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Blackbaud Online Express

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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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Blackbaud Online Express

It is well suited to sending simple, mass emails. It seems as though the "donate" pages that it provides are simple and easy to use, and easy to modify.It is not very good for split-testing emails to see which messages work best with which audiences
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Pros

  • Apricot allows us to organize our client data and run reports more efficiently.
  • Apricot upgrades its features on a routine basis to meet the needs of the customer, including its secure web form feature.
  • Apricot has fashionable and accessible technical assistance, including direct chat, videos, boot camps (virtual), and recommended 3rd party consultant support.
  • The variety of filtering attributes to run reports is very impressive.
  • The versatility in configuring reports helps us to be able to meet the reporting requirements of different funder frameworks.
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  • it provides quick and relatively comprehensive data about who opened, clicked and reacted to our emails.
  • It allows us to automatically record transactions made via email to Raiser's Edge. In other words, if someone makes a donation via Online Express, that information is recorded automatically in our data base.
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Cons

  • The user interface can be to be intimidating for low volume users.
  • More free training options made available for new users.
  • When wholesale updates are made to forms the existing workflow and setup of the existing form is disrupted requiring additional editing by the administrator.
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  • We recently moved from Constant Contact for our emails to Online Express. Except for the couple of examples I previously gave of what Online Express does well, it underperforms Constant Contact in every way.
  • Its user interface is clunky and hard to manipulate; it seems as if it were designed when the Internet was in its infancy and not updated since.
  • It is extremely time consuming to randomize and divide email lists for split-testing.
  • With Constant Contact we could easily increase our open rates dramatically by simply re-sending our emails the next day to the people who had not opened them. It is extremely cumbersome to do that with Online Express.
  • Online and phone support is slow, wait times are long, and when you finally get a person to talk to or chat with, they often don't know how to solve your problem. And they are annoyingly cheerful about it! It's as if they don't realize that they weren't any help.
  • OE's online email signup form allows visitors to our website to sign up only for our one basic email list. Unfortunately we have six locations and need separate lists for each of those centers.
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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

Apricot by Social Solutions10.0
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Very well design, almost anyone can use
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Support

Apricot by Social Solutions10.0
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Every time we have a problem it is resolved
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Implementation

Apricot by Social Solutions10.0
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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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Alternatives Considered

We have only used Alice in the past. We transferred to Apricot after the creator of Alice retired and recommended Apricot as our replacement
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We chose Online Express because it was bundled with a Raiser's Edge upgrade, and because we hope it would let us manage online donations and memberships more easily. We still expect that to happen. But in every other way, it underperforms Constant Contact. It is harder to create and design emails. It is harder to find answers and solutions to problems. OE's data reporting seems better but it is less meaningful because with OE it is harder to split-test and re-send emails.
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Return on Investment

  • Production of required statistical reports.
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  • It is difficult to tell. We making the transition from Constant Contact to online express in August. Our end of year fundraising is about to start. We expect it will make it easier to track our donors' and members' actions, which is why we bought into it.
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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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Blackbaud Online Express

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Blackbaud Online Express Editions & Modules
Blackbaud Online Express
Additional Pricing Details

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