ConstructConnect Insight vs. SmartBid

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ConstructConnect Insight
Score 2.9 out of 10
N/A
ConstructConnect, the company resulting from the merger of four smaller companies (BidClerk, Construction Market Data (CMD), iSqFt, and Construction Data Company) offers Insight, a construction management platform meant to provide analytics, forecasting, intelligent leads, and integration with Salesforce, as well as Pulse, their goal-setting and performance tracking module to drive team performance.N/A
SmartBid
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
SmartBid is a construction bid management software for general contractors. SmartBid provides a web-based and mobile platform to streamline their bid project data, documents, and subcontractor communications. It also supports user permissions control for data security.N/A
Pricing
ConstructConnect InsightSmartBid
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ConstructConnect InsightSmartBid
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAs a cloud-based solution, our clients can scale their access annually depending on the number of users. Subcontractors invited to bid or prequalify in the system receive access at no cost.
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Features
ConstructConnect InsightSmartBid
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
ConstructConnect Insight
7.0
2 Ratings
15% below category average
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Dashboards8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
ConstructConnect Insight
5.6
5 Ratings
28% below category average
SmartBid
7.6
4 Ratings
2% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing2.15 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists5.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing8.03 Ratings8.04 Ratings
As-built drawings5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app5.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Submittal design and management8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications3.12 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools00 Ratings6.03 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
ConstructConnect InsightSmartBid
Likelihood to Recommend
1.3
(7 ratings)
8.0
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.6
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
ConstructConnect InsightSmartBid
Likelihood to Recommend
ConstructConnect
I believe ConstructConnect's customer service is non-existence. In my experience, the cloud based software system never seems to be functioning at 100% and is usually a problem, like today. I feel they do a poor job updating projects and providing accurate construction schedule information; Most of it is dates given a inaccurate.
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ConstructConnect
SmartBid is also very useful for conducting sub-contracting analysis and management simulations in the didactic field. The procedures for sharing documents are helpful, but the graphic can be improved. Many forms can be pre-filled. This helps a lot in saving time and money! SmartBid is great for exporting and/or sending single or mass emails. However, as mentioned, it would be useful to simplify some pre-construction processes and improve the overall communication
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Pros
ConstructConnect
  • I find it amazing how fast results come up when searching on a keyword
  • details, details, details.. again, marvelous.
  • filters work really well giving highly efficient results pointed at just what you want.
  • exporting to pdf with customizable flexibility, very useful giving all the details on a project or firm via attachments to emails.
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ConstructConnect
  • It's very easy to set up a job and manage who receives solicitations. You can also keep detailed notes on who've you contacted and see if they're actually downloading and reviewing the documents.
  • You can add a confidentiality agreement clause which they must accept before accessing the documents. It then stores this information if it ever needs to be accessed. This is much cleaner and easier then sending out a NDA form and having the subcontractor return it before actually sending drawings/docs.
  • You can send Invitations to Bid and set it up to continue sending these ITB's until the subcontractor responds. However, this can also be a negative point because once you set up a delayed ITB, it doesn't update as the subcontractors view and respond to the ITB's. So if a sub is "Not Responded" and you set up a delayed ITB to fire off every day for 5 days, and the sub responds after day 2, that sub will continue to receive ITB's for all 5 days.
  • Uploading drawings is quick and easy. It's especially convenient if you link to one of your cloud services such as Egnyte, Google Drive, etc.
  • The search tools are quick and easy and often very accessible from any page.
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Cons
ConstructConnect
  • A comprehensive log of jobs in my area would be nice. We're located in Gainesville FL. There has been 10 jobs this month we're on because of our sub contracts. Not one of them made it on ConstructConnect. How many other jobs am I not seeing?
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ConstructConnect
  • We have seen intermittent problems with notes disappearing.
  • Ability to have more than one project bidding open at the same time/on multiple windows.
  • Mobile apps.
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Support Rating
ConstructConnect
They frequently check-in to make sure you are being properly helped and are quick with a response if you need something.
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ConstructConnect
SmartBid has an excellent support team that is always at your service. Any problem I've had (when I've even had them) has been resolved almost immediately, along with tips on how to avoid them in the future. If you're looking for a program with excellent customer service, look no further than SmartBid.
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Alternatives Considered
ConstructConnect
We chose ConstructConnect as our main way for finding new and existing construction projects, as it overall had more up-to-date information available. It was also the most user friendly software of its type on the market. Furthermore, they have also been working with us closely to help us tighten our tracking of projects, products, and companies, which saves us a lot of time and money.
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ConstructConnect
SmartBid is used by more of the contractors that we happen to do lots of work with. It has basically the same features. However, SmartBid will let subcontractors view all the jobs a general contractor is bidding, even ones we were never invited to. So it has the potential to bring more opportunities.
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Return on Investment
ConstructConnect
  • Positive: Helps fuel the project pipeline
  • Positive: Helps identify key stakeholders
  • Negative: Inaccurate schedule information embarrasses me during project qualification process
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ConstructConnect
  • It is a big time saver compared to sending out individual emails.
  • It saves time in having multiple individual databases for company contact info.
  • It ensures that everyone is getting the same information.
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