I've asked for, I've gotten so I don't see any need for improvement at the moment.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apricot by Social Solutions9.7
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I went to the Summit a few weeks ago to learn about the future expansion and vision of Social Solutions. I already been with Apricot for 5 years and researched other products I still come back to Apricot and where it can grow with us.
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Usability

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Very well design, almost anyone can use
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Support

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Every time we have a problem it is resolved
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Implementation

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Take the time to learn apricot and all the functions before implementation. Know what the end results are before designing forms
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Alternatives Considered

AVS is more ideal for our use as a victim service
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  • Eventbrite is better for single, one-time events but isn't as full-featured as Arts People.
  • Brown Paper Tickets is clunky to use and harder to change globally when an event changes or adds shows.
  • Vendini--never used it because when I researched 10 different ticketing companies, they were the least helpful. They didn't listen to our needs, and instead told us what we should have. They were much more expensive than Arts People as well.
  • Constant Contact is truly great as a marketing tool. But their events feature was awkward and the payment method was Paypal. However, since it's integrated with Arts People, we can use Arts People for sales and Constant Contact for marketing.
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Return on Investment

  • AVS is freeing up my time from data collection and analysis to being able to spend more time on pursuing other grant revenes. Since we have only recently started in the last quarter, I anticipate that will continually improve as we build and implement more data collection in AVS and as Department Direcrtors become more familiar with how to manage their own data.
  • We still have a few folks who are not tech savy or comfortable with new technology or change for that matter. This hampers the full benefit of Apricot to our organization.
  • It's a big upfront investment of staff time and cost to get AVS or any data base in use. Four years ago our organization spent $50,000 and countless staff hours developing a customized data base and then the consultant wanted another $30,000 to make the additional changes we needed. Needless to say, we never got a functional data base from them and we felt very skeptical of ever attempting it again. The fact that we can make the changes ourselves in AVS, assumming we learn the administrative functionality, is a huge plus to control costs in a small non-profit.
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  • Positive - Our online vs phone call or in-person sales have increased steadily over the past 4 years since using Arts People. Less labor for us, more sales.
  • Positive - People are buying their tickets earlier than they used to - to reserve a coveted seat in a possible sold-out performance. That makes planning our marketing easier--whether to offer HotTix or special coded offers for shows that have fewer sales.
  • Negative - Some older folks still have problems with redeeming their subscription tickets for individual tickets without our personal assistance. We've been trying to pinpoint what that is--and Arts People helped us make a few adjustments. Sometimes people don't like to log in. That's one of the challenges of an integrated system. If the patron's profile changes in a way that impacts their subscription links, we need to step in. However, the overall time it has saved us in managing subscriptions is immeasurable.
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Pricing Details

Apricot by Social Solutions

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Apricot by Social Solutions Editions & Modules
Apricot by Social Solutions
Edition
Apricot Essentials
$0
Apricot
$0
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing for Apricot is driven by individual usage and needs of your nonprofit. Your organization isn't one-size fits all, so neither is our pricing.

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Arts People

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Arts People Editions & Modules
Arts People
Additional Pricing Details
We have a number of pricing options tailored to our clients needs. Our pricing is some of the lowest in the industry with no fees charged for donations made through the system.

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