Khoros Marketing vs. Shorthand

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Khoros Marketing
Score 7.9 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) is a social media management platform. Key features include: Plan and Organize Social Campaigns, Manage Real-Time Engagement, and Learn and Prove Social ImpactN/A
Shorthand
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Shorthand enables the user to create interactive multimedia stories for any online audience — all with no code. The vendor boasts that Shorthand is used by hundreds of publishers, brands, non-profits, and more — including the BBC, Honda, Business Insider, and Doctors Without Borders.N/A
Pricing
Khoros MarketingShorthand
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Khoros MarketingShorthand
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Khoros MarketingShorthand
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Khoros MarketingShorthand
Listening/monitoring
Comparison of Listening/monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Khoros Marketing
6.4
117 Ratings
17% below category average
Shorthand
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Boolean keyword searches7.290 Ratings00 Ratings
Filtering out noise/spam5.999 Ratings00 Ratings
Sentiment analysis6.889 Ratings00 Ratings
Broad channel coverage5.7111 Ratings00 Ratings
Publishing
Comparison of Publishing features of Product A and Product B
Khoros Marketing
7.3
148 Ratings
9% below category average
Shorthand
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Content planning and scheduling8.4146 Ratings00 Ratings
Audience targeting7.2112 Ratings00 Ratings
Content optimization5.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow management8.4130 Ratings00 Ratings
Engagement
Comparison of Engagement features of Product A and Product B
Khoros Marketing
7.5
113 Ratings
7% below category average
Shorthand
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Automated routing and prioritization7.390 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer interaction histories7.7103 Ratings00 Ratings
Bulk actions7.594 Ratings00 Ratings
Marketing
Comparison of Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Khoros Marketing
7.0
103 Ratings
9% below category average
Shorthand
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Lead generation6.747 Ratings00 Ratings
Content marketing6.586 Ratings00 Ratings
Paid media management7.12 Ratings00 Ratings
Campaigns and promotions7.790 Ratings00 Ratings
Channel coverage/integration
Comparison of Channel coverage/integration features of Product A and Product B
Khoros Marketing
7.6
147 Ratings
11% below category average
Shorthand
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Twitter7.7138 Ratings00 Ratings
Facebook7.9143 Ratings00 Ratings
LinkedIn7.5105 Ratings00 Ratings
Google+9.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Instagram7.4132 Ratings00 Ratings
Pinterest6.246 Ratings00 Ratings
YouTube7.533 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting/analytics
Comparison of Reporting/analytics features of Product A and Product B
Khoros Marketing
7.1
131 Ratings
10% below category average
Shorthand
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Campaign success analytics8.0121 Ratings00 Ratings
Real-time tracking6.5120 Ratings00 Ratings
Competitor analysis6.777 Ratings00 Ratings
Account management
Comparison of Account management features of Product A and Product B
Khoros Marketing
6.1
136 Ratings
28% below category average
Shorthand
-
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Role-based user permissions & privileges6.4132 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile access5.7112 Ratings00 Ratings
Content Creation
Comparison of Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Khoros Marketing
-
Ratings
Shorthand
9.0
1 Ratings
11% above category average
Content collaboration00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Content Publishing
Comparison of Content Publishing features of Product A and Product B
Khoros Marketing
-
Ratings
Shorthand
6.8
1 Ratings
17% below category average
Content hub00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Embedded CTAs00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Content distribution00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Content promotion00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
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Khoros MarketingShorthand
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User Ratings
Khoros MarketingShorthand
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(184 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(34 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.9
(29 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.7
(11 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(8 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(31 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.9
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
6.0
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.7
(24 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
5.4
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.3
(122 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Khoros MarketingShorthand
Likelihood to Recommend
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
The best it could be used for is running campaigns. Be it a product launch or be it any new event that you are hosting. If you need to quickly grab attention, then this might be your choice. Also the report given after the campaign is a good insight for improving your next campaign.
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Shorthand
Shorthand is ideally suited to visual stories where you have a good number of images and/or embeds or video to include. It is well-suited to long-form stories, where you wish to keep the readers' attention longer than usual. It can help to differentiate particularly important or intriguing stories from others on your website - and for this reason, it could be used as a premium content tool, perhaps for subscribers. It can also be used to showcase stories about awards you've organised, giving them special treatment. It is less suited to breaking news, or very time-sensitive news stories, as it can take some time to prepare, post or update shorthand stories. And it doesn't work well for stories with strong accompanying imagery
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Pros
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
  • Reporting is great - easy to create bespoke dashboards for multiple ways to view the data and trends in platform
  • Onboarding and training - a good repository of knowledge articles for users to access on most aspects of the platform for self-learning
  • The user-friendly and intuitive interface allows any user to quickly assimilate how to use the platform.
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Shorthand
  • Enabling visual storytelling with multiple pictures
  • Embedding rich media within a story, including video
  • Engaging readers for longer than average dwell times
  • Making it easy to create striking article design without coding experience
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Cons
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
  • Look and feel of the interface could use a refresh as it's not very exciting to use
  • Improve analytics features and accuracy
  • Facilitate bulk actions
  • Better alerts/visibility of collaborative actions and assigned tasks
  • Clearer communication around new feature releases and announcements
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Shorthand
  • Additional flexibility in how text is overlaid on pictures would be welcome so that there are more choices on what images to use with particular layouts
  • Enabling users to control the path of text - for example, enabling runaround - could enable some excellent designs
  • Adding additional section templates could speed up design
  • More flexibility in caption placement would be helpful
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Likelihood to Renew
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
There is no product like Khoros. Our company lives and dies by the analytics, and to date, we have not seen a more comprehensive analytics structure for any social media management tool. Khoros support is also fantastic, responding and resolving any and all questions, ideas, or complaints, usually in 24 hours.
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Shorthand
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Usability
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Khoros Marketing is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. The calendar visibility is the view I use most so I can see all posts going out on all of our channels. It allows us to time posts in a proper cadence so we don't overlap with other pressing content.
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Shorthand
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Reliability and Availability
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
• We still experience a bit of downtime and slowness here but things have drastically improved in the last year with their feature updates and reconfigured hosting.
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Shorthand
I have never known it to be down during my use of it. All you require is an internet connection to log in and you can use it on multiple devices. Adding ease of accessibility, there are simple ways to log in. I've also never known a Shorthand story to go down once live on our site.
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Performance
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Khoros has greatly improved the performance of its SaaS products in the last 5 years. Their applications, including Conversations, Intelligence, and Experiences, all load quickly with real-time data. This performance is critical to provide meaningful, social customer support, and marketing. The performance maintains integrity even when you deploy powerful integrations like Salesforce Customer Relationship Manager.
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Shorthand
Due to the integration with our content management software, there is a short delay on our site while it loads, which may cause some readers to drift away. However, I've seen other sites where it instantly loads articles, so I believe this to be down to the content management software behind our site more than Shorthand itself. Once that brief initial period is over, it doesn't require additional loading time.
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Support Rating
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Overall, support does a great job and is timely in their responses and efforts. We have had to contact support many times due to the Capture app. Some tickets have remained open for months, while others get resolved quickly. I understand this is not always up to support and they often have to wait for their engineering team to fix issues that we identified, but it's difficult to deal with issues that are affecting our workflow, especially for extended amounts of time.
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Shorthand
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In-Person Training
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
• As a very early customer, we did not undergo formal training but worked closely with the team to get the system set up to do what we wanted. However, online training resources are now available with many blog posts / video lessons and tutorials.
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Shorthand
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Online Training
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
it is important to note that my perspective is not necessarily common - I'm a geek/nerd/poweruser in general, so I found the online resources to be more than adequate (and often very aesthetically pleasing, too). That said, a less "geeky" person might struggle a bit.
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Shorthand
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Implementation Rating
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
The implementation team from Khoros were great - they worked hard to understand our somewhat complex organization, and were with us all the way through face to face meetings, user training, and technical training. We had a clearly defined account manager and implementation manager, who worked really effectively together and with us.
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Shorthand
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Alternatives Considered
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
On some accounts that I am on, I use Asana in place of Khoros marketing but I much prefer Khoros Marketing. I prefer Khoros Marketing over Asana because I can post directly (and schedule posts) on Khoros but not on Asana. Also, I can moderate directly on Khoros but not Asana
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Shorthand
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Scalability
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Khoros seems to struggle a little past a certain level of scale. More than 30 separate per day makes it difficult to view all content in the weekly calendar view, which is frustrating and could cause issues. However, the ability to schedule one post across multiple channels is hugely valuable and cuts down on a lot of duplicative work.
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Shorthand
As a web-based service, it is easy for users to log into from anywhere. Content can easily be shared, as you can set up teams that enable access to each other's work as required. And content can be reviewed by others before publication using the sharing function. You can also view how an article will look on different devices.
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Return on Investment
Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
  • Negatively impacted relationship with Khoros as they're notoriously difficult to engage with or able to produce viable results from our feedback.
  • Negatively impacted KPI reporting, as metrics were inaccurate for six months.
  • Negatively impacted resource management, as there've been so many restrictions with this platform that simple, day-to-day tasks take so much longer.
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Shorthand
  • Helped us create one of our top 10 most-read and most-shared stories in the last year
  • Enabled us to elevate key pieces of content, boosting dwell time on our site
  • But can also be time-consuming to adopt for some stories, meaning you need to choose well what stories really deserve the investment in time
  • Boosted collaboration between teams via its ability to share, including offering the chance for others to preview content prior to publication
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