Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) Reviews

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Kate Fenerty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Privacy - use of usernames and the ability to hide identifying information such as email addresses from public view.
  • Accessibility - the site is fully accessible for people of all abilities, across all devices and platforms.
  • Community - The width and breadth of the community product is huge, even 2 years on, there are things we have still yet to try out and Lithium are constantly innovating the product too!
  • There is always room for improvement on any product, Lithium actively works with their customer community and encourages ideas. They build many of these into their product roadmaps ongoing.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 12, 2018

My experience with Lithium

Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Has all the features and discussion styles you could need including standard discussions, knowledgebase, reviews, gamification, Ideation.
  • Easy to use analytics built in with downloadable reports.
  • Great success services to help make sure you get the most out of the features.
  • Need to be quicker at reacting to customer suggestions for product improvements.
  • Slight lack of focus on the community part of their product range in the last year or so
  • Would benefit from a more transparent roadmap with dates!
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Allison Fasching | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Configurability. There are so many tools, features and functions, that you can easily customize your community to meet your industry needs.
  • Ease of use. Out of the box both users and admins can easily begin using the Community, but it also offers more technical options, and training for everything.
  • The entire Community is built for optimization, tags, labels, the ability to create custom search, titles, text & canonical URLs.
  • Overall I am very satisfied, as with any tool there is always room from improvement or change, every company has specific needs, so these are a couple of things that would benefit me.
  • Search. The internal search tool works good, but there is room for improvement. Lithium is currently working on enhancements, so I am looking forward to the new changes.
  • Surveys. They have a great survey tool, but I would love to see an enhancement that would allow agents/community managers to respond to customer survey responses. This is probably an industry thing, but our customers tend to use the survey tool as a complaint box.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Interactive discussion forums
  • Ideas exchange for tracking ideas submitted by customers ; implementation by product team
  • Customization to our customers needs
  • Direct marketing/nurture campaigns leveraging the software is more challenging than it should be.
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Veit Irtenkauf | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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
  • Not a knock on the product per se - but each product in this space follows a certain philosophy. If customers don't want to learn that philosophy and thus force-feed Lithium to do something it's not designed, it becomes hard to implement and maintenance heavy. Same is true with Jive and Salesforce Communities
  • Design adaptation sometimes requires a lot of custom-programming. This is often caused by designers not fully understanding how communities work. On the other hand, esp. on homepages, in order to draw people in, a mix of content is often the best approach. And that requires at least some custom-programming for Lithium's integrators
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Patrice Kong | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Great for reporting on unique visits, views and visitors
  • Availability of data by device: Desktop vs. Mobile
  • Excellent for reporting and analyzing Community Forum data
  • Ability to select date range is not available for all metrics, this makes is difficult and time consuming to report on a specified time period
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 19, 2012

Much better than Jive!

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Pros and Cons

  • Deployment and ease of use have been amazing – day and night vs. Jive. Typically deployment gives you a cringe – absolutely the easiest deployment I’ve ever been a part of.
  • Overall layout and design/ flow is a lot easier to manage than Jive. It has a CMS type thing that self-propogates through the entire community. Jive did not automatically propogate.
  • Analytics - They have a lot of patented algorithms that help generate key metric indexes. You can compare yourself with other Lithium customers. When you dive in deeper into analytics, Lithium allows you to look deeper into what an individual is doing vs. just a broad view of your community.
  • Integration with
  • 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.
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About Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities enable organizations to host a space where people find answers, develop expertise, share experiences, and build a brand.

The vendor states that Khoros powers over 400 of the world’s most recognized brands, and boasts 15+ years of experience, a robust feature set, enterprise scale and security, and a dedicated services team who aim to ensure a brand's community will reduce support costs, delight customers, and grow business.

They state Khoros Communities key benefits are to:

Attract more visitors & build trust

  • Be easier to find & provide peer validation by hosting authentic conversations on your digital property. Community content can lead to a 48% uplift in organic search traffic and double conversion rates

Accelerate resolution to delight customers while reducing costs

  • Create a hub for your customers to connect with experts, learn, and get answers to their questions at any time, in any region. The vendor says users can deflect up to 20% of calls that would otherwise go to the customer service call center.

Innovate faster with constant customer feedback

  • Iterate rapidly and uncover new ideas from a dedicated pool of domain experts who are invested in your success.

Deliver expert community management

  • Nurture large, engaging communities with the most advanced moderation tools, content management, analytics, and expertise that provide quantifiable business value through customer acquisition, retention, and growth.

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) Features

Has featureForums
Has featureAbility to verify solutions
Has featureIdeas
Has featureQuestion and Answer
Has featureContests
Has featureBlogs
Has featureTribal Knowledge Bases
Has featureEnhanced Moderation Tools
Has featureFully Customizable
Has featureSophisticated Ranking and Incentivization
Has featureNative Mobile Support (Responsive UI)
Has featureMultiple user permission levels
Has featureEasy to use REST API
Has featureSpam prevention
Has featureSSO integration
Has featureGroups
Has featureContent Syndication
Has featureSupport for multiple languages
Has featureSupport for multiple instances
Has featureRich media support
Has featurePromoted search results
Has featureFederated search
Has featureHistorical and Real Time Analytics and Shareable dashboards
Has featureNotifications and personalization

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Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) Downloadables

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) Integrations

SAP CRM, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) Competitors


  • 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?No

Pricing is variable based on the needs of the customer.

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) Customer Size Distribution

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

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) Support Options

 Paid Version
Live Chat
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android, Mobile Web