Apricot by Social Solutions

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Likelihood to Recommend

Apricot by Social Solutions

Human service organizations with a case management framework are best served by use of this software. It can serve any size organization with 1 or multiple programs. The organization should have an individual or 2 to dedicate time as administrators of the software. They will need to understand data, software design, and the needs of the organization in order to best customize and manage the software.
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Luminate CRM and Analytics

If you want a "one size fits all" aka one platform to do most things, especially if your company is advocacy or grassroots donation based, then this is a better product for you. Our business is neither but we've managed to customize it over time to fit our donor needs with the various Luminate Online tools.
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Pros

  • Site administrator is able to custom design forms and reports to organizational needs.
  • Excellent training, resources, and technical support.
  • Case management framework for human service-oriented organizations.
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  • Multiple tools on one platform. It saves time and lowers chances of error since we don't have to switch between a lot of platforms. Many less tech savy admins appreciate one login for everything.
  • We use our events calendar for many things, and the tools are fairly specialized for a more modern and easy to browse web calendar (having mobile optimized wrappers make all the difference).
  • Email campaigns can be segmented and more carefully targeted, both through ab testing and their reports.
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Cons

  • Some features, such as aggregate reporting and are add-ons with an additional cost.
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  • Email campaigns - as much as we like and use them, Luminate Online's admin experience is not as new and sleek as other email marketing software. Unlike Mailchimp and Emma, you have to do everything in a wysiwyg template, which relies heavily on the tech experience of the admin user. In a nonprofit setting such users are harder to come by.
  • Usability for admins. Many of our admins complain about the clunkiness of the program compared to other systems they use. So while they prefer having all tools "under one umbrella" they'd prefer for these tools to be more optimized in a modern workplace.
  • Any additional services get very expensive. We've been with LO for awhile so overtime have gotten more customized parts of it that make our digital marketing more relevant (such as mobile friendly templates). But these did not come cheap and all additional services not contracted are often expensive. At times we've been hit with huge fees without any warning from our customer success reps.
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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

AVS is more ideal for our use as a victim service
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Both MailChimp and Salesforce were sleeker and had a better admin experience (as well as constituent experience on the end) but both programs were more expensive than we could afford when we put all the digital tools we needed together. We ended up valuing LO more because it could do everything in one.
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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: A nice and fairly easy to use event calendar.
  • Positive: Year of reports of email marketing trends from various campaigns.
  • Negative: Large fees for anything outside of the contract (whether we were aware of it or not).
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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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Luminate CRM and Analytics

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Luminate CRM and Analytics Editions & Modules
Luminate CRM and Analytics
Additional Pricing Details

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