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Likelihood to Recommend

Apricot by Social Solutions

I believe that Apricot is awesome to use if you are attempting to track or log client data. This system has the ability to be tailored to the needs of your program, and possibly going paperless. I do not think that it would be beneficial to use apricot to track/log financials that are not attached to clients.
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Blackbaud Online Express

Effective fund-raising efforts are best managed in BOE as historical data can be stored and retrieved like on-going donor management, tracking of periodic donor notifications/salutations, most funded projects, and greatest revenue sources are all visible. Detailed expenditures are not best managed in BOE, it's best used to view/report accumulative revenue and expenses.
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Pros

Apricot by Social Solutions

  • Incredibly intuitive design that is very easy to use and understand even to non-techy people
  • Very easy to create your own forms to best fit your actual need
  • Very easy to pull data and reporting for funders and monthly updates to the team
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Blackbaud Online Express

  • Automatically matches the donor to a constituent in the database, if there is one, and gives you the opportunity to search if a match isn't found.
  • If gift is in honor or memory of someone, it matches the tribute in the database, if it already exists. If not, you are able to easily create a new one.
  • Transaction reports are easily accessible on the Blackbaud Merchant Services site.
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Cons

Apricot by Social Solutions

  • We believe Apricot could offer secure web forms beyond the restricted 'Tier 1' allowance. In other words, currently, secure web forms are only available as options for Tier 1 records. This means we cannot have live registration for Tier 2 records, which is very restrictive, seeing as we would like to capture data as clients sign in at events or trainings we have.
  • We would like to see a feature similar to what TurboTax presents on its site that prompts you with questions to better generate the next step. In an Apricot case, it would generate these prompts to help us build our reports. We have the criteria we're looking to fulfill, we just need to better reproduce it in the sections on the Apricot report and this type of functionality would help.
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Blackbaud Online Express

  • The product would benefit greatly if end users had more control over the design, look, and feel of blast emails.
  • It would be really helpful if we could load non-constituent lists into the database for blast emails.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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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Blackbaud Online Express

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Usability

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 10.0
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Very well design, almost anyone can use
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Blackbaud Online Express

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Support

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Every time we have a problem it is resolved
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Blackbaud Online Express

Blackbaud Online Express 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Customer service for all of Blackbaud's products has really lacked over the years. They are starting to get better in the last year but it can very frustrating. The online knowledge base community is the best resource for information. At times it can take hours for a customer sect even rep to help with questions or problems which is not at all ideal in this industry.
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Implementation

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 10.0
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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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Blackbaud Online Express

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Alternatives Considered

Apricot by Social Solutions

I was not personally involved in choosing Apricot but know that our ED spent 2 years researching, comparing, and trying other software before choosing Apricot. I have used Cap60 in the past and did not feel that it was able to meet the needs of every program operated under that particular Community Action Agency's umbrella of services.
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Blackbaud Online Express

Blackbaud Online Express is mainly used strictly because of its integration with Raiser's Edge. If a client uses Salesforce for constituent/lead management, other products can offer more flexibility in designing donation forms, email templates, etc. However, they all have their own negatives in Salesforce integration -- that is a whole other can of worms. While the Raiser's Edge integration of Online Express isn't perfect, it is relatively painless compared to the competition's Salesforce integration. Also, for NFP's, Blackbaud's NFP focused business model is a plus.
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Return on Investment

Apricot by Social Solutions

  • Apricot by Social Solutions has streamlined communication within our organization. Within the system you can set up emails to be sent when certain conditions are met. We use these email alerts to tell our case managers when they have been assigned a client, to tell supervisors when documents need to be signed, to let our finance department know when clients under specific grants have entered or left a program, etc. In 9 months of partial implementation, over 6,000 emails have been sent through Apricot.
  • Apricot by Social Solutions has given us a real picture of how clients interact with our programs. For example, we thought that our Clothing & Household Goods program primarily served the same clients who come for breakfast or lunch. We've discovered that is not the case, and we meet unique clients through that program.
  • Apricot by Social Solutions has improved our follow up with clients. For example, in our Employment Program, we should be following up with clients 30, 60, and 90 days after they are placed in a job. We have set up a report through Apricot that tells staff which clients have hit the 30, 60, and 90 days with their contact information right in the report.
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Blackbaud Online Express

  • Our monthly membership program has seen an increase due to a more consistent email marketing campaigns through Blackbaud Online Express.
  • We also have seen better engagement with our direct mail campaigns because our email marketing is now able to supplement the direct mail.
  • I feel like we have a better understanding of our members and our interactions with them due to Blackbaud Online Express's ability to track interaction.
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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

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.

    Blackbaud Online Express

    General

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

    Blackbaud Online Express Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

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