Issuu Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Issuu

Content creation and distribution software for designers

4.7/5 (103 reviews)

Issuu overview

What is Issuu?

Issuu is a content creation and distribution software designed to help businesses in publishing, real estate, education, travel, sports, and other industries transform PDF, images, or text into digital content and share them across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more. Designers can embed magazines, personalized sales collateral, and marketing catalogs on corporate websites and optimize content to improve rankings or outreach on search engines.

Using Issuu, publishers can create custom reading experiences for audiences by adding background colors or logos to the interface and creating, distributing, and promoting content using visual stories and virtual subscriptions. Marketers can create articles, GIFs, presentations, brochures, or catalogs, drive campaigns across social platforms, and monitor the number of reads, impressions, or average time spent by audiences. Designers can also share created content with employees, targeted audiences, or customers and collaborate with editorial teams to handle approvals.

Issuu integrates with various third-party systems such as Dropbox, Google Docs, Adobe InDesign, and Google Drive. Managers can also track the status or deadlines on tasks, assign articles to team members, and create visual stories for Facebook and Instagram to engage with followers.
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Pricing

Starting from
$22/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
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Devices

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Markets

United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Mexico

Supported languages

English
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Issuu user reviews

Value for money
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Crystal Williams

Engaging and Easy to Use

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-12-18
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I have been quite happy with Issuu.

Pros
Issuu offers a very simple, easy to use and easy to understand platform which is refreshing. I also appreciate the options to add extra content like articles/stories to increase engagement on different devices.

Cons
The only problem we have run into with Issuu is the limited update and replace options. Other programs we have used in the past offered the option to replace a single page in the total publication - rather then having to re-upload the entire publication. When we are putting together a 100+ page publication, having to re-upload and re-link the entire thing if we find an issue on a single page can be a bit frustrating.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Rose Lindo

We Couldn't Function without Issuu

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-12-29
Review Source: Capterra

We love Issuu! Not only has this helped us to convert more sales, but it helps our clients display their pricing & other offerings in a way that's really unique, easy to use, and beautiful. There's really no reason NOT to give this company a shot, as they allow you to get started with no strings (or moolah) involved.

Pros
For the last ten or so years, we've been uploading our magazine designs to Issuu so other creatives can see how our templates look and can be displayed. It's the only site we've found that allows users to flip through a publication like an actual magazine while allowing for clickable links. You can also choose to send over your publication digitally by sending clients your Issuu url, and you can hide your publication from the public, if needed. Without Issuu, we wouldn't have sold thousands and thousands of our magazine templates. Their product was a GAME-CHANGER!

Cons
Without paying for a premium account, ads will be displayed below your publication. It definitely wasn't a deal-breaker, as we continue to use (and love) the free version of their software. For larger businesses, I'd suggest upgrading so clients have a seamless branding experience across all platforms.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ivan Enrique Rodriguez

Perusal Material

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-12-22
Review Source: Capterra

I am rather satisfied with the product.

Pros
The opportunity to upload original material for others to peruse in a personal website is good. The ability to maintain it secure could be better but is also good.

Cons
I would love it to be more affordable or have student options, or even options for super small business that don’t yet make profit.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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David Winkler

Issuu is just what we needed

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-12-17
Review Source: Capterra

In the pandemic climate, digital media is king. We have found great engagement with our ISSUU publications across our website, social media, and email campaigns. ISSUU makes it easy to share our work with anyone and everyone. The price is just right and they truly deliver on what they offer and promise. Utilize this software in anyway you can.

Pros
We like the digital design and delivery aspects of ISSUU. It is simple and understated, but robust at the same time. The auto recognition of email addresses and web links is a big plus. AND, the fact that we can create stories for social media is a pretty nice advantage over other providers.

Cons
Sometimes the software could be easier to use. For instance, uploading single pages to replace former pages might be a nice addition. In our line of work, little things change all the time (available degrees, contact persons or numbers, etc). Being able to update those easier would be a game changer.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Amanda Evans

Perfect for Online Publishing

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-12-22
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
We publish our literary magazine once a year with a print version, and we use Issuu for the online version. I love the way it allows for full-screen viewing and simulates page flipping. We simply export our InDesign files as a pdf and upload to Issuu. It's also a great place to find other literary magazines for inspiration!

Cons
No complaints. It would be nice to have the ad-free version, but in education the budget is tight, so we really appreciate the free version with ads.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Issuu pricing

Starting from
$22/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
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Issuu is offered across five pricing plans, outlined below. A discount is given for annual commitments.
Basic: Available for free
Starter: $22 per month and $19 per month billed annually
Premium: $45 per month and $40 per month billed annually
Optimum: $299 per month and $269 per month billed annually
Enterprise: Please contact Issuu directly for pricing information

Issuu features

API
Content Management
Reporting & Statistics
SEO Management
Third Party Integration

Activity Dashboard (187 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (118 other apps)
Customizable Branding (183 other apps)
Customizable Templates (192 other apps)
Data Import/Export (165 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (148 other apps)
Electronic Payments (118 other apps)
Inventory Management (103 other apps)
Order Management (120 other apps)
Product Catalog (117 other apps)
Search Functionality (143 other apps)
Social Media Integration (106 other apps)
Template Management (111 other apps)
Website Management (112 other apps)
eCommerce Management (122 other apps)

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Additional information for Issuu

Key features of Issuu

  • Books
  • Catalogs
  • Circulation Management
  • Collaboration
  • File Sharing
  • Layout & Design
  • Magazines
  • Multi-Channel Publishing
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Publish Scheduling
  • Social Media Management
  • Video Content
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Benefits

• Integrate Issuu into your marketing tech stack to automate content marketing and distribution for web, blog, social, email and more.
• Transform PDFs into online flipbooks, and retain visual design aesthetics, optimized for mobile
• Easily embed videos and live links into flat designs to make content more engaging and interactive
• Embed content into websites, blogs, landing pages, and LMSs
• Remix content into stories for Instagram and Facebook, GIFs for email campaigns and more.
• Measure campaign success with statistics.