Pigeon Messengr vs. VMware Socialcast (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Pigeon Messengr
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Based in New York City, Pigeon Messengr is a business communication platform that offers teams the flexibility to communicate their way. Pigeon Messengr provides businesses of all sizes with an integrated suite of communication tools to help streamline business communications. Employees can text, chat, set up video calls or voice calls, have private or group discussions, and more! The platform connects conversations across voice, video, and messages so you can pick up right where you…
$7
per month
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Socialcast was an enterprise social networking and collaboration platform by VMware. The VMware Socialcast platform allowed an organization's employees to share information and documents with co-workers in real time through a Facebook- or Twitter-like news feed. VMware announced its end of availability (EOA) effective May 2018.
$250
per month
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
Starter
$7
per user
Professional
$14
per user
Business
$25
per user
Enterprise
$40
per user
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPricing is per user per month. Contact Pigeon Messengr for more information on pricing for your team.
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
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Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Pigeon Messengr
9.0
11 Ratings
12% above category average
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
7.5
4 Ratings
6% below category average
Chat9.411 Ratings8.74 Ratings
Notifications8.311 Ratings8.24 Ratings
Discussions9.210 Ratings8.14 Ratings
Surveys00 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase00 Ratings6.14 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Pigeon Messengr
8.4
10 Ratings
4% above category average
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
5.7
4 Ratings
35% below category average
Video files8.310 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Audio files8.410 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Versioning00 Ratings2.12 Ratings
Document collaboration00 Ratings6.74 Ratings
Access control00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Advanced security features00 Ratings5.83 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive00 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Device sync00 Ratings4.02 Ratings
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Pigeon Messengr
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Ratings
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
6.3
4 Ratings
23% below category average
Task Management00 Ratings7.74 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings6.33 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings3.83 Ratings
Search00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Visual planning tools00 Ratings3.43 Ratings
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(11 ratings)
7.7
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Team Messengr
Pigeon Messengr functions well as a general communication tool. In my experience, the only area it is not well suited for is transferring documents with specialized file formats. I also am not aware of what its auditability is like, but we are using it so it must be there.
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VMware
Socialcast has been a great tool for FactSet. I would recommend it to any firm looking for an easy-to-use tool to centralize communication and collaborate on a global scale.
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Pros
Team Messengr
  • Notifications - I can minimize the window while I'm working and new messages will pop up on my screen so I don't have to remember to check the channel.
  • Statuses - we always put up a status of what we're working on, I like how you can hover over user names and it will show you their statuses.
  • Overall look - I don't know if my company chose the color scheme but it's really sharp. Also love that I can use Dark Mode, easier on my eyes for sure!
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VMware
  • Socialcast has an exceptional user experience. With very few idiosyncrasies, it works well on every platform I've tried.
  • The platform has such a high level of ease of use, it becomes somewhat addicting.
  • Social analytics are superb.
  • The platform is highly intuitive and requires zero training or coaching in order for network members to become productive with it.
  • It's extremely reliable. Only once in 4 years, was the product not available, and that was only for about a half-hour. In that half-hour, we realized how dependent we were on it. (Very.)
  • The multi-device and deployment options are excellent. On-premise, Private Cloud, and Multi-tenant SaaS all available.
  • The mobile apps for iPhone, tablets, and Android render well with a beautiful UI/UX. The desktop AIR app is equally highly usable.
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Cons
Team Messengr
  • Sometimes a message will get broken up and I am unable to view it all at once.
  • It would be nice if it had a way to select a message as being unread. I like to leave messages unread as reminders but sometimes need to just read them first.
  • It won't allow me to upload a picture because it has to be of a very small size. Would be more personal if I could use a picture on my profile.
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VMware
  • The software is a little bit pricey because it is charged by user/month and depending on the deployment method.
  • For companies with a lot of workers the price can increase significantly.
  • The mobile app usability and notifications are poor. Need to be improved.
  • If there were more administrative features available the product would be improved
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Likelihood to Renew
Team Messengr
No answers on this topic
VMware
Beyond the value FactSet derives from using the platform, Socialcast (the firm) has been a good partner to FactSet. We've experienced very little downtime with the service and they have been responsive and fair with enhancement requests and questions
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Usability
Team Messengr
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VMware
The UX is its best feature
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Reliability and Availability
Team Messengr
I've never had it be not available.
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VMware
No answers on this topic
Performance
Team Messengr
Occasionally, files can take forever to upload and download, and the calendar integrations also don't work sometimes.
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VMware
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Team Messengr
No answers on this topic
VMware
Excellent support; of course not perfect. :-)
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Implementation Rating
Team Messengr
No answers on this topic
VMware
Not applicable, as it is a SaaS platform with minimal implementation
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Alternatives Considered
Team Messengr
Pigeon Messengr has everything in one, although there are some things that could be improved, what product doesn't? I prefer it over some of the other platforms because it is more organized for our business needs and communications, and it has several updates a month to make sure everything is working properly.
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VMware
Socialcast is great for collaboration & light project management, but anything complex doesn't work well.

Using it as an email notification curator works nice for us.
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Scalability
Team Messengr
I have not noticed any issues for a company of about 400 employees. I imagine the channel functionality would enable fairly unlimited scaling.
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VMware
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Team Messengr
  • Positive - less time wasted on emails
  • Positive - less expensive than having a chat tool and a video tool (and phones!)
  • Negative - sometimes tone is hard to convey in text, and this has led to a couple of misunderstandings
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VMware
  • Definitely more organized project management and team collaboration.
  • Efficiency in carrying out tasks.
  • Creates a spirit of collaboration and friendliness among colleagues.
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