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Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

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Score 8.9 out of 100

Salesforce Community Cloud

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Likelihood to Recommend

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

The Khoros Community platform offers every feature you could conceivably ask for in forum software. It's appropriate for large communities that warrant a wide range of features and customization. It may be less suited to small, simple communities where many of its features are unnecessary. The out-of-box experience is acceptable, but I would recommend the assistance of a dedicated web developer to create a truly branded and tailored forum.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

Community Cloud is the perfect tool for people that are looking for a solution where they can create a web portal that is integrated with their existing Salesforce data and want to make some of that data available and interactable for people that doesn't really require a Salesforce user license, whether they are customers, employees or the general public. As a standalone product without integration to the Salesforce ecosystem, it really doesn't make sense as a regular web portal presents itself as a better option.
Pedro Henrique de Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

  • Community - it has the robust functionality and all the bells and whistles that customers typically look for
  • Out-of-the-box widgets - there are a number of out of the box widgets, such as "Most recent threads" or "Unanswered questions" that can be easily deployed throughout the community. Depending on where you deploy them, e.g., homepage vs. a specific board, these widgets "narrow down" their content based on the context you are in.
  • Programmability - well documented APIs that allow you to custom-program functionality
Veit Irtenkauf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

  • It has a lot of features baked in that are ready to go out of the box which should satisfy most use cases.
  • It can be relatively easily customized to meet the individual needs of a company without giving too much ability to poorly build it.
  • Integrates well with the rest of an existing Salesforce org if you have one.
  • Users will already be familiar with the UI if they're using Salesforce for other reasons.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

  • Content editor for moderators – you need to know HTML for adding custom content. Several editors don’t know HTML and it is hard to get it to look like they want. The WYSIWYG is very limited in the functions that it has. It falls on the site admin to do a lot of the adding of content. The client side works fine – can format posts however they want.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

  • None that come to mind - integrations, experience, and use is great! However, if you're trying to learn it yourself, you may benefit from consulting an expert. Or, if you're wondering if it's good for you, a business analysis will suit you well before you implement to save yourselves, time, money, efforts, and even people.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 10.0
Based on 3 answers
Data is very reliable, tool is fast and efficient.
Patrice Kong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

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Usability

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Like every backend, it can always be improved upon.The excellent thing is that Lithium have a hugely active customer support community as well as a fantastic case management system to triage support issues and requests. So regardless of your level of knowledge or familiarity, you're well supported out of the box.
Kate Fenerty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

Salesforce Community Cloud 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Salesforce has done a fantastic job building a platform for expandability and customization. It allows us to build custom components and templates for our community that increases the overall usability and adoption of the tools we put out for our customer. With the addition of Lightning as a framework to the platform, we have a modern set of tools to facilitate this.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I've hardly ever seen downtime in any of their production communities. There's the occasional reboot needed for config reasons or if patches are applied, but these take place after customer approval and typically last only a few minutes.
Veit Irtenkauf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

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Performance

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

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Salesforce Community Cloud

Salesforce Community Cloud 9.0
Based on 5 answers
Again, since we provide and recommend solutions, I can't speak to every client's individual experience, but can offer general reflections as to keep their collaborations private, that they are satisfied with the experience. We hear a lot about how this system helps to encourage collaborations between their own business partners, customers, and internal members, and enables quality integrations with other products that help drive revenue.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
They are responsive and proactive. They are really on top of things. They send personal emails to check in on you. It feels like they really know you. You only get emails from 3-4 people at Lithium – they must be customer assigned
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

Salesforce Community Cloud 7.5
Based on 17 answers
We have weekly calls with our Salesforce reps. They bring new ideas to the table and help with taxonomy builds. They have also answered many questions and connected us to the right people for us to grow our knowledge and utilization of the platform. They are a good partner overall in comparison.
Joseph Alleruzzo | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I think it is engaging and has good instructors.
Lili McDonald | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

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Online Training

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 4.5
Based on 2 answers
It was out of the box training - pre-recorded/ not live. There was nothing for more advanced topics like APIs. They do have a good knowledge base and community that you can access and folks in there are responsive. I would however like more advanced training options.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Implementation Rating

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We were up against a hard stop with Jive’s contract ending and Lithium connected us with a deployment partner to do accelerated deployment using a template approach. It could have happened in 2 weeks. We did not end up going that way since we wanted more customization. Lithium handled technical stuff like migration, but a lot of the process is self-deployment. It’s one of the ways they teach use of the system is having the user self-implement.

Overall, the implementation was super easy to do. Doing single sign-on (SSO) was the only hard part. The implementation ended up taking nine weeks total, but in hindsight, we could have done in it six. Most of the implementation time was spent in course work, which consisted of on-demand training - approximately 7-8 hours that you are required for you to do, before they turn on the system. During this nine week period, about 50% of my time was spent on implementation.

We had a deployment manager who we were able to email 1-1. I leaned on him heavily. He was great at all hours, for example, they would call back at 7pm PST. They were very responsive.

Content migration strategy is important to consider. Moving from an existing community you need to strategically choose how your layout will be. Two different systems will have two different ways to format communities. For example, Jive has communities with sub-communities, whereas Lithium has community, category, and boards.

Contact migration is also an important consideration. You need to think through how you are going to move contacts from your old community to a new one. For example, are you going to create new logins and passwords? We were hoping to use the integration with Salesforce.com to be a portal, but ended up using an in-house solution that works well to maintain same the same logins. The next related question is are you going to be able to keep them connected to all the posts in your old community? We migrated old posts. If you have a tech savvy team, you can do a self-migration. Lithium have a migration services team that we utilized. It cost us $10k to move content and posts were kept tied to the user.

The next consideration is your launch/promotion plan. Lithium helped us out and gave us a lot of examples. They shared pre-launch email dates, follow-up emails, FAQ pages (e.g. to explain why switching, why better)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

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Alternatives Considered

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

I was not part of the Khoros negotiation upfront, however, from what I have been able to take away. Khoros is the best in class Community expert. The relationship we have with the team continues to be a positive one which is not always the case. The team has been attentive to our growth pace..jumping in and providing support at the right times and sharing insights to help drive change and overall awareness.
Lillian Laporte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

The only other software which I know that is similar would be the social software from Jive. We chose not to go with Jive because Salesforce Communities has a more reputable and well known product. The cost was definitely higher but the sales and service support have been great so far
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 8.3
Based on 12 answers
The platform offers extensive customization so anything you think of it is most likely possible. Customization like this does require developer support however but once engaged they will be able to leverage quality documentation and an active customer community (Khoros Atlas) that can help them accomplish their tasks. In terms of handling crisis or high-volume events, I have experienced a few of these using this platform and each time Community remained stable and snappy.
Ty Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

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Return on Investment

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

  • Drive adoption & SEO - 95% of our visitor traffic comes from organic search. We believe Khoros does something right to drive this much traffic.
  • Drive support scale and case deflection - Answers can be marked as solutions. Solution visual clues show up both on Google Search and in the platform - making it easier for members to find the right answers.
Claire Flanagan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Community Cloud

  • Improved online admission application completion rates from mid-60%s to mid-80%s.
  • Positive user experience from start-to-finish to leverage one data system for all prospective student data
  • Fewer data integrations transforming and loading sensitive student data by leveraging Salesforce Community Cloud to access already existing data
Nathan Baker | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

General

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

Salesforce Community Cloud

General

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

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