Loomio Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Loomio

Turn discussion into action. Make decisions together.

4.84/5 (25 reviews)

Loomio overview

What is Loomio?

Loomio is an open-source collaborative decision-making solution, suitable for use by businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations. The web-based software is designed to simplify the decision-making process, by gathering relevant information, encouraging on-topic discussion, creating visual summaries of individual opinions, and setting a time frame for decisions to be completed - all without the need for face-to-face meetings or emails.

Loomio allows users to set decision deadlines, with automatic reminders to ensure that all members know how much time remains for them to give their input. Votes and feedback can be collected and visualized for insight into each person’s view and opinion of an issue. Crucially, Loomio facilitates a process of synthesis: pull together diverse perspectives to generate innovative solutions that address everyone's concerns. Meeting notes are automatically recorded, with details of decisions, members involved, key points, and outcomes.

Loomio supports over 30 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, with automatic in-line translation, and can be used with assistive technology such as screen readers. Groups can be set up as private or public, and subgroups created with privacy controls to limit access. Users can participate via email or through mobile browsers, allowing them to give their input from anywhere.
www.loomio.org

Pricing

Starting from
$19/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
Open source
Value for money
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Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech and 17 other languages, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Taiwanese
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Loomio reviews

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21

Very good
4

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Jo Booth

The best tool for collaboration: Loomio

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-19
Review Source: Capterra

We used Loomio as a Policy Incubator - users would suggest ideas and topics at one end, and polished publishable policy would come out the others. Loomio really helps bring people together, and gives them great tools to unlock their potential. Overall I really have been impressed by Loomio, and the solution has evolved with us.

Pros
Loomio taps into the collaborative vibe of your community, giving you great tools for decision making. One of the best things is that Loomio is actively developed - so options you need are often available soon after you need them. Theres a great community of users who have customised and use the tools, so there is great support.

Cons
As a mobile user, I have found managing large groups can be difficult on small screens. Loomio have been great at improving the mobile workflows and including desktop class features in smaller form factors, which helps busy admins to keep their community running in the go.

Response from Loomio


Thanks Jo for the great review! We have more goodness in our mobile app coming real soon :-)

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Clayton Elliott

Great for consensus decision making

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-06
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The voting options are ideal for making a variety of decisions.

Cons
The lack of an app is about the only negative I have.

Response from Loomio


Thanks for the review Clayton, appreciate it. We're working on a mobile app and looking forward to update on progress soon.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Gareth Morgan

Loomio

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-07-05
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Allows a structure for online meetings that also handles decision making well.

Cons
Could be easier to handle group membership, particularly when people forget passwords.

Response from Loomio


Thanks for the great review Gareth! We have some improvements coming soon for handling group membership :-)

If your group members forget their passwords, you can ask them to use the 'sign in via email' feature when logging into Loomio.

Warm regards, Michael

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Daniel Vogel

Great for Boards of Directors

Used monthly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-05-01
Review Source: Capterra

Board meetings have become less common and discussion and anonymous voting give us the tools we need to take care of business with less wasted time and energy. Loomio is a great tool for any organization looking to democratically come to informed decisions that affect them.

Pros
Our community choir has a board of directors and Loomio has made our business meetings much more efficient, succinct, and less common. When issues arise that need attention, complicated emailing and phone calls are unnecessary as we can share information and cast votes electronically.

Cons
Loomio has fulfilled our purposes and we are happy with the tools it provides. It has been difficult for some of the older board members to adjust to, but most applications are too involved for them. The threads can get confusing when a lot of people are responding, but I suppose the same is true in a group setting that isn't virtual.

Response from Loomio


Thanks Daniel for your fabulous review. We're delighted to hear your Board is operating more efficiently and helping you progress your work.
Using the thread timeline and 'pinning' important comments from the thread may help you structure comments for readability within the thread.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Connor Boyle

Once you get engagement, it rocks!

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2016-07-05
Review Source: GetApp

I've tried using Loomio for a bunch of different projects over the last couple of years, with mixed success. The problem I've found has been in getting people engaged in discussions. I've recently had great success in using Loomio to help run my Kiwiburn theme camp. Kiwiburn is New Zealand's Burning Man event, and my theme camp, Barrio del Chur, is the largest at the festival. We recently realised that we could generate significant capital through fundraising events, and this opened up the need for formal discussions around how we go forward as a community. We were suddenly in need of a legal entity to hold assets which had previously been privately owned and in need a vehicle for decision making that involves significant chunks of money. While we are yet to reach consensus in our discussions, Loomio has offered the perfect forum for Barrio contributors to voice ideas that are controversial and challenging to the way we've operated thus far, and to allow healthy discourse around all ideas raised. Our community has operated on a do-ocractic model until now, which generally means that the people who have the most time and are skilled in certain areas end up making most of the decisions. We've wanted to change that for the last couple of years. We've been encouraging people who have much to contribute but are silenced by the status quo modus operandi, Loomio has proven the perfect platform for giving these people a voice and a vote in decisions which affect a project that is dear to our hearts. And then there's all of the amazing writing that has been produced by the Loomio/Enspiral folks which has supplemented our discussions around organisational development! So many of the key questions that have been raised in our discussions regarding the Barrio have already been dealt with during the conception of Enspiral ventures, due to the comparable flat structures, shared purpose, and people-over-process approaches. There's a wealth of knowledge within this community, and it relates so well to how to use Loomio to make decisions effectively.

Pros
ahhhh see above, I guess.

Cons
Sign in systems suck! I don't wanna sign in every time I come back, and things have been weird and messy when I have one google account that ties together 3 email addresses (one primary @gmail, two secondary @customdomain), Loomio is attached to the google account but then it freaks out when one of the secondary emails receives an invitation to join a new Loomio. The inbox dashboard kinda sucks too. it's overwhelming seeing that there's activity in so many discussion threads, I don't know where to start so sometimes I don't start anywhere.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Loomio pricing

Starting from
$19/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
Open source
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Gift: Free plan with the core functionality, for groups without a budget.

Standard: $19/month or $190/year for a subscription with added features, including Slack integration.

$99/month and $179/month plans for enterprises with more special features, data analytics, and support for multiple groups.

Loomio features

API
Access Control
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Customizable Branding

Activity Dashboard (189 other apps)
Chat (162 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (347 other apps)
Collaborative Workspace (223 other apps)
Commenting (202 other apps)
Document Management (199 other apps)
Document Storage (221 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (176 other apps)
File Management (142 other apps)
Permission Management (196 other apps)
Projections (148 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (139 other apps)
Search Functionality (262 other apps)
Third Party Integration (225 other apps)
Workflow Management (147 other apps)

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Additional information for Loomio

Key features of Loomio

  • 'What if' scenarios
  • Automatic decision archive
  • Slack integration
  • Decision notifications
  • Change management
  • Collaborative review
  • Custom URL and backgrounds
  • Online team discussions
  • Sign off documents and changes
  • Participate by email
  • Search discussion and decision histories
  • Visualize group opinions of issues
  • Focused topic discussions
  • Fully responsive on all devices
  • Available in 30+ languages
  • Online forums for groups and subgroups
  • Project and event planning collaboration
  • Project planning
  • Live participation updates
  • Proposal consideration and discussion
  • Single Sign On for Google and other tools
  • Status updates from teams and working groups
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement and facilitation
  • Discussion and decision export
  • Voting
  • Prioritizing
  • Visual analytics
  • Action planning
  • Feedback collection
  • Fine-grained permission settings
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Benefits

Groups can be public or private, with subgroups with fine-grained privacy controls.

Loomio uses a simple decision-making framework designed for constructive deliberation, to enable solution finding rather than majority rule.

Proposals are time-bound to ensure groups can move ahead without stalling, as all participants know the time frame to have their input, with automatic reminders before deadlines.

Customisable notifications mean everyone gets the information they need (and not the information they don’t).

The automatic decision archive records is a searchable record of every decision, including who was involved, the key points, and the final outcome.

Loomio is available in more than 30 languages, with automatic in-line translation, and works with assistive technology like screen readers.