CoSchedule has a lot more than scheduling and collaboration
Overall Satisfaction with CoSchedule
We are just finishing the trial period with CoSchedule. It is used by the marketing department and SMEs who review content that I or others have posted. Our problem was collaboration of content with the SMEs in particular and to a lesser degree internally with the marketing team. For those who create images, web forms and other digital assets, CoSchedule is great for assigning tasks. It also has workflow templates you can customize for your various processes such as email campaign, blog post, video production and so on.
One feature they DO NOT promote very well is the fact that you can create content in a content editor and then convert it to a WordPress blog post. This is a real plus if your aren't sure your content is going to survive to become a blog post.
- Calendar is dynamic and has color coding for event types (WordPress blog, raw content, video, images etc.)
- Can create content in a WSIWYG editor and convert to WordPress, HTML or PDF
- Integrates nicely with WordPress (you have to do editing in WP) and also carries dashboard information on the WP post. Also integrates with other CMS solutions
- Previewer of WP content in CoSchedule would be a plus
- Better documentation of features, how they actually work
- Suggest possibly more than two levels of participant - User, Guest seems limiting
- Probably too early to tell for certain but it is definitely value priced right now. Fully developed content management platforms are running in $15-$20k per year range and more. You can get into a CoSchedule solution for $
- Team has found it easy to sign on and review tasks so this is a big time saver. More could be done to enable Guests easier access to content they need to review
- It's way faster that other scheduling apps we have tried. The fact that it runs on a cloud based app or inside your WordPress app is a real plus. Auto save feature also means you don't have to remember to save your content.
Crescendo has some very powerful features such as a built in editor that provides a simpler editing suite than WordPress, especially valuable for contributors. The fact that it has multiple levels of contributor/author/editor is a real plus. There is also a comments box that contributors really liked because they could read the content, leave a short comment and exit.
The problems we had with Crescendo range from undependable publishing to the blog to inability to publish to LinkedIn. I was missing deadlines and spent a lot of time with Crescendo personnel trying to fix these issues. The LinkedIn issue is one that many web CMS bolt on solutions struggle with and that LinkedIn doesn't seem to care much about. So we understand that. CoSchedule has a much better social publish function and they admit upfront that LinkedIn is problematic.