IdeaScale Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

IdeaScale

Crowdsourced Innovation Management

4.62/5 (26 reviews)

IdeaScale overview

What is IdeaScale?

IdeaScale is an easy-to-use, yet powerful solution for the collection of feedback and ideas. IdeaScale was born in the cloud in 2008. In its first year, IdeaScale garnered high-profile government contracts with many prestigious clients like the VA, FCC, and the Office of the President of the United States. With an outstanding foundation of compliance, security, and scalability, IdeaScale quickly expanded into the private and Enterprise sectors, where the solution is now used by many of the world's most recognizable brands.
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Pricing

Starting from
$2/year
Pricing options
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Devices

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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Canada, China and 7 other markets, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech and 22 other languages, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
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IdeaScale reviews

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Taryn Ellis

Exceptional Service

Used occasionally for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-10-24
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Very responsive staff. Highly rated for SAS.

Cons
Lack of ability to have multiple reviewer groups in one phase

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Effective, Easy, Reliable

Reviewed 2015-12-09
Review Source: GetApp

IdeaScale worked for us "out of the box'. We launched it and were up and running almost immediately. With zero prior experience, I was able to customize the interface to meet some very specific needs. When I had a question, one-on-one technical support was available on a moment's notice. Our account rep is equally helpful. He stays in touch enough to maintain a great relationship, but has never become a pest like some vendors.

Pros
Easy to set up and launch. Very intuitive user interface both from an administrator's perspective and for the people in the field who log on simply to vote on ideas. Technical support is knowledgeable and always available. The system is reliable, too - zero down time the entire time we've used it (2 years+). Good value for the money. We have the least expensive option and it does everything we need.

Cons
Nothing major - Some of the customization processes seemed a little 'clunky' at first but once you get in sync with their way of doing things it isn't a problem. As stated above, I believe this is a good value for the money, but if you want to go beyond the basic features there is a pretty steep jump in price. Might be nice to have a 'mid-range' option as well.

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jazmine yearack

Awesome Partnership!

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-04-18
Review Source: Capterra

Ideascale has one of the most solid platforms on in the marketplace AND they are well advanced from anyone out there in system integrations. They are constantly improving their site with input from real customers that are using it. They actually- eat their own dog food -by asking clients to use their community site to post feature requests AND take action on ideas regularly. I have used other software and done a thorough review of competitors, there are none that compete at this level.

Pros
solid, secure and flexible (enough).

Cons
we don't have the power to do everything ourselves for some things.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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James Preston III

Cool Product for Ideation

Reviewed 2015-12-17
Review Source: GetApp

Working for the Social Security Administration we use IdeaScale to engage discussion with advocacy groups in the vast Disability area. Understanding that some are hesitant to try “new things,” my team had to be diligent in our quest to use this platform for ideation. Now, after the initial angst and the anonymity feature, we run 3 to 4 concurrent campaigns a month. This product is awesome

Pros
Export to Microsoft Excel Feature Privacy settings Assign Moderator Settings Easy to code

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Greg Gorski

Look no further than IdeaScale for Outstanding Collaborative Software - Outstanding

Reviewed 2015-12-09
Review Source: Capterra

Working as a Federal Employee for decades, I have had the opportunity to participate in a host of application development. Consequently, you would think that I wouldn't be impressed by IdeaScale's offerings, but I was in for a very pleasant experience. I was tasked by my Agency's Leadership to develop a Leading Practices Community for the purpose of sharing efficient and effective ideas organizational wide. I thought, I have no experience with this new software, how can I pull this off? Well all that stress could have been avoided had I talked to my IdeaScale SME, Mr. Matt Paulson, prior to my assignment. To make a long story short, Matt showed incredible product knowledge and was essential in having a fully, functional community available in a matter of weeks. Additionally, Matt was readily accessible and eager to provide his expert knowledge in the event of requested changes. As a result we have a great tool, which I see as providing an outstanding ROI. The Leading Practices Community will serve 30,000 employees and has the capacity to serve far more. How better could we share effectiveness and efficiency than through this tool? In my opinion IdeaScale offers unequaled product value and impressive customer support. If there are any cons to this program, they haven't surfaced so I have nothing to report.

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IdeaScale pricing

Starting from
$2/year
Pricing options
Free
Free trial
Subscription
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IdeaScale offers several tiers of licensing starting at $2500 annually for an SMB license that ladder up to the IdeaScale for the Enterprise subscription. There is also a free option that allows access to small groups of innovators.

IdeaScale features

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API (252 other apps)
Access Control (192 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (143 other apps)
Activity Tracking (124 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (165 other apps)
Chat (137 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (272 other apps)
Collaborative Workspace (180 other apps)
Customizable Branding (140 other apps)
Document Management (150 other apps)
Document Storage (179 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (152 other apps)
File Management (125 other apps)
Permission Management (171 other apps)
SSL Security (121 other apps)
Search Functionality (223 other apps)
Third Party Integration (168 other apps)
Workflow Management (116 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
This will ask you to sign in with LinkedIn

Additional information for IdeaScale

Key features of IdeaScale

  • Unlimited communities
  • Unlimited Ideas
  • Unlimited moderators and admins
  • Unlimited Members
  • Unlimited Comments
  • Unlimited Custom Fields
  • Email and LiveChat Support
  • Email-based access restriction
  • Single Sign-on (including SAML 2.0)
  • Leaderboard & badges
  • SSL/TLS Security
  • SAS 70 Type II audited servers
  • SASAE 16 audited servers
  • Custom domain
  • Custom Statuses w/ Custom Tabs
  • CSS/Stylesheet Customization
  • Mobile Optimized and mobile apps
  • Social integration (Twitter, Facebook)
  • Read API access
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Benefits

Idea Submission and Development: Transparently collect ideas that are matched and merged to reduce redundancies. Community members can add comments, build out proposals, vote on ideas, and more.

Idea Evaluation and Selection: Decision makers can evaluate ideas against pre-set criteria and slate the most promising ideas for projects and development.

Innovation Pipeline Reporting: Report on community engagement, as well as potential impact in the form of revenue generated or potential savings and a company's implementation rate (to help identify and close the gap between selected ideas to delivered ideas).

Industry-Leading Security: IdeaScale is the only innovation management platform with a government level cloud security requirements from FedRAMP.

Idea Routing and Automation: IdeaScale's customizable interface allows you to route appropriate ideas to subject matter experts or company leaders based on who the idea author is or the content of the idea and allows multiple custom workflows within the same community that can align to the methodology used by any line of business.