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Arts People

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Score 9.3 out of 101

Netsuite for Nonprofits

5 Ratings
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Score 7 out of 101

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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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Netsuite for Nonprofits

For small-medium sized non-profits I think NetSuite for Nonprofits is a great solution! For a larger organization, with multiple locations, the Household and Individual records start taking up a lot of room, so I could see a subsidiary account being necessary for easier system navigation
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Pros

  • 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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  • Our highly-customized approval routing for expense reports creates ease and flexibility for our accounting department.
  • Using the non-profit features, we are now able to track donations at both the household and individual levels. Having the option to run donor reports on a single person or on the whole household has cut down lots of hours that was spent on manual data manipulation.
  • With financial segmentation, we can easily track expenses by location, department, and grants.
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Cons

  • Anything I've asked for, I've gotten so I don't see any need for improvement at the moment.
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  • The last department in our organization that we haven't been able to implement into NetSuite is out Volunteer department. The system we currently use for Volunteers to login and track their hours allows them to have a free user license. So far, we have not been able to find a way for NetSuite to do these things for us. We would love for a future portal to be created for our 200+ Volunteers to login and have accessibility to their hours without having to pay for them to all have licenses.
  • For reporting - we would like to be able to join to more than one level above or below the record the search/report is built on. It's been frustrating at times that we cannot pull in data off another custom record into a search or report.
  • We have found the Outlook-NetSuite integration has been less than desirable for us. Although emails do integrate, calendar events do not. Currently, many of our employees have to track appointments with Customers in both their Outlook and NetSuite calendars.
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Alternatives Considered

  • 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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We were led to believe NetSuite was the best of both worlds, and would seamlessly combine a great CRM with a good accounting program.We have fewer problems on the accounting side, but the donor (customer) relations management database is very disappointing.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • We have been able to produce accurate and powerful data that's resulted in new grants being awarded.
  • We are able to see Customer and Donor involvement in one system now, resulting in greater understanding of depth of relationships across the organization.
  • We cut annual and monthly costs by implementing NetSuite and rolling our Donor relations CRM, client relations CRM, Accounting, and Expense reporting into one system.
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Pricing Details

Arts People

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

Netsuite for Nonprofits

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