Higher Logic Reviews

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Jenna Carpentier | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 08, 2019

Nice Platform : As Long as You Know What to Expect

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We use Higher Logic for our email marketing efforts. The communications department actually facilities the sending of these emails, but we send emails on behalf of the entire organization, including all of the other departments. It integrates with our association's membership database and we send a weekly e-newsletter to our distribution list of about 150,000 individuals. We also send about 10 other one-off emails each week to smaller subsets of our full distribution list--such as certain targeted interest groups or event registrants, etc.
  • Integration: Higher Logic does a nice job of integrating with our membership database and management software. This allows us to identify specific interest groups and types of members to send them targeted emails that actually pertain to them. The info then goes back into our membership management software so we can keep track in there who has opened and clicked on emails.
  • Analytics and Reporting: Higher Logic's analytics and reporting are great for what we need. You can easily see a basic overview of the email performance such as open rate and click rate, but you can also drill down further to see exactly who has opened the email, who has clicked it, what links were clicked the most, etc. There is also a heat map that gives you an idea of where people clicked the most. This is especially useful for our weekly e-newsletter which contains multiple different story items because it allows us to see which types of content performed the best.
  • Easy to Set Up: Each email is easy to set up and there are a lot of different formatting options. It gives you the option to just drag and drop items as needed, but then you can also edit the HTML if you'd like. Setting up A/B testing is also very simple, and so is adding in your distribution lists and interest groups.
  • Intuitive: The software, in general, is very intuitive and easy to use. Things are where you think they should be and everything is easy to find within the platform.
  • Customer Service: Maybe we're just unlucky, but we've had very sub-par customer service when dealing with Higher Logic. They've been hard to get in touch with, difficult to schedule meetings with, and when we finally did have a meeting with a representative, she seemed very disgusted to have to be talking with us--and then rushed us off of the call because she had another call immediately afterward (we understand things like this happen, but it was just even more discouraging after an already poor experience).
  • Down Time: The platform seems to be down more often than I'd like it to be. They often have scheduled downtime for system maintenance at off-hours, and this is totally fine. But somewhat often, it seems to be down in the middle of the day when I try to login to create or schedule an email. And it takes a little while (sometimes even several hours) for it to come back up. This is very disappointing when you're trying to get something done (especially when it's time-sensitive) and have to wait around to do it because the system is down.
  • Inconsistent Data: When the analytics and data are correct, it's great! But we've noticed this isn't always the case. There are several different places on the platform that report data, and sometimes they don't match up. Or the percentage data and the raw data numbers don't equal each other and are totally different, so clearly, at least one is incorrect, but how do we know which one it is? Additionally, the numbers on the heatmap are sometimes way different than the numbers in the general data report. We brought this to their attention and they said they were aware of the problem but we're working on other more important things at the moment and would maybe get around to fixing it later (this goes back to the previously mentioned poor customer service). As of a few weeks ago, I thought it was indeed finally fixed, but then again last week we noticed it was back to being inconsistent.
Higher Logic is great for email marketing as long as you don't require much customer service or super-precise analytics data. It's easy to use, intuitive, integrates with other platforms, and provides a broad range of analytics and reporting data. But like I said, just be wary that sometimes the analytics are inconsistent. Luckily, we mostly use it to compare mailings and their subject lines and the various stories within our weekly e-newsletters, so we just need more of a broad overview of the data. If you need very specific data that is 100% accurate, then this might not be the platform for you. Also, if you're someone who likes superior customer service, you probably want to avoid this as well. But if you need an easy-to-use platform that will get the job done, then go ahead and give this a try.
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Victoria Holmen | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 12, 2018

Positive Committee Engagement

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Our association uses the Higher Logic Connected Community as a communication tool for our committees, board of directors, staff, and other special interest groups within our association. This has helped us keep our volunteer committee members engaged and communicating between in-person meetings on a secure, central platform. Previously, each committee had its own method of communicating - Basecamp, Facebook groups, and more. Now, with Higher Logic, we are able to keep those communications centralized and on a consistent platform from year to year.
  • Easy to use - with just a few short informational handouts that we created in-house even our members who are less computer-savvy have been able to engage and connect on our site.
  • This may seem a small detail, but when tracking through our pages of communities, the user has to manually scroll back to the top after navigating to the next page. This can be a little frustrating!
  • Sometimes the load time can be slow.
  • We've experienced more outages with the site than we thought we might. Our members and leadership get frustrated when this happens. They don't want a break in their communications!
Higher Logic works very well for our business purposes. We can very easily create new communities when we need to (and this is often!). Our association isn't as concerned with driving engagement, but the tools Higher Logic provides allows us to take a closer look at the engagement level of our committee members when needed.
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Brandon Wells, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 27, 2018

Higher Logic gives a lot of bang for your buck!

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We currently use Higher Logic as a primary means of sending out large-scale communications to our members. This includes important messages, surveys, and demographically targeted outreach.
  • Very thorough: Higher Logic works precisely as advertised and can do many things to provide insight into your membership.
  • Data-driven: Higher Logic gives you a ton of insight into how customers interact with your messages. This is extremely beneficial information if you know how to interpret it.
  • Price: Higher Logic is priced fairly for the features you get.
  • Clunky-- Higher Logics' user Interface can use some work. At first glance, it can be tough to navigate.
  • Ease of use-- it's a robust program so there is definitely a learning curve. Some of their competitors are a little better "out of the box."
  • Customization-- at least from my perspective there is a little to be desired from a branding standpoint.
Higher Logic is a great tool for collecting data on your communications to clients/customers/stakeholders. Insights such as open rates are helpful. It leaves a little to be desired as an all-in-one tool. For example, it was not a great fit for our newsletter.
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Megan Kavy | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 12, 2018

Higher Logic Review

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We use Higher Logic to manage our online community. It's used by just one department to facilitate the community, share information and moderate discussions. It gets our members, who are doctors, to ask questions about procedures and patients that our staff otherwise couldn't answer.
  • Higher Logic is responsive to help desk questions or addressing problems or situations we may not understand. It's great because we always have support.
  • The platform is easy to explain to members how to use. They don't have to go through a lot of steps to get set up and are able to move around the platform quickly.
  • The admin dashboard (which is already going to be changing). I think the new setup will be really beneficial for new staff members who may come on to assist with the community.
Higher Logic is great for our members across the world to engage and ask questions about patients or cases. The online platform allows more open discussion than an email chain would, especially because they have the opportunity to discuss people they may not otherwise have the chance to.

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 12, 2018

Solid Product with Plenty of Options to Utilize

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It is being used by about 1/4 of our organization internally and a large portion of our members externally.
  • Holding their annual conference for the users; the Higher Logic User Group Super Forum. It's a great way to meet some of the people you've interacted with online or over the phone and get to the bottom of problems you're having in a relatively short amount of time.
  • The online community onboarding program has been particularly helpful for me so far, while a different use than is typical, I'm new to the platform and needed extensive training to learn about and improve our site.
  • Utilizing automation rules to make me feel engaged in their HUG community and encourage my participation.
  • The support ticketing system has an outrageous number of options that make it almost impossible to figure out what I'm supposed to input every time I experience an issue with the platform, which causes further frustration for fear of not knowing if you are sending your concern to the wrong place.
  • When moving around pieces of information on an individual's profile it automatically moves that piece to the top of the section you are working in, leading to tedious reordering or demographic pieces.
  • You have to copy/paste sections when trying to edit navigation of your pages instead of a simple, intuitive drag & drop. They claim to be changing this soon.
The Higher Logic platform is very well suited for an association.
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Theresa Grier | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 05, 2018

Higher Logic, a review on why it took no logic to implement their products

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We started using Higher Logic (HL) for our online community about 6 years ago. When I came on board, we were integrating the HL community with another CMS platform hosting our website. It wasn't the best relationship, so when we redesigned our website we also switched to HL for our website CMS and hosting. These are the basis of our communication with and between our membership, so a reliable platform for both was necessary.
  • Higher Logic product managers are probably some of the best in the industry. They know their products and aren't pushy in trying to sell them to you. Don't get me wrong, they do try to sell you a product, but they understand that not everyone who is tasked with learning more is also a decision maker. That doesn't stop them from being professional and thorough in their demonstrations or explanation of fees.
  • Their technical support is top notch. Not only do they work to resolve issues, they also work with you to help you with non-issues. Our initial redesign was done by an agency that worked with HL directly to set up the new site. When I was tasked with a mini-redesign this year, HL technical support offered me a lot of insight on how to best do this using just my skills and HL.
  • They offer training on their platforms to ensure your success as an administrator. There is no cost and you can either go to their onsite two days "boot camp" or you can access a plethora of training videos and webinars through their online users' community.
  • They work with our AMS, but the version of our AMS isn't supported for all of their products which prevents me from using some of the products they offer that would make our organization's processes much easier to manage than they are today.
  • Since they are a SaaS organization, each of their products is designed to work together. This is great. What isn't great is that they don't offer any kind of bundle pricing or combined billing. So each product is billed at its own rate, individually each year. This makes it hard for smaller and non-profit organizations to utilize a large number of their products because the cost can be steep in the long run and it's a billing nightmare since you might not get the invoices for all of the services at the same time (or in our case they might not be sent to the same person(s) for each invoice).
Higher Logic is a great solution for a lot of different needs. If you are looking for a website CMS or an online community, my experience makes me feel like they are a top-notch organization that is well suited for these needs regardless of the industry you are in. They offer a lot of add-on software that I don't currently use because they aren't right for my organization.
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Peg Stiffler | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 04, 2018

Higher Logic Communities can expand your Membership participation

Score 10 out of 10
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We currently use Higher Logic as a community site for various committees, collaborative and member groups for our association integrated with our current AMS system. This gives us one platform for our members to seek out resources and discussions with other members on current industry issues.
  • Integrates well with various database systems as well as email messaging systems.
  • Excellent support staff. They are professional and quick in their responses.
  • Security is a plus for us. Higher Logic's individual communities on each site can be as public or secure as you need it to be.
  • Additional reporting capabilities for the community admin. I know they are working on this piece so it will get there eventually.
The security of only allowing those members that need to see a particular resource or discussion is very valuable to us.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 20, 2018

Higher Logic is #1

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Higher Logic is the provider of our online community and our volunteer management system. They are by far are one of the best vendors that we utilize. Their support staff and leadership is top notch. I trust the company and the direction the company is headed in.
  • Customer support is reactive and communicates well.
  • Sales team does a great job in providing opportunities to utilize more of their product offerings.
  • R&D is always ahead of expectations.
  • My only concern about the vendor is the speed at which they are growing.
Higher Logic is the premier vendor for online community management. They offer a great product, that when needed they support their customers, and provide opportunities for their clients to grow with their offerings.
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Luke Zimmer | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 28, 2018

Higher Logic is a great tool for non-profits

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Higher Logic is being used within our department to create an online space for member interaction and to connect our program participants across the country.
  • Organizing discussions and delivering them to members in customizable digests.
  • Creating tools for managing a number of engagement opportunities with constituents.
  • Addressing user needs and problems with their own online community.
  • The ability to incorporate community elements/widgets into external websites needs improvement.
  • While useful, digest emails need to be more configurable to meet company branding requirements and to make digests more visually appealing.
  • The platform needs a tool that allows users to create pop-up chat rooms with select users. It could also benefit from the ability to create spontaneous video hangouts among groups of users--more synchronous community features.
Higher Logic is very well suited for small organizations that are in need of a full suite of community and website management tools. When incorporating the tool into large organizations and well-defined technical infrastructures, more work is needed to ensure that the system is fully integrated and works well within the existing technical environment as well as the front-end user experience.
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Rachael Bell | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 20, 2017

Top member benefit

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We use Higher Logic to provide online communities for our members: an Open Forum for all members as well as smaller communities for each of our committees and interest groups. It also provides a robust searchable member directory for our members.
  • A user-friendly forum for members to ask questions and provide answers.
  • A robust, searchable member directory for our members.
  • Integration with our AMS (Aptify).
  • A strong admin interface for managing the community, viewing usage stats and creating automated rules for messaging, process flows, etc.
  • Top-notch customer service.
  • A commitment to continually updating and enhancing their product.
  • The UX for the document library needs to be improved.
From what I've observed with other Higher Logic clients, the platform is scalable for virtually any size company/association.
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Michelle Bovee Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 26, 2015

Higher Logic Connects Doctors Around the World

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Higher Logic is used across the organization for our physician member only communities through our web presence or on all mobile devices. Our Higher Logic platform allows our members to communicate privately in a secure environment across the United States and internationally. Physician members network and discuss complicated medical issues and hot topics, and receive immediate feedback and answers. The library feature allows them to share images with their colleagues by attaching them to a post. Images are then automatically uploaded to the library or can be uploaded separately. Higher Logic provides our members, both single practitioners or large group practices access to a larger internationally diverse community of physicians.
  • Ability to access Higher Logic through all platforms. Our members can access the Higher Logic community anywhere or using their preferred method of device.
  • Continually updating software from user feedback. Higher Logic is continually updating their software product using their customers' suggestions. Not only do their updates reflect their users suggestions but it is done quickly, sometimes within hours.
  • Customer support response time and intelligent employees. Higher Logic's support is fantastic. We have always received quick responses and Higher Logic's employees are intelligent and go above and beyond to resolve your support case.
  • Higher Logic's own user community is very active and also provides great support and interesting ideas. The community members, themselves are creative thinkers so there are many avenues available to overcome obstacles, solve problems, or just get good ideas. Higher Logic employees are also very active on the user community website daily interacting with Higher Logic users in a positive and creative way.
  • Reporting is copious but you cannot build your own reports so you may have lots of information in several different reports and have to pick and choose across several to combine manually. Exporting functionality is there but there are some reports that are only a screen shot and you cannot export them.

Do you integrate with our data base so that members can be automatically brought over?

Can you facilitate single sign on?

What level of IT support do I need to provide before and after the deployment of Higher Logic?

What is the largest and smallest number of users on your Higher Logic sites?

Do you provide ongoing technical support?

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Shannon Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 26, 2015

Higher Logic is a win-win for you and your members

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We use Higher Logic as a social CRM platform and connected community. Our organization is a national, web-bsaed, not-for-profit nursing association, and we needed a way to connect our members. Through our connected community, provided by Higher Logic, we now have a robust platform for members to search for one another, discuss questions and help each other out, create profiles to showcase their accomplishments, and share valuable resources with one another. We simply wouldn't be able to provide this kind of social environment without Higher Logic's help.

Not only does our connected community provide value and benefit to our members, it also benefits our association. We use the platform for community groups for our Board of Directors, volunteer groups, staff group, and expert panels to discuss and share with one another.
  • Higher Logic listens to their clients needs and continually improves services and offering based on customer feedback to meet our needs.
  • The support I receive is fast, accurate, and reliable.
  • They are a great group of people with bright minds and creative ideas, and treat you like a friend who wants you to succeed.
  • They really care about your success, and when you aren't completely satisfied, they do something about it.
  • Some people are not as tech-savvy as Higher Logic staff and other clients, making it challenging to always keep pace with others.
1. What is your primary need/goal you want to fulfill?
2. Are your current members/clients using something less sophisticated, such as Facebook groups, to meet this need currently, or would you be introducing this as a brand new feature?
3. Are your members/clients shy/outgoing?
4. What is your budget and what elements might you be interested in? (App, mentoring program, discussion groups, etc.)
5. What is your client/member demographic?
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 19, 2017

HL cares about their client usage experience

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It is used for Community Management and for Volunteer Manager. Used mainly by Membership department, slowly by marketing. Main objective it serves is member benefit and engagement.
  • Great resourceful Community Management
  • Volunteer Manager
  • HUG - Community of all other Community Managers
  • Functionality: Polling. Survey. Pin Communities (certain Communities vs others)
  • Report enhancement on VM.
  • Better Client Example library with up-to-date resources
  • Having the chat support available more often
Organization needs to have set strategy and goals of what they wish to achieve. Also discuss the nature of your Communities and your members. Having a good insight on what your members expect and how they use Communities, will give you better idea if Higher Logic is the right fit for you. Do your members actually discuss or do they only need "announcements"? Do all your members want to get more involved or are you only targeting certain audiences from your membership? What staff member will be trained with Higher Logic? How many staff do you need to manage your Communities? Do you need to train other departments as Super-Admins?
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 05, 2017

Higher Logic can be a great solution for your member organization

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We use Higher Logic across our entire organization and a means for member communications, member resources, committee participation and to house members only content.
  • Managing committees has been our main use for Higher Logic, you can organize materials easily and facilitate discussion between calls with ease as well.
  • Automation rules are an addition to the system added over the past couple of years and they have helped a ton with the day to day communications with our membership, allowing us to get more specific information out to certain segments of our membership and only having to set the automation rule up once to benefit from it for as long as you need.
  • Higher Logic is really good at keeping up with current technologies and trickling that down to their user experience. They strive to consistently improve their product.
  • Because Higher Logic is on the cutting edge of keeping things current as a community manager it can be really hard to keep current on all their updates and releases.
Higher Logic is well suited for membership organizations that are looking to replace their outdated listserv, blogs, discussion boards, etc.
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About Higher Logic

Higher Logic is a private community platform that empowers members, customers, support and product teams to create and manage meaningful, engaging online communities.

Higher Logic acquired Real Magnet in late 2017 to extend its capabilities.

Categories:  Community

Higher Logic Features

Has featureDiscussions
Has featureFully Responsive Web Design
Has featureAutomation Rules
Has featureCRM/AMS Integration
Has featureResource Library
Has featureWiki
Has featureDirectories
Has featureEvent Manager & Calendar
Has featureCMS

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Higher Logic Integrations

Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, 30+ Association Management Software plaforms, Parature

Higher Logic Competitors

Jive, GetSatisfaction, Small World Lab


  • Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?Required

Higher Logic Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
Enterprises (> 500 employees)

Higher Logic Support Options

 Paid Version

Higher Logic Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:Apple iOS
Supported Countries:World
Supported Languages: English, with self-translation available